The West Delaware wrestling team and cheerleaders wrapped up their season’s on Tuesday night with the annual awards banquet inside the Hanson Auditorium. The Hawks went 17-4 in dual meets this season and finished third at the State Dual Tournament. As a team they were awarded the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award by having a combined GPA of 3.50 while seniors Tristan Voelker and Harrison Goebel, and juniors Jordan Bries, Mitchel Mangold, Ryan Phillips, Ben Ridenour, and Kody Wenger all earned Academic All-Conference honors by having a GPA of 3.5 or higher. West Delaware head coach Jeff Voss says the kids not only work hard in the wrestling room but in the classroom as well:
Individual awards were given out at the banquet and junior Ryan Phillips, who was unable to wrestle in the post-season series this year due to an injury he sustained at the WaMaC tournament, but came back to help the team advance to the state duals was awarded the Lee Logan Courage award which was voted on by his teammates. Junior Kody Wenger was awarded the Rob Hatfield Coaches award. The John and Dorothy Sill most improved award went to sophomores Luke Farmer, Evan Woods, and Jack Neuhaus, while MVP honors went to seniors Dylan Linderwell and Harrison Goebel, along with junior Mitchel Mangold who earned his second straight MVP award. The Hawks won five tournaments this season with a relatively young team and Voss says he credits some of the success to a philosophy he picked up last year at a coaches clinic, of not putting as much emphasis on winning and losing:
The Jeremy Shover Guts Club Awards was given out to wrestlers who attended every practice both mandatory and optional practices and those wrestlers were Harrison Goebel, Dylan Linderwell, Ben Ridenour, Ben Petlon, Tristan Voelker, Evan Woods, Daniel Woods, Kody Wenger, Cole Engel, Mitchel Mangold, Jack Neuhaus, Sam Lyness, Jared Voss, Carson Petlon, Cael Meyer, and Alex Maury.
The wrestling cheerleaders were awarded the Distinguished Academic Achievement award with a team GPA of 3.40 and Hayley Schaul, Aleah Vaske, and Adaja Collins were Academic All-Conference recipients. The most spirited award went to Isabelle Willey and Aleah Vaske, most improved were Jordan Schuman and Jaeden Davis. Coaches award went to Isabelle Willey, Abbie Placke, Aleah Vaske, and Hayley Schaul, while the big sister little sister was awarded to Christine Boeckenstedt and Hannah Albrecht.
Full Voss Interview: