The Saints wrestling team held its 2012-2013 Banquet on Tuesday night at the VFW. Over 100 fans, family members, athletes and coaches attended the event. It was a time for the community to thank the efforts of these athletes, especially the eight seniors who have finished competing as Saints wrestlers.
The Saints began a new tradition Tuesday night with the awarding of the first ever ‘Dan Gable’ award. The award was won by senior Cody Hanson.
Head Coach Gene Hildebrandt said, “ The award is for being the most dedicated to the sport of wrestling over their career. Cody is the hands down winner!”
The Outstanding Wrestler of the Year went to Richard Soto. Soto and Hanson tied for the most wins this year. Each had 32.
Hanson had the most team points, scoring 163 and he had the most pins with 18. Soto had the most takedowns this season with 102.
The most improved wrestler on the varsity team was given to Zack Gleiter. The most improved wrestler on the B squad was Daniel Camacho.
The outstanding wrestler of the B squad went to Simon Beck.
The seniors spoke about their memories of the Saints wrestling program. Several of the young men got emotional during their presentations because they realized this was the end of their Saints careers.
Richard Soto gave a thoughtful speech about how he viewed the end of his outstanding wrestling career as an opportunity to move into the next phase of his life.
The Men on a Mission plaques went to Cody Hanson 1st, Devin Wolle 2nd and Kody Curry 3rd.