The 2019-2020 Guerin Catholic wrestling season came to an end at the New Castle Semi-State but not without another season of progress and momentum built within the program. The team had the chance to compete against the best, finishing second in the Circle City Conference and competing in the prestigious Traicoff Memorial Invitational in Calumet while also hosting an 8-team Guerin Catholic Invite for the first time ever.
Said Coach Andy Fleenor: “I was proud of the way our guys persevered throughout the season. I’ve always been a believer that a tough schedule will set up our wrestlers for success once tournament time comes around. We wrestled in several tough tournaments including the Traicoff, the 24-team Robert Porter Invite in Chicago, and the Mooresville Holiday Tournament. We had some tough duals against top teams in the state like Oak Hill, Floyd Central, Lowell, and Roncalli. Throughout the season our guys embraced the grind and continued to get better and believe in the process.”
As a result of the challenging regular season schedule, the program qualified three wrestlers for regional competition – Jeff Dunasky Jr. (145lb), Brayden Hall (170lb) and Jon Koscal (126lb) and two others who served as alternates (Jon Bumgarner (132lb) and Joey Fremion (195lb).
Amongst the highlights of the year were Joey Fremion’s title at the Elwood Super Duals, going 5-0 on the day. Senior Jon Koscal battled all year that included an 8th place finish at the Mooresville Holiday Classic and a regional qualification, the 2nd of his career. Joining Koscal at the regional was junior Brayden Hall, who grew significantly during the season.
“Brayden Hall’s improvement from his Sophomore year was fun to watch. He relied a lot on his athleticism the past 2 years. This year it started to click for him and the results followed, going from an 11-19 season last year to a 23-15 Junior year, and becoming a regional qualifier.”
Dunasky Jr. became the school’s first ever regional champion and qualified for the semi-state for the third straight year. Dunasky Jr.’s legacy will leave a lasting impact on the program as he ended his career with the most wins (122), the most takedowns (538) and the best two seasons in school history which included this year’s 32-3 record. In a telling stat about Dunasky Jr.’s stellar senior season, his three losses this year came to two 2020 State Champions and a State Runner-up. Dunasky Jr., said Coach Fleenor, has cemented his place as the best wrestler in school history.
“I’m extremely proud of Jeff Dunasky Jr. for not only the wrestler he was on the mat, but the leader and great young man he has become, off of it. The wrestling records he set at Guerin Catholic will last a long time, I can only hope that his work ethic, commitment, and love for the sport of wrestling set an example for future Golden Eagles to follow for years to come.”
A new standard has been set for Guerin Catholic Wrestling and strides continue to be made under the leadership of 3rd year coach, Andy Fleenor. With a number of wrestlers returning to build on this seasons’ success, the work begins again to keep knocking on the door to unprecedented success at Guerin Catholic.
“This team was extremely fun to coach and watch grow, noted Coach Fleenor. The growth on the mat speaks for itself in the number of wins and accolades the team achieved. The togetherness and character of all of our young men and women that are part of the Golden Eagle wrestling family is something special. I look forward to watching these seniors be successful in their futures. For the wrestlers who are coming back the bar has been set and it’s time to see who is willing to step up and raise it higher.”