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Cascade’s 2019-20 wrestling team: front from left, Olivia Ries, Isaac DeLaRosa, Trever Freiburger, Luke Ludwig, Cade Rausch, Lucas Trenkamp and Lexi Feldmann; back row, coach Travis Andrews, Ted Weber, Aidan Noonan, Casey Koppes, Carson Staner, Hunter Vogel, Cody Kremer and assistant coach Alex Ressler.

A small but mighty Cascade Cougar wrestling squad will take the mat this year, hoping to make the season a successful one.

With four key seniors gone, the team’s hopes will rest on a group of talented underclassmen, led by Aidan Noonan, who earned the school’s first-ever individual state championship last season after going 49-0.

Noonan now owns some records that were originally set by his older brother Nolan, one of the four seniors who were lost to graduation. He tied the mark of 30 pins in a season and is looking to eclipse his brother’s career records by the time he leaves the program.

Coach Travis Andrews added, “There is a strong returning class of juniors who will step up this year. Aidan will be back to defend his title and push to break the records Nolan set. Nine or 10 of the people coming back have varsity experience and look to improve the overall success the team had last year. The sky’s the limit on what this team can accomplish if they work hard and put in the time.”

The 14-16 dual meet record of last year is one of the things this team is hoping to better. That’s where the hard work will come in.