$1211 Raised at the 4th Annual Roger Benavides Memorial Scholarship Cornhole Tournament

Fifteen teams competed in two divisions at the 4th Annual Roger Benavides Memorial Scholarship Cornhole Tournament before the homecoming dance.  $1211 was raised for the college scholarship fund, which goes to qualified Lutheran West wrestlers who have wrestled in the program since at least their fourth grade year.  To donate to the scholarship fund email Coach Dave Ressler at or click the donate button above.  

Taking first in the student division were Seniors Sebastian Cairo and Gavin Waugaman.  Placing second were Seniors Alec Cairo and Adam Gutheil.  Placing third were Jonathon Barnes and Minihorn Wrestler Alden Barnes.  Placing fourth were seniors Emma Poole and Belle Donahue. 

The adult division had 10 total teams and the competition was close all afternoon.  The 2x defending champions, LW alumni Nate and Sam Stover, dominated in their victories to claim the title for a third straight year.  Placing second were Assistant Wrestling Coach DJ Vondruska and his partner Jason Hughes.  Lutheran West  Alum and current teacher Phil Kozar and his brother Dan placed third.  Placing fourth were current Longhorn wrestler Khalid Morales and Ed Deblock.  Lutheran West parent Dan Sword won the custom Cornhole set donated by Mr. Ed Deblock and LW Wrestling Alum Michael Schultz won the Cleveland Browns Dawg Pound Tickets donated by LW Wrestling Alum and Minihorn Head Coach Jay Martinez.     

Coach Dave Ressler and the Lutheran West Wrestling Team would like to thank everyone who participated in the tournament and those who donated to the scholarship fund.  Thank you to the following sponsors:  Pipefitters Local #120, Profile by Sanford, Quality Trophies and Awards, American Roofing, Keller Williams- Stacy Watson Realtor, The Winslow Family, Modern Chiropractic, Torched- Brandon Krek, The Deblock Family, Network Marketing Success Club- Jeff Manco, The Vasiloff Family, Jay Martinez and Statement Limousine. 



Coach Roger Benavides (1969-2011) was a major influence in the start of the Lutheran West youth and junior high wrestling programs and was the assistant high school coach from 1996-1999.  A college scholarship has been established in honor of Coach Benavides.  This scholarship is awarded to Lutheran West senior wrestlers who have participated in the Minihorn, Shorthorn, and Longhorn wrestling teams every season since their fourth grade year. Lutheran West is currently seeking donations for the Roger Benavides Memorial Ironman Scholarship.  "We would like to grow this scholarship over the years to be able to award more wrestlers larger amounts of scholarship money", stated Coach Ressler.  If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, please contact Coach Dave Ressler at or click the donate button at the top of this page.  


Scholarship Winners:

2015:  Tim Mecklenburg and Jacob Ressler

2016:  Adler Vasiloff 

2019:  Parker Watson

2020:  Khalid Morales and Lachlan Thomas

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