Large leads enlarged wrestling team

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Ozaukee High School football coach Cole Large isn’t getting a break before his next season.

Large took over as wrestling coach for the Warriors this season after Kevin Koepke decided to coach his son in Port Washington’s youth program.

Large had been assisting with Ozaukee’s middle school wrestlers, and he now leads a large staff of coaches, including alumni Jack Penny-Galindo, former varsity coach and Warrior wrestling star Marcus Lubner, teachers

Ted Schanen and Brandon Clapper, and 2021 grads Jaysen Delleree and Cael Large, Cole’s younger brother, who will help when they’re on break from college.

Koepke said he would help when he can as well, Large said.

The team of coaches allows Large to miss practice while working at his family’s businesses without missing a beat, such as last week when he was out of town for two days.

“The nice thing is with our staff size we are able to kind of relieve each other,” he said.

Large brings a decorated wrestling resume to the Warriors’ program. The 2014 grad medaled twice at the Division 3 state meet for the Warriors, taking fourth and fifth, and graduated as the leader in wins with 162 and career and single-season takedowns.

He inherits a program that struggled with numbers the last couple of seasons — less than 10 — but is growing. The Warriors have 16 wrestlers and may add a couple more, Large said.

A couple of the top grapplers are Tayten Platner and Mya Delleree, Jaysen’s sister.

At the Tom McGarvie Early Bird Scramble Saturday at Watertown, the Warriors scored 188 points and finished 13th of 17 teams. Winneconne won with 480, followed by Mineral Point’s 473.

Platner pinned three opponents at 106 pounds before losing, 1-0, in the final to Wyatt Magolski of New London.

“Going forward he should win that match. He’s really receptive and trying to learn and get better every match,” Large said.

Delleree was third at 113, going 3-2 on the day.

Zach Bell at 285 pounds finished fourth. He went 2-3.

Phil McLarty was eighth at 138 pounds, having his day cut short by a dislocated finger.

“He was wrestling really well in his first two matches,” Large said. “He was ready to go. He told me to pop it back in. The trainer said to go to the ER. It just kind of spoke to his toughness and the type of kid he is.”

Other wrestlers Large expects to contribute include Efrain Altamirano, Jonny Melendez, Blake Cocanower, Skyler Mills and Grady Klas.

Between injuries and scheduling issues, several wrestlers didn’t make it to the tournament on Saturday.

“It’s about what I expected,” Large said of the tournament results. “The kids who had experience wrestled really well. The kids who didn’t got better by the end of the day.”

This early in the season, the Warriors are still trying to lose weight and bump down to different classes to fill their lineup.

“If it plays out right, we should fill everything but 120,” Large said.

With numbers up but experience lacking, Large knows this will be a developmental year for many of his wrestlers.

“It will be a growing year for a lot of guys,” he said.

Large said he’d like to see a few Warriors qualify for the individual state tournament after nobody qualified last year.

“We definitely have a handful of kids on the team capable of doing that,” Large said

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