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The Wrestling Team Seeks to Defeat This Winter

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As many fall sports come to a close, the wrestling team prepares to kickoff the winter season with passion, intent and victory. Along with a new season comes a new list of achievable goals and a set of guidelines to help the team perform to the best of their ability.

Head wrestling coach and Bible teacher Brian St. James said, “We have had a massive amount of success over the past two seasons under coach Stromie. We are a much younger team this season after graduating 10 state placers in the last two years. My goal for our team this season is to win the area dual tournament and have 4 individual state placers. We have a great group of underclassmen who I hope can gain invaluable experience this season by filling in some key varsity positions.”

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Taking a Peek into Wesleyan’s Winter Sports

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The Wesleyan Winter Wolves are currently nearing the end of their respective seasons. With swimming, basketball and wrestling nearing a close, athletes share their hopes for the remainder of their seasons.

Freshman swimmer, Hannah Wasmuth, has set specific goals to achieve in before the state meet at Georgia Tech. “Before going to Georgia Tech, I want to improve on my technique, so I can be at my best for the state meet,” Wasmuth said. Many other swimmers attended challenging practices over the Christmas break. “No days off!” swimmers said.

Out of the water, the varsity girls’ basketball team has also been preparing for their state tournament. “Our team is feeling really good about our accomplishments this season,” sophomore Caroline Burke said. “That being said, we have some tough competition ahead of us, so we have to keep working hard,” said Burke. Keep Reading

Wrestling Hits the Mat for the New Season

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This upcoming season poses fierce competition for the Wrestling Wolves, but there is no backing down. The wrestlers are preparing for the season by getting in shape and eating healthier, to ensure their success. “We are practicing every day, conditioning and drilling moves.” said Head Coach, Dennis Stromie.

This season, the Wolves have a stacked team with returning senior and captain, William Delk, leading the pack along with the other top wrestlers, junior George Bielan and sophomore Harrison Dearth.

With most of the team still involved in prior athletic commitments, Stromie said, “We cannot put a whole team together yet due to fall sports still going on, but once football is over we will have our team back.” Once all the members are present in a few weeks, the team will start getting into the groove of the season. Keep Reading

Wrestling Team Powers Through

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    Head Coach Dennis Stromie talks at a team meeting. Brian Morgan
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    Callen Davidson dominated an opponant at a match this season. Brian Morgan

The Wesleyan Wrestling team worked hard in the shadows in Hoover this winter. With many improvements throughout all weight classes, the group was powerful from front to back. Led by Senior Captain Haydon Koch, the Wolves qualified many athletes into the Sectionals meet and a few more to the State meet.

Koch said, “We had a good season. Throughout the year, everyone continued to get better and grow up mentally. Wrestling is a different sport because and takes mental toughness and strength.” Throughout the season, there was adversity and injuries, but the team overcame it all in order to reach the common goal of making a deep run into the state playoffs.

The regular season went well for the Wolves as well. With big wins at invitationals, as well as beating GAC, the Wolves worked with a “Carpe Diem” like attitude and focused throughout the season. The practices were grueling. Koch said, “Practices are the hardest part about the season. We worked hard every day and focused on what we wanted to achieve.”

Koch also said that it is necessary to have “a day-to-day mentality when wrestling” due to the rigor and grit required. The Wolves had a great mentality this season, with performances that shocked everyone from seniors and freshmen alike.

Overall, the wrestling team exceeded their own expectations on the mats this winter and look to improve even further next season. A big congratulations to Head Coach Dennis Stromie for yet another successful season!

Varsity Wrestling Accomplishes Season Goal

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    Coaches Dennis Stromie and Buck Shiver watch during a practice. (Pictures by Brian Morgan)
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    Junior Callen Davidson dominates an opponent in a match. (Pictures by Brian Morgan)

Overcoming some adversity, the Varsity Wrestling team was able to accomplish their season goal of qualifying for the State Dual Champions Meet. They finished the regular season with a 22-4 record, and finished second in the Area Dual Tournament. Since top two in the area continue on to state, the Mat Wolves were able to accomplish that goal.

The team has not been to the meet in five years, and this is the first year since Head Coach Dennis Stromie took over the team that they have reached this far. On January 15th, the wrestling team competed in the State Dual Tournament. They wrestled Lovett first and lost 49-19 and then wrestled Jeff Davis and lost 40-31.

When asked what stands out to him so far this season, Stromie said “The injuries the team have had. We have had to overcome a number of injuries, but we are healthy now.” The Wolves still managed to have an impressive season.

There is still a lot more wrestling as the State Qualifying individual tournament starts February 11th and continues through the 13th. After that the qualifiers go to sectionals and then to state. The team has many hopefuls including Juniors William Delk and Chapman Pendery and Seniors Chase Kelly and Haydon Koch.

All of the wrestlers were very excited about achieving this year’s goal. Sophomore Ben Connor says “Coach Stromie told us the first day that our goal was to qualify for state. We were all so happy that we completed that goal!” Many wrestlers consider this season a personal success as well. Connor says “Individually, I would count this season so far as a success because of the improvements I’ve made throughout the season.”

The Wolves look to place a number of individuals in the state meet. The Traditional State Championship takes place at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Good luck to them for the rest of the season.

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