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With the German Soccer League playoffs looming, the Dresden Monarchs have introduced the return of All-Europe linebacker AJ Wentland.
Wentland spent the 2021 season with Austria’s Swarco Raiders, serving to them win their eighth Austrian Soccer League title and third in a row (excluding the 2020 COVID season). He completed because the second-leading tackler on the Raiders, winding up with 22 whole tackles
He spent the 2020 pandemic-shortened Maple League season in Finland serving to the Kuopio Steelers win their first-ever Finnish championship.
After lacking the primary two video games of the season that yr, Wentland went on a tear, ending with 23 tackles in three video games together with 4.5 tackles for loss and a sack. Within the playoffs and championship sport, he added one other 13.5 tackles in helping lead his team to their first-ever Finnish title.
Earlier than arriving in Finland, Wentland was the guts of the Dresden Monarchs protection within the German Soccer League for 2 seasons. As he did in 2018, he led the league from wire to wire in 2019, with 205 tackles, averaging 13 a sport. He had 17 in Dresden’s 42-14 win over the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes early within the yr and 16 within the Monarchs quarterfinal victory over the Marburg Mercenaries. His 205 tackles was one shy of his personal document of 206 tackles in 2018.
The 6’3″, 225 lb native of Rockford, Illinois was a standout two-time All American linebacker with the McKendree College Bearcats (NCAA, Division II) the place he was additionally a three-time All GLVC (Nice Lakes Valley Convention) linebacker. Over three years he amassed a complete of 412 tackles together with 145 in 11 video games in his senior yr, 2017. He additionally had two touchdowns, three interceptions, and 6 pressured fumbles.
Based on the Monarchs, Wentland can even be working in a training capability with the workforce.
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