Flandreau Flier Winter 2022-23 Sports Preview

2022-23 Flandreau Flier Wrestling team, front, from left, Julie Pitsenberger and Brayden Wiese. Back, Assistant Coach Jack Konechne, Jayden Lange, Caleb Pitsenberger, Justin Klein, Karter Headrick and Head Coach Cody Chamblin. Not pictured is Teague Bergjord.


Head Coach: Cody Chamblin (First year), Itasca Community College and Southwest Minnesota State
Assistant Coach: Jack Konechne
Top Athletes Lost: Tathan Headrick, Chase Reed, Dylan Christensen and Caleb Dietrich
Key Returning Athletes: Caleb Pitsenberger will come back with just being shy of punching his ticket to the State meet last year. Brayden Weise is a two-time State qualifier that will be looking to make the podium this year. Karter Headrick will turn some heads this year with his unorthodox wrestling way and be looking at making his first state tournament. Justin Klein and Teague Bergjord are younger guys that will look to keep improving and work on getting to the big show also.
The Fliers also have Julie Pitsenberger coming back after her first year out and making it to the state tournament last year. New to the team is a senior girl with a pretty good resume in Jayden Lange who has qualified for the state tournament twice in Colorado. She placed third in Colorado as a sophomore and in a 2021-22, was a freestyle/Greco champ.
2021-22 Recap: Five kids made it to State and Chase Reed and Tathan Headrick made the podium.
Team Strengths: Strengths will be everyone that has wrestled for awhile, so just getting after it will be the key.
Team Weakness: The biggest weakness is the Fliers are a really small team and can’t fill all the weight classes and don’t have enough bodies for practicing partners.
Coach Comments: We have a great group of kids that are putting the time in. Just need to make that next leap.  We did have to make the move to Class A this year, and like I stated above, we have quality kids that will make some noise, we will just lack in the team dual aspect.  I’m excited to see where these guys end up at the end of the year.

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