Mater Dei Takes Home 13th State Title

The Mater Dei wrestling team returned to a hero's welcome after winning their 13th team state title

Posted: Feb 21, 2021 8:14 PM

"It's an undescribable feeling," Mater Dei junior Gabriel Sollars said.

"It feels good to get it done," said Mater Dei junior Brody Baumann.

"It's so satisfying in the sense that you get to do something people care about," said Mater Dei head coach Greg Schaefer.

And care about it they do at Mater Dei, as the Wildcat wrestling squad got a heroes welcome Sunday afternoon after bringing back the program's 13th team state title.

However it didn't come easy last night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Trading the lead with Chesterton all day. Brody Baumann in a wild 160 pound match against state #1, Robert Major of carmel. A match that would go the distance , would see him take the state championship with a 15-to-11 decision, and sealing the deal on the team title.

"I let it get out of control there for a little bit, but it felt good to end it with a nice throw," said Baumann. "Make it a little more exciting. We've been working for this for as long as I can remember. To be the guy that gets us over that hump, to win the title is just an amazing feeling."

With the team crown in hand, Gabriel Sollars faced Drake Buchanan in a rematch of the last weekend's 182 pound semi-state match, one that Sollars won by pin. However, this rematch would not be as easy, with Buchanan taking Sollars the distance. However, Sollars took the title in a 9-4 decision, capping a perfect 30-and-0 season.

"I knew he would change a few things and I adjusted to those things in the match," said Sollars. "And yeah, it came through, and I secured that last takedown to secure the win."

"I'm still digesting how much of a great performance both those two young men displayed this weekend," said Schaefer. "Composure and the just wrestled. That's one of our biggest problems with performing at a high level, just allowing yourself to compete and just do your best. And those two guys just laid it on the line. They just went out and wrestled. They're both really good, so when they allow themselves just to go out and wrestle good things will happen. And that was the case."

For head coach Greg Schaefer, this is his first team title since taking over this legendary program, one that he helped become a dynasty as a state champion wrestler in the late 90's.

"When you're part of this community, if there's pressure, if there's stress, that means people care," said Schaefer. "With that, it means it matters. So, I'm just grateful to be part of it as an athlete, as a coach, just to be part of people's lives and continue this great tradition. It's a great honor."

"We have a little saying in the room where we always joke around and say "For coach"," said Baumann. "But after we won we all just started to yell "For coach". He's awesome and he's a big part of why we're hear right now."

"Dreams come true," said Sollars. "It woke me up at night thinking about it. It's come true and I can live with that and it's a pretty good feeling."

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