By Murray Gleffe, Correspondent
ASHWAUBENON- The Ashwaubenon Jaguar wrestling team is coming off a 4-3 record in the FRCC-good enough for 4th place.
Many key pieces are back from that team including State Qualifier Fernando Coronado who went 42-9 in his sophomore campaign at the 120 lb classification.
Head Coach Jody VanLaanen, “Fernando is our leader and we expect great things from him this year not only on the mat but to provide leadership to the new wrestlers on this team. Our second year of returning players is very strong and we have a good chance to send multiple kids through to Madison if everything comes together in a few months.”
Big things are expected from Sophomore Cody Minor this year. Minor is one of the top wrestlers in the State of Wisconsin at the 106 lb division.
Minor fell one match short of making it to State in his initial high school season.
“I not only want to get to State this year, but I want to win it all. I feel like last year was a learning curve, and I didn’t wrestle my best at the Sectional Meet in order to make it down to Madison,” says Minor
Other key returnees include a trio of Sophomores.
Noah Leisgang, Dawson Dembroski, and Marty Kiernan all made the Sectional Tournament as freshman. Leisgang captured 30 matches, Dembroski 29, and Kiernan 23.
Key Newcomer- Freshman Nathan Moynihan joins the fray and hopes to provide some firepower at the 182 lb classification for the Jaguars.
“We don’t have a lot of depth this year. We only have around 17 kids that came out, and you need 14 in a dual match to not take a default at a spot. However, we will be very strong at the lower classifications individually, and should do good things come Regionals, Sectionals, and then the State Tournament, adds VanLaanen”
2017-18 Ashwaubenon Jaguar Boys Wrestling Roster (As of Nov. 17)
Fernando Coronado, Dawson Dembroski, Katayen Gardner, Marty Kiernan, Mickey Kiernan, Austin Kiewiz, Noah Leisgang, Nathan Lemere, Cody Minor, Nathan Moynihan, Zach Olbrantz, Connor Ramage, Jack Snyder, Devon Stichmann, Domnic Stichmann, Jack Stubb, Jordan VandeHei
2017-18 Ashwaubenon Jaguar Boys Wrestling Schedule
Dec. 2 at Kimberly Invite 8 a.m.
Dec. 7 vs Pulaski 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 9 at Bay Port Invite 9:15 a.m.
Dec. 14 vs De Pere, vs Sheboygan North (at Green Bay Preble) 5 p.m.
Dec. 15 vs Seymour 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 29 at UW-Oshkosh Invite 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 at West De Pere 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 6 at Oconto Falls Invite 9 a.m.
Jan. 11 at Sheboygan South 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 at Freedom Invite 9 a.m.
Jan. 18 vs Bay Port 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 at Green Bay Preble 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 at Grafton Invite 9 a.m.
Feb. 1 vs Manitowoc Lincoln 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 10 WIAA Regionals TBD
Feb. 17 WIAA Sectionals TBD
Feb. 22, 23, 24 WIAA State Tournament TBD