Tuesday, January 18, 2011

PREP PROFILE -- Wrestler Matt Groehler


from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Mat suits Memorial’s Groehler much better than hardwood
Senior draws coach’s praise
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff
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WAUKESHA – Matt Groehler’s big, physical nature turned out to be a poor fit for the basketball court. As a freshman at Catholic Memorial High School, Groehler tried out for the basketball team, but he wasn’t a match for the hardwood. “The coach said I’m a little too physical for that, so I walked into the wrestling room,” Groehler said.
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Groehler took to the sport quickly and is now a senior in his third varsity season on the mat. “I was a good jayvee wrestler right away, and I’ve been with the varsity ever since,” he said. “Sophomore year was tough, because I was giving up a lot of weight at 215 and wasn’t very good. “But it paid off.”
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Groehler was a sectional qualifier last season and entered this season looking to make a second straight run to state after the linebacker helped the CMH football team to a WIAA Division 3 runner-up finish. “They both kind of complement each other,” Groehler said of football and wrestling. “There’s a big physical aspect, and even the mental aspects are pretty similar.” Groehler is also a first baseman for the CMH baseball team.
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“In an era where you have high-maintenance kids and high-maintenance parents, Matt Groehler and his parents are old school,” said Bill Young, who coaches football and wrestling at CMH. “He works hard every day, and he’s one of the most coachable kids we’ve had a chance to work with. “He’s no different than a kid I would’ve coached in the ’70s.”
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He finished third in the Classic 8 Conference Tournament a season ago. After being selected second-team all-Classic 8 in football, he had little time to rest before getting on the wrestling mat this season in hopes of improving on that mark. “There wasn’t much of a break,” he said. “I was already in pretty good shape for wrestling, so I just made the transition over. “I was kind of tired and it was a long grind with the (football) playoffs. Coach took it a bit easy on me, and the first two days were just getting back into the flow of things.”
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Photos by Melissa Dentici

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