Wright County Conference Wrestling Preview 25 Nov 13

By Roger Mischke:

MAT RATS WRIGHT COUNTY CONFERENCE

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

FAVORITES: HUTCHINSON TIGERS and the GLENCOE-SILVER LAKE/LESTER

PRAIRIE PANTHERS

DARKHORSES: ANNANDALE/MAPLE LAKE LIGHTNING and the NEW

LONDON-SPICER WILDCATS

HUTCHINSON TIGERS

Head Coach: Todd Card

Enrollment: 797 Hutchinson/151 BLH/Stewart (948 Total)

Section 2AA

The Tigers posted very good 17-4 dual meet marks last season, back from the

conference championship and final four team are eight section place winners. This

includes four state qualifiers, one of which was a place winner and tens others with

a great deal of experience. With the graduation of just two seniors last spring the

Tigers will be looking to challenge those dual meet numbers from last season. They

should make a strong challenge to defend their conference honors and possibly

make a challenge for some hardware in the very good section dual meet campaign.

Jake Filk, Paxton Jordahl, Chris Schmidt, Riley Drew, Dylan Pundsack, Gregor Fraser

and Gannon Jordahl should be their key leaders thru out the season.

17-4 Overall Dual Meets

Final Four Section 2AA

Nine Section Place Winners/Five State Qualifiers

9-0 Wright County Championships

First Place Wright County Conference Tourney: 187 Pts. (13 Placers)

First Place Cass Lake “Big Bear” Invitational: 213 Pts. (11 Placers) 35 teams

First Place Chisago Lake “Wildcats” Invitational: 24.5 Pts. (14 Placers)

Third Place Faribault “Dick Shields” Invitational: 141 Pts. (10 Placers)

Fourth Place Hutchinson “Tigers” Invitational: 159 Pts. (12 Placers)

Second Place Hudson, WI Duals: 3-1

Returning Wrestlers:

Jake Filk 11th 35-8 1st Sec./6th State/AC

Paxton Jordahl 12th 34-7 2nd Section/AC

Chris Schmidt 12th 34-6 2nd Section/AC

Riley Drew 11th 30-12 2nd Section

Dylan Pundsack 10th 29-13 5th Section

Gregor Fraser 11th 21-15 3rd Section

Gannon Jordahl 12th 20-9 3rd Section/AC

Jacob Vander-Heiden 12th 16-11

Luke Pundsack 12th 19-20

Tyler Karl 12th 19-20

Logan Wadsworth 9th 17-24 6th Section

Logan Sondergaard 12th 7-14

Grant Baumetz 11th 9-17

Markis Dettman 12th 9-14

Jayden Mackendanz 10th 7-13

Chandler Neucomb 12th 1-2

Ethan Link 11th 3-3

Steve Ekeberg 11th 2-4

Chandler Kurt 9th 2-4

Graduates:

Eric Madson 38-7 2nd Section/AC (132-21 Career)

Mitch Sims 5-7

NEW LONDON-SPICER WILDCATS

Head Coach: Jair Toedter

Enrollment: 390

Section: 6AA

The Wildcats posted 11-9 dual meet marks last season, back from that team are

seven section place winners; including two state qualifiers and four others with a

great deal of experience. They did graduate seven seniors; including four section

place winners and one would have likely been a section place winner if he hadn’t

been injured. Look for the Wildcats to challenge those dual meet numbers from last

season. They should also make a challenge for conference honors and possibly a

top four spot in this very tough section dual meet campaign. Jakob Stageberg, Tom

Stageberg and Treyton Austvold should be their key leaders thru out the season.

11-9 Overall

Final Four Section 6AA

Eleven Section Place Winners/Three State Qualifiers

First Place Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa “Jaguars” Invitational: 201 Pts. (12 Placers)

First Place New London-Spicer “Wildcats” Invitational: 206.5 Pts. (12 Placers)

Second Place Wright County Conference Tournament: 161 Pts. (11 Placers)

Second Place Perham “Barrel O’Fun” Invitational: 182 Pts. (13 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Jakob Stageberg 12th 41-5 1st Section/AC

Tom Stageberg 10th 32-10 1st Section

Treyton Austvold 11th 32-11 2nd Section/AC

Brandon Knisley 11th 19-19 3rd Section

Jared Hatlestad 12th 19-11 5th Section

Cameron Steffen 12th 16-19 5th Section

Logan Eckhoff 11th 12-12

Luke Gould 12th 14-20 6th Section

Noah Welsh 11th 4-11

Jacob Travis 11th 4-13

Jared Travis 11th 3-2

Zach Swigerd 11th 2-16

Graduates:

Logan Brink 28-11 4rd Section (111-64 Career)

Grant Vagle 25-11 3rd Section (60-30 Career)

Corbin Schwartz 19-15 5th Section/AC (42-32 Career)

Oden Rogers 24-6 Injured/AC (44-20)

Rick Berry 10-18 5th Section

Bryant Pfingsten 5-6

Andy McDonnell 2-4

ANNANDALE/MAPLE LAKE LIGHTNING

Head Coach: Jason Bartels

Enrollment: 464 Annandale/308 Maple Lake/772 Total

Section: 6AA

The Lightning posted great dual meet marks of 18-5 last season, back from that team are four section place

winners, including two state qualifiers and four others with a great deal of experience. Despite the graduation of

nine seniors, including three section place winners and a state place winner, they will challenge those dual meet

numbers. The Lightning should challenge for conference honors and look for them to also challenge for a top

four spot in this very tough dual meet campaign. Tanner Vasser, Nate Carlson, Joe Mosley and Spencer Ogden

should be their key leaders thru out the season.

18-5 Overall 7-2 Wright County Conference

Seven Section Place Winners/Three State Qualifiers

First Place Maple Grove “Crimson” Invitational: 203.5 Pts. (12 Placers)

Fourth Place Wright County Conference Tournament: 138.5 Pts. (10 Placers)

Third Place Eden Prairie “Eagles” Invitational: 135.5 Pts. (11 Placers)

Fourth Place Mora “Mustangs” Invitational: 106.5 Pts. (12 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Tanner Vasser 10th 29-10 2nd Section

Nate Carlson 9th 25-7 2nd Section

Joe Mosley 12th 30-11 4th Section

Spencer Ogden 11th 24-14 4th Section

Hunter Hicks 11th 21-17

Cullen Gallagher 11th 17-6

Brady Kalla 12th 10-6

Bennell Erickson 12th 12-25

Graduates:

Graduates:

Jordan Hanan 42-3 1st Section/3rd State/AC (144-35 Career)

Teddy Erickson 33-4 3rd Section/AC (121-52 Career)

Nick Anderson 15-25 6th Section (74-103 Career)

Thomas Condon 18-17

Justin Lehtola 18-18

Isaac Henderickson11-9

D. J. Cranston 11-12

Cruz Johnson 7-11

Hunter Theil 5-19

GLENCOE-SILVER LAKE/LESTER PRAIRIE PANTHERS

Head Coach: Lance Wurm

Enrollment: 486 Glencoe/Silver Lake/115 Lester Prairie/601 Total

Section: 2AA

The Panthers posted one of their best dual meet marks of 14-7 in recent years. Back from team are five section

place winners, including one state place winner and nine others with a great deal of experience. Despite the

graduation of five seniors including a state champion they should challenge those dual meet marks. Look for the

Panthers to challenge for conference honors and for one of those top four spots in this very balanced section

dual meet campaign. Jacob Jewitt, Dalton Clouse, Nate Tesch, Michael Donnay, Brandon Richter and Aaron

Donnay should be their key leaders thru out the season.

14-7 Overall Dual Meets 6-3 Wright County Conference

Six Section Place Winners/Two State Qualifiers/Two State Place Winners

First Place Zimmerman “Thunder” Invitational: 226.5 Pts. (14 Placers)

Third Place Wright County Conference Tournament: 160.5 Pts. (11 Placers)

Second Place Andover “Husky” Invitational: 188.5 Pts. (8 Placers)

Third Place Mound-Westonka “Leopold Haglund” Invite: 144.5 Pts. (14 Placers)

Fourth Place GSL/LP “Don Hill” Invitational: 143 Pts. (12 Placers)

First Place Ogilvie “Lions” Invitational: 221 Pts. (14 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Jacob Jewitt 12th 37-7 1st Sec./6th State/AC

Dalton Clouse 12th 32-9 3rd Section/AC

Nate Tesch 11th 33-9 3rd Section

Michael Donnay 12th 33-8 6th Section/AC

Brandon Richter 11th 31-12 5th Section

Aaron Donnay 11th 26-15

John Williams 12th 2-17

Nick Brejle 10th 10-14

Dalton Kosek 9th 8-11

Tristan Weber 10th 6-7

Peyton Sell 9th 3-3

Dylan Melchert 10th 3-6

Colten Lueders 12th 4-11

Chris Lemke 11th 6-25

Graduates:

Graduates:

Mitchell Hartwig 42-2 1st Section/1st State/AC (150-44 Career)

Kyle Polzin 17-22

Ray Eberhard 13-16

Marlin Lezana 8-26

Nick Jenkins 7-15

WACONIA WILDCATS

Head Coach: Kelly Wagener

Enrollment: 1035

Section: 2AA

The Wildcats posted 14-8 dual meet marks last season, back from that team are

four section place winners, including one state qualifier and twelve others with a

great deal of experience. With the graduation of just four last spring including two

section place winners, one of which was a state qualifier, look for them to challenge

those dual meet marks from last season. With their numbers it is possible they could

challenge for some conference honors and a top four spot in this very tough section

dual meet campaign. Jacob Steinbauer, Mason Hemze, Owen Hemze and Nick Green

should be their key leaders thru out the season.

14-8 Overall Dual Meets 6-3 Wright County Conference

Six Section Place Winners/Two State Qualifiers

Second Place Henry Sibley “Spartan” Invitational: 206 Pts. (13 Placers)

Third Place Mora “Mustang” Invitational: 168 Pts. (14 Placers)

Third Place St. Francis “Fighting Saints” Invitational: 177 Pts. (13 Placers)

Third Place Delano “Tigers” Invitational: 150.5 Pts. (14 Placers)

Seventh Place Wright County Conference Tournament: 99 Pts. (10 Placers)

Sixth Place Mound-Westonka “Leopold/Haglund” Invitational: 106 Pts. (13 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Jacob Steinbauer 12th 38-6 1st Section/AC

Mason Hemze 11th 32-12 3rd Section

Owen Hemze 10th 31-11 4th Section

Nick Green 11th 24-15 4th Section

Eli Teeselink 11th 16-24

Justin Schultz 9th 16-22

Jed Wallgowski 10th 17-22

Josh Reich 10th 13-25

Tyler Wagener 8th 9-17

Dylan Gluck 9th 7-18

Alex Logelin 9th 6-12

Isaac Kluver 12th 5-8

Zach Christians 11th 2-5

Ben Garnatz 10th 5-15

Spencer Neu 9th 2-17

Logan Schalla 10th 2-3

Graduates:

Max Bullock 37-9 2nd Section (98-55 Career)

Riley Trnka 30-5 3rd Section (109-51 Career)

Zach Buffinton 10-21

Mitch Green 6-7

MOUND-WESTONKA WHITE HAWKS

Head Coach: Todd Munsterteiger

Enrollment: 617

Section: 6AAA

The White Hawks posted 9-17 dual marks last season, back from that team are nine

section place winners, including five state qualifiers and six with a great deal of

experience. They did graduate four very good seniors last spring, but look for the

White Hawks to make a big improvement on those dual meet marks. They should

make a challenge for conference honors and a strong challenge for honors in this

section dual meet campaign. Sam Bennyhoff, Bryan Tierney, Ryder Schmidt, Drake

Heath and Luke Schmaltz should be their key leaders thru out the season.

9-17 Overall Dual Meets 2-7 Wright County Conference

Thirteen Section Place Winners/Seven State Qualifiers

Second Place Fridley “Tigers” Invitational: 183.5 Pts. (9 Placers)

Fourth Place Mound-Westonka “Leopold/Haglund” Invitational: 120 Pts. (9 Placers)

Sixth Place South St. Paul “Pete Veldman” Invitational: (8 Placers)

Seventh Place Minnetonka “Skippers” Invitational: 84 Pts. (6 Placers)

Tenth Place Brainerd “Paul Bunyan” Invitational: 102 Pts. (7 Placers)

Fourth Place Hibbing “Blue Jacket” Duals: 2-2

Returning Wrestlers:

Sam Bennyhoff 11th 37-6 1st Sec./2nd State/AC

Bryan Tierney 12th 36-7 1st Section/AC

Ryder Schmidt 12th 34-10 1st Section

Drake Heath 10th 28-14 2nd Section

Ryan Reid 10th 17-11 2nd Section

Luke Schmalz 11th 33-8 6th Sec/AC Injured (Becker)

Lee Schmalz 10th 27-13 3rd Section/AC (Becker)

John Beyers 12th 20-19 5th Section

Neil Schmalz 9th 15-10 (Becker)

Noah Byers 10th 11-9 6th Section

Cole Anderly 11th 4-5

Adrian Wear 12th 6-31

Cole Peterson 12th 4-13

Travis Peterson 12th 4-13

Brice Rassmusson 12th 2-7

Cori Klocek 11th 1-8

Graduates:

Tyler Hebig 34-9 1st Section/AC (149-34 Career)

Ben Rogers 32-10 3rd Section/AC (90-48 Career)

William VanSant 4-5 1st Section (66-25 Career)

Erik Hanningan 13-27 6th Section

DASSEL COKATO CHARGERS

Head Coach: Bryan Clemen

Enrollment: 586

Section: 6AA

The Chargers posted 5-14 dual meet marks last season, back from that team are five section place winners and

five with a great deal of experience. They did graduate for section place winners, but look for this young team to

improve on those dual meet marks from last season. Alex Bapp, Tom Keskey, Tom Halonen, Michael Leffler and

Jack Anderson should be their key leaders thru out the season.

5-14 Overall Dual Meets 3-6 Wright County Conference

Eight Section Place Winners

Fourth Place Elk River “Elk” Invitational: 153 Pts. (10 Placers)

Sixth Place Wright County Conference Tournament: 102 Pts. (7 Placers)

Fifth Place Delano “Tigers” Invitational: 88 Pts. (8 Placers)

Fifth Place STMA “Knights” Invitational: 100 Pts. (8 Placers)

Tenth Place Alexandria “Tom Keating Memorial” Invitational: 77 Pts. (7 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Alex Bapp 11th 27-11 3rd Section

Tom Keskey 12th 29-11 5th Section/AC

Jack Anderson 11th 20-12 3rd Section

Tom Halonen 12th 26-16 4th Section

Michael Leffler 11th 26-17 6th Section

Cole Schmidt 12th 13-22

Isaac Pokornowski 11th 4-22

Hunter Martin 10th 2-21

Aaron Aho 11th 5-11

Logan Polzin 11th 5-10

Graduate:

Graduate:

Hans Aho 28-12 3rd Section/AC

Brett Abrahamson 25-10 3rd Section

Joey Wraspir 8-6 4th Section

LITCHFIELD DRAGONS

Head Coach: TBA

Enrollment: 486

Section: 6AA

The Dragons posted 11-10 dual meet marks last season, back from last season are four section place winners,

including one state qualifier and five others with a great deal of experience. They did graduate six seniors

including three section place winners, but look for the Dragons to challenge those dual meet marks from last

season. Max Kaping and Tyler Jones should be their key leaders thru out the season.

11-10 Overall Dual Meets 5-4 Wright County Conference

Eight Section Place Winners

Fourth Place Totino Grace “Eagles” Invitational: 131.5 Pts. (8 Placers)

Fourth Place Litchfield “Dragons” Invitational: 130 Pts. (9 Placers)

Ninth Place Wright County Conference Tournament: 78.5 Pts. (6 Placers)

Eighteenth Place Redwood Valley “River Riot” Invitational: 67.5 Pts. (2 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Max Kaping 12th 30-11 1st Section

Tyler Jones 11th 33-6 5th Section/AC

Cody Klabunde 11th 10-9 3rd Section

Derek Freutel 10th 13-11 Injured

Sam Tibbits 9th 17-12 4th Section

Ryan Anderson 11th 14-19

Dylan Penk 10th 6-13

Wyatt Kaping 11th 6-13

Conner Hoff 10th 8-9

Graduates:

Graduates:

Walker Kaping 22-8 5th Section (56-39 Career)

Devan Nelson 20-15 6th Section (82-53 Career)

Nathan King 22-11 Injured (61-60 Career)

Jake Kalkbrenner 18-23 6th Section

Corey Pritchett 8-14

Luis Leper 6-12

DELANO TIGERS

Head Coach: Jeff Olson

Enrollment: 724

Section: 2AA

The Tigers posted 4-12 dual meet marks last season, back from that team are

two state tourney wrestlers, including a state champion and eight others with

experience. They did graduate four seniors including two section place winners, but

look for the Tigers to improve on last year’s dual meet marks. Tuck Sjomeling, Kevin

Kneisl and Aaron Wagner should be their key leaders thru out the season.

4-12 Overall Dual Meets 1-8 Wright County Conference

4 Section Place Winners/Two State Qualifiers

Third Place Spectrum “Legacy” Invitational: 132.5 Pts. (8 Placers)

Fifth Place Norwood Young America “Raiders” Invitational: 135 Pts. (9 Placers)

Sixth Place Delano “Tigers” Invitational: 59 Pts. (7 Placers)

Eight Place STMA “Knights” Invitational: 45 Pts. (4 Placers)

Eight Place Wright County Conference Tournament: 90 Pts. (6 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Tucker Sjomeling 9th 36-8 2nd Sec./1st State/AC

Kevin Kneisl 10th 17-13 2nd Section/AC

Aaron Wagner 11th 23-13

Cole Paskach 11th 12-18

Walk Russek 9th 7-8

Austin Green 12th 6-11

Camden Tschudi 8th 3-10

Marly Soderberg 10th 2-3

Gabe Vaughn 11th 2-2

Zach Knight 10th 3-8

Graduates:

Miles Hammerlund 32-3 1st Section/AC (119-36 Career)

Connor Dalbec 26-10 4th Section (86-54 Career)

Sam Fink 9-19

Gunnar Bergstrom 5-17

ORONO SPARTANS

Head Coach: Joe McPherson

Enrollment: 909

Section: 5AA

The Spartans posted 1-17 dual meet numbers last season, back from that team are

three section place winners, including one state qualifier and six others with a great

deal of varsity experience. With the graduation of just two seniors, which included

one state qualifier, look for the Spartans to improve a great deal of those dual meet

marks. Charlie Schmid and Jackson Striggow should be their key leaders thru out the

season.

1-17 Overall Dual Meets 0-9 Wright County Conference

Fourth Minnetonka “Skippers” Invitational: 112 Pts. (8 Placers)

Fifth Place East Ridge “Raptors” Invitational: 79 Pts. (5 Placers)

Fifth Place Minnehaha Academy “Knighthawk” Invitational 102 Pts. (8 Placers)

Sixth Place Chisago Lakes “Legends” Invitational: 95.5 Pts. (7 Placers)

Ninth Place Andover “Huskies” Invitational: 70.5 Pts. (5 Placers)

Ninth Place Brooklyn Centre “Centuers” Invitational: 80.5 Pts. (4 Placers)

Tenth Place Wright County Conference Tournament: 58 Pts. (3 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Charlie Schmid 12th 35-8 1st Section

Jackson Striggow 11th 31-10 3rd Section/AC

Ronan Winkels 9th 16-20

Bobby Striggow 8th 15-26 5th Section

Jon Schmid 10th 10-9

Spencer Schuh 9th 10-22

Jimmy Williams 12th 5-17

Jacob Williams 11th 6-24

Thomas Hickey 9th 5-20

Graduates:

Zach Mahan 34-10 2nd Section/AC

Gabe VanDyck 11-23