The Lueders name has been associated with Clinton wrestling for decades. The school, in fact, has an annual invitational named after longtime coach Bob Lueders.

Come next winter, the River Kings will have a new name leading their program.

JD Lueders resigned this week after seven seasons as Clinton's head coach.

"I had a ball at Clinton High," Lueders said. "It was so fun wrestling there and dad (Bob) coaching there 30 years ago. Having the chance to go back and coach, it was a dream job for me."

Lueders said it was time to step aside and turn it over to somebody younger and energized, particularly after a challenging year. Clinton had multiple starters at the outset of the season not finish the year with the team.

"That wore me down quite a bit," he admitted. "It was a tough season. A lot of things I wasn't used to and I was not going to get used to."

Clinton scored just two points at the Class 3A state tournament the year before Lueders took over.

In his seven years, the River Kings had multiple state place winners five times, finished seventh at state duals in 2016 and never had a losing dual record.

Lueders was selected as the 3A Southeast District Coach of the Year the past two seasons.

"To build some memories back up, get the enthusiasm back in town for wrestling was big," he said. "The community was really supportive.

"Plus, I got to coach with all (four) of my boys, something I'll never forget. It was a big family affair."

Clinton activities director Justin Remington said Lueders' son, Eric, and junior varsity coach Tony Steen also have stepped down.

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"It is a big loss for Clinton High," Remington said. "JD has dedicated himself to re-establishing Clinton wrestling and he's done a great job of that of setting expectations and rebuilding the program."

"The next person has big shoes to fill. We want to keep the program competitive and really build on what he's done. It's going to take a good replacement for that to happen."

Lueders said the nucleus is in place for the River Kings to maintain success with nine wrestlers at February's district meet expected back. It has an established youth program with quality coaches at the middle school level.

As far as his future, Lueders would like to coach again if the right opportunity presents itself.

"I don't teach so working outside the school district makes coaching pretty hard," he said, "but it also is pretty rewarding. A little break for me might be good to light that fire again."

Remington noted the ideal situation would be to attach the opening with a teaching position in the district. No time frame has been made for a hire.

"We want time to get it out there," Remington said. "We don't want to make a rush decision, but we also know we need to plan ahead with our summer and offseason program."

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