New coach tries to revive Ozaukee wrestling

Ozaukee Press staff

Ozaukee alumnus Kevin Koepke has taken over the high school’s wrestling program in hopes of rebuilding it from the bottom up.

Koepke has five wrestlers on the team: sophomores Cael Large, Travis Simpson and Jaysen Delleree, and seniors Jack Penny-Galindo and Anthony Pawling.

Large and Simpson hope to qualify for the state tournament, and Koepke’s goal for everyone is to place high in the Big East Conference meet.

At the Willard Schmidt Scramble in Green Bay last Saturday, Large (9-2) took third, winning a 4-2 decision over Harry Nemecek (10-6) of Lakeland in the third-place match. Large lost in overtime in the semifinal.

Simpson took fifth, winning a 9-5 decision over Tim Burnett (11-5) of Lakeland in the fifth-place match.

All five wrestlers asked Koepke if they could help get a youth program going again. Last year, a several-week season was held for sixth and eighth-graders. Koepke is looking to hold a longer season.

He has experience coaching Ozaukee’s youth program and the Port Piranhas.

“I enjoy watching the kids succeed — when they learn something new in the practice room and when they get it to work on the mat,” he said.



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