Area teams are now done with their basketball and wrestling seasons and the head coaches are reflecting on them.
Here is what they each had to say about their 2018-19 seasons:
Dan Thompson, Logan-Magnolia School head wrestling coach, said this: “The 2018-2019 Logan-Magnolia Panther wrestling team finished year with a 21-6 dual record. The Panthers qualified for the State Dual Tournament and finished in seventh place in Class 1A. The Panthers also qualified 10 wrestlers for the District tournament and four for the individual State wrestling tournament. Hagen Heistand, Briar Reisz, Chase Maguire and Barret Pitt represented the Panthers at the State tournament. Hagen Heistand finished third place at 113 lbs., Briar Reisz finished second place at 126 lbs., Chase Maguire qualified at 170 lbs. and Barret Pitt finished in eighth place at 285 lbs. During the regular season the Panthers won the Dan Hill Invitational at Harlan, WIC Dual Championship, WIC Tournament Championship, Wheeler Invitational at Audubon and the Sectional Tournament. Twenty-seven wrestlers completed the season for the Panthers and 22 gained varsity wrestling time at some point throughout the season. The Panthers will graduate five seniors this year that have made outstanding contributions to the wrestling program: Sidney Pitt, Weston Worley, Chase Maguire, Josh Stueve and Beau Peschel.”
Here is what Brent Willis, Woodbine School head wrestling coach, had to say: I want to start it all off by thanking the District for giving me the chance to coach the sport that I love most and to do it in the town I graduated from and competed for. I was excited and nervous about starting my first high school head coaching job for sure, but I knew that I had some super solid guys coming back for the year and some very new and fresh freshman. We started with 11 freshman, most with two or less years of experience. There were four sophomores, five juniors and two seniors. We ended the year with 14 of the 22 that started. Some decided the sport just wasn’t for them. Mostly we had issues with sickness and injuries. Jack Nelson was our only post-season wrestler. I’m very happy with everyone that was on the team put in the time. It, as in several years, was a building time, but I believe that we have some boys that love the sport and have the desire to get better and build on what they had started this past season. We had many personal wins and losses and learning experiences. All in all it was a great year and I wouldn’t change a thing. I want to thank my coaches, Sam Swenson, Jason Bendgen and Mike Wies.
See what all the coaches had to say about their seasons on the first page of the Sports section in our March 13 issue!