Wayne State Wrestlers Honored At Banquet
Posted: 23 April, 2013
WAYNE - The Wayne State College Wrestling Club held its end-of-the-year banquet on Sunday to award wrestlers for their success this season and also to recognize supporters of the club.
The team finished the year with a cumulative GPA of 2.9. The National Wrestling Coaches Association and National Collegiate Wrestling Association awarded two Academic All-American honors to seniors Eric Held of Hinton, Iowa, and Eric Timmerman of George, Iowa.
Two academic scholarships awarded by WSC wrestling alumni were given to freshman Matt DeGarmo of Brainard, Neb., and senior Allyn Gonsor of Fremont, Neb. Six performance and leadership scholarships, also awarded by WSC wrestling alumni, were presented to DeGarmo, Held, senior Matthew Peter of O’Neill, Neb., sophomore Jon Williams of Glenwood, Iowa, senior Rob Peter of O’Neill and freshman Travis Schmitz of O’Neill.
Several wrestlers were also awarded for their individual stats on the mat this season. Matthew Peter led the team in takedowns and near fall points, Timmerman led in moves from the bottom and DeGarmo led the team in pins with nine on the season.
As with any athletic program, success can’t be achieved without the support of many people behind the scenes.
“Thank you to alumni Jerry and Rose Mundil and Craig Hellwege and Huskerland Wrestling for attending and providing funds for WSC Wrestling,” head coach Greg Vander Weil said. “Also a special thanks to Len Dickinson and Jule Goeller from Sand Creek Post and Beam for their tremendous and continuous support.”
Five seniors wrapped up their college wrestling careers by setting the standards for all future WSC wrestlers to follow.
Matthew Peter achieved 155 team points in his college career, followed by his brother Rob with 91 points. Gonsor added 67 points, Timmerman 62 and Held 53.
“These five seniors will be greatly missed and will always be part of the very special history of the rebirth of WSC wrestling,” Vander Weil said. “As a five-year-old program, these young men provided the foundation for a nationally recognized program and created the positive culture and high standards that have become WSC wrestling.”
The WSC Wrestling Club accomplished many feats this season both on and off the mats. For example, the team supported the WSC soccer mission trip and Tenderheart Animal Rescue during the season, teaching them valuable lessons outside athletics as well.
“I will always cherish and will continue to be these young men’s coach for life; the bond is strong,” Vander Weil said. “The mutual respect among all of us in the WSC wrestling family is what makes this experience transcend beyond the time in practice and competition. They will be great spouses, excellent fathers and role model citizens.”
The WSC Wrestling Club is posed for continued success in the 2013-2014 season with the return of wrestlers and recruits from across the country.
The coaches and wrestlers said they would like to thank the many individuals and companies that support their team and have helped put the “Cat back on the mat” in a top-quality manner.
Photo: Seniors Eric Held, Rob Peter, and Matthew Peter present a poster to head coaches Greg Vander Weil and Aaron Schuett to show their appreciation for their guidance this season.
Story and photo contributed by Laura Burtwistle