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Wrestling preps for rough schedule
by Jacob Lane · January 15, 2014

As the wrestling season hits the halfway mark, West Liberty is shaping up into a formidable opponent. The Comets are now 8-6 for the season, facing a difficult schedule in the months to come.

"Our schedule just gets tougher, but it gets us prepared for the conference," said Coach Jeff Wiele. "We're wrestling pretty well, we just have to work through some issues."

The team has faced some injuries lately; Wiele wants to get the full team back together. However, his philosophy continues to be to take each match one at a time.

"We try not to look further ahead than the meet in front of us," he said. "But we're continuing to get better. One of the things they [the wrestling team] continue to do best is sticking to the plan of getting better, not dwelling on the past."

The Comets have taken down Bellevue, Durant, Tipton and Mount Vernon. However, they've suffered losses to Cedar Rapids, Davenport Assumption and Lisbon.

Notable performers have been Dylan VanDusen, Kohl Wheeler, Trevor Schneider, Tanner Mueller and Elliot Henderson.

In fact, Henderson provided one of the seasonís highlights Dec. 21 at Xavier High School when he walked off the mat with his 100th high school career win.

"It felt good," said Henderson, it was a nice milestone in my career."

A senior, he started wrestling in 7th grade due to guidance from his coach and mentor Curt Diemer. Achieving 100 wins has always been his goal.

"He [Diemer] talked me into going out for it, then I really started to love it," added Henderson.

The wrestler made state his sophomore year and took eighth place at state as a junior. Along the way he's participated in off-season wrestling, wrestled for Iowa at the Disney Duels in Florida, became state champ in greco-roman wrestling and made it to the national tournament in North Dakota.

"It's been a lot of hard work and good experiences," he added, "If you get better youíre going to get more wins."

Henderson was greeted with balloons, cookies and many congratulations after the win.

However, he credits his team with much of the success.

"Our motto is to have more fun," said Henderson. "I think we have a lot more fun than the other teams."

Trevor Schneider also believes the team is in good shape, "We're doing pretty good, we've learned a lot this season," he said.

The team takes on Mid-Praire and West Branch on Jan. 9, followed by Highland Jan. 11. Conference tournaments begin late in February.

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