Koepf transfers his talents to Chippewa Hills wrestling

Billy Koepf (top) is set for another big season with Chippewa Hills wrestling. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REMUS — Chippewa Hills seems ready to have another banner wrestling season, and so do individuals like senior Billy Koepf.

He’s at 215 pounds again this season as he has been four seasons for the Warriors.

Koepf and the Warriors started out with a win over Traverse City West last week.

“It went pretty good,” Koepf said. “It was pretty rough the first match of the year.”

He’s been a state placer in previous seasons.

“Last year, I made it to state but had a knee injury and didn’t go good,” he said. “I had surgery and am doing good now.”

The Warriors will be hosting the Joe Loren Memorial Invitational on Saturday.

“We want to make another run for the state title, the same as every year,” Koepf said. “Individually, I’d like to be high at the top. Every team is different. We’re senior heavy this year. That makes us a tough team.”

Koepf is also an all-state lineman from football and feels the two sports complement each other.

‘I’ve been doing it a long time so I know a lot,” he said “Being a senior, I have a lot of confidence.”

Koepf plans to wrestle on the college level at Life University in Atlanta.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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