Dresden Monarchs LB AJ Wentland late fashionable
Photo: Ben Giérig Photography
Aj Wentland joined the Kings of Dresden is celebrating late this season, but the now-starting linebacker believes it’s the team’s best chance to win his first-ever german bowl, and he has good reason to think so.
Although Dresden looked sharp in their opening game of the season, with the attack seemingly on fire, they still fell short, losing to the Cologne crocodiles 48 – 41. Since then, however, Dresden went from strength to strength in an undefeated crusade, demolishing everyone in its path, racking up impressive numbers along the way.
However, at the end of the season, the team still had a few holes to fill in the roster, much like every other team. Thus, when these two holes have been filled by a ex-NFL running back, Devwah Whaley and All of Europe and all american linebacker Wentland (one of the best tacklers in Division II football), Monarchs could hardly believe their luck.
For Wentland though, it was just a homecoming, the one he knew was in the cards:
“I wasn’t surprised to come back, it was always in the discussion to come back to help strengthen the team and help Dresden win a German Bowl. This organization has done so much for me and even though I had to make business decisions and see new things, it worked for both parties and for the organization and I reached agreements in July to fly late August and help in the playoffs.
It will be from Wentland third season with monarchs, the first two to come in 2018 and 2019 before passages with the Kuopio Steelers in Finland (2020) and The Austrian Swarco Raiders (2021). Since his arrival in Europe, he maintained his tackling rampage, ranking as the best tackler in the GFL two years in a row. He continued this dominance in Finland with the Steelershelping them on their way to their very first maple league title, then again with the Raiders for a Austrian championship. Despite all its successes, the german bowl eluded him after two crushing defeats in the semi-finals against Unicorns of Schwäbisch Hallbut he feels this time in Dresden will be different.
“Coming back to the Monarchs I’ve seen the team camaraderie and family atmosphere grow tremendously. The organization has done a good job of bringing in guys with character and the local German players have grown in maturity and experience. .
“I think we had great teams in 2018 and 2019, but the team camaraderie and family atmosphere this year is higher than ever since I’ve been here. The attack is the best I’ve ever had. seen since I’ve been here, with just too many guns to take into account everything for the opposing defenses. And the Defense is getting stronger every week as the season progresses. I think this year we’re going to finish the job, the organization, fans and players, present and past, deserve and are ready for the German title.
The 6’42, 240-pound linebacker has already made his presence felt in Dresden, racking up 18 tackles, four TFLs, two sacks and a fumble recovery in just three games. His name will no doubt be heard again on Saturday, but not just because he’s one of the best linebackers in Europebut because after the unicorns refused passage from Wentland to the german bowl for two consecutive years, he finally has the opportunity to take revenge in the most perfect way.
This is perhaps one of the best teams Dresden ever met, and they played in the toughest GFL North conference. the unicorns had a relatively easy race to the german bowl — considering who they’ve had to face in the past. The way it plays out over the weekend is sure to make for one of the best bowl games this summer.
Be sure to watch the German Bowl live on AFI.tv. Kick-off is Saturday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m. CET (6:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m. ET).