Seniors providing leadership for the Trojans this season are, from left, kneeling - Dillon Kuennen, Austin Vrzak. Standing - John Hageman. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Seniors providing leadership for the Trojans this season are, from left, kneeling - Dillon Kuennen, Austin Vrzak. Standing - John Hageman. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Having a team full of returning letter winners can only be a benefit for Turkey Valley wrestling coach Steven Andrukaitis.

With no freshmen and the entire lineup returning from a record-setting 2011-12, the Trojans look to be a power in the Upper Iowa Conference again this season.

They will also be looking to qualify several wrestlers to the big stage in February.



One of the best

Last year the Trojans put together a solid lineup when it counted. At the Upper Iowa Conference meet, the Trojans had its best tournament since 2005, taking second with 186 points. They put six into the finals, crowning two champions. Austin Vrzak (113) and Luke Kuennen (220) both took first, their first UIC titles in their careers. Taking second were Tom Reicks (106), Riley Meirick (132), John Hageman (145) and Charles Hadacek (152).

At the sectional meet the Trojans finished second as a team with 185.5 points, qualifying for the regional dual tournament. Individually advancing were Hageman (145) as the champion at his weight and runners-up Vrzak (130), Hadacek (152), Tyler Sawyer (160) and Kuennen (220).

At the team dual, the Trojans struggled against Class 1A No. 3 Nashua-Plainfield. At the individual district meet, just Hageman survived to move on to state. Competing in his third state tournament, Hageman lost both his matches to end the year 27-17.

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