It’s sectional wrestling week. Next week is state.
This is the time of the year Asher Wiegand loves. Even if he’s a bit banged up.
“I’m going to push through it, like everyone else who is in the same boat,” Wiegand said. “It’s time to grind and get after.”
Wiegand has been grinding since he came to Eureka. He’s one week away form becoming the school’s first four-time state wrestling meet qualifier.
And he the 126-pound wrestler doesn’t stop when he’s away from sports. Wiegand is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader, serves on student council and has an honor roll report card.
“School doesn’t come easy for me,” Wiegand admitted. “I have to put in a lot of studying. It shows you can work hard, do well, excel in anything you do. As long as you work hard and put your mind to it.”
Wiegand will graduate in the top 25 in his class this spring.
“He puts in the work during the seaosn and in the off-time,” said Eureka wrestling coach Doug Ferguson. “He is working on school at home. He puts in all the extra effort to be at the next level, the highest level. That will be true the rest of his liufe. He will excel at anything he does.”
As a four-year class officer, Wiegand also plays a big roll in Eureka’s “Fight For Life,” the community-wide effort to raise funds for the St. Jude’s Midwest Affiliate.
“We’ve got a great opportunity for St. Jude’s, raising money that we are able to do,” said Wiegand. “It’s awesome to build on those leadership opportunities we have here in Eureka.”