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Monday, March 6, 2017

Wrestling State Qualifiers

by: Logan Collison

Webster’s defines the word champion as “a person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition, especially in sports”, but what does champion really mean? Although two of Little Chute High School’s wrestlers may have had disappointing ends to an amazing wrestling season, they are champions not just by definition, but in their actions, both on and off the mat.
Looking at senior Logan VanHandel first, he has been a part of wrestling since he could wrestle. I have seen him mature both as a wrestler and a person, which contributed to his state appearance his senior year. As a freshman he struggled with listening to authority, but this year he shined as one of the three captains on the team. He finished the regular season with a 22-10 record and took first place at the conference tournament and won his way to a state spot. He has worked with the middle and elementary school program putting in work before and after to make sure that Little Chute will have a successful wrestling program.
Our other state qualifier was sophomore Bryce Schumacher, who was wrestling before he

could walk. Bryce comes from a wrestling family, making it to state in middle school. But

this is his first time as a high schooler. Only being a sophomore, he shows promise to

become a very successful wrestler. Bryce’s season looked grim when on the first dual meet

of the year, he hurt his shoulder, which took him out for much of the year, making his state

appearance that much more impressive. His regular season record was 12-5, with a first

place finish at the conference meet in the 160 pound weight class, showing that even after

injury it is still possible to be successful. Even though their state run was cut short, these

two young men have shown what is capable for the Little Chute Mustang Wrestlers.

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