Whitewater Wrestling Closes Out Season with Award Presentations

Article and Photos by John Schimming
Whitewater High School Head Wrestling Coach

On Wednesday night, February 24, student-athletes and parents gathered in the Whitewater gymnasium to present the end of season awards in a different way; just like the entire season we had to do things differently.

Although the team saw many adjustments made to their season, from how practices were run, the number of competitions that they could have, protocols for competing and protocols as for who could be in the stands, the wrestlers proved that it was still wrestling and they went out and had a very successful season for themselves as a team and individuals. 

As a team the group saw great growth in each individual and had great practices throughout, even though some days adjustments were made on the fly. The team was only able to compete in seven dual meets this year and finished 5-2 in those duals. In a typical year, the team competes in seven tournaments over the course of the season; none of these were contested this year, and their first tournament action was at the Regional Tournament on January 30. Here the team took second place overall, which was a nice showing for them. In the Sectional Tournament, the team finished in 7th out of 25 teams, so that was a nice finish for them as well.

As individuals, it was difficult for the Junior Varsity teams to get as many matches as normal, but when they did, they showed growth all year. Sebastian Cuellar finished the year 7-0 and brought home the Most Valuable JV Wrestler Award. Payton Lyon, another freshman who finished the year 6-2 on JV, brought home the Outstanding Freshman Award.

For the Varsity team, voted as Team Leaders were Trenten Zahn, Brian Porcaro, and David Cushman. The Most Valuable Wrestler was shared with Carter Friend and David Cushman, both being integral parts of the program wrestling together for the last three seasons. 

The seniors were also presented with their Accomplishment Board, which is made by Dena Schimming, as well as their senior poster that was presented to them officially on Parents’ Night. 

The coaching staff would like to thank the parents for their trust in the program during these difficult times and are fortunate to have had the opportunity to compete this season. The staff would also like to thank the WUSD administration for also trusting the program to keep the student-athletes safe during these unprecedented times. 

Scholar Athletes with Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or Higher:
Rye Fader, CJ Tomomitsu, Dylan DuClos, Cooper Hammond, Carter Friend, David Cushman, Marcus DePorter, Mason DePorter, Hector Arnodo, Trenten Zahn, Sebastian Cuellar, Denver Isbell, David Cushman, Mackenzie Schimming, Skylar Staebler, Ella Liberto, and Amanda Tovar

Junior Varsity Awards
Most Takedowns: Sebastian Cuellar
Most Pins: Sebastian Cuellar
Most Nearfalls: Mason Nobs and Victor Hernandez
Most Valuable JV: Sebastian Cuellar
Outstanding Freshman: Payton Lyon
Most Improved: Jason Villegas

Varsity Awards
Most Takedowns: David Cushman
Most Pins: David Cushman
Most Improved: Brian Porcaro
Most Dedicated: David Cushman
Team Leaders: Trenten Zahn, Brian Porcaro, and David Cushman
1st Team All-Conference: David Cushman
2nd team All-Conference: Brian Porcaro and Carter Friend
Honorable Mention All-Conference: Aaron Porras and Marcus DePorter
Most Valuable Wrestlers: Carter Friend and David Cushman

Most Valuable Wrestlers
David Cushman and Carter Friend

David Cushman, Denver Isbell, Rye Fader, Brian Porcaro, Trenten Zahn, and Dylan DuClos

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