The Big Foot-Williams Bay wrestling team just wrapped up its season including (front row) manager Morgan Berg, manager Ally Ries, manager Emily Leon, Kayla Bole, Sophia Lantz, Manager Trinity Tofel, manager Mackenzie Taylor, (second row) Nicholas Minor, Cristian Carreno, Julian Klein, Nathaniel Hoyt, Colton Berg, Ashton Robinson, Dylan Robinson, Ranvir Singh, Raul Rojas Avila, (back row) coach Jake Ries, Samuel Flom, Marcus Zuniga, Conner Vogelman, River Riley, Malachi Frederick, Connor Simpson, Bryce Harvey and head coach Tyler Heck. (Courtesy Visiual Image Photography)

Growth this year could pay dividends in the future

By Dan Truttschel


While Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 regional tournament at East Troy marked the end of the line for the Big Foot-Williams Bay wrestling team this season, the day certainly wasn’t without some highlights.

And moving forward, the steps the young Chiefs took could pay big dividends down the road.

Ashton Robinson led Big Foot with a fourth-place finish at 106 pounds, as the Chiefs finished seventh with 35 points. Wisconsin Lutheran won the overall team title with 251 points, followed by Whitewater with 234.5 and Delavan-Darien with 176.5.

First-year Big Foot coach Tyler Heck certainly was disappointed to not have any wrestlers advance, but he also was encouraged for the future.

“Saturday was a tough pill to swallow,” Heck said. “We were pretty confident that we could get at least one through (to the sectional), if not two or three. But when we looked back after the tournament, everyone wrestled hard.

“It wasn’t for lack of trying that no one made it through to sectionals. Every match, we wrestled tough and didn’t give up. So while the outcome was not what we expected, it wasn’t a terrible day.”

Read more of what Heck had to say and local results from regionals in the Feb. 15 Times/Reporter.


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