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Co-Head Coach
Dick Briggs

Co-Head Coach
Matt Orton

Athletic Director

Chris Deam

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"The Night The Names On The Wall Came To Life!
2010 State Finalist Reunion

For those of you who were unable to attend we have posted a pdf version of the finalist program for you to download.


Year by Year
A Condensed Look at the First Fifty plus years
of J-Hawk Wrestling...

2000 Moving into the twenty-first century did not see the J-Hawks make significant gains as the season would produce the smallest team roster in school history. Only twenty-five stouthearted individuals

finished the season: eight seniors, four juniors, six sophomores and seven freshmen.|
Incredibly, varsity duals averaged two and sometimes three holes (forfeits) in the lineup; one Saturday tournament (at Ames) saw only seven entrants from Jefferson. The season dual campaign produced just three victories, tying a school record for team futility. Yet, as is often the case, the highlight of any season is the District and State meet. Senior Chris Buesing-189 walked away with a fifth place medal, just missing out on a trip to the finals, when he was defeated (most say cheated) in the semi-final round vs. Indianola. Also qualifying were seniors Brian McArtor-103 and Clint Miller-160 along with junior Brent Stepanek-171. Oddly, Buesing did not wrestle his freshman year and only joined the team at Christmas of his sophomore year. He came out as a result of a hamburger bet and began by competing at 275 while weighing only 195 lbs. McArtor did not join the team until his junior year! Miller and Buesing both went on to excellent Division III football careers while attending Loras College in Dubuque.

2001 A fourteenth weight class (215) was added to high school wrestling in 2001 and Jefferson junior David Aossey took advantage of it earning a trip to the state meet. Senior Brent Stepanek-171 and junior Kyle Dean-145 would also make the trip to Des Moines; none of the three would place in the top six however. Once again the dual season could only muster three victories, which were a success when compared to the complete meltdown at the MVC Super-Meet. A paltry six varsity entries produced fourteenth place out of fourteen MVC schools one dark February Saturday in Dubuque. The J-Hawk coaching staff was hard pressed when asked to point out bright spots while recapping the season. An increase in the roster to thirty-eight wrestlers who finished the season (fourteen freshman) certainly was a positive. The addition of assistant coaches Tom Miller and Mike Kane brought a breath of fresh air into the room. David Aossey, Blue Aldridge, and Brent (Spud) Stepanek demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in being multi-sport athletes and fixtures in the weight room, all the while possessing splendid positive attitudes. Stepanek finished with 102 career wins showing his steady success. Spud’s win-consistency was the single ray of sunshine in a dark ocean of excuses and otherwise bleak stretch of mediocrity.

2002 For the third season in a row the J-Hawk varsity could only manage three varsity wins. They were sixth of seven in the MVC divisional dual standings and twelfth out of fourteen at the MVC Super-Meet. Six of the nine dual losses were to top twenty finishing teams (including champion City High, third place Linn Mar and eighth place Kennedy). Still, looking for bright spots and positives proved difficult. Two athletes qualified for the state meet in Des Moines, senior David Aossey-215 and junior Rob Olson-145. Both won a match in consolation wrestle backs but were eliminated before serious top six-medal contention. Aossey, and senior teammates Kyle Dean and Blue Aldridge all finished their careers in the ninety-win club after four years of service on the mat. Rob Olson wrote his name in the record books for most reversals in a career, with one year remaining. The team roster continued to expand and now stood at forty survivors who finished the season, more importantly it contained thirteen freshmen that showed camaraderie, team cohesiveness, and some orneriness. They chiefly comprised and bolstered a junior varsity team that finished the season with fifteen wins.

2003 Three state qualifiers led a desperate quest for medals as the J-Hawks searched for someone to point the way to the awards stand in Des Moines. A new four-day concept at Veteran’s Auditorium was instituted as the medal drought continued for Jefferson. For the first time medals would be awarded to the top eight finishers in each weight class. Senior Rob Olson-152, sophomore cousin Tony Olson-103, and freshman Blaine Beatty-119 all made the trip. For the third year in a row all returned empty-handed (seventh time in forty-six years). To increase the frustration the J-Hawks were the only MVC team that did not produce a medallist in 2003. On a positive note, Beatty became the first freshman in school history to qualify for the state tournament. Rob Olson got within one victory of medal contention before yielding to Micah Washington of Burlington. Rob was a four-year varsity letterman; all but two of his eighty-five career wins were earned at the varsity level. Rob finished up by breaking his own school record for reversals in a career tallying 101. He had a school record eighteen varsity wins as a freshman four years earlier. Now, there was a new J-Hawk freshman (Beatty) that produced twenty varsity victories eclipsing Rob’s previous record. Progress as a team was being made too. A four dual win season pointed towards improvement as did a seventh place finish in the MVC Super-Meet. Six of nine dual losses were to top ten finishing teams at state (two losses each to 3A runner-up Iowa City West and third place finishing Kennedy). Of even greater importance for the future, the junior varsity squad posted a nineteen-win season on their way to tying City High for the divisional crown. Note: The JV defeated City High twice in their two dual meetings of the season. Season’s end produced a final team roster of forty-eight individuals that were valiantly attempting to restore Jefferson’s integrity to the MVC and state. Eighteen frosh finished the grueling four-month winter season.


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Our very own Mark Ironside,
Two-Time State Champion
has been inducted to the
Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame
Class of 2010.
Read the article and more information on the 2010 induction ceremony!
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