WAYNE – Along with a deep boys roster and an increased numbers for the girls, Wayne High wrestling is set for the winter sports season.
Going through the first couple weeks of practice, there are 24 boys and eight girls who’ll make up Wayne High wrestling this year.
Dave Wragge will be entering his 11th season leading the Blue Devil wrestling program.
Coach Wragge said the wrestling room is full of tough kids.
“We really got after it as far as the conditioning week a couple weeks ago,” said Wragge. “The first two weeks of practice we’ve been pushing really hard trying to see what kind of team we have. I’ve tried my best and none of them will quit. So, they’re all sticking it out, they’re all tough.”
The National Guard even came in and held a conditioning session going through a team gauntlet.
Joining coach Wragge will be Terry Beair, Levi Pofahl and Jason Trautman.
Coach Wragge said the team will continue to work on getting into wrestling shape.
“Making sure that when we step on the mat we’re ready to compete in that aspect,” Wragge added. “Making sure that we outwork our opponents and just keep working hard and understanding that the season is a marathon. We got a few months here before we need to be in peak physical shape.”
Moving into the second year of NSAA sanctioned girls wrestling, Wayne High will return a state qualifier Jaycee Bruns along with Liberty Titiml brining back some key experience.
The Blue Devil boys wrestling team will have a strong senior class with a previous state medalist and state qualifier last year Ashton Munsell, Aiden Liston, Eli Barner and Francisco De La Rosa. Garrett Schultz, state medalists and state qualifier along with Will Leseberg, state qualifier will return.
Among the jam-packed Wayne High wrestling schedule, will be two home outings.
“In the past our duals have gone pretty quick,” Wragge mentioned. “I think this year with the depth and the number of weight classes we’re going to fill, you’re going to get to come out and see a really competitive Wayne wrestling team step on the mat with both boys and girls.”
Parents Night will be on December 8 against Norfolk Catholic while the Battle Creek dual on January 12 will be Wayne High wrestling alumni night.
The Wayne High girls and boys wrestling season will open on Thursday, December 1 with a triangular hosted by Wisner-Pilger along with Summerland.