Drake Hayward 2nd Place WIAA Individual State Tournament @ 145 Pounds
Bryce Fochs 3rd Place WIAA Individual State 285 Pounds
The Neenah High School Wrestling Team had three qualifying wrestlers compete at the 2021 WIAA Individual State Tournament at Kaukauna High School. Drake Hayward completed a very successful High School Wrestling career at Neenah High School that wrapped up in the D1 145 pound State Championship Match at 145 pounds. Hayward won his first match in the state quarterfinals over CJ Grisar 12-5 advancing to the State Semifinals where he won an epic match 10-9 over Jacob Ward of Bay Port. Hayward was trailing the entire match and scored with 1 second left on the clock to get his hand raised to move to the state finals. In the State Championship Match Hayward was defeated by Connor Thorpe of Brookfield East who was a 4X State Placewinner in his impressive career. Congratulations to Drake Hayward on his very successful and memorable High School Wrestling Career at Neenah High School which included 4 appearances at the WIAA State Tournament. Bryce Fochs ended a very successful junior year with a 3rd place finish at 285 pounds after falling short of qualifying one year ago as a sophomore at 285. Bryce won his first match of the State Tournament in the Quarterfinals Kristian Schlicht 7-0 before losing in the State Semifinals to the eventual State Champion Ben Kawczynski by Fall. Bryce responded in the consolation semifinals with a 4-0 decision over Ethan Hansen of Appleton North and ended his season with a win in the state 3rd place match 7-3 over Girard Jones of Menominee. Bryce was the first heavyweight to place at the WIAA State Tournament since 1978. Great Season Bryce! Neenah's Caleb Letson, a 2X State Qualifier, did not place at the 2021 WIAA Individual State Tournament. Letson ran into the 2X State Champion and 4X Placewinner Brooks Empey of Stoughton in the first round. One the backside Caleb had another force to recon with in 2X 4th place finisher Orien Boe of DC Everest. The good thing for Caleb is that all of the other opponents in his state bracket this year graduate and he will be a contender moving forward into next season. Congratulations to Caleb on another great season.
2021 WIAA Regional Champions
Marshall Kools 1st Place 2020 WIAA Individual State Tournament @ 195
Drake Hayward 5th Place 2020 WIAA Individual State Tournament @ 145
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)
We have opened a Spring online RUDIS store until next week Tuesday March 9th for those looking for singlets for off-season wrestling tournaments.
Customizable Singlet (Last Name on Back) Men and Women's options in Red/Black and Blue/Grey. The red and blue options can be used for Freestyle/Greco Roman Competition.
White Torrent Jacket
Red Mesh Shorts
Singlets can be ordered in a bundle (cost savings) or individually if you only want one color option.
Dear Neenah Wrestling Community,
For those looking to stay on the mats this Spring here are three great local clubs to consider. If you need help in determining what Club might be the best fit for you please have a conversation with me.
For all athletes in a Spring or Alternate Fall Sport being played this Spring please know your #1 athletic focus should be on that current sport you are in. This is mainly intended for those not participating in another sport this Spring.
Due to COVID-19 there is a very high likely-hood continued wrestling this Spring will have to go through the Club route as we most likely will not be able to offer many opportunities in the school setting.
HS/MS Team Members who have attended Team Nazar on a regular basis in the Past or Currently:
Askren Wrestling Academy (AWA)
HS/MS Team Members who have attended Askren Wrestling Academy in the Past or Currently:
945 South Nicolet Road, Appleton, WI 54914
HS/MS Team Members who have attended Aviators Wrestling in the Past or Currently:
Dear Neenah Youth and Middle School Wrestling Families,
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to the overall structure of the 2020-2021 Neenah Youth and Middle School Wrestling seasons.
In years past the Youth State Tournament had qualifiers (regionals) and then a state event.
This year the State event is an open event (NO QUALIFIER) and will take place Friday March 5th-Sunday March 7th in the Wisconsin Dells at the Wisconsin Dells Center Dome. This means anyone can attend the Youth State Tournament and compete at an opportunity to become a Youth State Place-winner (TOP 6 per age group/weight class).
Please view the linked registration form for more details.
If your wrestler will be participating please send me the following information.
Based on this information we will be setting-up Youth State practices at the CHASE BANK facility for these athletes who will be representing Neenah Wrestling.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Coach Kleuskens, Mueller, Rasmussen
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
WIAA Team State Wrestling
2019-2020 Neenah HS Wrestling Team Banquet Photo
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|
|Corey Knudsen Volunteer Assistant Coach||Kelly Herm Assistant Coach||Jason Kurszewski Assistant||Jeff Birschback Assistant Intro Coach|
|Cory Zuberber Volunteer||Nathan Ennis Assistant||Larry Marsh Assistant Intro|
|Brian Piechocki Volunteer||Adam Kittilson Assistant||Kyle Kleuskens Assistant Intro|
|Kevin Beauchamp Volunteer||Jason Barber Assistant||Eric Rasmussen Assistant Intro|
|Jason Kurszewski Volunteer Assistant Coach||Josh Mueller Assistant Intro|
|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.