On Wednesday night, March 8, the Whippet Wrestling Team gathered at Whitewater High School to celebrate the team and individual successes over the course of the season. This was a great evening for the program as there were many things to celebrate for those present. As a team they celebrated a 10-2 season, best in 17 years, with a sectional runner-up finish. Individually lots was said for each of the student-athletes as they all saw great growth over the course of the season.
At the JV level, Curtis Rossmiller came away with many accolades including outstanding takedown, outstanding pinning, and outstanding freshman award. JJ Gonzalez came away with the JV Most Valuable Wrestler Award as voted on by his peers.
At the Varsity level, Aaron Porras led the way in awards coming home with most takedowns (109), most pins (20), team leader, most dedicated, and most valuable wrestler. Along with being voted on by their peers for team leader was CJ Tomomitsu, Connor Friend, and Deavion Olson.
Each year those student-athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are given an Academic Certificate. This year the team had 20 student-athletes receive a certificate. The student who is a sophomore or higher who has the highest GPA on the team also receives a plaque as the Scholar Athlete of the Year. This honor went to Lauren Buehler with a GPA of 3.829.
The evening came to a close by honoring the graduating seniors with the accomplishment frames that Dena Schimming makes for each senior as a departing gift. Best of luck to all seniors in their future endeavors!
Article and Photos Submitted by John Schimming
Whitewater High School Head Wrestling Coach