Why he’s Coach of the Year: Coached a state champion for the second consecutive year, guided three individuals to state, directed the school to its fifth regional title in the past eight years and his 12th-ranked (Class 1A) squad finished with a 19-6 record in dual meets.
From Josh Carter: “Each wrestling season brings many challenges and many blessings, and this one was no different. I feel like we performed at a pretty consistent level all year as a team. Our veteran guys did a great job of showing our younger guys how to stay focused throughout the course of a grueling season. These seniors came in as freshmen my first year as the coach, so to see them grow and mature during their four years in the program is very enjoyable, but it is sad to know they won’t be with us next year. They led us to back-to-back regional titles for only the second time in program history, and now it is time for the other guys to step up and keep things moving in the right direction. My most memorable moment this season was also one of our most difficult. After we lost to PORTA at sectionals, we gathered in the locker room, and I saw guys who poured their hearts out all season come together one more time to love and support each other through a difficult time. That, to me, was a defining moment and a reminder that the relationships we build in wrestling will be a lot more meaningful than the
trophies we win. It was awesome to witness Josh Wallick’s accomplishments over the last four years. He was blessed with God-given talent, but he worked extremely hard to maximize that talent and reach his goals (winning back-to-back state titles).”
A few of my favorites: Jim’s Steakhouse in Bloomington ... “The Blacklist” ... last text message, to my wife, Dena ... Buick Lacrosse ... Before a match, prayer to keep me focused on the big picture ... Pet peeve is making excuses ... Next goal is to earn a top-four finish at the dual-team state meet ... On my bucket list, go to a Summer Olympics to watch wrestling, a week of solitude enjoying God’s creation and to take my family on a mission trip.
Three living people I’d like to have dinner with: Jordan Burroughs (Olympic wrestling champion), Matt Chandler (pastor in Texas) and Tom Ryan (Ohio State wrestling coach).
About Coach Carter: “He is different from other coaches. He doesn’t yell that you have to do this or that. He’s into having kids figure things out for themselves and getting your own motivation because you have to be self-motivated once you go to college. He was someone I could go to if I had questions. He could demonstrate (technique) very well. I wouldn’t trade my experience with him for anything. He’s a great person, and that carries over into the wrestling room. He helped me grow as a person.” — senior wrestler Cameron Schwing