Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:19 am
Western Iowa prep wrestling preview capsules

Carroll Kuemper

Coach: Tanner Warrington, first year

Returning state qualifier: Junior: Jared Eischeid 126-132. Others to watch: Seniors: Alex Bruch 285, Kolby Hilgenberg 145-152. Junior: Alexander Schmitz 126-132.

Outlook: The Knights’ numbers are up, which should mean more dual success. Eischeid finished seventh in Class 2-A last year, fifth in 1-A as a freshman.

CB Abraham Lincoln

Coach: Mat Daniels, sixth year

Returning state qualifiers: Senior: Jordan Peterson 113. Junior: Jordan Bywater 285. Others to watch: Juniors: Robbie Finch 120, Dustin Putnam 160, Jakson Cole 195.

Outlook: With a veteran group back, Daniels expects to be much improved from the past two years.


Coach: Josh Porter, sixth year

Returning state qualifier: Junior: Blake Luna 120. Others to watch: Seniors: Cole Race 126, Trey White 132. Sophomore: Luke Strong 145.

Outlook: The Cardinals won’t be vastly experienced across the board, but Porter expects his team to be improved.


Coach: Darrell Frain, 12th year

Returning state qualifiers: Seniors: Jake Marlin 138, Keaton Hulett 220. Junior: Trevor Frain 170. District qualifiers: Seniors: Gage Cheers 126, Jacob Johnston 138. Juniors: Kruz Adamson 113, Gavin Leith 160. Others to watch: Junior: Adam Baker 160.

Outlook: The Panthers will send out some untested wrestlers at the lighter weights, but should have another strong team.


Coach: Brad Asche, second year

Returning state qualifiers: Seniors: Jesse Bendt 126, Hunter Hoffmann 182, Alex Killpack 285, Sam Jameson 120. Others to watch: Cole Peckham, Seth Warren, Chase Evans, Josh Clark, Andrew Tilley.

Outlook: Rams will follow the lead of their accomplished senior class.


Coach: John Murtaugh, 26th year

Returning state qualifier: Junior: Broghan Kelly 120. Others to watch: Seniors: Chris Hopkins 113, Adam Zaccone 160-170, Nick Kornischuk 160-170, Jeff Flies 182, Jordan Siebert 285, Tyler Johannsen 220-285. Juniors: Dallon Bendorf 195-220, Cale Stork 195-220.

Outlook: The Cyclones expect to be strong in the lower and upper weights.


Coach: Kent Kersten, 31st year

Returning letterwinners: Seniors: Logan Melby 220, Brock Myers 138. Juniors: Joe Graf 285, Brett Greenwood 120, Ridge Meeker 132, Tanner Winther 182, Brandon Buffum 145. Sophomores: Brady Charbonneau 145, Gabe Holben 113, Kaleb Reynek 132, Colton Small 152, Jacob Stueve 195, Drake Cohrs 152-160.

Outlook: With just two seniors, the Panthers will be younger than in recent years. A traditional dual power, they may not fill 106.

Nodaway Valley

Coach: Brett Groves, second year

Top returners: Seniors: Kain Queck 152, Jared Thompson 132, Tyler Fork 171, Nolan Dodson 160. Juniors: Jadyn Erlandson 160, Zach Brewer 138. Sophomores: JD Lyman 120, Dusty Davis 113.

Outlook: Wolverines will struggle to fill the upper weights but have a solid base of returning upperclassmen.


Coach: Casey Conover, first year

Wrestlers to watch: Senior: Clay Harris 126-138. Junior: Payton Housman 160-170. Sophomores: Jacob Vogel 106, Tucker Bluml 113.

Outlook: Conover takes over for longtime coach Mitch Anderson, who remains with the program as an assistant. The Bulldogs will be young but have 30 wrestlers, which pleases Conover.

Sioux City East

Coach: Vince Pederson, eighth year

Returning starters: Seniors: Drake Swedlund 170, Larry Vore 106, Kedrick French 195, Blake Jackson 195, Shay Vanrooyan 126, Steven Zellmer 132. Juniors: Colton Jewett 145, Josh Schambach 152, Jacob Scott 138. Sophomores: Mitch Otto 160, Charlie Peterson 285, Skylar Stamps 106, Chris Birk 120.

Outlook: Pederson expects his team to be especially strong in the middle weights.

Southwest Iowa

Coach: Bob Rasmussen, second year

Wrestlers to watch: Seniors: Mark Hall 220, James Hill 145, Zane Burge 285. Sophomore: Broc Hansen 132.

Outlook: The Warriors are the joint effort of Sidney and Fremont-Mills, and with 27 athletes, big things are expected by the coaches. Hall and Hill were district qualifiers last year.


Coach: Andy Hensley, 14th year

Returning state qualifiers: Seniors: Loren Williams 152, Darrian Irlbeck 145. Others to watch: Senior: Ethan White 160. Junior: Ben Wellman 182. Sophomore: Christian Polley 106.

Outlook: The Trojans will have experience and fill every weight class, which gives them the capability of being an outstanding dual team.


Coach: Joe Stephens, fourth year

Returning state qualifiers: Seniors: Taylor Curtis 106, Andrew Foutch 126. Sophomore: Cody Kingery 145. Others to watch: Senior: Trevor Hough 170. Junior: Riley Klein 113.

Outlook: Stephens has been impressed with his team’s work ethic in the preseason. Curtis and Foutch were third-place finishers last season.

West Monona

Coach: Tim Chesnut, 14th year

Returning state qualifier: Junior: Logan Moore 152. Other to watch: Sophomore: Avery Nelson 145.

Outlook: The Spartans will try to develop several freshmen and follow the lead of Moore and Nelson.


Coach: Matthew Mentink, 18th year

Returning state qualifiers: Senior: Josh Matusik 152. Returning district qualifiers: Mason Mentink 160-170, Matthew Monahan 182. Others to watch: Lucas Hedstrom 126, Malachi Mentink 145-152-160, Tanner Hedstrom 138-145, Darin Peterson 195.

Outlook: The Tigers should be solid, hoping to fill at least 12 weight classes.

Contact the writer: Kevin White    |   402-290-5287    |  

Kevin White is The World-Herald's western Iowa writer, covering about 60 high schools. He's also in charge of the sports department at The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs.

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