MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Maryville wrestling program will have a new face in charge this season with Dallas Barrett taking over as the Spoofhound head wrestling coach.
“The position came available and I just saw it as a good way to get back into the sport that I really loved growing up,” Barrett said.
Barrett is not a complete stranger to the Spoofhound program after he helped train with the team’s upper-weight classes last season.
Beyond his experience with the Spoofhounds, he also brings vast experience from his career as an athlete. A state-qualifying grappler in high school at Tarkio, Barrett continue his career at Northwest Missouri State where he wrestled on the Bearcats club team.
Barrett inherits far from an empty cupboard with the Spoofhounds. The team has four wrestlers returning who at least won one match at last season’s state tournament. Junior Kade Wilmes leads that group after he finished sixth at state, but junior Connor Weiss, senior Gavan Gray-Walker and freshman Drew Spire. Keiran Watkins also had a strong season last year.
“I’m really lucky and fortunate here to get into a really well established program with a lot of state qualifiers returning,” Barrett said. “They already have a solid program.”
The biggest key for Barrett and the program’s continued growth is complementing the team core by filling out the rest of the weight classes. He is encouraged about the numbers he is seeing from the incoming freshman ranks.
“It looks like I’ll have a lot of freshmen moving in and that will help fill some spots,” Barrett said.
Barrett hosted a high school camp and a youth camp in Maryville last Thursday and Friday to start working with the athletes and he also has been having open mats on Sundays all summer.