Before his final season of wrestling for Highland began in earnest, Luke Guseman put pen to paper on Nov. 2 and signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Iowa Lakes Community College …
Before his final season of wrestling for Highland began in earnest, Luke Guseman put pen to paper on Nov. 2 and signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Iowa Lakes Community College after graduation.
“It’s big for our program. It’s big for him. It’s big for his family,” Highland wrestling head coach Nicholas Cole said about Guseman’s signing. “He’s got a great opportunity ahead of him to go compete at the next level and it’s super exciting for him.”
Guseman’s signing event took place in the Highland Boardroom, and he was surrounded by family, teammates, coaches. When visiting the campus Guseman felt a strong sense of camaraderie among the coaches and wrestlers and it reminded him of his time wrestling for Highland.
“I picked [Iowa Lakes] because I like the campus and I like the coaches there,” Guseman said. “They make me feel like I’m actually a part of the team, a little bit like I am for Highland right now. They’re really close together and I get along with all the wrestlers.”
Last year Guseman was one of three Huskies who qualified for the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines. Guseman secured his ticket to state after earning a runner-up finish at districts in Sigourney. He entered the state tournament as the 17th seed.
Wrestling in the 120 lbs weight class Guseman ended his run at state with a 4-3 record. Overall, his junior year ended with a 29-10 record.
His success at state earned him a medal and a spot on the podium, finishing in eighth place.
“Higher up on the podium this year for sure,” Guseman said of his goal of improving his placement at state. “That’s my biggest plan.”
The practice window for boys wrestling opens this week and with competition slated for as early as the first week of December, the winter season will be here before we know it and Guseman will be able to put his plan of placing higher on the state podium in motion.
“I can see him being very successful with Iowa Lakes.” Cole said about Guseman’s wrestling future. “He’s definitely capable. He’s got the tools and he’s got the drive and love for the sport.”