Winter WI - Gunnar Greuel, a 6'3 Senior Forward for the Winter Warriors secured 1,000 rebounds in a 93-24 victory over Butternut on Thursday, December 28, 2023. The Winter Warriors entered the game with a 4-5 record, and on a 2 game winning streak. The Warriors started the season hot on a 2-0 record, averaging 90 points per game, leading the state of Wisconsin in points per game across all divisions. The next five games put the Warriors on a 5 game skid, whereas they just scored 60 points per game, and giving up 65 points per game. The games were all very close, and came right down to the last few plays with the Warriors coming away empty handed. Right in the middle of that 5 game skid, the Warriors were hit with the seasonal bug, removing many of the starters and key role players from the roster due to illness.
However, once healthy the Warriors rebounded (no pun intended) well with a 94-34 victory over Cornell, then an 87-61 win over conference leader New Auburn to hand them their second loss of the season. As Butternut comes into the game, they were sitting at 0-8 on the season. Winter handled Butternut from the tip-off to the final buzzer to come away with the 93-24 win. The current 3 game winning streak has Winter averaging 91.3 points per game and giving up just 39.7 points per game with a 51.6 point margin of victory. It may be safe to say the Warriors are back on track.
21 Years of Exceptional Rebounders
Gunnar entered the game with 984 rebounds and needing 16 to put himself into elite company. According to the Wisconsin Sports Network, dating back to 2002, there have only been 6 athletes that have secured 1,000 career rebounds. In short, only 6 athletes have achieved the 1,000 rebound mark in the last 21 years of Wisconsin high school basketball.
1,208 - Jacob Ognacevic (Sheboygan Lutheran)
1,113 - Jeremy Lorenz (Brillion)
1,109 - Brennan Dvoracheck (Reedsville)
1,047 - Grant Manke (Bangor)
1,047 - Blake Ehrke (Deerfield)
1,033 - Bennett Vander Plas (Ripon)
Joining this elite company is Gunnar Greuel with 1,003 and counting. Greuel, Wisconsin's Rebound King in the 2022-2023 season finished with 19.1 rebounds per game on 496 rebounds across 26 games. He also leads Wisconsin in rebounds again in the 2023-2024 season with 220 rebounds, 22.0 rebounds per game, 75 rebounds ahead of the 2nd place rebounder. Gunnar also sits at 10th in the state for steals per game with 4.7 while putting up 19.8 points per game.
A New Target for Gunnar
If that isn't enough, Gunnar is just 154 points away from joining the 1,000 point club, and 205 rebounds away from becoming the all-time leading rebounder in the state of Wisconsin.
The Warriors are sitting at 5-5 on the season averaging 75.0 points per game, while giving up 54.8 points per game for a 20.2 margin of victory.
Comments from Gunnar Greuel
What does this achievement mean to you?
It means a lot to me, and with all the work I put in, an accomplishment I’ve looked forward to my whole career. Having accomplished this, it will allow me to focus on the bigger goal of most boards in the state. Which wasn’t even a thought I ever had.
Did you ever see yourself lead the state in any statistical category?
Definitely not in basketball. Basketball has always been a sport I played but wasn't very good at, so it’s definitely something special if I can get the most rebounds in state history.
What do you contribute most to your achievement?
Style of play. I would say the amount of shots we take gives me the ability to be able to read the bounce that the ball is gonna take off the rim and the familiarity I have with our shooters. I also like that I have the ability to shoot when I’m open and not get yelled at when I miss a shot
How have your coaches and teammates supported you in your goals?
They have supported and helped me throughout my entire career and always push me to get better and I’m thankful for that
Other Notable Performances
Adam Bednorski leads the state of Wisconsin in 3 point field goals made with 43. The next shooter has made 36 3-point shots. Bednorski averages 19.6 points per game and sits 4th in the Lakeland East conference for points per game.
The Winter Warriors currently lead Division 5 in points per game with 75.0, slightly ahead of Almond-Bancroft (71.5), and Ithaca (71.0). With 14 games left in the season, the Winter Warriors look to secure more wins and keep putting points on the board.
The Warriors are in action on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 as they travel to Webster to take on a strong Division 4 team with a 5-1 record. Webster averages 65 points per game while giving up 60 points per game. Webster is led by uber-athletic guard, Ian McFaggen, who averages 19.3 ppg which is good for 30% of Webster's scoring punch. Webster plays a tough style of defense focused on ball pressure, and physical in the paint. The Warriors have their work cut out for them as they venture into 2024.
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