VANDALIA — Several Butler wrestlers received post-season honors from the Greater Western Ohio Conference.
Being named to the First Team were David Jobe (106 pounds) who was also named the GWOC North Wrestler of the Year with an overall record of 30-9. Jobe, a junior, was also sectional champion and the GWOC champion.
Other First Team honorees were Bailey Suddeth (120) who was third at sectional and fifth in the GWOC with a 31-13 overall record. Nick Coyle (145) also earned First Team status and was fourth in sectional and fifth in the GWOC and had a 31-14 record. Dustin Stevenson (160) was second in the sectional and fourth at GWOC and was 26-13 overall. He also served as a team captain.
Second Team honorees were Josh Suddeth (113), with a second place finish at sectional and third at GWOC; Ethan Cyrette (152) fourth at sectional and fifth at GWOC; and Walker James (170) who was third at sectional and a team captain
Trevor Kovacs (220) also received Special Mention and was a team captain.
Mark Peck was also named the GWOC North Coach of the Year.
“I am only head coach by title and simply the administrator,” said Peck. “I manage the program in the areas of uniforms, transportation, academics, etc. Kelly Stevens, assistant since 1998, runs the wrestling room on a daily basis. He is in charge of the practice room.”
Peck said that his coaching staff is the reason the honor was given.
“Scott Decker is the Director of Operations,” he said. “He takes care of all match day setup. Assistant coaches Nathan Godsey, Nathan Martin, AJ Owen, and Jake Watkins are on the mat and practice with the team members every day. They lead by example on the mat and in the weight room. Rick Whittelsey is the technical expert. He analyzes each wrestlers strengths and weaknesses and scouts the opposition.”
Butler’s middle school wrestling coaches are Brent Reikowski and Matt Clark.
“They develop, and in some cases, introduce the middle school wrestlers to the sport of wrestling constantly feeding our high school program with quality young men,” said Peck.
Youth program coaches are Adam Maxwell, Chris Buckner, and Clint Isaac to name a few.
“They provide the boys in grades K-6 in the Vandalia-Butler School District with a start in wrestling,” said Peck. “They run practice twice per week and attend tournaments and matches with the young wrestlers. They encourage these boys to continue in wrestling as well as other sports.”
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.
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