2008-2009 Whitehall Norse Wrestling Team Photo
Back Row (L to R): Nathan Brown, Michael Paulson, Justin Bloom, Chad Stellpflug, Jake Humphrey, Chuck Moe, Caleb Tamke, Luke Schultz.
Middle Row (L to R): Coach Klonecki, Jesse Taylor, Nick Koxlien, Dillon Sylla, Coach Peterson, Tyler Bortle, Cole Myren, Payten Frei, Joe Sygulla.
Front Row (L to R): Frank Ferdon, Tim Matthews, Cassie McAnallan, William Kissinger, Jake Pientok, Nate Kulig. Not Pictured: Ben Kissinger, Brandon Weichel.
Head Coach: Ernest Peterson
Assistant Coach: Gary Klonecki
Wrestlers: Nathan Brown #189, Michael Paulson #215, 285 (8-6), Justin Bloom #152 (16-15), Chad Stellpflug #160 (23-21), Jake Humphrey #140 (21-18), Chuck Moe #135, Caleb Tamke #119 (13-22), Luke Schultz #130 (24-18), Jesse Taylor #145 (16-12), Nick Koxlien #189, Dillon Sylla #285, Tyler Bortle #215 (30-7), Cole Myren #189 (36-9), Payten Frei #145, Joe Sygulla #160, 171 (14-11) , Frank Ferdon #103 (20-19), Tim Matthews #130, Cassie McAnallan #125 (8-26), William Kissinger #112 (17-20), Jake Pientok #135 (14-22), Nate Kulig #140, Ben Kissinger #160 (3-6, Injury shortened season), Brandon Weichel #285 (Injury shortened season).
Record: 14 Wins-2 Losses. 4 Wins-0 Losses in Conference. 1st in the Dairyland Conference.
Melrose-Mindoro / GET 3-1
C-FC / Alma 0-4
2008-2009 Junior High Whitehall Norse Wrestling Team: Michael Dahl, Austin Brown, Kory Lassiter, Dylan Lyngen, Jason Lee, Brett Leque.
Cheerleader Coach: Tammy Frei.
2008-2009 Norse Wrestling Cheerleaders: Jodee Taylor, Angeline Frei, Julie Oates, Dani Peterson, Bethany Ringlien, Michaela "Kiki" Olson, Chelsey Frei.
All-Conference: Tyler Bortle, Frank Ferdon.
Sectional Qualifiers: Tyler Bortle, Chad Stellpflug, Cole Myren, Frank Ferdon.
State Qualifiers: Cole Myren.
Iron Man Award Winners: Caleb Tamke, Cassie McAnallan, Chad Stellpflug, Cole Myren, Chuck Moe.
Most Pins: 20, Cole Myren.
Most Takedowns: 45, Justin Bloom.
Team MVP: Cole Myren. 36 wins, State Qualifier.
Co-Team MIP: Lucas Schultz 24 wins.
Co-Team MIP: Tyler Bortle 30 wins.
Rookie of the Year: Frank Ferdon 20 wins, Sectional qualifier.
Win: Whitehall 37 vs Osseo-Fairchild-Augusta-Altoona 36.
Win: Whitehall 46 vs Independence 27.
Win: Whitehall 33 vs Melrose-Mindoro 32.
Win: Whitehall 60 vs Cochrane-Fountain City-Alma 24.
Win: Whitehall 45 vs Blair-Taylor 30.
Win: Whitehall 38 vs Stanley-Boyd 30.
Win: Whitehall 35 vs Saint Croix Central 34.
Win: Whitehall 33 vs Mondovi 30.
Win: Whitehall 43 vs Menomonie 33.
Win: Whitehall 48 vs Durand 24.
Win: Whitehall 72 vs Onalaska Luther 0.
Loss: Whitehall 33 vs Arcadia 41.
Win: Whitehall 45 vs Eau Claire North 30.
Loss: Whitehall 9 vs Woodbury 55.
Win: Whitehall 63 vs Marathon 14.
Win: Whitehall 39 vs Wausau East 34.
Black River Falls: 5th place out of 10 as a team. 101 team points. 2nd place: Lucas Schultz, Chad Stellpflug, Tyler Bortle. 3rd place: Cole Myren. 4th place: Justin Bloom, Joe Sygulla.
Eau Claire North: 9th place as a team.
Arcadia: 2nd place of 9, as a team. 177 team points. 1st Place: Dillon Sylla. 3rd place: Caleb Tamke, Luke Schultz, Jake Humphrey, Cole Myren, Tyler Bortle, 4th place: Frank Ferdon, Cassie Mcanallen, Jacob Pientok, Justin Bloom.
Ladysmith: 3rd place of 13, as a team. 404.5 team points. 1st Place: Cole Myren. 2nd place: Tyler Bortle. 4th place: Lucas Schultz, Jesse Taylor. 5th Place: Chad Stellpflug. 6th place: Jacob Pientok, Jake Humphrey.
Independence: 3rd place of 15 as a team. 157 team points. 1st place: Cole Myren. 2nd place: Tyler Bortle, Dillon Sylla. 4th place: Frank Ferdon, William Kissinger, Joe Sygulla. 5th Place: Lucas Schultz, Mike Paulson. 6th Place: Cassie McAnallen, Jake Humphrey, Justin Bloom, Chad Stellpflug.
Durand: 1st place as a team.
Individual / Team Regionals @ Arcadia: 3rd place of 7 as a team. 172 Team Points. 1st place: Tyler Bortle. 2nd place: Frank Ferdon, Chad Stellpflug, Cole Myren. 3rd place: Luke Schultz, Jesse Taylor, Justin Bloom, Joe Sygulla. 4th place: William Kissinger, Caleb Tamke, Jake Humphrey, Mike Paulson.
Individual Sectionals @ Osseo-Fairchild, ran by Independence: Whitehall 17 of 23 teams. Cole Myren 3rd place.
Madison WIAA Individual State Tournament: Myren stopped in round 1 by Chris Sheskey, Laconia. Decision 3 to 9.
Cole Myren, State Qualifier
2nd Place Arcadia
10 Seasons Ago: "I Will Not Bow", 2008-2009....
One of the most successful seasons in Norse wrestling history. Coach Peterson's Berserkers and one Sheldmaiden ran the table in the Dairyland conference for a first place finish. They were ranked 12th (Wisconsin Wrestling Online) as a team in the state and went 14 and 2 on the year overall.
This was a scary team at every weight class. They took their lumps the season before and were battle hardened. This was in part due to the multiple wrestling partners unselfishly pushing each other to get better every week. This was a team that understood that every wrestler had an obligation to work hard on each other in the practice room. Iron sharpen Iron.
The wrestling team members this season were Nathan Brown #189, Michael Paulson #215, 285 (8-6), Justin Bloom #152 (16-15), Chad Stellpflug #160 (23-21), Jake Humphrey #140 (21-18), Chuck Moe #135, Caleb Tamke #119 (13-22), Luke Schultz #130 (24-18), Jesse Taylor #145 (16-12), Nick Koxlien #189, Dillon Sylla #285, Tyler Bortle #215 (30-7), Cole Myren #189 (36-9), Payten Frei #145, Joe Sygulla #160, 171 (14-11) , Frank Ferdon #103 (20-19), Tim Matthews #130, Cassie McAnallan #125 (8-26), William Kissinger #112 (17-20), Jake Pientok #135 (14-22), Nate Kulig #140, Ben Kissinger #160 (3-6, Injury shortened season), and Brandon Weichel #285 (Injury shortened season).
Assisting Coach Peterson was Coach Gary Klonecki who doubled as the Junior High Coach as well.
Coaching the cheerleaders was Coach Tammy Frei. The cheer squad for 2008-2009 was made up of Jodee Taylor, Angeline Frei, Julie Oates, Dani Peterson, Bethany Ringlien, Michaela "Kiki" Olson (Our Kiki beats Drake's), and Chelsey Frei.
The duel season was a tornado of Norse victories that left wreckage all over the region. Wins against Osseo-Fairchild-Augusta-Altoona, Independence, Melrose-Mindoro, C-FC-Alma, Blair-Taylor, Stanley-Boyd, Saint Croix Central, Mondovi, Monomonie, Durand, Onalaska Luther, Eau Claire North, Marathon, and Wausau East made this one of the most productive seasons in Norse Wrestling history.
The success continued in the season tournaments. The Norse placed 5th at Black River Falls, with Luke Schultz, Chad Stellpflug, and Tyler Bortle taking 2nd's. At Arcadia the team took second and Dillon Sylla took home a championship bracket. The Norse took 3rd place at the Ladysmith tournament with Cole Myren taking 1st place from them. In Independence the team also placed 3rd where Myren took a championship bracket and Bortle and Sylla took silvers. At the Durand team duel tournament Whitehall went 5-0 for a first place finish.
The success continued during the WIAA Tournament Series. At the regionals hosted by Arcadia the team placed 3rd. 1st place: Tyler Bortle. 2nd place: Frank Ferdon, Chad Stellpflug, Cole Myren. 3rd place: Luke Schultz, Jesse Taylor, Justin Bloom, Joe Sygulla. 4th place: William Kissinger, Caleb Tamke, Jake Humphrey, Mike Paulson (son of Alumni Wrestler Rick "Pork" Paulson.
While the team was stymied, placing first and second at regionals as individuals sent Tyler Bortle, Frank Ferdon, Chad Stellpflug, and Cole Myren to Sectionals run by Independence and hosted at Osseo-Fairchild High School. Surviving with a 3rd place finish Cole Myren became the seventh WIAA state qualifier in Whitehall history.
Myren represented the Norse well in Madison fighting at #189. His season was ended by a 3-9 by the eventual 5th place finisher Chris Sheskey of Laconia.
This was a season of great success and when awards were handed out it was tough because there was many deserving candidates. Iron Man Award Winners: Caleb Tamke, Cassie McAnallan, Chad Stellpflug, Cole Myren, Chuck Moe. Most Pins: 20, Cole Myren. Most Takedowns: 45, Justin Bloom. Team MVP: Cole Myren, 36 wins, State Qualifier. Co-Team Most Improved Wrestler: Lucas Schultz 24 wins. Co-Team Most Improved Wrestler: Tyler Bortle 30 wins. Rookie of the Year: Frank Ferdon 20 wins, Sectional qualifier.
This was a team with many talented wrestlers that stepped up when their team needed them. There were consistent match performers in Justin Bloom, Nathan Brown, Jake Humphrey, Caleb Tamke, Jesse Taylor, Joe Sygulla, William Kissinger, and Jake Pientok. There were workhorses who kept the pace up for the team in Nick Koxlien (Son of Alumni Wrestler Huck Koxlien), Payten Frei and Tim Matthews. There were also hero's that stepped up and snatched team victories from the jaws of defeat in Luke Schultz not getting tech falled against the Mustangs, to Jake Humphrey's gutsy pin against Saint Croix Central, to Bortle and Myren wrestling the hammers of Indee and Stanley Boyd to Chuck Moe (winning in Osseo), and Cassie McAnallan going where needed to plug the gaps in the lineup. There were many, many epic stories. All of these wrestlers are special to the Program and to this paramount season.
The best compliment Coach Peterson paid to this team though was how this group conducted themselves in public. They would get compliments from the away schools for cleaning up after themselves, they helped Coach Schmitt put away Indee mats after their tournament. Speaking of Indee there was an all-conference wrestler on that squad that had a 28 win season. Name's Ryan Guza.... Hmm.... Where have we heard that name before.....
Anyway this season was a taste of several great seasons in the future. As dominate as this team was, in two seasons they will deliver Whitehall it's first sectional qualifying team.
ONWARD NORSE! ?? Days until the wrestling season starts!