Warrenton wrestling sets sights on conference title

Jeff Stahlhut, Correspondent
Posted 12/2/21

For the Warrenton wrestling team, an expectation of improvement combined with the goal of a conference championship has the 2021-2022 season set up to be an interesting year for coach Clayton Olsson …

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Warrenton wrestling sets sights on conference title

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For the Warrenton wrestling team, an expectation of improvement combined with the goal of a conference championship has the 2021-2022 season set up to be an interesting year for coach Clayton Olsson and the Warriors.

“The expectation every year is the same, to improve and get better. With that said, as a team last year we were one win shy of a conference title. We actually lost due to tiebreaking criteria, so this year with our returners and the new guys we have coming up, I would love to see us improve on that result and be conference champs this year,” said Olsson, who coached the Warriors to a 13-9 record in dual meets last season. “We also only had one state qualifier last year, but we had a lot of guys that were right on the edge. This year I could see us getting six or seven state qualifiers and hopefully a couple of state medals.”

A group of returning wrestlers complemented with some new additions set the Warriors up for what should be a strong season. Included in the list of returners are seniors Kyler Flowers (220 pound weight class) and Rigo Orozco (170), and Andrew Sommer (182); juniors Miguel Cairo (113/120), Tony Edison (132/138), Anthony Lombardo (returning state qualifier at 152), and Levi Penrod (145); and sophomores Ja’Sean Blair (132/138), Joshua Kassing (106/113), Jeremiah Kassing (113), David McCauley (152), Peyton Nelson (152/160), Jacob Ruff (195), and Nick Schulze (126/132).

The Warriors also have some new faces on the team this year, and Olsson believes they can step in and have an impact.

“We have a great group of new wrestlers this year and all of them have already shown a great amount of potential,” he said. “Some of our key additions that can help us achieve our goals as a team are freshmen Manny Mccauley, Noah Lohrman, and Austin Haas, sophomore Nick Schulze, and senior Rigo Orozco.”

On the girls side, Warrenton has two grapplers — junior Madison Nash and freshman Caelyn Hanff. Nash is a first-year wreslter, while Hanff competed at the middle school level.

“My expectations for them are very similar to my expectations for the boys program,” Olsson said. “I want them to learn and improve every match and I want them to do the best no matter what the results of the match are. I am interested to see how they will compare to the other female wrestlers once they start competing.”

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