Wilmot Panthers Wrestling Club bring home state championship, 3 medals

William Du Chemin. /Submitted photo

William Du Chemin. /Submitted photo

The Wilmot Panthers Wrestling Club brought home a state championship with 3 medals from the State Tournament of the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation, in Madison, on March 24 and 25.

Wilmot’s William Du Chemin proved to be the toughest 51-pounder in the state, winning 1st place in his 16-man bracket. Wrestling sick all weekend, the 8-year old was near impossible to score on, giving up only 3 total points in his final 3 matches. Coach CJ Vroman said, “He has an unwavering determination to score on his feet and stay off the mat.” He is the youngest of 4 wrestling brothers (Jacob-15, Benson-14, Nolan-10). All three of the Du Chemin “kids” qualified for the 2017 state tournament, as Jacob now wrestles for Wilmot High School. William placed 3rd in the state tournament last year.

Silver Lake 5th grader, Joel Sullivan, took home 4th place at 82 pounds. The 2-time returning state champion had a bulls-eye on himself in a very competitive weight class. He finishes his season, on the podium, with a 40-4 record. Joel has placed at the state tournament every year since 1st grade (5th,2nd,1st,1st,4th). Coach Vroman sees Sullivan becoming more of a leader and mentor in the room. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, and he knows the level of effort it takes to be a state champion,” said the coach.

Randall School 8th grader, Benson Du Chemin, needed the comeback of his life to earn the 5th place medal at 105 pounds. Trailing 5-3 with 5 seconds left in the 3rd period, and his opponent backing away, Benson hit a double-leg takedown and threw his opponent straight to his back, earning 2 points for the takedown, and 2 back points, at the buzzer, giving him the 7-5 victory, and drawing a big roar from the crowd at Alliant Energy Center. That match was in the consolation quarterfinals, where the winner moves on to the medal matches, and the loser is eliminated, empty-handed. He then went on to the 5th place match, where he instantly ended his kids” career by pinning his opponent at the 3:40 mark.

Ashton Leahy (Camp Lake), Nolan Du Chemin, and Hunter Thiemanm (Paddock Lake) all qualified for the 2017 WWF State tournament. All three wrestled well, and gained invaluable experience. They expect to return in 2018.

Assistant coaches are Drew Vroman and Matt Du Chemin. The team practices at the John Watson Wrestling Center in Wilmot High School.

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  1. AL OLLER says:

    What a well written description of this State Wrestling Tournament. Excellent reporting…..

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