Wrestling Update 2020


Senior wrestlers: Hunter Nitzsky and Ryan Staton

Makayleigh Aliff

The wrestling season progresses with many exciting events. For example JM had one wrestler, Ryan Staton receive his 100th win earlier in the season. The wrestlers have had a great season. While they did fall to South Range they did tie the tri match 1-1 and they have had some other wins the season.

At the Riverside Rumble, Ryan Staton took first, Hunter Nitzsky took third, and both Hughston Lockner and Joe Armstrong earned sixth. The wrestlers then traveled to the DII classic where Hunter Nitzsky took fifth. They then had a home match, the annual Leonard Truck and Trailer meet, where the boys placed with Joe Armstrong getting second, Ryan Staton took third, and Gavin White placed 4th.

The next big meet was the Husky Invitational where the boys had a strong lead with Austin Stanke leading the team in first place and both Owen McDevitt and Hunter Nitzsky taking fourth, Ryan Staton and Ethan Roy both took fifth.

The John Hephner Memorial followed where Ryan Staton took seventh.  At the Buck Bailey invitational, Owen McDevitt and Gavin White took fourth.

The season is going well, at this point we are making a push to peak for the most important part of our season,” says Mr. Weidenthal, the varsity head coach, “Everything we’ve done throughout the year was all practice for our run to the State Tournament. We as coaches try to preach this mentality to our wrestlers. In the sport of wrestling, you have to have a short memory! Whether it’s a win or loss, you have to learn from it and move on to the next match. In this sport you get out what you put in, you are out there alone, you can’t hide your mistakes behind another teammate. It’s a very tough and humbling sport, and we do our best to prepare these young men to be gritty and battle for 6 hard minutes!” 

“Wrestling is different then some other sports because of the scoring and because of how much you need to be prepared not only mentally but physically, you can bench an do everything to be the strongest opponent or the biggest of the fastest and sure that stuff helps but if your not menatlly it’s pointless,” said sophomore Cole Graham.

The seniors also had their senior night, where they celebrated both of their seniors, Ryan Staton and Hunter Nitzsky who walked escorted by their parents. Both won their matches making the night go off without a hitch.

Congratulations on a great season!