Boyceville’s Garrett Joles has been selected as Wrestler of the Year in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference for the 2017-18 season.
The undefeated, 195-pound senior finished his final high school season as a four-time state finalist and two-time state champion, winning his first state title last year.
He ended his senior year undefeated at 42-0 and rounded out an outstanding career record of 161-10.
“It’s a great honor for Garrett and our program to have him selected as the Dunn-St. Croix wrestler of the year,” head coach Jamie Olson said. “Our conference is very well respected and again had some very worthy wrestlers of this award.”
Joining Joles as first-team selections were all five teammates who also competed at the state tournament in February: Brock Schlough, Walker Retz, Justin Malean, Noah Novotney and Tretten Joles.
Schlough also finished the season undefeated at 47-0 to earn his third straight state title at 152 pounds. In the past two seasons, the junior has only lost a single match.
Coach Olson noted that both G. Joles and Schlough have put themselves in an elite group as multiple state finalists and champions.
“These two have been blessed with a tremendous amount of ability, but what separates them from others is their passion, drive, dedication and work ethic to better themselves each and every day,” he said. “What I like most about coaching them is that they are great men of character and humbleness, which leads to being awesome role models for our youth.”
Two first-year wrestlers, freshmen Retz and T. Joles ended their first high school seasons competing in Madison at the state tournament taking fourth at 113 pounds and third place at 182 pounds, respectively. Retz finished the season 29-6 while Joles ended at 46-2.
“These two are very good athletes that work hard and have a great future ahead of them,” Olson said of Retz and T. Joles.
Seniors Malean and Novotney’s final season ended with a trip to state and while both did not place, they finished their high school careers as first team selections, two-time state qualifiers and each placed once at the state tournament.
“Justin and Noah finished up short of being on the podium, but both had excellent careers with over 110 wins,” Olson commented. “They both had two trips to the state tournament, where both placed sixth last year.”
Second team selections were juniors Eli Swanson, 120, Nick Goodell, 132 and freshman Nathan Stuart, 126. Swanson finished with a 19-15 season record, Goodell ended 21-15 and Stuart wrapped up his season at 19-18.