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Below are the current list of nominations,
which will be updated each night of the nomination window (2/24-3/4).
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District 1 COY
Joe Raygor - St. Croix Falls
In his second year as head coach Joe led his team to a 9-0 record outscoring their opponents 563 - 121. St. Croix Falls won the regional for the 5th straight year and was second in the sectional tournament. They placed 4 wrestlers at the state tournament with 2 state champions while finishing 2nd as a team at the individual state tournament.Joe's biggest accomplishment this year was keeping 27 kids out for wrestling during a COVID year. With many other teams struggling to fill teams St. Croix Falls numbers have stayed strong. This is a direct result of Joe's work with the middle and elementary programs.
Josh Spaeth - Cadott
The team made it to state for the first time in 14 years. There were 4 state qualifiers and it was one of the few programs in the state with multiple individual state champions, two, for the second year in a row.
District 2 COY
Eric Lehrke - D.C. Everest
Won First conference championship in 39 years. Regional champs. Never got quarantined.
District 3 COY
District 4 COY
Tyler Lee - Winneconne HS
Since Tyler Lee took over as wrestling coach at Winneconne in the 2017-18 School year he has turned a low level program with about 11 Wrestlers, into a top tier Division 2 Wrestling Program in Wisconsin. In his first year he started with 11 total wrestler's in the program, his second year, the 2018-19 season he increased numbers to 15 wrestlers and won the schools first conference wrestling title since 2003, 15 years. In the 2019-20 Season he increased to 16 wrestlers and won another ECC Conference Championship and had several wrestlers qualify for State. In 2020-21 Season he won his 3rd Straight Conference Championship and increased the number of wrestlers in his program went up to 25 and he has created a great feeder program in our MS. Along with 3 straight conference Championships the last 3 years they have a couple regional titles, and in 2020-21 the school's first ever Team Sectional title and WIAA State Team appearance. Four Winneconne wrestlers qualified for individual Sate and 2 came home as State Champions, another on the podium and the other gaining valuable experience by making the trip. Winneconne wrestles in a very tough part of the Sate with teams such as Freedom, Lux-Casco and several others. Tyler in his 4 years of coaching has turned Winneconne into an outstanding program and has an excellent opportunity to return to the WIAA Team Sate Tournament in the 2021-22 season.
District 5 COY
Curtis Fiedler - Mineral Point
Division 3 Team State Champ and Ind. Team State Champs
Mike Rogge - Prairie du Chien
Team State Runner-Up - Division 2
District 6 COY
Clay Nelson - Delavan-Darien
Tied for a share of the SLC championship, beat Burlington in the conference dual meet, won the Regional Tournament, placed 2nd at Sectional Tournament, sent 10 wrestlers to Sectionals, 3 State qualifiers, 1 State finalist (2nd), and 1 5th place.
District 7 COY
District 8 COY
District 1 ACOY
Mike Steffen - St. Croix Falls
After 21 years Mike is stepping down as assistant coach. In this time he has coached 8 state champions, 29 state place winners and 55 state qualifiers. 9 team conference titles, 7 regional titles and 2 sectional titles. Mike was a big part of all that success. His biggest asset to the program has been the relationships he has built with the kids. He has the ability to steer kids in the right direction in life and really make a difference in their post wrestling life. He is truly deserving of this award.
District 2 ACOY
District 3 ACOY
District 4 ACOY
District 5 ACOY
Cory Sokol and Grant Miller - Mineral Point
These two were a pivotal part of the Mineral Point team accomplishing a 7-0 record, a regional title, a sectional title, and D3 Team State title. They also have a big impact on the kids throughout the year on the mat (6 state qualifiers, two 6th place finishers, two state runner-ups, two state champions) and off of the mat as the continued to help kid progress as positive members of their community.
District 6 ACOY
Abe Graziano - Fort Atkinson
Coach Graziano is the assistant every head would want on his staff. He works tirelessly to help promote the vision and culture that we’re hoping to establish, he spends countless hours working with student-athletes to find ways to improve as both wrestlers and as people, and dedicates his time to being prepared for upcoming situations and opportunities. During the season, he coordinates our trackwrestling needs by handling the technical aspects of running anywhere from 4-6 events in Fort each year. He has been a driving force behind our move to hosting 2 weeknight JV events which eliminate unnecessary Saturday tournaments for our kids and keep our kids wrestling in their home gym. He also assists in our scouting of teams and events throughout the year in order to provide our wrestlers with the best possible plan for upcoming competition.
In addition to Coach Graziano’s in-season responsibilities, he coordinates our offseason program. This program consists of a team run Wrestling Club - coached by members of the local University, as well as running a team run training camp that consists of both instructional opportunities as well as wrestling duals. Named “Fortitude”, the training camp has proven to be successful in getting kids to buy-in and show up for work-outs while also enhancing the team culture that we’re working to cultivate. This program has been incredibly important in helping our athletes close the gap as many of our athletes don’t have the resources to attend “private academies''. Keeping our efforts local as well as cost efficient best suits the population of students that we are working with. These efforts are a lot of work as they require a ton of prep, coordination, and organization to secure clinicians, work with other programs, and establish a culture of wrestling in the offseason for our kids.
Finally, Coach Graziano serves as our club treasurer, a role that keeps him involved at all levels of our program. He works with our fundraising arm of the club as well as with our coaches and families of our youth and middle school teams. In short, there really isn’t a part of our k-12 program that Coach Graziano doesn’t have some involvement with.
District 7 ACOY
District 8 ACOY
Wrestler of the Year
Matt Bianchi - Two Rivers
4-time State Champion
Blaine Brenner - Stanley-Boyd
Blaine won his third state title this season. Blaine was 18-0 this season with 18 pins. 100% pin percentage. Only one opponent even made it to the third period. Blaine ended his career on an 89 match win streak. He has compiled a 133-8 record over his career and currently has a 3.639 weighted GPA and plans on attending the University of Minnesota next year and wrestling for the Gophers.
Jager Eisch - Kaukauna
Two-time state champion that beat Nicolar Rivera in the finals and FVA Conference Wrestler of the Year.
Caleb Meunier - Winneconne
3 Time State Qualifier in his 3 seasons. State finishes: 2nd place in 2019, 1st in 2020, 1st in 2021.
Braeden Scoles - Kewaskum
12-0, State Championship (1 pin, 2 tech falls), finished with 4 pins and 6 tech falls (other 2 wins were forfeits in dual meets). Most (if not all) points scored against were given in escapes.
Brayden Sonnentag - Cadott
Brayden won his second state title and only gave up 1 point at the state tournament. Finished the season 20-0, while guiding his program to team state.
Nolan Springer - Mineral Point
2-time State Champion. Tech Fall in the state finals, biggest point getter for Regionals and Sectionals, along with two pins at the Team State tournament. Committed to Bucknell next year, which shows he is an outstanding student with a 4.0 GPA and high ACT score. Continues to be a strong leader for this team and blazes the trail for his younger teammates to follow for years down the road.
Randy Ferrell - Arrowhead
Randy is as connected to the sport of wrestling in Wisconsin as anyone. We need leadership that understands what our sport faces in Wisconsin as well as somebody who is chiefly concerned with making sure that our kids come first. He has been a long time member of this board and has a strong rapport with the current WIAA Executive Board team. His help in navigating this Covid season as one of our Presidents was important and I believe as we head into these uncertain times ahead, that the familiarity that Randy brings to the table will be increasingly important. Our WWCA leadership is very important in ensuring that this sport continues to exist in the future, now is the time to double down on the kind of experience and familiarity that Randy brings to the table.
District 3 Representative
District 4 Representative