Panther Wrestling History
Park High School was one of the first high schools in Wisconsin to have wrestling. "Buck" Weaver started and coached the team in 1933. The state meet was held at Park High School in 1948. Since then it has been held in Madison at the UW Fieldhouse and the Kohl Center. Park has produced 20 State Champions. The last State Champion from Park was Mark Sommer in 1992. Park has also produced 16 runner-ups. Park has won 2 State Championships, in 1967 and 1969. Those teams were led by Duane Kleven who would eventually go on to become the Head Coach at the University of Wisconsin. In 1994, Park produced a record 10 State Qualifiers to the State Individual Wrestling Tournament as well as qualifying for the State Team Tournament. In 2000, Park produced 6 State Qualifiers and again won the Team Sectional giving Park it's 2nd appearance at the State Team Tournament. In 2003 Park sent 7 State Qualifiers to Madison, and the 2009 team sent 6 State Qualifiers to wrestle at the Kohl Center. In all, Park wrestlers have medaled at the State Tournament over 70 times. In addition, Park has had over 150 individuals qualify for the State Individual Tournament.
Jon Burdick (Head Coach)
Jon Burdick is a former Park wrestler that graduated in 2001. When he graduated he was the all time wins leader at Park with 140 wins. He was a 3x State Qualifier and 2x State Placer. He wrestled at UW-Stevens Point after high school. Jon came back to Racine and has been coaching at Park for the past 7 years. He is currently in his 4th season of being the Head Coach for the Panthers.
Cameron Pope (Assistant Coach)
Cameron Pope is a former Horlick wrestler that graduated in 1999. He was a 4 years letter winner at Horlick and ranks among the top in all-time wins for the school. Cameron is in his 2nd year coaching at Park.
Luke Adams (Volunteer Coach)
Luke Adams is a former Park wrestler that graduated in 2000. While at Park he had an impressive 77-4 record over 2 years and was a 2x State Qualifier. Luke wrestled in college at UW-LaCrosse helping them win Conference Titles in each of his years there. Luke has been coaching at Park since 2007.