1989 A. Pat Mrotek  Cadott.gifPat Mrotek did not wrestle at Loyal High School. Pat was a Golden Gloves boxer and was aware of the dedication needed for conditioning and weight control. As a freshman at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, Pat joined the wrestling team. Pat proved to be a fierce competitor. Those who competed with and against him will long remember his hard work and extreme dedication. This attitude carried over into his teaching and coaching. In 1969, Pat earned his MA degree from the University of Wisconsin - Superior.

While at River Falls, Pat went on to letter all 4 years. While representing River Falls, he wont he conference championship both in 1962 and 63, and 3rd in 1960. During his sophomore year, Pat suffered a knee injury which kept him from completing the season. Pat earned NAIA All-American honors in 1962 and 1963. While a senior in 1963, he placed 2nd in the NAIA National Tournament.

Pat graduated in 1963 with a degree in Elementary education. He immediately accepted his first teaching position with the Montello Public Schools, Montello, Wisconsin. Pat accepted the wrestling coach position and started the wrestling program.

In 1964, Pat moved to Cadott, Wisconsin. He accepted a teaching and coaching position with the Cadott Public Schools. Pat held the head coaching position until 1974. While at Cadott, his teams earned an incredible record of 95-15-0. During this time, Pat coached 17 individual conference champions, 24 individual Regional champions and 4 individual Sectional champions. His teams won 3 Regional championships and 1 Sectional championship. Pat coached 9 entrants to the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament. He was instrumental in organizing the Cadott wrestling club and developing a youth wrestling program.

He continued to project his enthusiasm. He has demonstrate this as a competitor, coach, official, tournament manager, wrestling club organizer and general supporter of wrestling.

A former wrestler of Pat's makes a statement as a testimonial for Mr. Mrotek and for wrestling. Dave Zien states, "After entering the United States Marine Corps, I was point man on the demilitarized zone in Vietnam. The intensity and sacrifice is beyond description. But in many ways it was like wrestling practice multiplied one hundredfold. My experience in high school under coach Pat Mrotek prepared me well for the horror when our unit was overrun by North Vietnamese army sappers on Witches Teat near Khe Sahn on October 13, 1969."

Pat officiated his first wrestling match in 1962 and has continued officiating to the present. Since WIAA installed the rating system, Pat earned the Master Classification in the shortest time possible. He has consistently placed in the top 5% of all registered officials. Pat knows the wrestling rules well. He interprets and applies them as an official should. He demonstrates a sincere concern for the safety of the wrestlers. Pat officiated in the WIAA State Tournament in 1987 and 1988.