Masching named to MCC Hall of Fame
Westfield co-head coach Shane Masching received the news last week that he will be inducted into the Mayo Civic Center Region One Hall of Fame on March 7, adding another accomplishment to his already impressive wrestling resume.
Masching’s selection for the hall of fame comes 18 years after he finished his career at Hayfield High School, where he won three consecutive state titles at 125 pounds.
“I got the phone call and heard the ‘congratulations’ and I was just trying to figure out what it was all about, and then the light kind of came on and… I mean, what an honor,” said Masching.
Masching’s career took off back in 2002 when he won his first state title at 125 pounds, finishing his sophomore season 38-1.
Masching replicated the feat by once again finishing 38-1 and taking home the championship at 125 pounds as a junior.
Finally, in his senior year at Hayfield, Masching ended his reign in the 125-pound division by finishing the season a perfect 40-0 and winning the state title for the third and last time.
Masching finished his career at Hayfield in second place on the all-time wins list with a combined record of 182-23; just eight wins shy of Brad Pike’s record of 190-17-1.
According to Masching, the real defining moments of his career came long before he took home even his first state title.
“Obviously there were a handful of people that helped me along the way, from my brother always being there and my dad starting me young and taking me out all Saturdays to get ready to wrestle for varsity. My coaching and just working hard, you know, the little things made the difference. They’re the things that I am trying to install in my wrestlers here with Westfield and the things that I am trying to teach my son, Maverick.”
After having accomplished so much as a wrestler and having spent 10 years at the helm of the Westfield wrestling program, Masching has his sights set on a new goal: coaching his son, Maverick, in the sport he loves.
“That’s the plan. That’s the ultimate goal - to be able to sit in his corner and coach him. But I want Maverick to be Maverick. I want him to do whatever he wants to do. I did my thing and he’ll do his. If wrestling is that thing for him, then I’ll steer him 100% to it. He’s only in first grade right now, so he could change his ways, but I’m going to do everything in my power to keep him on the mat… and he loves it.”
Masching will receive be inducted into the MCC Hall of Fame on March 7 at Charlie’s Eatery in Rochester.