With a couple of school records set and some wins that never happened before, the Edgewood-Colesburg wrestling team can be proud of its season.
The Vikings had two 40-match winners in seniors Max Bahls (42-5) and Alex Jones (42-10). Jones qualified for the State Class 1A Tournament and is third in all-time career wins for the Vikings with 115. Bahls holds the fourth-best single-season winning percentage.
A third senior, Jordan Wegmann, compiled a 25-19 record this year and “was a great partner who did everything the right way,” according to coach Alex Hanna.
The three seniors helped the Vikings top East Buchanan, Maquoketa Valley, Monticello and Jesup this season, “for the first time in my coaching career,” added Hanna. The wins contributed to a 15-16 dual record for the Vikings and earned them, besides the two 40-win wrestlers, two 30-winners and two 20-match winners.
“I felt like our guys kept working and did a great job getting better as the year went on. I was proud of their effort and how they kept improving. They were also really great teammates, something nice to see as a coach,” added Hanna.
“We should have a great group of freshmen coming in next year,” said Hanna. “The team should be bigger and more experienced as well. If we can bring along the younger guys, we should see some real growth in the team.”
Someone else though will be in charge, as this is the last year for Hanna in the head position. “I have resigned to accept the position of athletic director at Ed-Co. I am excited about the next step in my career but I am very sad to be leaving the program that I have been in charge of for 11 years. I look forward to being involved in wrestling, just in a different way next year.”
Returning wrestlers and their season marks include: Bo Struble (30-15, district qualifier), Dawson Bergan (36-12, district qualifier), Peyton Gaul (21-21), Nathaniel Gaul (19-26), Chase Kirby (13-21), Aaron Kloser (9-12), Owen Michael (9-26), Wyatt Rowcliffe (8-17), Lucas Rezende (5-15) and Elijah Keck (3-20).