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Lueders named MAC Coach of the Year, River Kings take ninth place

Jan. 29—ELDRIDGE — In his first year back as head coach of the Clinton River Kings wrestling program, JD Lueders brought Clinton a successful wrestling season and helped build numbers back up for the Kings varsity team.

On Saturday, Lueders was rewarded for his efforts as he was named the Mississippi Athletic Conference Boys Wrestling Coach of the Year.

Although it was a tough day on Saturday, the River Kings took ninth place out of ten teams with 65 total points. Not helping Clinton's final results was the fact that they were missing two of their starters in Mason Luckritz and Ben Brown.

Danny Peters lost earlier in the day but avenged that loss later on to earn himself a team best finish at third.

Brady Jennings was able to finish in fourth place at 150 pounds while Nolan Eggers and Jakob Geestman each took fifth on the day.

Also placing for Clinton was Jason Wheat and Ty Sander-Welzien who took sixth place on the day.

"I was happy with the way our kids wrestled. There are so many little things that we are doing better than we were at the beginning of the year, very proud of these kids," Clinton head coach JD Lueders said. "You won't see all of these improvements as W's, but they are very important characteristics for our program's foundation and for our future success. Our kids have made significant improvements from where we started to where we are at today."

Clinton will compete at State Qualifiers next Saturday, Feb. 10, at noon at Dubuque Hempstead.

"Our staff is looking forward to getting our team ready for a very competitive district at Dub Hempstead on Feb.10," Lueders said.