Marshall Kools 1st Place WIAA Individual State Tournament @ 195
2019-2020 Neenah HS Wrestling Team Banquet Photo
Drake Hayward 5th Place WIAA Individual State Tournament @ 145
WIAA Team State Wrestling
The Neenah Wrestling Program is focused on building successful personal characteristics in our student athletes which eventually leads to our longterm program goal building Championship People. Neenah Wrestling aims to instill characteristics developed from wrestling that our student athletes can bring into the real world and have the ability to take confident risks to achieve their individual goals and missions in adulthood.
Our #1 Program Goal is to develop Championship People followed with Goal #2 of Championship Results. Our Culture of Neenah Wrestling is more important than the wins and losses.
We strive to develop the "WHOLE PERSON" student and athlete.
We offer the following wrestling programs.
"Intro to Youth Wrestling" 4K-3rd Fall (Sep/Oct) 5 Weeks
"Intro to Youth Wrestling" 4K-3rd Spring (Feb/Mar) 5 Weeks
Neenah Girls Wrestling 2nd-8th Winter (Jan/Feb) 5 Weeks
Neenah Youth Wrestling 3rd-5th Winter (Jan/Mar) 11 Weeks
Neenah Middle School Wrestling 6-8 Winter (Dec/Mar) 15 Weeks
Neenah High School Wrestling 9-12 Winter (Nov/Mar) 16 Weeks
Rocket Wrestling Factory Freestyle/Greco Spring (Apr/May)
Rocket Wrestling Factory Folkstyle Summer (June/July)
Twin City Wrestling Club Summer (June/July)
Good afternoon Neenah Wrestling!
I am excited to share with you the registration for Neenah Wrestling's Participation in the Wisconsin Wrestling League! With the current situation surrounding COVID-19, this is likely one of the only competitive options for our athletes. This season is available for male athletes Grades 2-8 and female athletes Grades 3-8, or by special consideration.
Registration for this program can be completed at:
Practices for this season will begin November 15. The tentative practice schedule is as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:00 – 5:30
Tuesday, Thursday 6:00 – 7:15
Monday, Wednesday 6:00 – 7:15
Girls (Grades 3-8)
Sundays 5:00 – 6:30
The season/competition calendar is being finalized by the Wisconsin Wrestling League. Currently the plan includes one (1) competition in December, two (2) competitions in January, a qualifier, and Championship in February. Calendars will be available at www.neenahwrestling.com
Practices will be held at:
Neenah Wrestling Facility
Chase Bank Building, 2nd Floor
111 E Wisconsin Ave., Neenah
Costs will be:
A USA Wrestling Athlete card is required for all athletes, there is a $45 fee associated with this membership.
A $75, refundable, deposit is required for singlet check out for competitive athletes.
**No athletes will be turned away due to financial constraints. Contact Neenah Wrestling for information regarding potential financial assistance. **
With our move from Neenah School District property we are implementing the following COVID-19 safety precautions to keep our coaches and athletes as safe as possible and meet our insurance requirements.
Registration for this league can be completed at:
Dear Neenah Youth and Middle School Wrestling Community,
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic a new league has surfaced in Wisconsin known as the Wisconsin Wrestling League. This league will consist of both club and local/program level teams and will have competitions statewide for 3 different divisions (K-2), (3-5), and (6-8).
Please take some time to view the Wisconsin Wrestling League website for more information. Note: Many teams will be added to this league as it was just made public.
We are working extremely hard to provide opportunities to members of our wrestling program who want to wrestle this year and this league is causing us to PIVOT from our normal season plans in a typical year to take advantage of what is available to us at this time. JUST KNOW that our SEASONS for Youth and Middle School most likely will start sooner than in the past and end sooner than in the past as we restructure our program around the Wisconsin Wrestling League for this year.
If the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation is able to have a typically WWF Regional and State Series we will work on providing additional opportunities for those who want to compete in those events if they happen this year.
Neenah Wrestling has joined the Wisconsin Wrestling League and we will be entering in a 2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade, and 6th-8th Grade team. Our competition schedule for this league will be finalized in Mid-November and our team will be allowed to compete at a total of 3 events in the months of December and January. In the month of February we will have a qualifier and finals event (For Qualifiers).
Why is Neenah jumping in on this new league? There are so many question marks regarding the 2020-2021 competition schedule that we feel this is the best opportunity for our wrestlers who feel comfortable competing this year getting that opportunity. At the present time we are not counting on local youth level tournaments or potentially even our Middle School Wrestling conference events happening so by joining the Wisconsin Wrestling League we will be taking advantage of opportunities to compete as a program this year.
At this time our official Neenah Wisconsin Wrestling League SIGN-UP is NOT AVAILABLE as this league has just been made public Tuesday September 29th.
What we need to know is...
Stay tuned for...
I know this is a lot...we have been doing our best once again for those who feel comfortable and respect the decisions of those who chose to not participate due to the pandemic.
Please contact me with any questions.
Coach Kleuskens and the Neenah Wrestling Staff
The 2020-2021 USA Wrestling Membership is NOW OPEN.
To purchase your USA Wrestling Competitor or Coaches Card please visit www.usawmembership.com
Once on the site you will login or create a login if you are a new customer.
The USA Wrestling Card is MANDATORY for all USA Wrestling affiliated events such as all Wisconsin Wrestling Federation events (WWF Youth Regionals, WWF Youth State, WWF Freestyle State, WWF Greco State, Northern Plains, Fargo etc). It is also required by many local wrestling clubs and camps that are USA Wrestling affiliated.
Note the Neenah Wrestling Club once again this year purchased the High School Team membership for $400 which means all of our High School Wrestlers cards are paid for. All 20-21 Seniors need to complete their safe sport training online before their cards are added and available.
Dear Neenah Wrestling Community,
Our 2020-2021 Business Sponsorship opportunity is now OPEN. Please see the attached Business Sponsorship form for more detailed information on how this fundraiser works. All forms need to be turned into me with the donation fee's prior to Thursday November 12th 2020.
NOTE COVID-19: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we will be renewing all 2019-2020 (Last Year) Business Sponsors for an additional year without expecting a donation. This is a way to support you during the difficult economic circumstances. If you/your business would still like to contribute any amount to the Neenah Wrestling Club you are still welcome to do so this year.
Last years business sponsors years of logos, links to websites, and years of contributions can be found here. https://www.neenahwrestling.com/sponsors.
Please check out the link and considering supporting our Business Sponsors who offer a wide variety of services to our local community.
BUSINESS REWARD SYSTEM:
Any new business who donates $300 (or more) to the Neenah Wrestling Club will receive the following.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATION: Business can donate items valued over $300 that could be useful to our program and still be eligible. For example Hoffman Strobel Builders donated all of the plywood for the High School Wrestling false floor which locks them in as a business sponsor for the next ten years based on the value of that donation. Neenah Paper does all of our printing throughout the season and is another example of a business who provides services that directly makes a positive impact our wrestling program.
Please Note: The business and individual sponsorships (to be released separately) are different fundraisers. Please contact Coach Kleuskens if you have questions. For example a wrestler cannot count a $300 business sponsorship towards the contender/championship bundles as those are collections from the individual sponsorship.
All forms and payments can be turned into me either via mail (see form) or in person prior to Thursday November 12th 2020.
Thanks for your continued support and dedication. This is going to be a very challenging year for us in terms of fundraising and your support in helping us continue to grow and establish Neenah Wrestling would be greatly appreciated.
Please contact me with any questions regarding our 20-21 Business Sponsorship Fundraiser.
Head Wrestling Coach
Neenah Wrestling focused on the character development of young men and women. We are proud to educate and instill important lifelong experiences that will be beneficial in the many years to come. Our "TEAM CORE" Values are guiding principals to help us reach our program academic, social, and athletic goals.
Neenah's Drake Hayward will be continuing his academic and athletic experience at Augsburg University in Minnesota.
WIAA Team State Poster 2019-2020
Assistant Varsity Wrestling Coach
Head JV Wrestling Coach
Head Intro to Youth Wrestling Coach
|High School (9-12)||Middle School (6-8)||Youth (3-5)||Intro (4K-3rd)||Girls (2-8)|
|Kyle Kleuskens Head Varsity||Josh Mueller-Head Coach||Eric Rasmussen Head Coach||Chris Abel Head Intro Coach||Rocco Marchionda: Head Girls Coach|
|Mark Cowling Varsity Assistant||Nate Novak Assistant Coach||Chris Abel Assistant||Corey Knudsen Assistant Intro||Allie Grovachek: Assistant|
|Chris Rundquist Head JV||Curt Sheppard Assistant Coach||Cody Peabody Assistant||Dan Thomson Assistant Intro||Dan Janichek: Assistant|
|Mason Bohm Volunteer||Scott Eckstein Assistant Coach||Dan Thomson Assistant||Rocco Marchionda Assistant Intro|
|Ryan Robillard Volunteer||Kelly Herm Assistant Coach||Jason Kurszewski Assistant||Jeff Birschback Assistant Intro Coach|
|Corey Knudsen Volunteer||Briar Hass Assistant Coach||Nathan Ennis Assistant||Larry Marsh Assistant Intro|
|Brian Piechocki Volunteer||Collin Neuens Assistant Coach||Adam Kittilson Assistant||Kyle Kleuskens Assistant Intro|
|Kevin Beauchamp Volunteer||Jason Barber Assistant||Eric Rasmussen Assistant Intro|
|Cory Zuberber Volunteer||Josh Mueller Assistant Intro|
|Jason Kurszewski Volunteer||Ben McDonald Assistant Intro|
|Jason Kurszewski Assistant Intro|
|Scott Farrell Assistant Intro|
WIAA Team State Qualifiers
The Neenah High School Wrestling Team won the WIAA Team Sectional Dual Tuesday February 18th 2020 at Hartford Union High School vs West Bend East 36-25. Neenah was down early in the dual 9-0 but Davin Munoz @ 182 turned the tides with a critical 5-3 decision in the closing seconds at 182 pounds. The rockets quickly added 24 team points with three consecutive pins by Marshall Kools (195), Bryce Fochs (220), and Caleb Letson (285). William Rambert picked-up a forfiet at 106 pounds to make it 27-9 Neenah. The WBE Suns closed the gap to make it 27-13 when freshman Jayden Sheppard stepped on the mat. Sheppard stepped up in the 3rd period down 2-0 to pick up two three point nearfall turns to win 6-2 and extend the Neenah lead to 30-13. Charlie Alft at 126 sealed the Team State Clinching dual with a 7-5 win to make it 33-13. Drake Hayward at 145 pounds capped off the night with a 5-4 decision to make the final score 36-25. The top four place winners from the WIAA Regional Championship day all moved on to the WIAA Individual Sectional Tournament on Saturday February 22nd at Oshkosh North High School. The top two of eight wrestlers in the brackets will advance to the WIAA Individual State Tournament in Madison Thursday February 27th-Saturday February 29th. Please come out to cheer on Tyler Beauchamp (106), Evan Piechocki (113), Jayden Sheppard (120), Ramon Manka-Wigfall (132), Drake Hayward (145), Austin Lewis (152), Bryce Crook (170), Davin Munoz (182), Marshall Kools (195), Caleb Letson (220), and Bryce Fochs (285).
Neenah Wrestling 2020 WIAA Regional Champions
The Neenah High School Wrestling Team won the WIAA Regional on Saturday February 15th 2020 in dramatic fashion at Slinger High School. The Rockets knocked off #9 Ranked and 3X Returning Team State Qualifiers in Slinger in the final round of wrestling. The Rockets crowned 5 regional champions in Drake Hayward (145), Bryce Crook (170), Marshall Kools (195), Caleb Letson (220), and Bryce Fochs (285). Hayward was the 3rd seed, Crook the 6th seed, and Letson the 4th seed to begin the tournament. Jayden Sheppard lost in the finals to the #1 ranked wrestler at 120 in Wisconsin to place 2nd. Tyler Beauchamp (106), Evan Piechocki (113), Austin Lewis (152), and Davin Munoz placed 3rd and Ramon Manka-Wigfall was 4th at 132. The team competes on Tuesday February 18th at Hartford Union vs regional champion West Bend East for a birth to the WIAA Team State Tournament on the line. The WIAA Team State Tournament is held at the UW Madison Fieldhouse March 6th and 7th. The top four place winners all moved on to the WIAA Individual Sectional Tournament on Saturday February 22nd at Oshkosh North High School. The top two of eight wrestlers in the brackets will advance to the WIAA Individual State Tournament in Madison Thursday February 27th-Saturday February 29th.
Marshall Kools 1st Place WIAA Individual State Tournament @ 195
Neenah High School Senior Marshall Kools made his 3rd trip to the Kohl Center one for the ages. Kools brought home the WIAA Individual State Championship at 195 pounds in Division #1. Kools was 4-0 in the tournament winning three of his four matches by fall. Kools started off with a 9-3 decision over Stoughton's #4 Rudy Detweiler. Kools then took out #2 ranked Drake Schrams of Holmen in the state quarterfinals winning by fall in the first period. On Friday Night Marshall won via fall in the 3rd period in a hard fought 6-6 match at the time vs Mukwanago standout Ryan Krimpelbine. Kools then took care of business in the WIAA State Finals vs Zach Wallace of Burlington winning by fall in the 2nd period. Kools a 3X WIAA State Qualifier is Neenah's 9th Individual State Champion All Time with an undefeated record of 45-0. Kools also moved into 2nd place all time on the Neenah High School career wins list with 147 wins only behind Tim McCarthy at 158 career wins.
Drake Hayward 5th Place WIAA Individual State Tournament @ 145
Neenah High School Junior Drake Hayward wrestled in his 3rd WIAA Individual State Tournament February 27th-29th at the Kohl Center. Hayward finished 5th overall in a loaded #145 pound bracket. Hayward got off to a fast start on Thursday night knocking off #2 Ranked Noah Leisgang of Ashwaubenon 3-0 and followed up that win with a dominant 10-4 win over Leo Draveling of Hudson. The 2-0 start Thursday night placed Drake in the WIAA Semi-Finals on Friday where he faced Max Ehlen of Burlington. Hayward led most of the match vs Ehlen but gave up a critical reversal with 15 seconds remaining to lose 4-3. Ehlen went on to win the WIAA Individual State Tournament. On Saturday Hayward lost 1-0 to Gavin Model of Stoughton to put him in the rubber match for 5th place vs Isaac Ortegon of Fond du Lac. Drake prevailed in the third meeting in just three weeks winning by fall to place 5th and get his 100th career win.
2020 WIAA Individual State Qualifiers
The Neenah High School Wrestling Team qualified five wrestlers to the WIAA Individual State Tournament held at the Kohl Center in Madison WI Thursday February 27th-Saturday February 29th. The Rockets were led by WIAA Sectional Champions Bryce Crook @ 170 and Marshall Kools @ 195. Neenah also qualified sectional runner-ups in Jayden Sheppard @ 120, Drake Hayward @ 145, and Caleb Letson @ 220. Bryce Fochs was 3rd @ 285 while Tyler Beauchamp and Davin Munoz came in 4th @ 106 and 182 respectfully. The Qualifiers will take the mat at the Kohl Center on Thursday February 27th at 3:00 PM. Here are the first round match-ups for Neenah. Jayden Sheppard vs Jacob Wisinski of Mukwanago (31-8) Drake Hayward vs Noah Leisgang of Ashwaubenon (36-4) Bryce Crook vs Luke Stromberg of Mukwanago (40-8) Marshall Kools vs Rudy Detweiler of Stoughton (26-4) Caleb Letson vs Frederick Kyles Brookfield Central (35-7)
Here are some photos of the Neenah High School Wrestling Room. Established in the summer/fall of 2016 the Neenah High School and Youth Wrestling programs call this facility home along with our offseason RWF training and the Twin City Wrestling Club. The facility includes two mats that are a total of 80 feet long by 44 feet wide.