Asher Wiegand is a junior captain on the Eureka High School wrestling team. He is a two-time state qualifier and is currently 18-0 this year at 126 pounds, with tournament championships at Seneca, Metamora and Amboy. He's recorded 10 pins and 38 takedowns. Wiegand is listed as honorable mention in the Illinois Best Weekly state rankings at 126 in Class 1A. He’s looking to become the third member of the Wiegand family to earn a state medal. His father Matt earned a fourth-place medal at 135 pounds in 1994 and his uncle Luke placed second at 140 in 2000 — both for Eureka High School.
Journal Star reporter Stan Morris asked Asher Wiegand five questions:
1. You are off to a great start this year. What would you attribute the success to and what has been the highlight so far?
“This year has not only been great, but fun. I would attribute the success to my confidence this year as well as a mindset change. I have been focusing on scoring points and ending each period on top to get better for when it really matters (at state). The highlight this year has been having my freshman brother on the team, Gabe Wiegand. He has been a great practice partner and a great friend. Also, getting first at the Seneca and Metamora tournaments.”
2. What are your goals for this season and what will it take to obtain them?
“My goal is to be a state champion. It will mostly take mental strength by believing that I can take down and beat anyone. I will also be doing some extra running/wrestling to get in peak condition for the postseason.”
3. You come from quite the wrestling family. Can you tell us about your family and what you have learned from your dad and uncle? And what is it like to wrestle with your brothers?
”I have been wrestling with my dad as long as I can remember. Most nights my dad and I end up wrestling on the living room floor. He has been a huge supporter and encourager. I enjoy it that dad is an assistant for the EHS team. My Uncle Luke is always encouraging me to be aggressive and tough. He usually rough houses and wrestles with us boys when he can. I love wrestling with my brother this year. Gabe and I push each other in the practice room. Practice is way more enjoyable and fun when I am sparring with him. Tanner is in fifth grade and is wrestling in kids club. Again, most nights at home end up in some type of wrestling match. We are all competitive with our different strengths and weaknesses. We all really enjoy it.”
4. Aside from wrestling, what are you involved in at Eureka High and why?
“I have played football for three years (running back/linebacker for two-time playoff qualifier). I am the president of my junior class and also a member of Student Council. I am in National Honor Society. I am a student leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.”
5. Who is your favorite professional athlete and team, and why?
"My favorite athlete is Kyle Snyder (NCAA national champion, Olympic gold medalist, world champion). Kyle is a great role model and is a great example on and off the wrestling mat. I also enjoy the Chicago Bears and New York Yankees."