Prep wrestling overview: Back for more

Prep wrestling overview: Back for more


Prep wrestling overview: Back for more


Sheboygan North

Coach: Jake Frias, second year

Last year: 4-13, 1-7 FRCC

Returning letter winners: Jovon Dixon, so.; Sam Kuhn, sr.; Aaron Rothwell, sr.; Ian Gordziej, sr.

Outlook: Rothwell (182), a two-time state qualifier who has 100 career victories to his belt (including 33 last season), returns for his senior year. He won a preseason national championship in the fall, and looks to make a statement at State. Returners Dixon (132) and Gordziej (220) qualified for sectionals. North’s numbers are way up thanks to an influx of junior and senior football players going out for the first time. The goal is to improve in the FRCC, and it looks like the Raiders are poised to do just that.

Sheboygan South

Coach: Josh Kestell, 10th year

Last year: 5-9, 2-6 FRCC

Returning letter winners: Shelby Williams, sr.; Steve Rodriguez, jr.; Emmett Dean, jr.; Matt Rogers, jr.; Jacob Malwitz, jr.; Gunnar Joosse, jr.; Alex Rieger, so.; Alex Berg, so.; Josh Becker, so.; Skylar Kroening, so.

Outlook: Kestell is optimistic for a bump up in the FRCC, with 11 returning letter winners. Rodriguez (195) qualified for sectionals last winter, and the Redwings have solid potential at the lighter weights. If a large junior class can gain from the experience of last year, South should field a competitive lineup each night.

Sheboygan Falls

Coach: Brad Knecht, second year

Last year: 8-9, 4-3 EWC

Returning letter winners: Brandon Broeztmann, sr.; Nathan Doro, sr.; Kyle McCarthy, sr.; Drew Setzer, sr.; Tyler TeStroete, sr.; Jake Becker, sr.; Michael Butler, jr.; Kyle Dawson, jr.; Alex Fitzgerald, jr.; Eric Klemme, jr.; Mitchell Lambrecht, jr.; Charles Menke, jr.; Justin Hill, so.

Outlook: With a ton of experience back, the Falcons hope to challenge defending EWC champ Two Rivers for league honors this season. Highlighting the lineup is Fitzgerald (132), a two-time state place winner; Lambrecht (152) and Setzer (195) were state qualifiers and conference champions; and Broetzmann (152) is a two-time sectional qualifier.


Coach: Lucas Lechnir, third year

Last year: 9-13, 1-6 EWC

Returning letter winners: None listed

Outlook: The Panthers have a healthy group of freshmen, up from the program’s strong youth program, to help rebuild after a rough conference season last year. Five seniors will be part of the lineup, and as a sophomore class with potential continues to improve, Plymouth expects to continue heading in the right direction.

Cedar Grove-Belgium

Coach: Trevor Peterson, ninth year

Record: 7-10, 1-3 CLC

Returning letter winners: Devon Villareal, jr.; Nicholas Wieberdink, jr.; Matthew Krier, jr.; Greg Wenzel, jr.; Ricky Salazar, jr.; Alex May, sr.;

Outlook: With six returning wrestlers back, including five from an improving junior class, the Rockets hope to compete with the top teams in the CLC once again. That can happen if a crop of numbers, including juniors and a senior, can score points at some key spots.

Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah

Coach: Larry Ward, first year

Last year: 10-17, 0-4 CLC

Returning letter winners: Jed Hersey; Austin Schmidt; Brock Bonebrake; Tyler Jones; Shane Schanke; Brad Lawonn; Nick Miller.

Outlook: The Resorters may struggle to field a complete lineup each night, but there is some experience that will score points. Leading the way is Schanke (152), who won 40 matches last year and was a regional champion at 160.


Coach: Steven Rogers, 26th year

Last year: 15-3, 3-1 CLC

Returning letter winners: Sam Loomans, so.; Brandon Burmesch, so.; Alex Korthals, sr.; Roman Katzer, jr.; Dylan Jentink, sr.; Charles Yeadon, so.; Clint Hoftiezer, sr.; Lucas Alva, sr.; Ryan Ebeling, so.; Cody Mullikin, jr.; Austin Portschy, sr.; Jordan Blok, jr.; Garrett Hackl, so.; Jesse Rogers, so.

Outlook: The Flying Dutchmen again seeks to be a part of the conversation for CLC honors, plus a Team State contender. Korthals (120), who was 31-13 and a state qualifier last year, is back, as is conference champ and two-time sectional qualifier Hoftiezer (29-10). Burmesch (113) was a 25-match winner as well. JV standouts of a year ago like Loomans (106, 23-2 JV), Yeadon (138, 13-4), Ebeling (152, 27-2), Blok (182, 195) and Hackl (195, 28-1) will solidify the lineup.

Random Lake

Coach: John Hatfield, fifth year

Last year: 8-2, 4-0 CLC

Returning letter winners: Joey Schanen, sr.; Brady Schmidt, sr.; Jake Schwan, sr.; Jacob Behn, jr.; Brandon Depies, jr.; Trent Gottsacker, jr.; Chris Lewis, jr.; Adam Risse, jr.; Jordan Houpt, so.; RJ Leider, so.; Jon Mudlaff, so.

Outlook: Random Lake seeks a return trip to Team State as well as a repeat CLC title, two very attainable goals. Five individual state qualifiers are back this season, including medalist and CLC champ Depies (120) and Schanen (195), also a league champion. Schmidt (138), Risse (170) and Mudlaff (106) also aim for repeat berths to Madison.

Teams not included in the overview did not respond to requests for information.

Adam Thompson/Sheboygan Press Media


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