WESTFIELD TWP. — As the high school wrestling season rounds the corner toward the postseason, the Cloverleaf wrestling program took a major hit Friday when coach Bob Scandlon stepped away from the program.
“I met with the wrestling coach today and he tendered his resignation,” Colts athletic director Craig Walkup said. “He voluntarily resigned from his position. He did a very good job with the wrestling program. He’s gotten us the facilities. He helped get the interest within the school to get the kids out for the sport.”
Scandlon, who owns Parkn Manufacturing in Litchfield Township, has seen business at his machine shop drop significantly and couldn’t give the extra time to the program.
“I just feel horrible for the kids,” Scandlon said. “My business is doing 10 percent of the work we used to do. I have 14 employees and I have them painting walls and washing floors. I have to get work into the shop so that these guys are working.”
Under Scandlon, Cloverleaf improved immensely. Taking over a program that won one dual meet the previous two seasons, Scandlon made the Colts relevant not only in the Suburban League and Portage Trail Conference, but at the Division II State level as well.
In his fourth season, Scandlon, 45, guided Cloverleaf to a 34-22 record. That mark is skewed by his first season as the Colts are 28-12 in the last two-plus seasons and have won countless tournaments.
This season, Cloverleaf (6-0, 6-0) is atop the Metro Division after a runner-up PTC finish last season. The Colts have won the Nationwide Classic and Mike Lewis Invitational with a runner-up finish in the Hudson Holiday Tournament.
At the state level, Scandlon took a program that hadn’t had a state qualifier since 2007 and put Greg Briggs (6th) and Caleb Cass (6th) on the podium. Conner Carneal also qualified for state under his tutelage.
In the interim, assistant coach Ken Curtis will take over head coaching duties. Curtis has been an assistant at Cloverleaf since 2013 and has been with Scandlon the last eight years going back to youth.
“He’s familiar with the kids,” Walkup said. “He’s been around the kids for a few years now. I’m confident he can get us through the regular season. The senior leadership is outstanding. I’m confident they can help hold the team together and get us through the end of the season.”
Curtis also has the blessing of Scandlon, who relied on the 47-year old as his right-hand man.
“He’s there at every practice,” Scandlon said. “He coached the kids in middle school. I think he’ll streamline them right into finishing the year.”
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