The tiny village of Vesper, Wisconsin is home to Vesper Community Academy (formerly Vesper Elementary School). Since the mid 1970's this small school's wrestling program has been the starting point for no less than eight Wisconsin State Wrestling Champions. Six of the seven four-time conference champs also got their start at Vesper.

CAREER RECORDS BY PERCENTAGE

There have been many changes in WIAA wrestling over the years.  One change that has greatly effected the statistics for wrestlers is the number of matches each has.  The number of matches for each athlete has increased over the years.  By using a percentage system that compares the number of matches versus the number of wins, with a minimum of 100 wins, the athletes who had fewer matches can be compared to those with more matches.

Rank

Name Record Percentage Years
1. Jim Hamel 128-6-1 955.39% 1982-1985
2. Travis Tritz 169-9 949.44% 1998-2002
3. Josh Hanson 142-8 946.66% 1998-2002
4. Kevin Tritz 188-11 944.75% 2003-2006
5. Rocky Biegel 131-8 942.44% 1984-1988
6. Dave Gause 149-10 937.11% 1987-1990
7. Jeff Bubolz 125-11-1 919.43% 1985-1988
8. Scott Brock 135-13 912.13% 1992-1995
9. Jere Hamel 144-14 911.39% 1988-1991
10. Justin Tritz 154-18 895.35% 1995-1998
11. Jason White 135-21 865.38% 1988-1991
12. Paul Coates 138-24 851.85% 1998-2001
13. Dane Thompson 134-28 827.16% 2002-2005
 
Jim Hamel

Click here to see Jim wrestling Steve Hoffmann in a Big Ten Dual against Wisconsin in 1988
Career Record - 128-6-1
72 Career Pins
1982 State 3rd Place - 98 lbs.
1983 State 2nd Place - 105 lbs.
1984 State Champ - 112 lbs.
1985 State Champ - 119 lbs.
Four-time Conference Champ

 - 1982 @ 98 lbs.
 - 1983 @ 105 lbs.
 - 1984 @ 112 lbs.
 - 1985 @ 119 lbs.
Four-time Sectional Champ
 - 1982 @ 98 lbs.
 - 1983 @ 105 lbs.
 - 1984 @ 112 lbs.
 - 1985 @ 119 lbs.

Jere Hamel
Career Record - 144-14
70 Career Pins
347 Career Takedowns
1989 State Champ - 112 lbs.
1990 State 3rd Place - 130 lbs.
1991 State Champ - 135 lbs.
Four-time Conference Champ

 - 1988 @ 105 lbs.
 - 1989 @ 112 lbs.
 - 1990 @ 130 lbs.
 - 1991 @ 135 lbs.
Three-time Sectional Champ
 - 1989 @ 112 lbs.
 - 1990 @ 130 lbs.
 - 1991 @ 135 lbs.

Shawn Brehm
1991 State Champ - 130 lbs.

Adam Kolo
1998 State Champ - 171 lbs.
Three-time Conference Champ
 - 1996 @ 152 lbs.
 - 1997 @ 171 lbs.
 - 1998 @ 171 lbs.
 

Martin Thunder
2000 State Champ - 135 lbs.
2000 Sectional Champ - 135 lbs.
Two-time Conference Champ
 - 1999 @ 135 lbs.
 - 2000 @ 135 lbs.

Travis Tritz
Career Record - 169-9
77 Career Pins
808 Career Takedowns
2001 State Champ - 119 lbs.
2002 State Champ - 125 lbs.
Four-time Conference Champ

 - 1999 @ 103 lbs.
 - 2000 @ 112 lbs.
 - 2001 @ 119 lbs.
 - 2002 @ 125 lbs.
Four-time Sectional Champ
 - 1999 @ 103 lbs.
 - 2000 @ 112 lbs.
 - 2001 @ 119 lbs.
 - 2002 @ 125 lbs.

Kevin Tritz
Career Record - 188-11
1140 Career Takedowns
0:10 Fast Pin
2005 State Champ - 145 lbs.
2006 State Champ - 145 lbs.
Four-time Conference Champ

 - 2003 @ 135 lbs.
 - 2004 @ 140 lbs.
 - 2005 @ 145 lbs.
 - 2006 @ 152 lbs.
Four-time Sectional Champ
 - 2003 @ 135 lbs.
 - 2004 @ 140 lbs.
 - 2005 @ 145 lbs.
 - 2006 @ 152 lbs.

Dane Thompson
Career Record - 134-28
305 Career Takedowns
0:06 Fast Pin
2005 State Champ - 215 lbs.
Two-time Conference Champ

 - 2004 @ 189 lbs.
 - 2005 @ 215 lbs.
Two-time Sectional Champ

 - 2004 @ 189 lbs.
 - 2005 @ 215 lbs.

Other Outstanding Vesper Wrestlers
Dan Vruwink - 1981 Conference Champion @ 105 lbs.
Ed Vruwink - 1982 Conference Champion @ 167 lbs.
  - 1982 Sectional Champion @ 167 lbs.
Todd Kuehnhold - 1987 Sectional Champion @ 126 lbs.
Mike Aschenbrenner - 1989 State 4th Place @ 130 lbs.
Scott Brock - 1992 Sectional Champion @ 103 lbs.
  - 1992 State 4th Place @ 103 lbs.
  - 1993 Sectional Champion @ 103 lbs.
  - 1994 Sectional Champion @ 125 lbs.
Jarod Tritz - 1995 Sectional Champion @ 130 lbs.
  - 1995 State 3rd Place @ 130 lbs.
Justin Tritz - 1996 Sectional Champion @ 112 lbs.
  - 1996 State 4th Place @ 112 lbs.
  - 1997 Sectional Champion @ 119 lbs.
  - 1998 Sectional Champion @ 119 lbs.
  - 1998 State 3rd Place @ 119 lbs.
Charles Jochimsen - 1996 Conference Champion @ Heavyweight
Josh Plawman - 1997-1998 - 0:11 Fast Pin    
  - 1998 Sectional Champion @ 135 lbs.
Jeremy Armagost - 1999 State 6th Place @ 125 lbs.
  - 2000 Conference Champion @ 130 lbs.
  - 2000 Sectional Champion @ 130 lbs.
  - 2000 State 6th Place @ 130 lbs.
Luke Kolo - 2000 State 2nd Place @ 189 lbs.
Kent Thompson - 2001 Conference Champion @ 167 lbs.
Kody Ashbeck - 2001 Sectional Champion @ 125 lbs.
  - 2002 Sectional Champion @ 130 lbs.
  - 2002 Conference Champion @ 130 lbs.
  - 2002 State 6th Place @ 130 lbs.
Matt Redepenning - 2002 Sectional Champion @ 103 lbs.
  - 2002 State 5th Place @ 103 lbs.
Coltin Brehm - 2008 Conference Champion @ 119 lbs.
Rylan Lubeck - 2010 State 2nd Place @ 130 lbs.