It’s a new feel this season for fifth-year head coach Jay Moseley. The stalwart leaders from the past couple of years of Will Grimmer, Daniel Wetterich, Caleb Ramirez and Will Voetsch are no longer around. But that provides an opportunity for new leaders to step up, which is something Moseley is excited to grow throughout the year.
The team finished their seventh and final qualifying round on Thursday morning and the group of guys that Moseley will take with him to Toledo for the season-opening event next week is starting to come into shape. Seniors Jack Mancinotti and Justin Wick are joined by juniors Kevin Stone, Laken Hinton and redshirt-sophomore JonErik Alford as the team’s upperclassmen. Hinton has played in 24 events over his first two years at Augusta and Ohio State while the other four have combined for 33 total starts. That group will be looked upon to provide leadership to a talented young corp.
Sophomore Grant Engle has made great strides this summer as he will look to build upon a freshman season that saw him play in seven tournaments. The freshman class is one that Buckeye fans should get familiar with as they could be pillars in the lineup over the next four years. Felix Kvarnstrom and Patrick Schmucking are both strong players and provide an international flare. Jake Miller is a talented All-State player from Richmond, Ind., while Jackson Chandler and Caleb Davern, who are both Central Ohio natives, were two of the best high school players in the state.
The season opens with a bit more uncertainty than in recent years but the talent on the roster has a chance to pick right up where last year’s team left off in the NCAA Championships.