Junior Wrestler Nathan Cornett
Last season as a sophomore, while wrestling in the 141-pound weight division, Nathan posted a 19-9 record against some of the top competitors in the state. Entering this season, Cornett was a returning Big Ten and regional finalist, looking to make a return to the state tournament. His performance on the mat this season has brought him to the verge of accomplishing that goal. This past weekend during a home quad on Saturday January 29, Cornett finished with an undefeated 3-0 record, highlighted by 10 takedowns, 2 pins and an escape. Cornett chipped in 17 total team points to end the quad as one of the head coach Jacob Orr’a top performers.
Coming off this performance, Cornett was named the #1 overall seed in the 145-pound weight classification for the upcoming 2021-22 Big 10 Conference championship tournament where he will look to compete for a conference championship.
Junior Swimmer Alayna Whitehair
Last season, as a sophomore Alayna was a state finalist in the 100-yard breaststroke, her best individual event. After a fifth-place finish at states last year, Whitehair entered the season with big expectations for 2021-22. She has largely lived up to these expectations. This past weekend on Saturday, January 29, Whitehair won a conference championship as part of the record-breaking girl’s 200-yard medley relay team with a combined time of 1:56.01, alongside senior Cameron Zuliani, fellow junior Cadence Vincent and freshman Riley Vincent.
As an individual, Whitehair collected two silver medal finishes during the Big 10 Conference championship meet, one in the 100-yard breaststroke and the other 200-yard IM, finishing with times of 1:13.55 and 2:21.72, respectively. Whitehair is swimming at her best when it counts the most as she looks poised to return to states later this year.