Wapakoneta, OH - The middle school wrestling team held their annual awards banquet at the Dan Davies Wrestling Complex, Monday evening. Coach Sammetinger (12th season), Coach Brown (4th season), and Coach Mellott (2nd season), wrapped up the year by celebrating the successes of each individual wrestler, the team as a whole, and encouraged wrestlers to play several sports, lift, and do off season work to improve their skills. The coaching staff also encouraged the 8th grade wrestlers to attend camp with the high school and begin the transition now to high school wrestling. Coach Rostorfer also attended the banquet and addressed the team as well as encouraged all eleven 8th graders to return next year and continue the success and tradition of Wapakoneta Wrestling. "This is a very special group of wrestlers. We are young in the sense of wrestling experience, but if this group stays together all the way through high school, they are going to do some great things and have huge successes" said Sammetinger. The theme for the evening seemed to focus on the constant improve and growth of each wrestler. The coaching staff reflected on where the team started to where they finished. How wrestlers did last year and compared to this year. Some wrestlers of note are Jayden Rampulla and Zach Steinke who finished 1-17 and 3-16 respectively in their first seasons of wrestling last year. This year Rampulla compiled a 29-12 record and Steinke 27-14. "It is impressive to see the dramatic improvements made by these individual wrestlers and they should be proud of their accomplishments", Sammetinger commented. Each member of the team received their season statistics, certificate, and an OAC State Duals plaque. There were 5 additional awards presented last night at the banquet, Mr. Pin, Most Improved, 3D Award, Most Valuable, and the Redskin Award. It is hard to just select one individual for each award and often we get stuck on who should win the award. A lot of factors come into play when making these decisions because every wrestler is deserving of the following awards.
Mr. Pin: Presented to the wrestler who compiled the most pins on the season.
2019-2020 Mr. Pin winner - Jessie Adams (34-10) finished the year with 28 pins.
Most Improved: Presented to the wrestler which demonstrates the most improvement when looking at the entire body of work.
2019-2020 Most Improved winner - Jayden Rampulla (29-12). A year ago Jayden was 1-17 as a first year wrestler. This year he was 29-12 and a State Qualifier.
Most Valuable Wrestler: This award is presented to the wrestler who exhibits everything a leader should possess. This is your all-around award. Each member of the team votes for who they believe is the Most Valuable Wrestler of the team.
2019-2020 Most Valuable Wrestler winner - Jace Knous (38-9). Jace is a State Qualifier and has improved immensely as a wrestler, student athlete, and young man. He has taken time to learn and understand situations, positions, and the art of studying his opponents. This years MVW was a two man race and came down to the final ballot.
Coaches 3D Award: This award is presented to the wrestler who has demonstrated these three characteristics: Dedication, Determination, and Desire.
2019-2020 Coaches 3D Award winner - Zach Steinke (27-14). Zach as a first year wrestler last season went 3-16. Zach spent a lot of time on the off season refining his skills and technique, and put himself in a position to be successful this season.
Redskin Award: This is presented to the wrestler (K-12) who put in the most work on the off season. We look at open mat time, camp time, and matches wrestled outside of the season when making this determination. This award is for any Wapakoneta Wrestler from the Kids program through the High School team.
2019-2020 Redskin Award winner - Caden Mellott (34-13). Caden is a 7th grade wrestler who put in a bunch of work on the off season to improve his skills and technique. It really showed when he was able to compile 34 wins on the season and tie with Jace Knous on overall Takedowns. Caden compiled 51 open mat hours, wrestled 17 extra matches, and had 35 hours of camp time.
Season Awards Presented for 10 Weeks - Wrestler of the Week:
Week 1: Zach Steinke
Week 2: Dawson Ware
Week 3: Dakota Bunger
Week 4: Dalton Huebner
Week 5: Jayden Rampulla
Week 6: Caden Mellott
Week 7: Gannon Casebolt
Week 8: Spencer Hurley
Week 9: Jace Knous
Week 10: Reece Schnarre