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LeSuer to lead Nordhoff Ranger wrestling program

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Joey LeSuer (back row, far left) was recently named the new head wrestling coach at Nordhoff High School.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Nordhoff High School wrestling program has been thriving in recent years under the guidance of coach Paul Clementi. NHS athletic director Rene Nakao-Mauch recently announced Clementi would remain with the program as an assistant coach and 2013 Nordhoff graduate Joey LeSuer would be taking over as the new head coach.
LeSuer wrestled at Nordhoff all four years of his high school career and has served as an assistant coach for the Rangers for the last two seasons. “I think one of the best things about the Nordhoff program is how much one-on-one time we spend with our wrestlers. If they want to stay after practice to get in more work, the coaches take the time and I think the kids see that we care. You don’t get that at bigger schools and I hope to continue that kind of individualized coaching,” said the new head coach.
LeSuer expects to have about 20 wrestlers on the mat next season but he would like to see that number grow to at least 30 under his guidance.
Like all sports, wrestling is full of life lessons and LeSuer hopes his wrestlers will leave the NHS program knowing the value to teamwork and sportsmanship. “I love the team atmosphere wrestling provides. We travel to tournaments and they are all day long; so we spend a ton of time together and we work to help everyone get better. The camaraderie is unlike any other sport. The second lesson is sportsmanship. We shake hands before and after a match and show each other great respect. A lot of wrestlers become friends off the mat after they compete, which is a special aspect to the sport,” he said.
Clementi will continue to provide coaching and guidance and LeSuer is happy to have him around. “Paul has a lot of knowledge and experience. We’ll all continue to learn from him and get better on and off the mat,” concluded LeSuer.
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