Panther Wrestling Teams Hold Awards Banquet (photos)

Coach Tod McCullough was honored for his 26 years of leading the EP Panther Wrestling Program.
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Photos courtesy Jessie Otten

The EP Panther wrestling teams, boys and girls, held their end of the season banquet and awards celebration on March2nd. The teams honored wrestlers on their season and career accomplishments.

Head Coach Tod McCullough was celebrated for his final year as head coach of the program. He has been the only head coach of the EP Wrestling Co-op, which was started 26 years ago.

McCullough was assisted throughout the season by his staff: Brian Buri, Dylan DeShane, Adam Voeltz, Becky Duncan, Nate Swanson and volunteers Garrett Passmore and Nikki Friedrichsen.

Senior wrestler Jase Grunder was given special recognition for his 5th place finish at the IHSA State Finals and collecting over 100 varsity wins in his career, 134-30, and finishing his senior season with a 50-6 mark.

Individual Awards

Team Captains – Wyatt Goossens, Jase Grunder, Luke Otten, Grace Friedrichsen

Eric Morrissey Outstanding Freshman Wrestler – Grayden Church, Michelle Naftzger

Most Improved Wrestler – Aedan Thompson, Samantha Kilker

Mike Burden Desire, Dedication, Determination Award – Jase Grunder

Megan McCullough Empowerment and Perseverance Award – Michelle Naftzger

Dick Bradley Leadership Award -Jase Grunder

Bob Gray Leadership Award – Luke Otten

EP Panthers Coaches Award – Jordae Crow, Jayda Rosenow


IHSA State Placer 5th @ 152 – Jase Grunder

IHSA State Qualifier @ 120 – Michelle Naftzger

IHSA State Qualifier @ 140 – Jayda Rosenow

Three Rivers Athletic Conference Awards

First Team: Wyatt Goossens – 120 lbs, Jase Grunder – 152 lbs

Honorable Mention: Luke Otten – 182 lbs

Team Awards

Most Takedowns                       Jase Grunder                        119                                                        

Most First Points                       Jase Grunder                            40                                                        

Most Escapes                           Aidan Jepson                            60                                                           

Most Reversals                         Wyatt Goossens                        15                                                           

Most Near Fall 2                        Wyatt Goossens                        2

Most Near Fall 3                        Wyatt Goossens                        25

Most Major Decisions              Wyatt Goossens   5 Jase Grunder  5

Most Tech Falls                         Jase Grunder                            4

Most Falls                                 Luke Otten                                32                                                            

Best Record by Win %               Jase Grunder                            50-6 (89.3%) 

J.V. Quickest Pin                       Michelle Naftzger                      0:29

Varsity Quickest Pin                  Jordae Crow                             0:08

State Qualifiers

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