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17 State Champs, 52 State Placers, 94 State Entrants at State HS Tourney

By Brandon Paulson, 03/01/15, 11:15AM CST


Congratulations to the 94 State Entrants, 52 State Placers, and 17 State Champions at the 2015 Minnesota State High School League Tournament.  An amazing amount of hard work goes into being a state champ, and these guys paid the price! Full Results are at the end of the article.

Some of my highlights-

Going out to the mat for the quarterfinals at 106 I watched a fist bump between Patrick McKee(STMA) and Sam Webster(Shakopee). Guys from different teams that are now great friends!  Throughout the tournament we had many guys that had to wrestle their PINnacle teammate, and it always ended with an extra pat on the back, or "man hug".  These guys all have great respect for each other, and many of them will be life long friends.  

Watching seniors win that first state title including Josh Tarum who became St. Thomas Academy's first state champion.  

James Berg coming back for 3rd in some of the toughest matches he has had to wrestle. He is a guy I have the utmost respect for; practices hard, lives right, respectful, and continues to learn.  He didn't get what he wanted, but he will be successful in life and won't have any regrets as he gave it everything.  I will miss many of the Seniors next year(yes even Logan Kass), but can't wait to coach many of them this spring and summer for some freestyle and greco fun!

TVenz dominating in the wrestlebacks after a first round loss.  He may have been one of the most impressive out there this weekend to me.

It was awesome to see the positions that we preach that were used to win. Underhooks, 2on1's, controlling ties was very evident in the guys that are having the most success. 

I can't mention all the state champs, but a few that were very impressive to me;

Peyton Robb had an extremely tough weight(when you have 11 PINnacle kids in your weight, it has to be tough) and he went out and scored points and really had a dominant state tourney.  The best I have ever seen him wrestle.

Ethan Cota made a commitment to become stronger and faster, and it showed. Our strength director, Travis Rutt, calls him the strongest lb for lb wrestler we have.  15-1 finals, love it!

Brent Jones was aggressive on his feet, whether getting to his 2on1, or to his single leg.  As always, a monster on top, he performed very well. 

Ben Brancale- 15 points? Did you see those shots in the finals?  I thought Allar may have been the favorite, but Ben came out of his shell and found his offense.  Jake's time will come!

The quiet scrambler Adam Hedin- Down 4 to 1 at one point in the semis, Adam showed incredible heart in his comeback win.  Good in all positions, wrestles hard, and is frustrating to wrestle. Hardly says a word, but maybe now we can open him up. 

Congrats to all the Champions- Guys that trained with us from Spring '14 to Winter '15

By the numbers(since I am a numbers guys)

94 entrants(I missed 3 the first time including 2 state champions)

17 Champions (25 finalist)

52 Placers

33 in the top 3

Champions by Season - 12 in 2014 Post Season, 13 in 2014 Pre-Season, 13 in 2014-2015 During Season

Swept 106 A, AA, AAA

All 4 semifinalist in 138 AAA

Had a champion at every weight in AAA 106 through 160 except 145.

High School Individual State Qualifiers  
Name Weight School Place
Ethan Cota 106A Kenyon-Wanamingo 1st
Josh Tarum 106AA St. Thomas Academy 1st
Peyton Robb 106AAA Owatonna 1st
Rylee Molitor 113AAA Sartell-St.Stephen 1st
Sam Stuhl 120 D2 Prescott, WI 1st
Brent Jones 120AAA Shakopee 1st
Hunter Marko 126 D2 Amery, WI 1st
Cameron Sykora 126A Border West 1st
Mitchell Mckee 126AAA STMA 1st
Adam Hedin 132AAA Rosemount 1st
Ben Brancale 138AAA Eden Prairie 1st
Griffin Parriott 145AA New Prague 1st
Brady Berge 152AA Kasson-Mantorville 1st
Lucas Jeske 152AAA STMA 1st
Matt Njos 160AAA Anoka 1st
Carter Nielsen 170AA Foley 1st
Lance Benick 195AA Totino Grace 1st
Victor Gliva 106AAA Farmington 2nd
Jake Gliva 113AA Simley 2nd
Tyler Eischens 113AAA Anoka 2nd
Austin Brenner 132AAA St. Cloud Tech 2nd
Jake Allar 138AAA STMA 2nd
Devin Fitzpatrick 152AA Mahtomedi 2nd
Evan Ronsen 170AAA STMA 2nd
Jake Briggs 220AAA STMA 2nd
Zach Glazier 106AA Albert Lea Area 3rd
Tucker Sjomeling 113AA Delano 3rd
Thomas Stageberg 120AA New London Spicer 3rd
Dylan Connell 132AA Chisago Lakes 3rd
James Berg 138AA New Prague 3rd
Taylor Venz 145AAA Farmington 3rd
Logan Kass 152AA Benilde St.Margarets 3rd
Dylan Anderson 170 D1 Hudson 3rd
Aaron Cashman 106AAA Mound Westonka 4th
Alex Crowe 113AAA Shakopee 4th
Tanner Day 120AAA Mounds View 4th
Tyler Shilson 126AAA Centennial 4th
Ryan Epps 132AA Cannon Falls 4th
Alex Green 138AAA Owatonna 4th
Jake Pramann 170AA Princeton 4th
Jonny Zarnke 182AA Chaska 4th
Max Gierke 220 D1 Hudson 4th
Sam Anderson 285AA Totino Grace 4th
Tanner Cole 126AAA Owatonna 5th
Grant Bolduan 138AAA White Bear Lake 5th
Joe Dubbels 152AAA Eagan 5th
Owen Webster 160AAA Shakopee 5th
Karl Keeler 126AAA Mounds View 6th
Ryan Reid 138AAA Mound Westonka 6th
Isaac Loosbrock 145AA Chaska 6th
Ben Donnelly 145AAA Woodbury 6th
Corey Flaata 170AAA Cottage Grove 6th
Patrick Lockwood 106AA MPLS Washburn dnp
Jake Svihel 106AA Totino Grace dnp
Dylan Droegenmueller 106AAA Champlin Park dnp
Zac Spohn 106AAA Sauk Rapids-Rice dnp
Curtis Lemair 106AAA Prior Lake dnp
Sam Webster 106AAA Shakopee dnp
Brett Wilson 106AAA Rogers dnp
Patrick Mckee 106AAA STMA dnp
Braden Kramer 106AAA Brainerd/Pillager dnp
Jacob Anderson 113 D1 Hudson dnp
Andrew Smith 113 D2 Amery dnp
Kaden Spindler 113A Border West dnp
Sean Howk 113AA New Ulm dnp
Jack Bergeland 113AAA Centennial dnp
Jacob Bottem 113AAA Rosemount dnp
Skyler Raymond 113AAA Farmington dnp
Teddy Pierce 120AA Chisago Lakes dnp
JJ Veytia 120AAA Eden Prairie dnp
Jake Bergeland 120AAA Centennial dnp
Alan Spaeth 126A St. Charles dnp
Drew Van Vleet 126AA Mora dnp
Calvin Germinaro 126AAA Anoka dnp
Zach Bigelbach 132AA Benilde St.Margarets dnp
Trent Milless 132AA Zimmerman dnp
Mike Matheson 132AAA Centennial dnp
Ty Johnson 138AAA Woodbury dnp
Tyson Leon 138AAA Shakopee dnp
Alex Coleman 145AAA Shakopee dnp
Donny Leuer 145AAA STMA dnp
Nick Knutson 152AA New Prague dnp
Greg Kerkvliet 152AA Simley dnp
Justin Burg 152AAA Tartan dnp
Carson Brolsma 152AAA Osseo dnp
Emmett Wagner 152AAA Shakopee dnp
Kyle Schoenecker 160AA Chisago Lakes dnp
Kyle Benjamin 160AAA Farmington dnp
Will Suehr 160AAA Maple Grove dnp
Austin May 182AA Zimmerman dnp
Jacob Johnson 182AAA St. Cloud Tech dnp
John Walz 182AAA Farmington dnp
Justin Mohlin 195AAA Centennial dnp
Mason Hawkings 195AAA Farmington dnp