By Ms. Carie Ferg
Senior Ben Kawczynski recently won the state wrestling title Feb. 13, 2021 — a feat accomplished by just one other Knight, Joe Aperi, in 1992. Kawczynski, who has been wrestling since the 6th grade, set his goals on the state title at that young age. “I would say I’m going to be the next one to do it,” Kawczynski said.
Competing in the 285-pound weight class, Kawczynski cinched the fateful February day and lived out his dream with a score of 3-0, landing the WIAA State Wrestling Championship. “It is a crazy knowing that the dream I have had for so long has finally come true and that people might one day look at me the way I have looked at Joe Aperi,” he said.
After high school, Kawczynski plans on attending college at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse while studying physical therapy.