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Emotions run high at MN/WI High School State Wrestling Tournaments

By Brandon Paulson, 03/05/18, 5:15PM CST


13 Champs, 54 Placers

3 Timers lead the way at the MN High School State Tournament

Kids dream of becoming a High School State Champion from the first day they watch it in person. This tournament is full of those excited and jubilant after becoming a State Champion(or Placer), but also wrestlers deflated after not achieving a goal. For us, we run the gamut of emotions during the week as we feel all these emotions for the wrestlers we coach. We see the hard work, dedication, and discipline that these wrestlers exhibit throughout their life. The road to the goal of being a State Champion has made all these individuals better people and more prepared for life!

Congratulations to St. Michael Albertville and Kasson Mantorville wrestlers and coaches on winning the MSHSL State Team Tournament. These two programs put in a lot of work during the season, and the off-season, to become the programs that they have become.

We want to send a special Thank You to all the coaches of the High School Teams that allow us to train their students. We enjoy keeping these wrestlers progressing throughout the off-season, and having wrestlers come together from all over MN and WI to become the best they can become!

Sorry I can't mention all 105 wrestlers who participated in the State Tournament, but here are a few notes.

- "Crazy" Carl Leuer is my choice as MVP of the Team tournament, winning 2 tight matches to put STMA over the top.

- It was the year of the 3-timer for us as our leaders in our practice room won their third state titles. Patrick McKee, Peyton Robb, Alex Lloyd, Jake Gliva, and Greg Kerkvliet have all been with us from the start, and part of our original group of wrestlers that trained together as youth to try to become the best in the country.

- Was awesome to see Silvio Whidby and TJ Turinske fight for a spot on the podium. Both of these wrestlers have dedicated themselves and improved immensely the past 2 years.

- Richie "Loco" Hammonds was the show. If you weren't there, you missed it. Really came down to everybody appreciated how hard he wrestled. He is an entertainer and will be in the folklore of High School wrestling for a long time. Show the ref the optional start Richie!!

- My heart was broken for many, Dylan Droegemueller(while also being happy for Clay Carlson) and Sam Webster are two wrestlers that were "all-in" and gave everything they had.  I have been honored to be able to coach these great young men.

- Jake Svihel was a machine this past weekend. He didn't win the tournament, but he was one of the most impressive wrestlers in the tournament as he was always out to score points. This attitude will only make him a better wrestler, and I am convinced he is a great college prospect.

- Greg Kerkvliet went past the 1 minute mark, once.

- Patrick McKee's style is meant for College Wrestling.

- Jake Gliva decided this was his personal Greco tournament with a couple headlocks!

- For the 2nd year in a row, Alex Lloyd moved up a weight class to take on a Nationally ranked wrestler, and again he came out on top. Alex always goes out and scores points, sometimes in an electrifying manner. Tyler Eischens is a great kid who will be going to Stanford next fall, and should feel at home with riding time in college!

- Bennett Berge wrestled varsity as a 7th grader, but failed to make it to state at 106lbs. So he moved up 5 weight classes and won state. Bennett made huge strides this fall as guys like Gliva, McKee, and Droegemueller always seemed to want to work out with him. Incredible improvement during the season as well working out in that KM room!

- Peyton Robb fractured his jaw in the Quarter-finals. He went on to pin his next opponent, and wrestle a full match against a tough Austin Brenner in the finals. Love The Fight! Some guys have the grit, and toughness needed to Be Great!

Below is the final list of wrestlers that participated in the Individual portion of the tournament which participated in our HS Post Season, Pre-Season, and During Season programs the past year. They combined for 105 State Entrants, 54 Placers, and 13 State Champions!

First Name Last Name School Weight  Result State Titles
Joey Thompson Maple Grove 106AAA 1st 1
Reid Ballentyne Stillwater 120AAA 1st 2
Patrick McKee STMA 126AAA 1st 3
Jake Gliva Simley 132AA 1st 3
Clay Carlson Willmar 132AAA 1st 1
Bennett Berge Kasson-Mantorville 138AA 1st 1
Sam Stuhl Ellsworth 138D2 1st 4
Alex Lloyd Shakopee 152AAA 1st 3
Brock Schlough Boyceville 152D3 1st 3
Peyton Robb Owatonna 160AAA 1st 3
Bobby Striggow Orono 195AA 1st 1
Garrett Joles Boyceville 195D3 1st 2
Daniel Kerkvliet Simley 220AA 1st 3
Paxton Creese Shakopee 106AAA 2nd  
Ben  Lunn Shakopee 113AAA 2nd  
Jake Svihel Totino-Grace 120AA 2nd  
Tyler Eischens Anoka 152AAA 2nd  
Austin Brenner Saint Cloud Tech 160AAA 2nd  
Cole Kirpach St. Francis 170AAA 2nd  
Jacob Scherber Buffalo 195AAA 2nd  
Jared Johnson Kasson-Mantorville 113AA 3rd  
Robby Horsman Kasson-Mantorville 120AA 3rd  
Trayton Anderson Farmington 126AAA 3rd  
Dylan Droegemueller Anoka 132AAA 3rd  
Curtis Lemair Prior Lake 138AAA 3rd  
Sam Webster Shakopee 145AAA 3rd  
Riley Habisch Buffalo 160AAA 3rd  
Kenny Oneil Prior Lake 170AAA 3rd  
Luke Clark Saint Croix Falls 170D3 3rd  
Richie Hammonds Anoka 195AAA 3rd  
Logan Vaughan Kasson-Mantorville 106AA 4th  
Walker Retz Boyceville 113D3 4th  
Jake Fitzpatrick Mahtomedi 120AA 4th  
Trey Kruse Stillwater 132AAA 4th  
Tanner Kroells Delano 138AA 4th  
Colby Njos Anoka 138AAA 4th  
Dallas Hooper Saint Cloud Tech 145AAA 4th  
Grant Parrish Forest Lake 170AAA 4th  
Austin Gabbert Watertown Mayer 106AA  5th  
Brandon Psyk STMA 113AAA 5th  
Hunter Lyden East Ridge 120AAA 5th  
Cael Berg Simley 126AA 5th  
Alex Kern Saint Cloud Tech 126AAA 5th  
Nathan Fuller River Falls 152D1 5th  
Jacob Anderson Hudson 160D1 5th  
Wyatt Lidberg STMA 170AAA 5th  
Rowan Morgan Mounds View 182AAA 5th  
Zyan Hall Benilde St Margarets 106AA 6th  
Nick Novak New Prague 106AAA 6th  
Mike Smith Amery 132D2 6th  
Brett Wilson Rogers 132AAA 6th  
TJ Turinske White Bear Lake 145AAA 6th  
Jake Leicht Bloomington Kennedy 170AAA 6th  
Gabe Anderson STMA 182AAA 6th  
Ian Wilsey Mahtomedi 106AA DNP  
Michael Loger Totino-Grace 106AA DNP  
Bryce Dagel Eden Prairie 106AAA DNP  
Charlie Dojan Irondale 106AAA DNP  
Brendan Howes Anoka 106AAA DNP  
Emily Shilson Centennial 106AAA DNP  
Leo Draveling Hudson 106D1 DNP  
Brandt Bombard North Branch 113AA DNP  
Patrick Lockwood Minneapolis Washburn 113AAA DNP  
Ryan Scherber Buffalo 113AAA DNP  
Jared Spohn Sauk Rapids-Rice 113AAA DNP  
Javon Taschuk Stillwater 113AAA DNP  
Mannix Morgan Mounds View 120AAA DNP  
Nathan Nygaard STMA 120AAA DNP  
Charlie Stuhl Ellsworth 120D2 DNP  
Mitch  Engebretson Mounds View 126AAA DNP  
Kaden Gage Eagan 126AAA DNP  
Bryce Fitzpatrick Mahtomedi 132AA DNP  
Cole Ranweiler New Ulm Area 132AA DNP  
Quinn Youngs ANML 132AA DNP  
Ty  Gage Eagan 132AAA DNP  
Tate Torgerson Cambridge Isanti 132AAA DNP  
Mitchell Anderson Hudson 132D1 DNP  
Jordan Bonte Baldwin-Woodville 132D2 DNP  
Sean Howk New Ulm Area 138AA DNP  
William Jaeger Totino-Grace 138AA DNP  
Reid Lawrence Mahtomedi 138AA DNP  
Henry Bixler Minnetonka 138AAA DNP  
Nick Dunagan Mounds View 138AAA DNP  
Gavin Peterson Maple Grove 138AAA DNP  
Hunter Ranweiler New Ulm Area 145AA DNP  
Adam Sylvester Totino-Grace 145AA DNP  
Hunter Manka ANML 145AA  DNP  
Hayden LeMonds STMA 145AAA DNP  
Silvio Whidby Tartan 145AAA DNP  
Connor Dehn Totino-Grace 152AA DNP  
Brendan Dunagan Mounds View 152AAA DNP  
Carl Leuer STMA 152AAA DNP  
Jose Urriola Roseville 152AAA DNP  
Grant Hendren Minnewaska Area 160A DNP  
Xander Falkenstein Eden Prairie 160AAA DNP  
Garrett Whitehead Park 160AAA DNP  
Tanner Wiese Forest Lake 160AAA DNP  
Hunter Hall Mahtomedi 170AA DNP  
Josh Piechowski Stillwater 170AAA DNP  
Lincoln Shinn Willmar 170AAA DNP  
Danny Striggow Orono 182AA  DNP  
Alex Wick Eagan 182AAA DNP  
Brennan Rutt New Prague 195AA  DNP  
Nolan Schmitz STMA 195AAA DNP  
Daniel Van Oort Mounds View 195AAA DNP  
Colton Hellman Princeton 285AA DNP