The BGHS Wrestling program has a new coach leading the team this year. Ryan Williams may be a new addition to the HS coaching staff but is hardly a new face when it comes to Beech Grove wrestling. Coach Williams is a wrestling alumni of Beech Grove High School and graduated in 2000. Before taking on the head coach role, Williams led the Beech Grove Wrestling Club and helped to expand that program to be one of the largest in the state of Indiana. Over the past six years the youth club has seen growth from around 30 wrestlers per year to over 75 the past three years. Beech Grove has a rich history in wrestling and the youth club helps ensure that the culture and high expectations stay intact at the high school level.
This year’s high school wrestling team is younger than in seasons past. Freshmen and Sophomores make up over half of the varsity roster. Having a younger squad requires leadership and guidance not only from the coaches but also from some of the returning varsity wrestlers. Ely Shockley is a senior wrestler who may be quiet spoken but definitely leads by example. Coach Williams speaking on Ely said, “Ely Shockley has stepped up to the plate to be a leader in practice and in the classroom…He is always where he needs to be and pushes himself harder and harder each day.” Other wrestlers looking to lead by example and improve upon last years records are Juwan Joseph, Harley Taylor, Phenix Carney, and Max Comado.
Being back on the high school mat reminds Coach Williams of the lasting impression wrestling has left on him. It is something that he is proud of and he shares this pride with a lot of the alumni he keeps in touch with. At the end of the day that is what he wants his current wrestlers to feel. When asked what he would like his wrestlers to take away Williams said, “Most importantly, I want my wrestlers to be solid young men in their day-to-day lives. I want them to not only respect themselves, but respect others. I want them to be proud of where they have come from and proud of what it means to be a Beech Grove wrestler.”
We wish Coach Williams the best of luck in his first season as head coach, and we hope that you will come out and support BGHS wrestling this year as they continue to build upon the legacy. Their first home meet is tonight vs. Shelbyville.
BGHS Wrestling Home Meet
November, 28th at 6:30