If you listen closely, you can hear the whispers of doubt.
"I heard they're better than last year," said an opposing coach during the Vandalia wrestling team's season-opener at Belleville West.
"He's got his work cut out for him," said an Oakwood wrestler Saturday before his teammate's match against the Vandals' Josh Eller. "This guy got fourth at state last year."
The Vandals' reputation precedes them. And, according to VCHS coach Jason Clay, it can be a huge advantage if taken advantage of properly.