Cardinal wrestlers enjoy success in 2018-19

Most Outstanding Wrestler Jon Merten

It was a very solid debut season for Boone Central/Newman Grove wrestling coach Josh Majerus.
Majerus, a Boone Central graduate, had great success on the mat during his career – high school state medalist, college national champion, unbeaten Cornhusker State Games champion – and has translated his skill to the coaching position.
After starting and building the Twin River Titans’ program from scratch, Majerus took the reins of a proud Cardinal program from decorated Coach Dale Bonge, and did not skip a beat.
Despite inheriting a team short on experience, Majerus led BCNG to a Class C Top 10 finish at the 2019 state tournament, which he says will be an annual goal for the Cardinals.
There are no secrets to Majerus’ own success – or that of the teams he has coached. Dedication, hard work, effort. Then more hard work and effort.
“The boys peaked at the right time and had a great season,” Majerus praised when assessing his first Card campaign. “I’m looking forward to working with the next group and getting them ready for next season. It is important to get as much mat time in this spring and summer as possible. That off-season time is when winter champs get good.
“We will lose five great senior leaders who I wish the best for in their next journeys. The juniors need to step up and the 12 returning wrestlers will need to start focusing in on next season. I encourage them all to participate in track and field, lift weights and get in the wrestling room occasionally.
“I also want to thank all the supporters and wrestling fans for their continued support,” Majerus stated.
Boone Central/Newman Grove had 14 varsity letterwinners in 2018-19 –
Seniors: Ethan Dozler, Tyson Haddix-Jorgensen, Jon Merten, Dalton Rasmussen. Juniors: Will Grape, Cristopher Thiem. Sophomores: Richard Cleveland, Cole Greek, Bryce Kennedy, Aaron Saldana, TJ Weber. Freshmen: Gavin Dozler, Will Karmann, Ashton Schafer.
Majerus announced the following season awards – Captain: Jon Merten. Most Outstanding Wrestler: Jon Merten. Most Improved: Dalton Rasmussen. Grinder Award (Dedicated & Tough): Will Grape. Rookie of Year: Gavin Dozler. Cardinal Leadership Award: Ethan Dozler.
As a team, Boone Central/Newman Grove finished 7-6 in duals. The Cardinals had high tournament finishes of 2nd in the Newman Grove and Aurora Invitationals, took 3rd at the Gibbon Invite, placed 4th in the Mid-State Conference Championships, and were 5th in the Beau Hazlip Invite and Madison Invite.
Winning tournament gold medals were: Jon Merten (Beau Hazlip, Gibbon, Boone Central, Mid-State, Newman Grove, Aurora, District), Ethan Dozler (Gibbon, Aurora), Dalton Rasmussen (Mid-State).
Jon Merten became the 23rd Cardinal to earn a state tournament runner-up finish and Dozler placed 4th in the 2019 state tourney.

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