While the Quakers lack in total numbers, leaders have popped up to help direct Plainfield to its goals.
“Macri is our senior with the most experience ... is a returning team captain and has done an excellent job leading in the preseason,” Nicodemus said. “Weaver is very quiet, one of those guys that doesn’t say much but works hard every time he steps in the room. Weddle is a returning letterman that unfortunately broke his leg during football and will be out for the first half of the season. McKee is a junior who is absolutely the vocal leader of the team. He’s such an outstanding leader that he was a team captain as a sophomore last season.”
With such an abundance of grapplers that care in his room, Nicodemus said he’s pleased with what he’s seen so far and likes the direction the team is moving.
“Unfortunately, our program has been down for the past few years,” he said. “Our kids have persevered through these times and are working hard to build the program back up to where it should be.
“The intensity in our practice room is at a level that I haven’t seen in a long time. We don’t have any prima donnas. Everyone comes in the room ready to work hard and get better every day. As a coach, you can’t ask for more than that.”
Cascade sent Hunter Fox to the state finals last season and Zach Batts went to semistate as three others advanced into regional competition. The Cadets finished third in the West Central Conference, fifth at county, and sixth at sectional.
The team has upped its goals this season and coach Josh Hagenow said they have aspirations to win the WCC, place in the top four in county, and try to qualify more wrestlers for each round of the postseason tournament.