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Full results, recap, and top performers from 2021 WFCA Spring Combine

04/25/2021, 10:00pm CDT
By Travis Wilson

The Eighth Annual WFCA Combine was held over the weekend, and full results are now available. The Combine was split into five sessions, though all athletes were tested on the same events. All events were held at NX Level Fitness in Waukesha. A total of 414 athletes competed in the Combine.

The WFCA Combine was conducted by NX Level staff with many high school football coaches assisting, and sponsored by the WFCA, NX Level, Epoch Recruiting, and WisSports.net. Special thank you to WFCA Combine Director Tony Biolo for organizing the event and compiling the results and Brad Arnett & crew at NX Level

More than 30 college coaches were on hand from at least 13 different schools, with several programs sending multiple coaches to evaluate potential prospects. NCAA rules prohibited both Division 1-FBS and D1-FCS coaches from attending this year, unfortunately. The full list of coaches in attendance is available in the tab below.

Combine Recap and Top Performances

40-YARD DASH

There were some blistering times posted in the 40-yard dash Saturday afternoon, which was done via hand-timing by the professionals from NX Level.

Oconomowoc Class of 2022 wide receiver Ryder Smith posted the fastest 40-yard dash time at the Combine, running it in 4.34 seconds. His mark is the fastest 40-yard dash time run at the Combine in the eight-year history of the event. Both 2022 Badger linebacker Cole Berghorn and 2022 receiver AJ Nichols ran the 40 in 4.41 seconds. Kaukauna 2022 receiver Carson Sippel was next at 4.44 seconds, while three players posted times of 4.47 seconds: Sheboygan Lutheran 2022 receiver Colin Girdaukas, Waukesha West 2022 receiver Eli Marsh, and Catholic Memorial 2023 defensive back Edwards Jones, Jr.

A total of 30 athletes ran the 40-yard dash in less than 4.60 seconds. The heaviest player of the group was Regis 2023 running back Zander Rockow, who posted a time of 4.53 seconds while weighing in at 220 pounds while standing 6'1" in bare feet. Also running under 4.60 while over 200 pounds were Homestead 2022 running back Joe Ollman (6'1", 207 pouunds, 4.50) and River Valley 2022 linebacker Zach Gloudeman (6'1", 202, 4.56).

Top 10 40-yard Dash Times

Ryder Smith, Oconomowoc, 2022 WR --     4.34
Cole Berghorn, Badger, 2022 LB --     4.41
AJ Nichols, Wauwatosa East, 2022 WR --     4.41
Carson Sippel, Kaukauna, 2022 WR --     4.44
Eli Marsh, Waukesha West, 2022 WR --     4.47
Colin Girdaukas, Sheboygan Lutheran, 2022 WR --     4.47
Edward Jones Jr., Catholic Memorial, 2023 DB --     4.47
Joe Ollman, Homestead, 2022 RB --     4.50
Charlie Freis, Kiel, 2023 WR --     4.50
Frankie Collopy, Marquette University, 2022 WR --     4.52

Vertical Jump

Badger 2022 linebacker Colr Berghorn had the best vertical jump (measured by electronic pads) of 40.0 inches. Kaukauna's Carson Sippel, a 2022 receiver, was next at 39.3 inches, while Union Grove 2022 Cody Cotton went for a mark of 38.6 inches and Waukesha West 2022 receiver Eli Marsh posted 37.4 inches. Seventeen athletes had a vertical jump of at least 35 inches.

Top 10 Vertical Jumps

Cole Berghorn, Badger, 2022 LB --     40.0
Carson Sippel, Kaukauna, 2022 WR --     39.3
Cody Cotton, Union Grove, 2022 DB --     38.6
Eli Marsh, Waukesha West, 2022 WR --     37.4
Zander Rockow, Regis, 2023 RB --     36.8
Zach Gloudeman, River Valley, 2022 LB --     36.2
Gus Theisen, Regis, 2022 RB --     36.1
Kegan Huber, Badger, 2022 DB --     36.1
Cole Trimborn, Nicolet, 2022 WR --     36.0
AJ Nichols, Wauwatosa East, 2022 WR --     35.9

Broad Jump

Impressively, eight players cleared at least 10-feet in the broad jump. Nicolet 2022 receiver Cole Trimborn had the best mark of 10'4", while Carson Sippel of Kaukauna was next at 10'3". Both Dayo Oye (Saint Croix Falls 2022 running back) and Eli Marsh (Waukesha West 2022 receiver) had leaps of 10'2". Four players posted broad jumps of 10'1": River Valley 2022 linebacker Zach Gloudeman, Wauwatosa East 2022 receiver AJ Nichols, Mondovi 2023 quarterback Jarod Falkner, and Mukwonago 2022 quarterback Greyton Gannon. Cody Cotton of Union Grove had a mark of 10'0".

Top 13 Broad Jumps

Cole Trimborn, Nicolet, 2022 WR --     10'4"
Carson Sippel, Kaukauna, 2022 WR --     10'3"
Eli Marsh, Waukesha West, 2022 WR --     10'2"
Dayo Oye, Saint Croix Falls, 2022 RB --     10'2"
Zach Gloudeman, River Valley, 2022 LB --     10'1"
AJ Nichols, Wauwatosa East, 2022 WR --     10'1"
Greyton Gannon, Mukwonago, 2022 QB --     10'1"
Jarod Falkner, Mondovi, 2023 QB --     10'1"
Cody Cotton, Union Grove, 2022 DB --     10'0"
Gus Theisen, Regis, 2022 RB --     9'11"
Collin Argue, Arrowhead, 2022 WR --     9'11"
Jonah Jensen, Brookfield Academy, 2022 DB --     9'11"
Dawson Rud, Mondovi, 2023 DB --     9'11"

L-Drill

The L-Drill was again a part of the Combine, with many college coaches paying close attention to the event, which is a great measure of body lean, hip flexibility, and change-of-direction skills. A standout in all the speed and agility events, the top time went to Kaukauna's Carson Sippel with a time of 6.59 seconds. 

Next up was Badger linebacker Cole Berghorn with a time of 6.78 seconds, followed by a 6.83 second mark by Edgewood 2022 receiver Jackson Trudgeon.

Top 10 L-Drill Times

Carson Sippel, Kaukauna, 2022 WR --     6.59
Cole Berghorn, Badger, 2022 LB --     6.78
Jackson Trudgeon, Edgewood, 2022 WR --     6.83
Cole Trimborn, Nicolet, 2022 WR --     6.84
Cody Cotton, Union Grove, 2022 DB --     6.88
Cameron Fane, Edgewood, 2022 WR --     6.95
Matt Wagner, Kettle Moraine, 2022 WR --     6.97
Jp Doyle, Badger, 2023 DB --     6.97
Benjamin Wesolowski, Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 2022 QB --     7.00
Sam Heicher, Lake Country Lutheran, 2022 DB --     7.00

Short Shuttle

The short shuttle or pro agility is another outstanding change-of-direction test, with athletes starting from a stop, running five yards in one direction, ten yards the other direction, and five yards back to the center. College coaches lined up around the testing locations all day, as it is one of the most beneficial events for seeing how players move, bend, and control their bodies.

In the Shuttle event, the top time went to Wauwatosa East's AJ Nichols with a mark of 4.02 seconds. Just behind was Union Grove's Cody Cotton at 4.03 seconds. Daniel Martens of Franklin, a 2022 defensive back, ran 4.06 seconds in the short shuttle.

Top 13 Short Shuttle Times

AJ Nichols, Wauwatosa East, 2022 WR --     4.02
Cody Cotton, Union Grove, 2022 DB --     4.03
Daniel Martens, Franklin, 2022 DB --     4.06
Cameron Fane, Edgewood, 2022 WR --     4.20
Joe Ollman, Homestead, 2022 RB --     4.20
Nathan Schroeder, Pewaukee, 2022 DB --     4.20
Owen Parish, Kewaskum, 2023 WR --     4.20
Carson Sippel, Kaukauna, 2022 WR --     4.21
Connor Doyle, Oconomowoc, 2023 WR --     4.21
Logan Doell, Luxemburg-Casco, 2022 LB --     4.21
Hunter Natrop, Kaukauna, 2022 RB --     4.25
Ryan Routhieaux, Luxemburg-Casco, 2023 DB --     4.25
Zander Rockow, Regis, 2023 RB --     4.25

Bench Press

Players also tested in the bench press, with 2020 prospects repping at 185 pounds, and 2021 prospects at 170 pounds. Catholic Memorial 2022 defensive lineman Adam Boehm, Jr. had the most reps of 185 pounds with 35. Wilmot 2022 defensive lineman Ethan Ivan was next with 32, while Colby 2022 offensive lineman Carter Grewe had 31 reps.

The top mark in the 2021 class of 170 pounds was posted by Wisconsin Rapids linebacker Mason Mitchell, who lifted the bar 36 times. 

Top 11 Class of 2022 Bench Press (185 lbs)

Adam Boehm Jr, Catholic Memorial, 2022 DL --     35
Ethan Ivan, Wilmot, 2022 DL --     32
Carter Grewe, Colby, 2022 OL --     31
Gus Theisen, Regis, 2022 RB --     28
Simon Lupton, Brookfield East, 2022 RB --     26
Dylan Palasz, Franklin, 2022 LB --     26
Jarrett Lucht, Amherst, 2022 OL --     25
Eddie Farrell, Lake Country Lutheran, 2022 DL --     25
Collin Beaudette, Chippewa Falls, 2022 RB --     24
Samuel Gabler, Martin Luther, 2022 DE --     24
George Cook, Sun Prairie, 2022 DE --     24

Top 10 Class of 2022 Bench Press (170 lbs)

Mason Mitchell, Wisconsin Rapids, 2023 LB --     36
Luke German, Slinger, 2023 DL --     33
Benjamin Buchholtz, Lake Mills, 2023 RB --     30
Tristan Mick, Muskego, 2023 DL --     28
Noah Moris, Union Grove, 2023 OL --     28
Ben Buxa, Lakeside Lutheran, 2023 OL --     28
Alex Riesenberg, Menomonee Falls, 2023 DL --     28
Zack Vickerman, River Valley, 2023 RB --     24
Kaleb Walsh, Neillsville, 2023 OL --     24
Noah Glazebrook, Union Grove, 2023 OL --     23

Other Standouts

In addition to some of the players listed above, other skill guys who showed well included Regis 2022 running back Gus Theisen, Ellsworth running back Max Grand, Susssex Hamilton 2022 receiver Alex Eichmann, Mineral Point 2022 running back Dominick McVay, Cedar Grove-Belgium 2022 receiver Sam Peiffer, Brookfield East 2022 running back Simon Lupton, Kenosha Bradford 2023 running back Keany Park, Marquette 2023 tight end Steven Gorski, Kiel 2023 receiver Charlie Freis, Marquette 2022 receiver Frankie Collopy, Franklin 2022 linebacker Jack Baretz, Lake Mills 2022 defensive back Michael Stenbroten, and Colby 2022 linebacker Brent Jeske, amongst others.

There some huge lineman in attendance including Fall River 2022 two-way lineman Barrett Nelson (6'6", 255), Slinger offensive lineman Ashton Beers (6'6", 301), Waukesha West 2022 offensive lineman Landon Woodard (6'6", 306), Altoona 2022 offensive lineman Craig Ervin (6'6", 275), and Sussex Hamilton 2022 defensive end Colby Horn (6'6", 226). A total of 17 players measured at least 6'5" in bare feet.

Please note this is just some of the top marks for each event. With 414 athletes competing, it is difficult to mention all of the standouts from the Combine. Full results can be found below.

All results are sorted by grade, then by Last Name. You can re-sort the results by clicking on any of the column headings. Please note you will need to scroll right to see results for all tests.

All height and weight measurements were taken with NO shoes on. Players were provided two attempts at each event, except for bench press.

In the Bench Press, players were tested for max number of reps on a certain weight based on their grade level. Class of 2022 players repped at 185 pounds; Class of 2023 at 170 pounds.


About the Author

Travis Wilson serves as the WisSports.net General Manager, Football Editor, and contributing writer for other parts of the site. Wilson was selected as part of the Sports 40 Under 40 list by Coach & AD Magazine and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for 2019. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) named Travis the 2015 recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the WFCA Executive Board as the Website and Communications Director and is a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. A graduate of Richland Center High School and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Travis was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball) and currently resides in Reedsburg. You can follow him on Twitter at @travisWSN.

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