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Montague wrestling all-time wins leader Cale Coppess makes college pick official

Three-time all-stater with 171 career wins headed to Wheaton College.

Photos by Jay Mulder

Cale Coppess became Montague High School’s all-time wins leader in wrestling with a strong performance at the individual state finals March 4-5 at Ford Field.

On Monday, Coppess made a big move for his future. The senior made it official that he’ll be attending Wheaton College in Illinois, where he’ll continue his academic and wrestling careers. Montague celebrated Coppess with a signing ceremony.

Coppess became Montague’s all-time wins leader with 171 en route to earning all-state recognition for the third straight season. He placed fourth in the 135-pound weight class of the Division 3 state finals.

Coppess’ win total surpassed that of Matt Lipka, who totaled 169 victories on the mat for the Wildcats.

“I mean, I’m pretty stoked I got the record and that was one of my big goals for the year,” Coppess said on March 5. “Obviously, I wanted to get first, but that’s not what God wanted. He wanted me to place something different, so I’m going to go ahead and take whatever he can give me.”

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