Wrestling hits the mat in season opener on Nov. 10

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The Doane wrestling team will hit the mat with their first meet in Baldwin City, Kansas at the Baker Invite starting at 9 a.m. 

The team consists of five returners and 13 new wrestlers. The team also gained a new head coach and assistant coach for this season. 

Dana Vote joined the Tigers as head coach in March 2019 after spending the previous two seasons at Midland University.

Senior Dustin Carstens is most excited to see his own personal goals after coming back from offseason training and seeing how the young team performs under new leadership. 

“The new coaching staff is phenomenal. The expertise and passion these coaches have for the program is empowering,” Carstens said. 

Graduate assistant Kodie Cole is excited to see the program reach its potential under Coach Vote, who coached him and assistant coach Ceron Francisco during their undergraduate time at Concordia University. 

A few big things that Coach Vote wants the team to focus on are their education and raising the team grade point average, along with working hard on the mat.

Cole believes that because of the experiences that the three of them had together at Concordia, they are all on the same page which will help the Tigers succeed.

The first year Cole was at Concordia, the team was at the very bottom of the conference with no honors. With Vote as a coach that year, the team started from the bottom but built its way to bring them to the top of the conference throughout Cole’s collegiate wrestling experience. 

“We [the coaches] have an idea of what it takes to take a program from the bottom up,” Cole said. “It’s not going to be pretty all the way through, but it’s a process.”

The team will head out on the road for their first four meets but will have their first home meet, the Doane Conner/Oppenheim Open, on Dec. 7.