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A High School State Tournament Like No Other

By Brandon Paulson, 03/29/21, 9:30AM CDT


19 Champs, 34 Finalist Highlight MN/WI HS State

Photo by Christine Silvis

We had a High School State Tournament, and that is something we should feel thankful for.  A State Tournament not at the X will never feel the same. The smell of mini-donuts, the packed concourse, and a variety of people from Grandmas and Grandpas, to kids with Dreams. My dream of becoming a State Champion started when my dad took me to the State Tournament when I was young.  As I walked into STMA for the AAA tournament, I noticed that I knew almost everybody in attendance. With only parents in the stands, it was half PINnacle parents, and the other half I had seen at local tournaments through the years.  This was a lot better than my 2nd day, which was on the couch, watching the AA tournament on a computer. Yes, I still yell instructions at the computer to my wrestlers. "Get to your tie!".   Back to the X next year!

Congrats to the 19 Champions, 34 Finalists, and 76 Placers that participated in PINnacle the past year.  I can't say something about everybody, but a few highlights.

Although Nick Novak isn't vocal, he was a leader in our youth group, and now our High School group. He has been "All in" throughout his time at PINnacle. So proud of him as he earned his State Title.

Another quiet leader, Cael Berg, went about his "business as usual" approach and won another State title, after coming back from surgery

Becker and Howes was a tremendous handfight in the final

Sylvester's smile as he watched the clock tick down to 0 was priceless

Roman Rogotzke throws the kitchen sink, every match

Han-Lindemyer and Wester are 2 young kids with bright futures

Anthony Tuttle(and his siblings) once hit all 12 Zoom classes in a week last spring. I attribute that to his faster feet this year

Bennett Tabor broke his face, and still won a title

Simley wasn't messing around in the Team State Finals. Congrats to Coach Short and Coach LeVesseur(Shakopee) on Team State titles.

We want to congratulate all the wrestlers on the season. This was a season like no other. The wrestlers deserve all the credit with the work they must do to achieve their goals. Also, congrats to the High School coaches who led their athletes to the State Tournament and helping them Be Great! The amount of time they put in is incredible.

State Tournament by the numbers for the MN and WI State High School Tournaments

-19 Champions, 34 Finalist, 76 Placers, 88 top 8

- 5/6 Placers in 120AAA, 138AAA, and 195AAA

- In 120, 126, 132, and 138  in AAA, 18/24 placers

-10/14 Champions in AA

-39 placers out of 84 available in AAA

Results below of all the individuals who wrestled in the final 8 of the State Tournament. 

Name Weight High School Place
Dawson Johnson 106 D3 Cumberland Champion
Jack Nelson 106AA Mound-Westonka Champion
Alan Koehler 106AAA Prior Lake Champion
Tyler Wells 113AA Princeton Champion
Jore Volk 120AAA Lakeville North Champion
Koy Buesgens 126AAA New Prague Champion
Austin Gabbert 132AA Watertown Mayer-Mayer Lutheran Champion
Chase DeBlaere 138AA Simley Champion
Cole Becker 138AAA STMA Champion
Nick Novak 145AAA New Prague Champion
Kole Marko 152 D3 Saint Croix Falls Champion
Ryan Sokol 152AA Simley Champion
Cael Berg 160AA Simley Champion
Adam Sylvester 170AA Totino-Grace Champion
Hunter Lyden 170AAA Stillwater Champion
Bennett Berge 182AA Kasson-Mantorville Champion
Roman Rogotzke 195AAA Stillwater Champion
Gavin Nelson 220AA Simley Champion
Bennett Tabor 285AA Simley Champion
Caleb Thoennes 113AAA STMA 2nd
Landon Robideau 120AAA STMA 2nd
Parker Janssen 126AAA STMA 2nd
Zach Hanson 132AAA Lakeville North 2nd
Brendan Howes 138AAA Anoka 2nd
Logan Vaughan 145AA Kasson-Mantorville 2nd
Jed Wester 145AAA STMA 2nd
Eddie Simes 152AA Dassel-Cokato-Litchfield 2nd
Bryce Dagel 152AAA Eden Prairie 2nd
Antony Tuttle 160AAA Stillwater 2nd
Cole Han-Lindemyer 170AAA Farmington 2nd
Tyler Raway 195AAA Forest Lake 2nd
Max Ramberg 220 D2 Baldwin-Woodville 2nd
Tommy Johnson 220AAA Shakopee 2nd
Robert Beese 285 D2 Amery 2nd
Brandon Morvari 106AA Simley 3rd
Mason Mills 106AAA STMA 3rd
Zach Silvis 120AAA Park 3rd
Cash Raymond 126AA Simley 3rd
Elijah Paulson 126AAA Anoka 3rd
Colton Bornholdt 132AAA New Prague 3rd
Kyle Boeke 138AA Princeton 3rd
Matt Hogue 138AAA Stillwater 3rd
Joey Novak 152AAA New Prague 3rd
Kail Wynia 170AA Kasson-Mantorville 3rd
Mannix Morgan 170AAA Mounds View 3rd
Blaine Guthrie 182 D2 Baldwin-Woodville 3rd
Ryder Rogotzke 182AAA Stillwater 3rd
Parker Venz 195AAA Farmington 3rd
Hunter Gorecki 220AA Foley 3rd
Dylan Dauffenbach 106AAA Stillwater 4th
Mason Gehloff 120AA Waseca 4th
Landon Nebel 120AAA Edina 4th
Nolan Reiter 126AA Big Lake 4th
Kaiden Schrandt 132AA Simley 4th
Luke Studer 132AAA Blaine 4th
Charlie Dojan 138AAA Irondale 4th
Pedro Velazquez 145AAA Chaska-Chanhassan 4th
Brice Bischof 152AAA Lakeville South 4th
Joey Johnson 195AAA Shakopee 4th
Colton Hush 106 D2 Baldwin-Woodville 3rd
Kaden Nicolas 106AA Becker 5th
Mitchell Koss 120AA Annandale Maple Lake 5th
Leo Tukhlynovych 126AAA Shakopee 5th
Calvin Lonnquist 132AAA Wayzata 5th
Bryce Burkett 145AA Watertown Mayer-Mayer Lutheran 5th
Peter Hansen 160 D1 Hudson 5th
Alek Kowalchyk 170AAA Coon Rapids 5th
Bennett Bergmann 182 D3 Saint Croix Falls 5th
Cole Ranweiler 182AA New Ulm Area 5th
Jagger Schack 285AAA Osseo 5th
Cael Robb 120AAA Owatonna 6th
Luke Schumacher 132AA Big Lake 6th
Jerry Simes 138AAA Dassel-Cokato-Litchfield 6th
Jacob Hansen 170 D1 Hudson 6th
Travis Smith 170AA Simley 6th
Jacob Solheim 195AAA Mounds View 6th
Parker Lyden 106AAA Forest Lake DNP
Sam Bethke 120AAA Stillwater DNP
Max Ricks 126AAA Rogers DNP
Reid Ballantyne 132AAA Stillwater DNP
Will Bents 132AAA Woodbury DNP
Rocco Visci 138AA Big Lake DNP
Dillon Browen 145AA Big Lake DNP
Riley Quern 145AAA Shakopee DNP
Austin Moscho 152AA Rocori DNP
Austin Kalina 152AAA Eagan DNP
Jade Trelstad 285AAA Shakopee DNP