Havelock's Ellis wants to leave mark on Havelock wrestling

Published: Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM.

First-year head coach Tommy Andrews has taken over for the departed Pat Whitford and still has grappling guru Chase Holleman by his side.

Andrews says that while he hasn’t had a long time to work with Ellis, he is impressed by the senior leader.

“John has a great work ethic and is determined to reach his goals,” Andrews said. “I don’t see any reason why he can’t make it to states and make a deep run.”

Ellis had those same state championship goals a season ago, but fell short. He notes a few improvements in his arsenal that he thinks will help him have a different result this go-around.

“I have gotten a lot better on my defense from bottom,” Ellis said. “Last year, people could hold me down a lot easier, but not this year. I am a lot better offensively on top too and have about eight moves I can use that are tough to get out of.”

Ellis and fellow senior Ryan Davis, who finished second at states last year, are the Rams’ best shots for individual championships.

Havelock is scheduled to host West Craven on Tuesday.

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