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Next Generation is all grown up

By Brandon Paulson, 03/07/22, 12:00PM CST


23 Champs, 44 Finalist Highlight MN/WI HS State Tournaments

Pictures from Mark Beshey at The Guillotine.  Pictures were edited

About 6 years ago we saw a next generation of PINnacle superstars. At that time, they were still in Elementary school. Our #nextgen is now all grown up. 

I still remember the heart Bennett Berge showed in his semifinal win at Tulsa Nationals in 2010 in the 6U Division. Now he is a senior and making wrestling look easy. A lot of work goes into making wrestling look easy winning his 5th title. Bennett's partner growing up was often Kole Marko, who won his 4th title in WI. Both wrestlers grew up looking up to a couple of our 1st generation of wrestlers, brothers Brady Berge and Hunter Marko. They are not in their brother's shadow any longer. 

It is not possible that Charli Raymond is wrestling in High School. Char has been around the room, and ready to practice, since she was born. It is fitting that she is Minnesota's first High School State Girls Champion! Don't let Charlie fool you, she is a competitor, and a great athlete, just ask the 6 High School boys she pegged off to win the last dodgeball game of the folkstyle season!

Jore Volk has been a leader in the room the past 3 years. We missed him this fall as he recovered from surgery, but he was back to his old ways averaging 22 points in his first 3 matches. I'm just glad he didn't score that in the finals.

Hunter Lyden has been plagued with injuries the past couple of years, and he seems to be even better than before.  

Ryder Rogotzke has been pinning people since age 5, things haven't changed as he sets the pin record for the state of MN

Aspen Blasko, Audrey Rogotzke, and Ella Pagel become PINnacle's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Girls State Champions!

Anoka still has Greco in the water as I watched 3 wrestlers in 20 minutes get big throws in the blood round and semifinals.

So proud of Brandt Bombard as he advanced to the state finals. He has put a lot of time in, always worked hard, and was very coachable. He will continue to make gains wrestling in College(he is still open fyi). 

10/19 Boys Champions were Juniors. They have some work ahead of them, but they could be our best class yet.

Heart breaks for Brendan Howes as he was injured during the Team competition and unable to wrestle at individuals. He did everything in his power to be the best he could be. Proud coach.

The state tournament is always full of heart ache as not everybody can come away with the goals and dreams they set out for. We always talk about doing everything in your power to be your best. If you do that, there won't be any regrets. I hope they remember those words in these times.  

Great to see STMA, Stillwater, Kasson-Mantorville, and Simley in the Team State finals. We are fortunate that these coaches support us in training their athletes in the offseason. 

Congrats to all the coaches that had athletes competing in the High School State Tournament.  High School coaches put in a ton of work on and off the mat. We appreciate the chance to work with your wrestlers.

One of the reasons we have been successful as a club is that we care about our athletes.  We try to make them better wrestlers and try to teach them lessons that will be with them their whole life.

Your wrestler isn't just a number to us, but numbers are fun and interesting to compare to previous years. Below are some numbers for you and all the results of PINnacle wrestlers who trained with us from April of 2021-March of 2022. Numbers include MN/WI/IA 

  • 23 State Champions (19 Boys, 4 Girls)
  • 44 State Finalist
  • 77 State Placers
  • 118 State Entrants
  • 5/6 placers at 132AAA
  • Half of the AAA finals were PINnacle vs PINnacle(7/14)
  • 27/56 semifinalist in AAA
  • Ryder Rogotzke and Koy Hopke(WI) pinned their way through the tournament


Name Weight Division School Place
Charli Raymond 100 Girls Simley Champion
Aspen Blasko 107 Girls Forest Lake Champion
Brandon Morvari 113 AA Simley Champion
Mason Mills 113 AAA STMA Champion
Jack Nelson 120 AA Mound-Westonka Champion
Alan Koehler 120 AAA Prior Lake Champion
Audrey Rogotzke 120 Girls Stillwater Champion
Alex Diederich 126 A Royalton/Upsala Champion
Tyler Wells 132 AA Princeton Champion
Jore Volk 132 AAA Lakeville North Champion
Koy Buesgens 138 AA New Prague Champion
Zach Hanson 145 AAA Lakeville North Champion
Kole Marko 160 WI-3 St. Croix Falls Champion
Ella Pagel 165 Girls Northfield Champion
Hunter Lyden 170 AAA Stillwater Champion
Ryder Rogtozke 182 AAA Stillwater Champion
Thomas Dineen 195 A Benson Champion
Bennett Berge 195 AA Kasson-Mantorville Champion
Max Ramberg 195 WI-2 Baldwin-Woodville Champion
Gavin Nelson 220 AA Simley Champion
Jacob Meissner 220 AAA Osseo Champion
Koy Hopke 220 WI-2 Amery Champion
Will Sather 285 AAA Eden Prairie Champion
Lauren Elsmore 100 girls Pine Island 2nd
Lawson Eller 106 AA New Prague 2nd
Kaden Nicolas 113 AA Becker 2nd
Dylan Dauffenbach 113 AAA Stillwater 2nd
Colton Hush 113 WI-2 Baldwin-Woodville 2nd
Zach Silvis 120 AAA Park 2nd
Tyson Charmoli 126 AA St. Francis 2nd
Chase DeBlaere 132 AA Simley 2nd
Elijah Paulson 132 AAA Anoka 2nd
Colton Bornholdt 145 AA New Prague 2nd
Cole Becker 145 AAA STMA 2nd
Logan Vaughan 152 AA Kasson-Mantorville 2nd
Jacob Whitaker 152 AAA Anoka 2nd
Brandt Bombard 160 AA North Branch 2nd
Jed Wester 160 AAA STMA 2nd
Eddie Simes 160 WI-2 Amery 2nd
Cole Han-Lindemyer 170 AAA Farmington 2nd
Joey Novak 182 AA New Prague 2nd
Soren Herzog 195 AA Simley 2nd
Antony Tuttle 220 AAA Stillwater 2nd
Jade Trelstad 285 AAA Shakopee 2nd
Maddie Alexander 100 Girls Wayzata 3rd
Leo Edblad 113 AAA Cambridge-Isanti 3rd
Cooper Rowe 126 AA Mound-Westonka 3rd
Cael Robb 132 AAA Owatonna 3rd
Cash Raymond 138 AA Simley 3rd
Kyler Wong 145 AAA Wayzata 3rd
Bryce Burkett 160 AA Watertown-Mayer 3rd
Marco Christiansen 170 AAA Minnetonka 3rd
Kail Wynia 182 AA Kasson-Mantorville 3rd
Mark Rendl 195 AAA Forest Lake 3rd
Brandon Board 106 AAA Andover 4th
Liam Neitzel 106 WI-1 Hudson 4th
Landen Kujawa 120 AA Becker 4th
Gavin Hilyar 126 AAA Elk River 4th
Taedon Nichols 138 WI-2 Luck/Frederic/Grant/Siren 4th
Evan Farley 152 AA New Prague 4th
Travis Smith 160 AA Simley 4th
Marcell Booth 160 AAA Apple Valley 4th
Chase Mills 106 AAA STMA 5th
Parker Lyden 113 AAA Forest Lake 5th
Sam Bethke 120 AAA Stillwater 5th
Nolan Reiter 132 AA Big Lake 5th
Cooper Larson 132 AAA Blaine 5th
Carter Ban 138 AAA Anoka 5th
Kaiden Schrandt 145 AA Simley 5th
Griffin Marko 145 WI-3 St. Croix Falls 5th
Jimmy Heil 152 AAA STMA 5th
Noah Torgerson 170 AAA Anoka 5th
Vincent Mueller 220 AAA St. Thomas Academy 5th
Carson Petry 113 A WEM/JWP 6th
Caleb Thoennes 132 AAA STMA 6th
Dillon Browen 145 AA Big Lake 6th
Jacob Solheim 195 AAA Mounds View 6th
Austin Grzywinski 106 AA Simley dnp
Austin Herbst 106 AA Totino-Grace dnp
Gigi Bragg 106 AAA Anoka dnp
Zach Carr 106 AAA Park dnp
Brett Swenson 106 AAA Mounds View dnp
Lucas Oldenkamp 106 Iowa -1A Lake Mills dnp
Chase Smith 113 A Minnewaska dnp
Kyler Walters 113 AAA Shakopee dnp
Luke Kamish 113 WI-1 New Richmond dnp
Lane Anderson 113 WI-2 Amery dnp
Sean O'Brien 120 AA Totino-Grace dnp
Kyle Linville 120 AAA Shakopee dnp
Connor Peterson 120 AAA Maple Grove dnp
Ian Schultz 120 AAA STMA dnp
James Salas 126 AA Simley dnp
Ethan Sylvester 126 AA Totino-Grace dnp
Matthew Arens 126 AAA Irondale/SLP/St. Anthony dnp
Luke Timko 132 AAA Centennial dnp
Cito Tuttle 132 AAA Stillwater dnp
Michael Gillette 132 AAA Chaska-Chanhassan dnp
Luke Swanson 138 AA Kasson-Mantorville dnp
Eli Davis 138 AAA STMA dnp
Xavier Ripplinger 138 AAA Burnsville dnp
Brady Swenson 138 AAA Mounds View dnp
Evan McGuire 145 AA Mahtomedi dnp
Alex Temple 145 AA Totino-Grace dnp
Otto Hanlon 145 AAA Stillwater dnp
Brendan Howes 145 AAA Anoka dnp
Austin Moscho 152 AA Rocori dnp
Kley Krause 152 AAA Lakeville North dnp
Romer Pugh 152 AAA Irondale/SLP/St. Anthony dnp
Riley Quern 152 AAA Shakopee dnp
Samuel Murphy 152 WI-2 Prescott dnp
Michael Loger 160 AA Totino-Grace dnp
Dominic Mann 160 AA Kasson-Mantorville dnp
Dylan Cariveau 160 AAA Roseville dnp
Anthony Chernikh 160 AAA Minnetonka dnp
Austin Kalina 160 AAA Eagan dnp
Joseph Muhlstein 160 AAA Mounds View dnp
Quin Morgan 170 AAA Mounds View dnp
Julian Berg 220 AAA Eden Prairie dnp