New London Wrestler Rewrites History Books
IAA Individual State Wrestling Day 2 | New London Wrestler Rewrites History Books
Abigail Ruckdashel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online | Saturday, February 24, 2017
(Madison, WI) A New London wrestler has already made history, even without setting foot on the Kohl Center mats. Scott Cook, a Senior at New London High School qualified for the state tournament an unprecedented four times in his high school career. Though he’s placed before, Cook won’t be satisfied until he caps his career at the very top of the podium.
“I’m excited [to be in the semifinal round],” Cook said. “I’ve been working really hard these last four years. Trying to progress. Get better. It’s been working so far.”
After taking first at the sectional last weekend, Cook had a bye to the quarterfinal round Friday morning. In his first match of the tournament “Scooter” made quick work with a 11-3 major decision over Cole Murray (Sr) from Monroe. This secured his spot in the semifinal round Friday night, which also guarantees his spot on the podium. However, per New London High School Coach Nate Krueger for “Scottie,” this isn’t even close to enough.
“He’s determined,” Coach Kruger said. “[Being on the podium] isn’t enough for him. He’s prepared as much as he can. He’s ready.”
Cook will take on Jarrett Dolata (Jr) of Mauston in the semifinals. If all goes as planned “Scoot” would have a chance to take on the defending state champion in Viroqua’s Ryan Hannah (Jr) in the final round Saturday evening.
“He’s a good opponent, but I’m gonna try and take it to ‘em,” Cook said.
As if Cook doesn’t have his name at the top of every record book already, if Cook dethrones Hannah on Saturday night, he will be the first ever wrestler from New London to do so. The highest place New London has ever held individually was in 1990 when Jerry Sassman brought home silver.
Leading up to this weekend, Cook broke the long-standing record for most wins in history at New London’s very own 50th Annual Cutler Classic, securing his place among other Bulldog greats. Already apart of the prestigious 100-win club, breaking Mike Murphy’s previous record of 126 cemented Cook’s legacy as one of the greatest ever.
“[To break the record] was just awesome, to be in front of the home crowd made it that much sweeter. There was a lot of people cheering me on. There’s not much more I can ask for,” Scott said.
This season alone Cook has collected a record of 31-2. If he wins out, and claims the top spot on the podium, he will finish the season 34-2 which is almost unheard of coming from New London.
“I’m just gonna take it one match at a time and win in the finals,” he said.
Cook is not done yet. He has business to handle, and that business concludes with a gold medal hanging around his neck.