WAYNE – The Wayne High Blue Devil wrestlers have been going strong for about two weeks now with the football team playing into the postseason.
Wednesday after school, the Blue Devils worked on their pre-meet warm-up as the guys drilled one another.
Dave Wragge enters his sixth year as head coach for the Blue Devil wrestling program. There are 17 wrestlers on the high school team, with four seniors. Not looking ahead, but the home dual with Creighton on Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. is circled on Wayne’s calendar.
“They’re a respectively quality team and like I said last year I think we beat them by one point,” said Wragge. “So, it’s been a back-and-forth battle and that will be a good dual. People that make it out to that aren’t going to be disappointed; it should be good.”
Along with coach Wragge, there will be four other assistants helping with the WHS wrestling program this year. Those include assistant head coach, Terry Beair as well as assistant coaches Nick Arlt, Jake Garner and Hayden Rob.
As a team. Wayne High took sixth place in the Class B, District 3 Wrestling Tournament last year recording a total of 69 points. WHS qualified three wrestlers to state after senior Gage Schultz took third at 126 followed by a pair of four place district results from junior Berto Vergara at 195 and senior Mikey Reyes at 220. All three wrestlers suffered two losses to be eliminated from state competition.
Two other state qualifiers from two years ago were then freshman, Cameron Muhs (106) and Juan Vergara (126) will look to get back in the mix after missing out last year.
Berto Vergara (160) was a state qualifier last year and Hunter Jorgensen (195) was a state qualifier two years ago.
Berto Vergara talked about what the team will need to do to qualify multiple wrestlers at state while Jorgensen added a message to the underclassmen.
“It’s going to take a lot,” Vergara added. “Bring the leadership in, bring the intensity up and keep working hard every day.”
“Takes a lot of hard work and a lot of hours to get ready for all the meets and everything,” Jorgensen mentioned. “It’s just a lot of time and be dedicated to it.”
The Wayne High wrestlers will open their season with a road triangular at Clearwater-Orchard along with Wisner-Pilger on Thursday, November 30 at 6 p.m.