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Stratford’s Schwabe Sees Senior Year Success

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Max Schwabe's senior year of high school has been about as good as it gets.

His year began in August as the starting Quarterback for the Stratford Tigers football team.

At the helm Schwabe was responsible for 28 total touchdowns, 22 through the air and 6 on the ground.

He would lead one of the most dominant teams in the history of the state to a perfect regular season. It was a run that for the second year culminated in a trip to the state championship game.

However, that's where the streak would end.

"We didn't get the win," said Joe Schwabe, Max's father and coach.

"We got there in football and that was a nice accomplishment, but we wanted more. We had some injuries that kinda derailed us, but looking at the bright side, we got down to Madison two years in a row for football."

However sometimes losing isn't the end, it's the beginning.

"On the bus ride home I was already diving into wrestling," said Max. "(I was) finding something new. There was nothing to celebrate, so I was just finding something new to put my work towards."

That work has resulted in Schwabe being ranked the number one wrestler in the state of Wisconsin at 138 pounds, however complacency isn't an option.

"(I) just keep grinding don't ever stop to sulk or celebrate, just keep going on to the next thing. "

The next thing for Schwabe will be attempting to make it back to Madison and the state tournament to defend his title of state champion.

"He was fortunate last year things worked out for him," said Joe. "He know's it's no gimme and no guarantee. He'd like to repeat if he can and if not, he's at least going to go out and know that he gave it his best."

Alex Stewart

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