Cheerleaders display love of the sport
One of cheerleading coach Dawn Wiebbecke’s pet peeves is seeing a wrestler with no cheerleader mat side supporting them. Her team this year was quick to ensure that would not happen. Perhaps, in part, because of her team’s own love of the sport, something Wiebbecke loved seeing.

“My entire varsity squad this year were also girls wrestlers and most competed in the girls state wrestling in Waverly,” Wiebbecke said. “Luckily we had a great JV squad that was able to step up and do an awesome job,” she said.

The JV squad was a positive addition for the team who has gone without one for a number of years. Experienced cheerleaders mentored new recruits, something Wiebbecke said helped create a smooth and professional squad this year.

After reflecting on the season, Wiebbecke said a favorite memory for her was cheering at The Clash tournament, a national wrestling event hosted in Minnesota. “We were the only cheerleaders there and had a blast,” she said. “We had a gentleman that was blind follow our team so that he could tell what was happening on the mat by the cheers. This was a fantastic experience for the girls and me.”

The team will lose three seniors: Jaci Carter, Gabby Corday, and Natalee Lyons. Carter and Corday had been with the team four years and Lyons was with the team for three. The seniors were also the team’s captains. “They did a fantastic job in making sure that the cheers were updated,” Wiebbecke praised, “and worked well with our junior varsity and middle school to ensure that they knew the cheers. (The) captains were also very good at problem solving and making sure our squads were the best we could be.”
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