Shawano wrestlers clinch conference title

NEW Media Staff

A 72-12 win over Xavier on Feb. 1 clinched the conference title for Shawano with a 6-0 mark.

“I’m most proud of this group for stepping up and wrestling as a team,” coach Mike Homan said. “As we finished our conference season 6-0, I think back to all of the hard work that has been put into the practice room this season. This entire team of boys and girls have worked hard and earned this conference title.”

The dual meet started off at 132 pounds with Owen Montour earning a fall over Dante Vargas of Xavier in 2:16. Drake Herm and Kody Popelka both earned forfeits at 138 and 144 pounds, respectively.

At 150, John Faulkner of Xavier earned a fall over Marcus Cicero in 2:54. At 157, Carsen Herm earned a fall over Jerome Erimas in 58 seconds, and at 165, Drew Chelberg earned a fall over Alexander Marg in 3:44,

At 175, Mason Theis earned a fall over Aaron Vanden Heuvel in 1:36, and at 190 and 215, respectively, Connor Chelberg and Jack Dietz each received forfeits. At 285, Eddie Heuring of Xavier earned a fall over Brayen Boivin in 2:50.

At 106, Dylan Gartner received a forfeit. At 113, Dane Hodkiewicz earned a fall over Adrian Morales in 2:33. At 120 and 126, respectively, Alex Montour and Austin Stickney both received forfeits.

Shawano also used the evening to honor its youth wrestlers and seniors.

“Carsen Herm at 157 has been a solid varsity wrestler for the last three years,” Homan said. “He always battles hard and in most cases earns a pin. He is a great kid to have in your varsity lineup and will always be remembered for his pinning capability.”

Drew Chelberg has been improving all year long, Homan said.

“He is really starting to wrestle well at the right time,” the coach said.

Mason Theis wrestled a lot of tough matches for the Hawks.

“He has sacrificed a lot this year by dropping down to 175,” Homan said. “Last year, he wrestled at 182 and 190. He never complains. He just gets back to work and works hard in the practice room.”

Homan said all the seniors left a great impact on the team.

“Kids like Drake Herm, Connor Chelberg and Dylan Hodkiewicz always battled and fought hard for team victories,” he said. “Alex Montour filled many vacancies where we needed him to be.”

At 12-4 overall, Shawano prepares for regional action Feb. 10.