For The Tribune
In a display of current and future talent, the Seymour’s wrestlers were honored for their season in a combined ceremony with the middle school wrestlers Tuesday.
The most valuable wrestler award went to sophomore John Shuffitt, who led the team with 126 points. He was second in most wins and had the fastest pin.
“He had the most team points by eighteen points,” Owls wrestling coach Todd Weaver said. “He also finished second at Evansville Memorial, and North Knox, was the runner-up at the Hoosier Hills conference meet and was a 2015 Regional qualifier.”
The Coaches award was given to sophomore Cheaney Reichenbacker.
Reichenbacker finished in the top three in each award category and also received the “Most Pins” award.
“(Reichenbacker) had twenty wins this year, and fourteen of them were by pin,” Weaver said.
Most wins and most improved went to sophomore Dalton Miller, who compiled 22 victories.
Miller wrestled mostly junior varsity during his freshman year and stepped up for the Owls in his second campaign.
The most takedowns award was given to junior Garret Johnson, with 56.
“Sometimes we’d ask Garrett to keep getting take downs to get us points, and he’d do that for us,” Weaver said.
Other awards were: Mental attitude, which went to David Shuffitt, who exemplified the team motto, “Be great everywhere;” fastest pin, to Tyler Bicknell (eleven seconds); and best reserve wrestler, to Leo Pena. The freshman award went to Zack Newton.
Owl’s Coach Todd Weaver, who has much experience coaching wrestling at Greensburg and Southport, will have 13 eighth-graders joining his high school team next year.
“Our motto is ‘No magic, just hard work’ and ‘Be great everywhere’ just stuck,” Weaver said. “Our kids need to be great in the classroom, in the public, and everywhere — and we say that everywhere. We had one twenty match winner last year and had four this year, so we are improving.”