Henry Nelson and Sawyer Owens at wrestling practice

Hillsboro-Central Valley senior wrestler Henry Nelson, right, works on moves with teammate Sawyer Owens at practice Tuesday. Nelson was state runner-up in Class B at 145 pounds last season.

A familiar face takes over as head wrestling coach for Hillsboro-Central Valley this season. 

After serving as the Burros assistant coach for the last nine seasons, Rob Owens was hired this past offseason. 

Owens called it a bit of a necessity because the team needed someone to fill that head coaching role but he’s excited to take over a program that has a lot of young, talented athletes. 

“I’m a big believer in family and a team concept,” Owens, who spent time as an assistant coach at Red River (Grand Forks) and Grand Forks Central prior to his stint with H-CV, said Monday. 

“I feel like I’ve been here for a while, so I know what we are doing and how to go through it. It’s going to be a learning year, though. There’s things that I haven’t done that I’ll have to pick up on but I think it’ll go fine.”

The 2022-23 Burros roster features just one senior in Henry Nelson, while 16 of the 19 grapplers are underclassmen. 

Nelson, who transferred from Dickinson two years ago, will be one of H-CV’s featured wrestlers and is coming off a runner-up finish (145 pounds) at the 2022 state tournament. He is a two-time state placer for the Burros. 

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