The Brookfield East wrestling banquet saw several wrestlers honored for their efforts this past season.
'Of our eight varsity letter winners, five were underclassmen, so we were a very inexperienced team,' coach Mike Weller said. 'I am very pleased with the growth of each individual in their ability to compete on the varsity level.'
The Spartans had four team captains this season in Saif Ibraheem, Nick Martin, David Holzem and Malcolm Vetter.
Varsity letter winners were Holzem, Vetter, Ibraheem, Martin, Stephen Multhauf, Colten Pucek, Hunter Fischer and Jacob Mandella.
Vetter earned the Four-Year Varsity Letter-Winner Award, while Pucek was named the Most Valuable Wrestler.
Ibraheem earned the Takedown Beast Award, while Martin earned the Think Six Award for most pins.
Pucek earned the Embrace the Grind Award, while the Heart of a Spartan Award went to Fischer.
Three wrestlers — Hayden Spoerl, Ibraheem and Pucek — earned the Most Improved Award.
Weller's assistant coaches for the 2015-2016 season were Anthony Feliciano, Jeremy Flink, Kevin Holzem, Andy Mueller and Kyle Pucek.
Four wrestlers earned JV letters: Hayden Spoerl, Dylan Spoerl, Ethan Davis and Joey Heuler, with the latter earning JV MVP honors.
'I thought one of the highlights of our season was when we were able to go into the West Bend Duals with seven wrestlers and come away with three dual-meet victories,' Weller said. 'It was a total team effort, and it required each individual to be nearly perfect. We showed a lot of heart and determination at that tournament.'
Weller also felt this year's improved effort in a loss to the Lancers was a positive.
'A year ago, they blew us out, 54-21,' he said. 'Even though we lost the dual this year (34-33), we competed hard and nearly pulled out the victory against a more experienced team. We expect this to be a competitive rivalry for years to come.'
The future looks bright for the Spartans. They return all but one wrestler from this year's team, and they should get a few wrestlers back from injury next year as well. Add what looks to be a promising incoming freshman class, and the future looks very bright.
'How hard our returning wrestlers work in the off-season will greatly determine the level of success we experience next season,' Weller said.