THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Coleman Dominates 2018 All Conference Voting
Issue Date: March 29, 2018
Grzybowski/Gross Are M&O's Top Grapplers
The M&O all conference wrestling teams have been announced and taking th lions share of appointments were the Coleman Cougars who bagged 10 first team spots. The Cougars also bagged the most outstanding wrestler award which was shared by Caleb Gross and Koltin Grzybowski.
Adding names to the list were Lena/STAA with Alex Decoursin, Gillett/Suring's Sam Lemons and Crivitz's Michale Retza.
Coleman's extensive list was filled by Jake Baldwin, John Bieber, Tyler Blanchard, Billy Ganter, Caleb Gross and Koltin Grzybowski, Spencer Karban, Sam Kuchta, Brock Martinson and Shamus McLain.
"Koltin was 45-2 and had a fantastic year. He was just so dominant through out the year," said Coleman head coach Kevin casper. "He is a takedown machine that kids just can't keep up with his quickness."
Casper went on to describe Gross's season, "He was 47-1 and Probably one of the most technically sound wrestlers that I have coached, he is never in bad position and is very good in all areas on his feet, top and bottom. Awesome that Caleb and Koltin are now two time State Champs and join a small group of 2 timers at Coleman and have the chance to be 3 timers in which has never been done at Coleman."
Coleman's Ganter also had a wonderful season as Casper explained, "Billy 23-13 Had a good year but fell one match short of going to state . Battled some injuries through out the year that took there toll on Billy, continuing he went explained how he felt about McLain's season, "Sam was 19-13and came on strong at end of year, he was Regional Champ and gained lot of confidence this year."
State finalist Jake Baldwin who finished 45-6 also mace the first team list. "He's a very dominant wrestler that is just so explosive on his feet," said Casper. "He Had a fantastic year making his way to the State Finals beating two state runner ups along the way and then lost to the 4 time state champ in finals."
Casper took time to say a little about a few of his other first teamer, "Shamus who was 40-9, had a great year and improved immensely on his feet throughout the year. Had a very good state tournament taking 5th place while John finished 29-13. Bieber came a long way from where he started the year to where he finished gaining lot of confidence and making it to State as a sophomore was a great accomplishment and you will see some great things from him in the future."
Wrapping up Casper commented on the caliber of his last two first teamers, "Tyler who was 36-14 had a great year and fell literally seconds away from making it to state at a weight class where he was two weights above his natural weight so for a Freshman that says a lot. Kid that brings everything he's got every match while Brock who was 35-14 had an awesome year taking 6th at State which is awesome. Brock started to figure out toward end of season of how to wrestle the big boys."
Also on the list for the first team was Lena/STAA's Alex Decoursin.
"Alex has only been wrestling for us for two years.," said head coach Chad Misco. "He moved here as a freshman and we were able to talk him into wrestling, so for being new to the sport he has been doing pretty well. Alex is a very quiet young man. He is the type of kid who has a couple of favorite moves and really works to perfect them. Kids in practice know a certain move is coming and he is still able to get it. Because of these moves that he is good at, he is really never out of a match even if is is losing by a lot. "
Three Bulldogs Named to First Team Packerland; Holk Top Marine in NEC
Marinette wrestling was awarded for their efforts this season with the election of Sean Holk to the NEC second team.
"Sean Holk was our only NEC all conference selection at 170 lbs," said Marinette head coach Jason Champagne. "He was 2nd team, finished the year with a 36-6 record, and also qualified for the state tournament at 182lbs. Sean was an exciting kid to watch compete. He wrestles a style that can be both fun and nerve racking at times Sean isn't afraid to take chances. What made Sean stand out was his ability to pin people. He has a knack for putting kids on there back and keeping them there. Of his 36 wins, 23 of them came by pin fall. We return all 17 of our kids for next season including Sean. I have confidence that Sean will be standing on the podium next February at the State Tournament. He took a big jump between Sophmore and Junior year. I expect him to take some even bigger steps heading into next season. His leadership is something that I look forward too for next season."
Three Peshtigo wrestlers made the all-conference wrestling team. Senior Zack Wauters was the conference's top wrestler in the 113-pound weight class and Gavin Brissette topped the 285-pound class.
Wauters worked through injury all season but still hit 100 career wins early in the year.
"He's been injured towards the end of the season," Bulldogs Coach Warren Howard said after regional competion. "I just think he was off his game."
On Brissette, Howard said early in the season that he "basically beat kids that were bigger and stronger but he's got a really nice move."
Sectional qualifier Max Rauch was the conference's best at 145.
After sectionals, Howard called Rauch the hardest worker on the team.
"You can't ask for any more than that. He's only a junior, and he'll come back strong I'm sure."