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Wildcat wrestlers celebrate season at annual banquet


Award recipients Award recipients at the South Vermillion High School wrestling team’s end-of-season awards program were, seated from left, Kyle Higgins, Josiah McBride, Wyatt English, Matt Goeppner, and Gus Shryock. Standing are Haydon Kindred, Kyle Higgins, Dalton Payton, Mayson Wimsett, Evanna Russell, Bishop Mellinger, and Brogan Decker. See story. (Photo courtesy of South Vermillion High School Wrestling)

Award recipients Award recipients at the South Vermillion High School wrestling team’s end-of-season awards program were, seated from left, Kyle Higgins, Josiah McBride, Wyatt English, Matt Goeppner, and Gus Shryock. Standing are Haydon Kindred, Kyle Higgins, Dalton Payton, Mayson Wimsett, Evanna Russell, Bishop Mellinger, and Brogan Decker. See story. (Photo courtesy of South Vermillion High School Wrestling)

The 2021/2022 South Vermillion High School Wrestling team celebrated their season with a banquet at South Vermillion Middle School on Monday evening. Several athletes, managers, coaches, administrators, parents, and grandparents of the team gathered to honor the wrestlers and managers.

After enjoying desserts provided by the team parents, the team gathered together for the presentation of varsity awards and special awards. Coach Ron Stateler spoke on how well this year’s squad did with all of the COVID-19 restrictions and becoming a championship team.

Stateler introduced this year’s high School coaching staff, which consisted of Assistant Varsity Coach Bart Stateler. Coach Stateler recognized Coach Charlie Godfrey, Loren Crouch, Trent Wallace, Christofer Sprinkle, Coach Aeron Goodman, and Coach Joshua Roehm, who have all volunteer their time and service throughout the Varsity season to help with the team. Coach Stateler added that without all of these coaches, this squad would not achieve the victories, the honors of this past season.

SVHS senior Wrestlers Senior members of the South Vermillion High School wrestling team who were recognized during the endof season awards program were, from left, Matt Goeppner, Katelyn Clouse (MGR), and Wyatt English. See story. (Photo courtesy of South Vermillion High School Wrestling)

SVHS senior Wrestlers Senior members of the South Vermillion High School wrestling team who were recognized during the endof season awards program were, from left, Matt Goeppner, Katelyn Clouse (MGR), and Wyatt English. See story. (Photo courtesy of South Vermillion High School Wrestling)

Coach Stateler introduced Principal Kara Skinner, Athletic Director Tim Terry, and Athletic Secretary Jessica Wheeler. Coach Stateler praised their support and encouragement from each of these people.

South Vermillion Middle School Head Wrestling Coach Aeron Goodman was introduced and spoke on the Middle School program and the success they had in their season.

Goodman spoke about this year’s wrestling club and the success that they had learning the sport of wrestling. Coach Stateler thanked Coach Goodman for leading this year’s team.

A review of this season found the South Vermillion Wrestling team finished their season with a 15-4 record including winning the Wabash River Conference title and winning the Parke Heritage and Fountain Central team titles. The Wildcats finished in as Runners-up at the South Vermillion 8-way. The team finished in sixth place at the Crawfordsville IHSAA Sectional advancing five Wildcats to the North Montgomery Regional.

Payton Award South Vermillion High School wrestler Matt Goeppner was the recipient of the Ed Payton Leadership Award for the 2021-2022 season. Shown with Goeppner is Nicole Payton Bush. See story. (Photo courtesy of South Vermillion High School Wrestling)

Payton Award South Vermillion High School wrestler Matt Goeppner was the recipient of the Ed Payton Leadership Award for the 2021-2022 season. Shown with Goeppner is Nicole Payton Bush. See story. (Photo courtesy of South Vermillion High School Wrestling)

Letter-winners this season were:

First-Year Varsity Letter — junior Gus Shyrock; sophomores William Clay-Faulkner, Sam Eltringham, Zach Hess, Josiah McBride, Stella Nickels-Kincade (MGR), Peyton Lowe, Isabella Pate (MGR), Evanna Russell (MGR), and Daven Smith; and freshmen Landon Connelly, Logan Fiock, Kyle Higgins, Alex Shyrock, and Mayson Wimsett.

Second-Year Varsity Letter — senior Matt Goeppner, juniors Bishop Mellinger and Dalton Payton, and sophomores Brogan Decker and Haydon Kindred.

Third-Year Varsity Letter — senior Katelyn Clouse (MGR).

Four-Year Varsity Letter — senior Wyatt English This award was presented by Principal Kara Skinner andAthletic Director Tim Terry.

Stateler honored the captains of this year’s squad with their Captain Certificates. The captains were Wyatt English, Matt Goeppner, Bishop Mellinger, Gus Shyrock, and Brogan Decker. Evanna Russell was awarded a captain star for being the Head Manager for the squad.

Waldrop Award South Vermillion High School wrestler Josiah McBride (center) was the recipient of the Tim “Ooch” Waldrop Mental Attitude Award for the 2021-2022 season. Shown with McBride are Tanner Waldrop and Karen Waldrop Hawkins. See story. (Photo courtesy of South Vermillion High School Wrestling)

Waldrop Award South Vermillion High School wrestler Josiah McBride (center) was the recipient of the Tim “Ooch” Waldrop Mental Attitude Award for the 2021-2022 season. Shown with McBride are Tanner Waldrop and Karen Waldrop Hawkins. See story. (Photo courtesy of South Vermillion High School Wrestling)

Two Wildcat wrestlers earned All-State Academic Honors through the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association. These awards were presented by Principal Skinner and Athletic Director Terry. Junior Gus Shyrock was named to the 2021-2022 IHSWCA Junior Academic All-State team. Junior Bishop Mellinger was named to the 2021-2022 IHSWCA Junior Academic All-State Honorable Mention team.

Coach Stateler awarded Individual Awards to the following Wildcat wrestlers: Most Reversals Award went to Wyatt English, with 10; Most Takedowns Award went to Haydon Kindred with 24 takedowns; Most Near Falls Award went to Kyle Higgins with 14; Most Pins Award went to Wyatt English with 16; and Most Escapes Award went to Dalton Payton with 20.

The Wildcat Spirit Award went to freshman Mayson Wimsett. “Mayson was one of our most versatile wrestlers on the team,” Stateler said. “At a moment’s notice, we could call on him to wrestle in aVarsity position and he was able to perform at a high level against very tough competition.”

The Most Improved Wrestler went to Junior Gus Shyrock. “This season Gus came out for wrestling and jumped into the 220-weight class Varsity position,” Stateler said. “He has become a solid wrestler and continues to improve with every match that he wrestled. He has made tremendous strides and finished the season with a 20-9 record and placing in third place at the Wabash River Conference Meet and finished fourth at Sectionals advancing to Regionals. “Gus did an awesome job of listening to his coaches and then tries to the best of his ability.”

This Ed Payton Leadership Award was made to honor the life and dedication of Coach Ed Payton. For many years, Ed has been on the sidelines at football games or on the edge of the mat either coaching taking picture of hundreds of Wildcat wrestlers. Presenting this award were Ed’s children, Nicole Payton Bush, and Jason Payton. The 2022 Ed Payton Leadership Award was presented to senior Matt Goeppner for his leadership role for the Wildcat Wrestling team. Keeping with Ed’s tradition, Nicole passed out Ed’s pictures from this past season to the team. Coach Stateler presented Nicole the Eye of the Wildcat Certificate for her service.

The next award presented was the Tim “Ooch” Waldrop Mental Attitude Award. In 1984, Tim “Ooch” Waldrop became the first Wildcat wrestler to wrestle in the IHSAA State Finals where he finished in 5th place. Coach Waldrop served as an Assistant Wrestling Coach on two separate occasions at South Vermillion High School as well as being the Head Wrestling at Rockville at one time. On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, Coach Waldrop was laid to rest after a battle with cancer. In Coach Waldrop’s memory, this year’s award was presented by Coach Waldrop’s widow, Karen Waldrop Hawkins and his son, Tanner Waldrop. Both of these individuals were Wrestling Alumni The award went to Sophomore Josiah McBride. Coach Stateler added, “Josiah is always positive and determined. He worked hard and never was discouraged.”

Coach Stateler awarded the Most Valuable Wrestler to Wyatt English, a senior member of the squad who finished this season with a 23-6 record and wrestled at the 120-weight class. Wyatt finished as Runner-up at the Crawfordsville Sectional title and was a regional qualifier. Wyatt’s career record is 69-25 and is a four-year letterman. Wyatt has served as Captain for the two seasons. “Wyatt has been a very important part of this program for the past several years through middle school into high school.” said Coach Stateler.

This year’s seniors were presented with their Senior Posters that hung on the wall in the South Vermillion High School auxiliary gymnasium for their hard work and dedication to the sport. After this presentation, each senior gave his farewell speech. This year’s seniors included: Seniors Katelyn Clouse (MGR), Matt Goeppner, and Wyatt English.

Principal Skinner spoke to the team about their leadership around the school. Athletic Director Tim Terry spoke about how this team will be remembered for years to come as being the team that won the WRC being a team.