1988-1989 Whitehall Norsemen Wrestling Team Photo
Back Row (L to R): Coach Mark Helgeson, Dan Guse, Craig Thompson, Dave Lyngen, Keith Schaefer , Matt Koxlien, Clark Kulig, Coach Hauser.
Front Row (L to R): Matt Pronschinski, Steve Koxlien, Justin Anderson, Jeff Elliot, Jim Powell, John Powell, Bill Klimek, Paul Sosalla, Jerry Leque.
Head Coach: Jeff Hauser
Assistant Coach: Mark Helgeson
Wrestlers: Dan Guse, Craig Thompson, Dave Lyngen, Keith Schaefer, Matt Koxlien, Clark Kulig, Matt Pronschinski, Steve Koxlien, Justin Anderson, Jeff Elliot, Jim Powell, John Powell, Bill Klimek, Paul Sosalla, Jerry Leque.
Record: Conference, 4th Place. 5 Wins - 10 Losses Overall.
Wrestling Cheerleaders: (Top to Bottom): Tammi Thompson, Sara Peterson, Dee Lyngen, Nancy Matchey.
Sectional Qualifier: Dave Lyngen
Steady Performers: Craig Thompson, Dan Guse, Keith Schaefer, Jim Powell, Dave Lyngen, Paul Sosalla.
Season Results ( Duel history incomplete at this time):
Stanley Boyd: Loss 15-56
Independence: Loss 12-62
Onalaska Tournament: 7th Place
Mel-Min: Loss 0-71
C-FC: Loss 33-36
West Salem Tournament: 6th Place
Osseo: Loss 17-50
G.E.T: Loss 15-46
Alma-Center: Win 57-0
West Salem Tournament: 3rd Place
Whitehall Triple Duel: 1st Place
Onalaska Luther: Win ?-?
West Salem: Win ?-?
Elmwood-Plum City: Win ?-?
Eau Claire Memorial: Loss 16-29
Dairyland Conference Tournament: 4th Place
WIAA Regional Team / Individual Tournament: 4th Place.
Jim Powell, Jerry Leque, Coach Hauser, Craig Thompson, and Clark Kulig warm up for practice.
Jim Powell in Control of an Independence Wrestler.
30 Seasons Ago: "Bust A Move", 1988-1989.
This is Coach Hauser's seventh season at the helm of the Norsemen Program. As Coach's program management style has been implemented, team performance has improved incrementally every year. This team is in the later stages of a rebuilding project that started after a heavy senior loss in 1986. Wrestling participation was high, and the skill level of these guys has been increasing. A larger core of solid underclassmen are being helped out by several experienced senior wrestlers (Jerry Leque, Jeff Elliot, Dan Guse, David Lyngen, and Keith Schaefer.) in this season.
There was a major WIAA rule change this season. The weight classes were adjusted to reflect participation numbers. The new weight classes for the 1988-1989 school year was 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, and HWT.
The Norsemen this season were comprised of Dan Guse, Craig Thompson, Dave Lyngen, Keith Schaefer, Matt Koxlien, Clark Kulig, Matt Pronschinski, Steve Koxlien, Justin Anderson, Jeff Elliot, Jim Powell, John Powell, Bill Klimek, Paul Sosalla, and Jerry Leque.
The 1988-1989 Wrestling Cheerleaders were Tami Thompson, Sara Peterson, Dee Lyngen, and Nancy Matchey.
The Norse ended up 4th in the Dairyland Conference Tournament and 5 and 10 overall for the season. Led by a core of steady performers in Craig Thompson, Dan Guse, Keith Schaefer, Jim Powell, Dave Lyngen, and Paul Sosalla the Norse took wins against Alma-Center, West Salem, Onalaska Luther, and Elmwood-Plum City. The Mat Men had a good non conference duel with Eau Claire Memorial that ended in a narrow loss. A 1st place team performance in the Whitehall Triple Duel Tournament was a highlight of the duel season.
In the post season the team finished 4th at the Regional tournament held in C-FC. Dave Lyngen got the farthest for us this season surviving the regionals and earning sectional qualifier status.
This is the calm before the storm. The freshmen on this team will deliver Coach Hauser the first Dairyland Conference Championship in his era of program history in their senior year. The pieces are falling into place for the most successful run in Norse history. Great success comes in small improvements every year. This team did their job. Good work men.