The No. 15 Le Mars boys wrestling team was set for a rocky start before the season began, and it showed with a pair of losses to open MRAC competition. The Bulldogs fell to Council Bluffs AL 52-24 and to Sioux City East 44-33.
Due to some injuries at some very key spots to open the season, Le Mars has had to go deep into their bag of tricks to find guys who can fill the void. Head coach Shane Hessenius says, despite results on the scoreboard, he was proud of how those young guys wrestled after being put in a tough spot.
Those injuries will keep a pair of state qualifiers, Alex Allen and Ayden Hoag, out for the foreseeable future, but that does not mean they will not have an impact. Coach Hessenius says they are still around being an extension of the coaching staff and encouraging the guys on the mat.
Even without Allen and Hoag, Le Mars brings back some extremely tough state-caliber wrestlers. Brock Hessenius, Camden Feuerhelm, and Keegan Kayser look to lead the program through this tough time on the mat. Coach Hessenius says he saw some good things out of them in Thursday’s duals.
For the upcoming competitions, Coach Hessenius just needs some time. He says getting those guys reps and competitions on the mat will be the biggest way they can grow and have an impact for the team.
Le Mars heads to Hinton right away to take on all comers at the Hinton Blackhawk Duals.