SFHS wrestlers make mat history

by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


BRADY KOLLER of Sheboygan Falls squares off in the 220-pound championship match, during the WIAA Division 2 State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Saturday, Feb. 28. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman BRADY KOLLER of Sheboygan Falls squares off in the 220-pound championship match, during the WIAA Division 2 State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Saturday, Feb. 28. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman MADISON - Sheboygan Falls juniors Sean Mattek, Brady Koller and Ryan McGinnis made program history for the Falcons at the WIAA Division 2 State Individual Wrestling Championship at the Kohl Center last weekend Feb. 26- 28.

Mattek and Koller each garnered silver medals and McGinnis won a sixth place medal for the Falcons.

It marked the first time three members of the same Sheboygan Falls High School wrestling team earned medals at the state tournament.

All three wrestlers, along with state qualifiers juniors Josh Becker and Dustin Setzer, will look for a return to state in 2016.

“Our junior class is strong,” said Mattek. “We have a lot of guys pushing each other. It’s a great team chemistry.”


SEAN MATTEK of Sheboygan Falls completes in the 152-pound championship match, during the WIAA Division 2 State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Saturday, Feb. 28. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman SEAN MATTEK of Sheboygan Falls completes in the 152-pound championship match, during the WIAA Division 2 State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Saturday, Feb. 28. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman “This team really came together this season,” said Koller. “We have a great coaching staff that believes in us.”

Mattek led the Falcons with 44 wins this season, while Koller and Setzer picked up 40 wins each.

Only three other Falcons have collected that many wins in program history.

Becker racked up 38 wins and McGinnis collected 35 victories during the 2014-15 season.

This year also marked the first time five Falcons’ wrestlers finished with 35 wins or more in a single season.

In 2007-2008, eight Falls wrestlers had 30 or more wins.

A number of young Falls wrestlers made their mark this season without a senior on the team.


RYAN MCGINNIS of Sheboygan Falls takes control in the 126-pound fifth-place match, during the WIAA Division 2 State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Saturday, Feb. 28. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman RYAN MCGINNIS of Sheboygan Falls takes control in the 126-pound fifth-place match, during the WIAA Division 2 State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Saturday, Feb. 28. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman The Falcons will return eight varsity juniors next season along with five sophomores and two freshmen.

Junior Max Post qualified for the sectional meet in 2015 and fellow junior Jacob Lorenz advanced to sectionals in 2014.

Junior Jackson Bayer moved into the varsity lineup late in the season.

Sophomore Anthony Xiong has collected 36 wins in two seasons with one sectional meet appearance.

Sophomore Isaiah Richards wrestled a full year on varsity and sophomores Brandon Hill and Hayley Mueller were added to the varsity roster late in the 2014- 15 season. Sophomore Alex Rodriguez was injured late in the season.

Freshmen Parker Schamburek and Kaleb Ison each posted 20 win seasons and posted third-place finishes at the regional meet.

Schamburek was also added to the sectional meet as a special qualifier.

“Once we look back at this season, it will have a positive reflection for our team next season,” said Falcons’ head coach Brad Knecht. “We’ll have a lot of hungry wrestlers looking for more.”


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