Wrestling team takes conference title


2020-21 DCE Senior High School Wrestling team captures a photo and repeats history. Contributed photo

  For the first time since 1982, the D.C. Everest Wrestling has won the Wisconsin Valley Conference team title, and for the second straight year they were also team regional champs.

   Although the team did not reach their goal of making it to the team state tournament, they were still very happy with the season they had.

   “I think overall it was a pretty good year. Sure, we didn’t quite end up as we wanted, but I think everyone can say that with how the last year has gone,” said senior wrestler Nick Klug.  

   In a year that was filled with shutdowns and contact tracings all over high school sports, the wrestling team seemed to be one of the few to make it through unscathed. The sport that so many thought would be impossible to compete in happened to be the safest. This happened  because athletes took precautions and everyone did what they needed to do to keep their season alive. 

   This was expressed by Team Captain Demitrio Covarrubias. ”I don’t think it was necessarily lucky. I think winter sports knew what was at stake and knew we had to take every precaution to avoid being shut down. My teammates are very disciplined and knew what we had to do to fight for a season this year.”

   Wrestling is viewed as a very individualized sport but the success wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for team’s closeness.

   Senior Captain Freddy Lehrke said, this year more than any of the years in the past the team especially the core group of seniors was very close and they all had high expectations for themselves and others which increased the team’s success. 

The team had four wrestlers compete at the state championships in Kaukauna and came out with three fourth place finishers: Sr. Freddy Lehrke, 170; Sr. Orion Boe, 220; Fr. Easton Cooper, 113.

About his individual performance and the team’s performance Freshman Easton Cooper said,”I think individually I did pretty well but have some room for improvement and for the team I think overall we placed highly and I think for the seniors that made it they all did well.”