Returning to the Warriors mats with a letter for the 2019-20 season are (front, l-r) Ethan Maldonado, Philip French, Chance Adam, Lane Quandahl; (back) Logan Schnuelle, Zach Taylor, Damon Meyer and Ethan Timp. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Returning to the Warriors mats with a letter for the 2019-20 season are (front, l-r) Ethan Maldonado, Philip French, Chance Adam, Lane Quandahl; (back) Logan Schnuelle, Zach Taylor, Damon Meyer and Ethan Timp. (Photo by Becky Walz)

While there are a lot of returning wrestlers with potential, there is no denying the low number of upperclassmen the South Winn wrestling program has at its disposal this season.

“Low numbers in general limits options as far as depth at certain weights,” said Head Coach Jacob Elsbernd.

In his ninth season, Elsbernd will be assisted by Jason Schmelzer, Ethan Adams, Kenny Mikota, Jake Everts and Dakota Gray.


Two to state

A young, inexperienced Warrior squad took the mats, ready to prove their worth, which included five letter winners.

Compiling a 15-12 dual record, South Winn continued to build as the season continued, which culminated in a third-place finish at the Upper Iowa Conference tournament. A trio of Warriors were crowned champs at the UIC meet, including 106-pound Ethan Maldonado, Logan Schnuelle at 152 pounds and junior 195-pound Damon Meyer.

The Warriors finished fifth at the Class 1A sectional meet, sending three athletes on to the district meet (Maldonado, 106 lbs., Philip French, 113 lbs. and Schnuelle, 152 lbs.)

It was a tough district with Maldonado and Schnuelle moving on to the state meet.

At Wells Fargo, Maldonado became the first South Winn freshman to ever win a match at state in the first round of the consolation bracket. His season ended in the second round. Also, in his first trip to state, Schnuelle struggled to pick up a “W”.

Graduating in May was Tayton Bullerman.

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