State Champs - Again - 193 pts.
SEP finished the 2015 season in the same way it began - in the driver's seat with the pedal to the floor. As a result, this year's Rams solidified itself as one of the greatest teams in the history of Iowa.
The boys had another undefeated dual season and set scoring records at nearly every tournament it entered (Gardner-Edgerton, Ed Winger, CIML), despite typically having 1-3 Varsity members out of the line-up throughout the year, showcasing the program's depth.
By the time the post-season rolled around, the Rams were firing on all cylinders for the first time since Week 1 - and it showed. The Rams tied the state record with 13 State Qualifiers, 11 of which eventually placed at the Traditional State Tournament.
Prior to the big tournament, the Rams ran through the competition and into the State Dual Finals, where they met their back-and-forth rivals, (and fellow Nationally ranked team) Bettendorf. Despite starting in the teeth of Bettendorf's daunting middle-weight line-up, the Rams quickly caught up and blew past Bettendorf with hard fought wins at 170, 182, and 195 before consecutive pins at 220, 285, and 106. Ultimately, the Rams bested Bettendorf 34-28 for their 2nd State Dual Title (2013 & 2015).
With the momentum of the Dual Tournament behind them, the Rams charged into the Traditional Tournament lead and never looked back, opening the gap with Bettendorf nearly every session. By Tournament's end, the Rams amassed a ridiculous 193 points (2nd All-Time in 3A) on the strength of 11 Placewinners and 3 State Champions to win the Rams' 2nd Traditional State Title, and a National Ranking of #7:
106 - Guage Perrien - 6th (Frosh)
113 - Nathan Lendt - 3rd (Frosh)
120 - Adam Brown - 8th (Soph)
126 - Nolan Hellickson - Champion (Senior)
132 - Zach Barnes - Qualifier (Soph)
138 - Keegan Shaw - 4th (Senior)
145 - Aaron Meyer - 2nd (Senior)
152 - Briar Dittmer - 2nd (Senior)
160 - Brady Buchhiet - 7th (Senior)
182 - Kameron Padavich - Qualifier (Junior)
195 - Deion Mikesell - 2nd (Senior)
220 - Ethan Andersen - Champion (Junior)
285 - Jacob "Turbo" Marnin - Champion (Senior)
Despite graduating a strong Senior Class, the Rams still return the 2nd most State Tournament points (behind Fort Dodge) and return 7 State Qualifiers and 8 returning Varsity members, including 2 x State Champion Ethan Andersen. As for the rest of the weights, only time will tell who will step up for the Rams to compete for another title. Type your paragraph here.