The Coshocton County Beacon February 27, 2019 - Page 15

Redskin wrestlers claim ECOL honors and sectional team title By Josie Sellers COSHOCTON – Sean Collins and his assistant coach Troy Spang had high expectations for their Coshocton High School varsity wrestling team going into the ECOL tournament. “We had lengthy conversations with the team about our expectation to win the ECOL this year,” Collins said. “We fell short of our goals at the state team duals two weeks earlier. Th e ECOL tournament was a chance for redemption and proof of the team's capa- bilities.” “It takes the cooperation of wrestlers, statisticians, coaches, administrators, booster members, and parents to have a successful program.” - Sean Collins head coach Th e wrestlers from CHS showed what they were made of by beating county rival River View by one point to claim the ECOL team title on Feb. 16 at home. Contributed | Beacon “Winning the title at home made the experience that much sweeter,” Collins said. The Coshocton High School wrestling team claimed the ECOL team title this year. Head Coach Sean Collins also was Th is, however, was just one of three awards present- named the coach of the year and Lucian Brink was named the wrestler of the year. ed to Coshocton wrestling that day. booster members, and parents to have a successful continuing to work together. “Th e sequence of awards left everyone waiting in program. Th is year I feel that we were operating well “Wrestling is a diffi cult sport to navigate because you anticipation,” Collins said. “Lucian (Brink) won ECOL together on all of those levels to achieve certain goals we have to balance the team and individual aspects at the Wrestler of the Year and we celebrated. Th en we had to set at the beginning of the season.” same time,” he said. “We had more duals this year than wait for them to read off team scores. Th ey gradually Brink, a junior on the team, said he was caught off in the past. I think that helped the team to come togeth- worked their way from eighth place to fi rst. When we guard by his honor. er as a group to support each other. Th at support then heard our team announced as the ECOL champions “I didn’t even know it was an award,” he said. “Th e carried over into practices and tournaments.” (winning by one point) the team and home crowd erupt- whole day I was just focused on trying to get the team Th e team came through for Collins again on Feb. 23 ed. Th ey then announced the coach of the year award title. It was nice to be able to beat River View. We hav- during the sectional meet at Sandy Valley High School. and it couldn't have been better. We had a team title, en’t done that for a few years. As a team we really came Th ey earned the team title, qualifi ed nine kids and wrestler of the year, coach of the year, and were fortu- together. We were ecstatic.” have two alternates headed to the district tournament. nate to have it all happen in our home gym.” He also greatly appreciates his individual honor. Results were: Ethan Dixon, 106 – second; Lucian Brink, Collins was excited to be able to share his moment “I’m a very goal orientated person,” Brink said. “I work 113 – fi rst; Austin Guthrie, 120 – fi rst; Corey Phillips, 126 with the coaching staff and team. hard and push myself to get to those. It felt great to be – third; Kobey Rust, 132 – fi fth; Zach MacDonald, 138 – “If it wasn't for all of the supporting members in our honored for my hard work. I really appreciate this. fi fth; Blake Barrick, 145 – fi rst; Jackson Unger, 152 – fi rst; program it wouldn't be possible to be as successful as Collins said their goal is to also claim the sectional Jaelen Brightwell-Walls, 182 – fourth; Gunner Gray, 195 we've been this year,” he said. “It takes the cooperation and district title and he believes they can do that by – second; and Austin Fowler, 285 – second. of wrestlers, statisticians, coaches, administrators, DINNER: Wild game dinner benefi ts children with dyslexia FROM PAGE 1 readers with piles of books, not children who avoid read- ing.” Dearyan said the Chili Learning Center works with local schools to help children. “We have 23 students and can have 100. We want to get the word out to families who may be struggling and hope that we can help them.” Information on the program can be found at Attendees of the dinner were looking forward to trying several types of meat, including alligator, bison, turtle soup and venison. For those who purchased the premiere ticket, kangaroo, beef tenderloin, jumbo shrimp and FEBRUARY 27, 2019 walleye would also be served. Along with the several types of meat, mashed potatoes, baked beans, rolls, and the church’s “famous” pizza were served. Anyone who purchased a ticket for the dinner was welcome to compete in the chili and atomic wing cook-off . Eight diff erent types of chili were waiting for local judges to choose the best. Todd Herriman was one of the many volunteers at the dinner and has been a member of the church for about eight months. “We came to the wild game dinner last spring and really liked what we saw.” He and his family be- came members soon after. “I’ve been to about a hundred churches and I’ve never seen another one that has a pastor who cares as much as he (Pastor Neal) does. He works so hard to help everyone.” Herriman said the church has pro- grams Sunday, Wednesday and Fridays for children and youth. “Th ey really get the kids involved – like today. Th e kids are working hard, having fun and learning to serve the Lord.” Herriman was excited to try the kangaroo and shared that he had already grabbed a piece. “It was amazing.” Dearyan said he wasn’t sure how many volunteers were at the church to help with the dinner, but that he was thankful for every one of them. “Th is is why we are here. God showed his love for us and we want to give it back to others – to help in the community.” THE BEACON 15