Wildcats celebrate successful 2017 season!

Monday evening, we gathered one last time as a team to celebrate the many successes of the 2016-17 wrestling season. It was truly an historic season for the program, and we all have much to be proud of. Here are some of the highlights of the awards and honors given out:

Varsity Letter-winners:

(#) indicates number of years lettered
Seniors: Terry Allen (1), Ben Hupp (3), Nathan Keegan (4), Mason Koechner (4), Dylan Meyer (3), Austin Raetzel (2), Owen Staver (1)
Juniors: Ryan Adams (2), Kyle Allen (3), Tucker Batten (3), Garrett Caldwell (1), Thad Hendrix (3), Alec Maler (1)
Sophomores: Blue Caplinger (2), Austin Moore (2)

Team Awards:

Senior Wrestler of the Year — Mason Koechner
Wrestler of the Year — Ryan Adams
Wildcat of the Year — Owen Staver
Workhorse Award — Ben Hupp
Newcomer of the Year — Dylan Meyer
JV Wrestler of the Year — Garrett Caldwell
Highest GPA — Sam Kratochvil, Austin Moore

Other Honors:

KWCA Academic All-State:
First Team: Ben Hupp (182 lbs.), Austin Raetzel (195 lbs.)
Honorable Mention: Owen Staver (170 lbs.), Mason Koechner (285 lbs.)
Miami County Republic Tri-County Spotlight Team:
1st Team: Nathan Keegan (126 lbs.), Ryan Adams (138 lbs.), Austin Raetzel (195 lbs.)
2nd Team: Thad Hendrix (106 lbs.), Kyle Allen (126 lbs.), Tucker Batten (132 lbs.), Dylan Meyer (145 lbs.), Blue Caplinger (160 lbs.), Austin Moore (170 lbs.), Mason Koechner (285 lbs.)
Honorable Mention: Alec Maler (152 lbs.), Ben Hupp (182 lbs.)

Contributors of the Year:

Sam Long
Shawn Crossley
Bruce Caldwell

Click on the image below to view the 2017 Wildcat Wrestling Yearbook!

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Ott joins Wildcat coaching staff

The Wildcat Wrestling family would like to welcome assistant coach Brandon Ott to the 2016-17 coaching staff.

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Coach Ott is entering his first year with us and he brings a wealth of experience. He is currently finishing up his undergrad degree at Ottawa University, where he will graduate in December with a BS in Sports Studies with an Emphasis in Coaching.

This past fall, Coach Ott has been serving as a student assistant wrestling coach for OU. He wrestled collegiately for the Ottawa Braves for two years and was a two-year letter-winner. He’s a 2011 graduate of Ottawa High School, where he played football (3-year letter-winner) and wrestled (4-year letter-winner, Frontier League champion).

Coach Ott and his fiancee Megan live in Ottawa with their dog Brigsley. Welcome to the family!