By Jamie Vaske-Associate Director of Sports:
The West Delaware wrestling team and cheerleaders wrapped up its season Tuesday night with the annual awards banquet inside the Hanson Auditorium. The Hawks went 6-18 in dual meets this season and finished in 3rd place at the Bob Murphy Invitational, Louisa Muscatine, and the sectional tournament. As a team they were awarded the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award by having a combined GPA of 3.41. They had one state qualifier as senior Co-MVP and captain Coy Roussell finished in 6th place at 170 pounds in class 2A. Roussell talks about placing at the state tournament in his senior season:
Senior Owen Ward who was a WaMaC Academic All-Conference recipient and was also awarded MVP and captain honors as voted on by his teammates talks about what he will take away from wrestling at West Delaware:
The John and Dorothy Sill most improved award went to junior Kaleb Zieser who was a WaMaC Academic All-Conference recipient and senior Ryan DeSotel who also earned Academic All-Conference status talks about what he did to make the jump to claim a varsity spot this season:
Senior Brett Rausch received the Lee Logan courage award as well as a captain award as he wrestled at 195 pounds most of the season despite weighing around 170 pounds and he says he was willing to do whatever it took to help the team:
Sophomore Harrison Goebel was awarded the Rob Hatfield coaches award, and senior Max Ridenour took home captain honors and talks about returning to the Hawks lineup after sitting out last season with an injury:
The Jeremy Shover Guts Club award is given to those wrestlers who attend every practice both optional and mandatory and those wrestlers include: Nick Casey, Harrison Goebel, Dylan Linderwell, Ryan Phillips, Jordan Rausch, Max Ridenour, Ben Ridenour, Daniel Woods, Kaleb Zieser, Jordan Bries, and Mitchell Mangold.
The wrestling cheerleaders were also honored last night and also received the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award with a team GPA of 3.37. The most spirited award went to Kristina Herdrich and Isabel Barron for JV and for varsity the award went to Megan Harbaugh. Most improved for JV went to Macy and Myla Loecke, and Kelley Scherbring took the award for the varsity squad, and the coaches award went to Breanna Vaske and Aleah Vaske. At the beginning of the season a JV cheerleader is paired with a varsity cheerleader to make a big sister and a little sister, and the award for big sister little sister this year went to Haley Schaul and Maggie McGrane. WaMaC Academic All-Conference selections for the cheerleaders were Megan Harbaugh, Hannah Hogan, Shyla Kolka, and Devyn Samuelson.