WAYNE – With a quick start to the season already a handful of days after their first official winter sports practice, the Wayne High wrestling teams will open their season in a few short weeks.
The first day of NSAA wrestling weight management testing was on Monday, November 8 as one week later on Monday, November 15 was the start of winter practices.
Dave Wragge will return for a 10th year leading the Wayne High wrestling program and said the team has been working hard early in their practice schedule.
“Right now we’re getting a little bit of live,” said Wragge. “Little bit of technique here, just getting situational awareness and getting live work in.”
Assisting coach Wragge will be Terry Beair, Levi Pofahl and Emma Gomez.
Last year as a team, Wayne High finished 18th with 38 points in the Class B State Wrestling Championships.
Wayne High will return four of their six state qualifiers from a year ago. They included were then freshman Garret Schultz (106); then sophomore Zach McManigal (113); then sophomore Ashton Munsell (126); graduate Reece Jaqua (132); graduate Reid Korth (182) and then sophomore Martin Carrillo (220).
Numbers are still fluctuating with wrestlers getting their paperwork in with 25-30 total, including four girls for the Wayne High girls wrestling program.
Coach Wragge added girls wrestling is a fast growing sport.
“We’re hoping that we keep it growing here at Wayne,” Wragge added. “I think the girls we have right now are going to be great representatives of Wayne High School for the sport of girls wrestling. They exemplify everything we want to see in our program. They’re tough, they’re hard working and they’re go getters; we’re excited and they’re doing a great job.
Joining the Wayne High girls wrestling program will be Renieth Montiel who previously wrestled for West Point-Beemer.
Wayne High will open their 2021-22 season with their lone home outing on Thursday, December 2 welcoming in Wisner-Pilger and Summerland starting at 6 p.m.
“We’re pumped, last year we were restricted (and) this year we’re not,” Wragge mentioned. “The crowds this fall for everything were amazing. So, we’re very excited to have our first competition here and cram everything in. Parents night, alumni night, wrestler appreciation night. Whatever you want to call it, we’re going to pack the gym and have some pretty competitive duals that night.”
Wayne High will compete in the B-1 District hosted by Nebraska City on February 11 – 12, 2022.
Complete schedule. (minus Plainview Invite this Thursday is Junior High).