The Spartan wrestling community lost a great supporter and even better person this week. As many of you know, Joel was a constant supporter of the program and a great person. A 1978 graduate of Sparta High School, Konze started working as the custodian at the Cataract school before working his way up to the Building and Grounds Supervisor for the entire Sparta school district. In between that time, Konze was a long-time member of the Melrose school board and helped coach hundreds of Spartan wrestlers at the middle school program along with Don Hoeft.
When asked how his day was going, the typical response from Joel was “best day ever!”
Joel’s visitation will begin today from 4pm-7pm in the new gym at Sparta High School. A memorial service will begin at 7pm at the same location. To read a full obituary, click here.
You are welcome to leave memories of Joel in the comments below. The entire Spartan wrestling community’s thoughts and prayers are with the Konze family during these difficult times.