Falcons look forward to promising future

Junior- led wrestling squad caps off recordsetting season at SFHS
by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


THE MEMBERS of the 2014-15 Sheboygan Falls High School wrestling team are (top row, left to right) Alex Rodriguez, Jacob Lorenz, Dustin Setzer, Brady Koller, Max Post, Hayley Mueller, Brandon Hill: (third row) Anthony Xiong, Sean Mattek, Josh Becker, Kaleb Ison, Jarrod Love, Ryan McGinnes, Damian Hogue, Yuepheng Xiong; (second row) Trae Theobald, Shaun Jens, Assistant Coach Jim Rodriguez, Head Coach Brad Knecht, Assistant Coach Dan Akright, Joey Haag, Jackson Bayer; (front row) Parker Schamburek, Amber Kulisch, Haven Simonich, Kayla Hemb, Hayden Karpinski, Ashley Cotcher, Monica Micoliczyk, Amber Pashley, Jordan Mielke. Missing from the photo are Isabelle Kulow, Isaiah Richards, Cody Struebing and Sydney Theobald. 
- Photo courtesy of Harmann Photography THE MEMBERS of the 2014-15 Sheboygan Falls High School wrestling team are (top row, left to right) Alex Rodriguez, Jacob Lorenz, Dustin Setzer, Brady Koller, Max Post, Hayley Mueller, Brandon Hill: (third row) Anthony Xiong, Sean Mattek, Josh Becker, Kaleb Ison, Jarrod Love, Ryan McGinnes, Damian Hogue, Yuepheng Xiong; (second row) Trae Theobald, Shaun Jens, Assistant Coach Jim Rodriguez, Head Coach Brad Knecht, Assistant Coach Dan Akright, Joey Haag, Jackson Bayer; (front row) Parker Schamburek, Amber Kulisch, Haven Simonich, Kayla Hemb, Hayden Karpinski, Ashley Cotcher, Monica Micoliczyk, Amber Pashley, Jordan Mielke. Missing from the photo are Isabelle Kulow, Isaiah Richards, Cody Struebing and Sydney Theobald. - Photo courtesy of Harmann Photography The 2014-2015 Sheboygan Falls High School wrestling team will be motivated and inspired to return next season with a hunger to accomplish what it was unable to finish this season.

This season a young junior-led Falcons’ team turned in an exciting season.

However as many of these Falcons know, their work is far from done.

Falls finished in second place in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference with 6-1 record (15-6 overall).

The Falcons came in second place at the EWC Meet and won their second straight regional title, sending seven wrestlers to the sectional meet.

The Falls unit took second at the sectional meet and qualified five wrestlers for state.

Falls then lost to Lomira at the WIAA Division 2 Team Sectional Meet.

For the first time in SFHS school history, three wrestlers finished on the podium at the WIAA Division 2 State Individual “Two Rivers proved to be Tournament. a tough match-up for us in conference,” said Falcons’ head coach Brad Knecht. “We scheduled a lot of tough dual meets and invites to prepare the wrestlers for the postseason. ZG227 “These guys got better as the season

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Juniors Sean Mattek and Brady

Koller collected second place GR2110medals and junior Ryan McGinnis

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Mattek, Koller and Setzer each collected more than 40 this season for the Falcons.

McGinnis and Becker finished with more than 35 wins apiece, T2380which marked the first time in

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Koller (40-8) became a twotime EWC and regional champion, while taking second place at the sectional meet.

McGinnis (35-17) won his first

EWC Meet crown and notched a regional title to go along with a third place showing at the sectional meet.

Setzer (40-13) collected his first EWC, regional and sectional titles.

Becker (38-14) finished in second place at the EWC

Tournament, won a regional championship and was third at the sectional.

Junior Max Post (19-17) was third at the EWC Meet and collected a regional championship.

Sophomore Anthony Xiong (21-21) was second at the EWC Meet and third in the regional meet.

Freshman Parker Schamburek (21-21) was fourth at the EWC Meet and third at the regional meet.

Freshman Kaleb Ison (26-15) finished third at the EWC Meet and regional tourney.

“We had a tough regional and these guys responded,” remarked Knecht.

Knecht also noted that the Falcons were 40 point underdogs on paper.

“It came down to getting wins,” Knecht said. “It was quite the team effort.

“We lost a tough team sectional to Lomira,” he said. “However, I think this team will be ready next year to take it further,” he commented. “It was a tough to end our dual meet season that way.”

Knecht feels that the sectional qualifiers peaked at the right time, producing a second place team finish and five state qualifiers.

“These guys know what they have to do to get to the next level,” Knecht explained. “These juniors are veteran wrestlers now and have a good grasp on what they have to do. They must keep working on their techniques.”

Knecht feels that next year’s team has the potential to do something special, as all members of this year’s varsity team are expected to return.

“This year’s state qualifiers have the motivation to get back to state and I hope they will bring more Falcons with them next year,” Knecht said.


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