February 2020 ROAR

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Coverage of Rockford athletics at all levels.

Wrestlers Notch 100 Career Wins

JEANNIE GREGORY

ROAR Editor

The Rams wrestling team was competing at the Lakeshore

Super Duals, Saturday, Jan. 18, when a very special milestone

was reached for two wrestlers. Evan Kaser, a senior who wrestles

at the 140-pound weight class, and Trenton Wachter, a junior

who wrestles at the 145-pound weight class, both notched

their 100th high school career win. It’s an accomplishment

that many wrestlers can only dream about.

The duo represents a 1-2 punch on the Ram roster, with Kaser

hitting the mat first to claim a victory. Then, it’s a sure bet

that Wachter is going to follow in the next weight class with

another win, giving the Rockford team plenty of points on the

day.

“The 100 career-win marks a very special day,” shares Rams

head coach Brian Richardson. “There is a pattern that seems to

go with most teams who have very talented kids, they usually

come in groups of two. They have been wrestling partners for

years and to have them reach the milestone on the same day

is really cool. It’s great to see how these guys have helped each

other become better wrestlers. The milestone is a testament

to how hard they’ve both worked and the time and effort that

they have put into every day for the wrestling program.”

According to Richardson, the duo rally their teammates to

be better, as well.

“They both have completely different leadership styles.

Trenton is quieter and leads by example on the mat. Evan is

very vocal and tends to rally his teammates with words. They

both have different wrestling styles, too, so they each serve an

important purpose to our team. This has clearly paid off on

the mat with all their individual success and our team’s success

this year.”

Richardson continues describing his captains. “Evan is such

a nice young man. He gets the job done everywhere – in the

classroom, in the practice room and he always leads by example

on meet days. This 100th win was an awesome honor for

such a deserving young man. He’s done everything right with

his work ethic and his dedication to the sport of wrestling and

it’s great to see it pay off in such a big way. It’s always nice when

kids like Evan get recognized for their hard work with such an

impressive accomplishment.”

Trenton Wachter (L) and Evan Kaser both notched their 100 high

school career win on the same day. ~ Contributed Photo

“For Trenton to pick up his 100th win as a junior is a mark of

sustained excellence and dependability. He has been a symbol

of consistency for our team. We know we can always count on

him. Day in and day out for three straight years he has been

successful and is consistent in everything he does. Nobody

trains harder than Trent, he is always laser-focused. He will be

on the Top 10 list next year and has aspirations to be a D1 college

wrestler. I believe he will become one, and a good one.”

26 ROAR MAGAZINE FEBRUARY, 2020

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