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Sunday, November 29, 2015
Wrestling

PREVIEW: Section 8A Wrestling

By Roger Mischke

As the 2015-16 wrestling season is about to get under way, the Mat Rat previews the teams and individuals in Section 8A.

FAVORITES: Frazee and Badger/Greenbush-Middle River

The Hornets of Frazee posted very good dual meet marks of 16-4. They were Section 8A champions and they earned fourth place honors in Class A state. The Hornets also won numerous regular season tournaments.

Back from that team are: three returning state place winners, two state qualifiers, two section place winners and six with a great deal of experience. The Hornets did graduate seven last spring, including a state champion, two state qualifiers and two section place winners.

Despite that huge loss through graduation, look for the Hornets to challenge those dual meet marks from last season. They should also make a strong challenge to defend conference, section and those regular season championships.

Look for this team to be a very balanced team; they should make a strong challenge for any of the Class A teams in the state.

Tanner Reetz, Grant Jepson, Jonah Lange, Tanner Schermerhorn, Tanner Bachmann and Ethan Beyer should be their key leaders throughout the season.

The Gators of Badger/Greenbush/Middle River posted good dual meet marks of 13-6 last season and they earned section 8A runner up honors.

Back from that team are one state qualifier, six section place winners and three with a great deal of experience. They did graduate six last spring, including two state qualifiers and three section place winners.

Despite that big loss to graduation, they should challenge those dual meet numbers from last season, if they stay healthy throughout the season. Look for the Gators to make a strong challenge for several regular season honors and for section dual meet honors.

Isaak Isane, Nick Kaml, Owen Novacek, Devin Dostal and Bryce Bergeron to be their key leaders throughout the season.

DARKHORSES: Park Rapids Area and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton

The Panthers of Park Rapids posted excellent dual meet numbers last season, conference champions and a final four team in section 8A.

Back from that team are: one state place winner, three state qualifiers, four section place winners and seven with experience. They did graduate two last spring, one state place winner and a section place winner, despite that, look for the Panthers to challenge their dual meet marks from last season.

This is a very young team, look for them to make steady strides of improvement over the course of the season. They should make a strong challenge to defend their conference honors and to make a strong challenge section honors.

Justin Dravis, Cody Dravis, Jared Sunram, Chris Baxter, Ashton Clark, and Nolan Booge to be their key leaders throughout the season.

The Rebels of Dilworth/Glyndon-Felton posted 11-9 dual meet marks, they were a final four team in section 8A and they won two regular season tournaments.

Back from that team are one state qualifier, three section place winners and eleven with experience. They did graduate eight last spring, including two state place winners and another state qualifier, that is a big loss through graduation.

Look for the Rebels to challenge their dual meet marks from last season and make a strong challenge to defend their regular season honors. They should also make a challenge for one of the top four spots in this section dual meet campaign.

Tyler Oberg, Matthew Fuchs and Jack Fuchs to be their key leaders throughout the season.

CHALLENGERS: United North Central and Fertile-Beltrami

Look for the Warriors of United North Central and the Falcons of Fertile-Beltrami to challenge for one of the top four spots in this section dual meet campaign.

The Warriors have back one state place winner, one state qualifier, two section place winners and ten with some experience. The Falcons of have back one qualifier, five section place winners and six with experience.

There are a total of five medal winners back from last season including; Tanner Reetz state champion at 120; Jonah Lange earned sixth at 182 and Grant Jepson earned sixth at 132 from Frazee; Justin Dravis earned fourth place at 152 from Park Rapids and Tom Tellers earned fifth place at 138 from United North Central.

There are at total of nine state qualifiers returning from last year's state tourney action: Tanner Schermerhorn and Tanner Bachman of Frazee; Cody Dravis, Ashton Clark and Jared Sunram of Park Rapids; Isaak Isane of BGMR; Willie Meine of Fertile/Beltrami and Ben Johnson of United North Central.

Look for the following wrestlers: Tanner Tappe; Tanner Eischens and Austin Beaty of Frazee; Adam Lorenson, Devin Pries and Trevor Underbereg of BGMR; Zach Nelson and Jacob Bittmann of Park Rapids; Wyatt Beauchane, Chris Moser and Quinten Desrosier of Fertile-Beltrami; Austin Bacon and Toby Hintzman of United North Central; Blake Skogstad, Chandler Mooney and Riley Eidsmoe of Roseau; Colton Weiland of Crookston; Kody Lefebvre, Mike Bisek, Shawn Neisen and Jake Worms of Mahnomen/Waubun;Tristan Larson and Dylan Gustafson of Red Lake County Central and Conner Jensen and Hunter Roller of West Marshall to challenge for medals at the end of the season.

FRAZEE HORNETS

Head Coach: Clay Nagel
Enrollment: 221
Section 8A

16-4 Overall
Class A State Fourth Place
Section 8A Champions
Twelve Section Place Winners Eight State Qualifiers Four State Place Winners

First Place Brainerd "Paul Bunyan" Invitational: 178.5 Pts. (9 Placers)
First Place "HOL/Mid-State" Conference: 230 Pts. (12 Placers)
First Place Alexandria "Big Ole" Invitational: 192.5 Pts. (14 Placers)
Second Place Wahpeton "Dan Unruh" Invitational: 242.5 Pts. (13 Placers)
Second Place Frazee "Les Kertscher" Duals
First Place Fertile/Beltrami "Pine to Prairie" Invitational: 253.5 Pts. (13 Placers)
First Place Mahnomen/Waubun "Cougar" Duals

Returning Wrestlers:

Tanner Reetz 11th 40-3 1st Sec./1st State/AC
Jonah Lange 12th 36-5 1st Sec./6th State/AC
Grant Jepson 12th 35-9 2nd Section/6th State/AC
Tanner Schermerhorn 10th 38-4 1st Section/AC
Ethan Byer 12th 35-5 4th Section
Tanner Bachmann 12th 26-17 1st Section
Tanner Tappe 10th 17-15 3rd Section
Austin Beaty 12th 11-14
Blaine Beaty 11th 8-13
Riley Kitchenmaster 12th 7-12
Alex Splonkowski 11th 6-3
Logan Wacker 10th 1-3
Tanner Eischens 10th 2-3
Charlton Wake 11th 1-3
Ricky Roforth 9th 1-3
Caleb Wutzke 10th 1-1

Graduates:

Garrett Malstrom 39-0 1st Sec./1st State/AC (111-17 Career)
Austin Skillings 29-8 1st Section (123-53 Career)
Byron Byer 40-4 1st Section/AC (113-37 Career)
Calvin Streeper 29-16 3rd Section/AC (41-40 Career)
Isaac Schermerhorn 17-13 3rd Section (65-48 Career)
Roger Thorp 3-2
Josh Wurst 1-1

BADGER/GREENBUSH-MIDDLE RIVER GATORS

Head Coach: Todd Bergeron
Enrollment: 73 Badger/127 GMR
Section 8A

13-6 Overall
Section 8A Runner Ups
Twelve Section Place Winners Three State Qualifiers

Second Place Wadena-Deer Creek "Dennis Kaatz" Invitational: 185 Pts. (10 Placers)
Second Place Thief River Falls "Prowler" Invitational: 178.5 Pts. (13 Placers)
First Place Larimore, ND Invitational: 267.5 Pts. (14 Placers)
Fifth Place Cass Lake "Big Bear" Invitational: 134.5 Pts. (5 Placers)
Second Place Mahnomen/Waubun "Cougar" Duals

Returning Wrestlers:

Isaak Isane 12th 30-10 2nd Section
Nick Kaml 12th 26-14 3rd Section
Owen Novacek 9th 28-13 3rd Section
Nash Sovde 12th 23-13 4th Section
Bryce Bergeron 10th 24-14 4th Section
Adam Lorenson 11th 20-17 5th Section
Devin Dostal 12th 18-5 3rd Section
Devin Pries 11th 24-14
Cody Olson 12th 11-4
Seth Dostal 11th 7-11
Trevor Undeberg 12th 11-4
Austin Maurstail 12th 1-2

Graduates:

Brandon Waage 28-7 2nd Section (157-74 Career)
Wyatt Becker 32-6 3rd Section (128-35 Career)
Beau Blumer 33-9 2nd Section (77 Career Wins)
Daron Sikorski 14-11 5th Section
Doug Peterson 16-18 5th Section

PARK RAPIDS AREA PANTHERS

Head Coach: Matt Clark
Enrollment: 338
Section 8A

18-3 Overall Duals 5-0 Mid-State Conference
Final Four Section 8A
Ten Section Place Winners Five State Place Winners Two State Place Winners

Second Place Parkers Prairie "Knight Hawk" Invitational: 167 Pts. (11 Placers)
Third Place Thief River Falls "Prowler" Invitational: 131 Pts. (8 Placers)
Seventh Place HOL/Mid-State Conference: 90 Pts. (6 Placers)
Thirteenth Place Cass Lake "Big Bear" Invitational: 93.5 Pts. (2 Placers)
First Place Park Rapids "Panther" Duals

Returning Wrestlers:

Justin Dravis 11th 39-6 1st Sec./4th State/AC
Cody Dravis 9th 26-9 2nd Section
Jared Sunram 11th 25-9 2nd Section/AC
Chris Baxter 12th 26-12 4th Section
Ashton Clark 9th 25-13 2nd Section
Zach Nelson 11th 21-17
Nolan Booge 11th 17-7 3rd Section
Jacob Bittmann 11th 19-14 5th Section
Landon Burlingame 10th 18-20 6th Section
Keith McDaniel 11th 8-13
Zach Hocking 11th 7-10
Logan Veo 11th 6-5
Tobby Ritter 9th 5-15
Logan Johnson 11th 6-7

Graduates:

Ben Baumgartner 39-1 1st Sec./3rd State/AC (167-27 Career)
Zach Tretbar 23-15 4th Section/AC

DILWORTH-GLYNDON-FELTON REBELS

Head Coach: Dave Kosen
Enrollment: 356
Section 8A

11-9 Overall Duals
Final 4 Section 8A
Eight Section Place Winners Four State Qualifiers Two State Place Winners

First Place Lake Park "Terry Teiken" Invitational: 189.5 Pts. (11 Placers)
First Place Hillsboro, ND "Burros" Duals: (4-1)
Ninth Place Cass Lake "Big Bear" Invitational: 94 Pts. (3 Placers)
Sixth Place HOL/Mid-State Conference: 101 Pts. (7 Placers)
Forty-Third Place Fargo "Rumble on the Red" Invitational: 33.5 Pts. (5 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Tyler Oberg 12th 28-7 1st Section/AC
Jack Fuchs 9th 23-8 4th Section
Matthew Pollock 8th 24-13 5th Section
Dacotah Coggins 9th 14-20 5th Section
Jacob Arends 10th 5-11
Trevor Dufault 10th 7-15
Austin Bitker 10th 5-9
Jacob Schlicting 12th 4-15
Andy Oberg 10th 5-6
Cade Sogge 8th 3-5
Dan Wilson 10th 2-6
Brady Brown 10th 2-3
Chris Johnson 10th 2-3
Hunter Macziewski 9th 2-1

Graduates:

Drew Hawk 31-11 2nd Section/AC (77 Career Wins)
Garrett Pemelton 23-6 1st Sec./2nd State (63 Career Wins)
Ethan Johnson 29-9 1st Sec./4th State/AC (51 Career Wins)
Alex Fuchs 23-17 4th Section/AC (69 Career Wins)
Trent Dufault 7-9
Dallas Kern 7-18
Aaron Kern 6-6
Adam Olson 1-0

UNITED NORTH CENTRAL WARRIORS

Head Coach: Jacob Oyster
Enrollment: 184 Menagha/125 Sebeka
Section 8A

5-12 Overall Duals 1-3 Park Region Conference
Five Section Place Winners Three State Qualifiers Two State Place Winners

First Place Crookston "Rod Olson" Invitational: 174 Pts. (13 Placers)
Fifth Place Wadena/Deer Creek "Dennis Kaatz" invitational: 125 Pts. (10 Placers)
Fifth Place Perham "Barrel Of Fun" Invitational: 103 Pts. (9 Placers)
Eight Place Park Region Conference: 90 Pts. (11 Placers)
Eighteenth Place Cass Lake "Big Bear" Invitational: 75.5 Pts. (4 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Tom Tellers 12th 31-9 2nd Sec./5th State/AC
Ben Johnson 11th 24-13 2nd Section
Austin Bacon 11th 19-10 5th Section
Toby Hintzman 10th 14-14 4th Section
Drew Hendrickson 12th 8-22
Liam Cochran 12th 9-12
Lenny Wright 12th 7-15
Craig Isaacson 12th 9-21
Cade LaCoe 10th 5-6
Jared Seibert 9th 5-23
Isaac Tellers 9th 3-7
Tyler Thomas 10th 3-19

Graduates:

Tristan Palmer 34-8 1st Sec./4th State (102-6 Career)
Tanner Bacon 21-10 (72-68 Career)
Tyler Eckman 15-17 (36-48 Career)
Aiden Cochran 3-10

FERTILE-BELTRAMI FALCONS

Head Coach: Tim Olson
Enrollment: 111
Section 8A

8-9 Overall Duals
Ten Section Place Winners One State Qualifier

Third Place Fosston/Bagley "Alfred Olson Memorial" Invite: 126 Pts. (11 Placers)
Second Place Fertile/Beltrami "Northwest" Invitational: 146 Pts. (10 Placers)
Third Place Fertile/Beltrami "Pine to Priarie" Invitational: 142.5 Pts. (8 Placers)
Ninth Place Thief River Falls "Prowler" Invitational: 68.5 Pts. (4 Placers)
Eight Place Valley City, ND Invitational: 71 Pts. (9 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Willie Meine 12th 35-4 1st Section
Wyatt Beauchane 11th 26-11 3rd Section
Quinten Desrosier 12th 23-8
Chris Moser 12th 20-15 5th Section
Jorgen Qualley 12th 13-18 4th Section
Adam Riddle 11th 8-10 6th Section
Justin Bolt 9th 7-12
Ross Hamre 10th 6-11 6th Section
Tyler Schultz 11th 7-10
Carter Moser 11th 5-7
Reed Sloan 11th 3-6
Chris Hegre 12th 2-11

Graduates:

Maverick Gunufson 21-5 4th Section
Hunter Olson 25-14 5th Section (113-64 Career)
Gunnar Berhow 13-18 6th Section
Jesse Anderson 11-14 6th Section

ROSEAU RAMS

Head Coach: Aaron Rose
Enrollment: 341
Section 8A

8-8 Overall Duals
Six Section Place Winners One State Qualifier

Second Place Crookston "Rod Olson" Invitational: 156 Pts. (8 Placers)
Second Place Fosston/Bagley "Alfred Olson Memorial" Invite: 131 Pts. (8 Placers)
Fourth Place Perham "Barrel of Fun" Invitational: 122 Pts. (10 Placers)
Third Place Fertile/Beltrami "Northwest" Invitational: 140 Pts. (8 Placers)
Sixth Place Thief River Falls "Prowler" Invitational: 102 Pts. (7 Placers)
Fourteenth Place Cass Lake "Big Bear" Invitational: 85 Pts. (4 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Chandler Mooney 9th 29-11 3rd Section
Riley Eidsmoe 10th 27-10 4th Section
Blake Skogstad 11th 24-11 5th Section
Brett Dale 11th 18-15
Devin Jensen 12th 14-16
Brodie Wensloff 9th 7-14
Erik Karl 12th 3-9
Owen Gross 10th 2-13
James Rauser 11th 2-13
Liam Constante 10th 2-5

Graduates:

Brett Jerome 29-7 4th Section (126-81 Career)
Kieren Oksanen 33-7 1st Section (101-63 Career)
Casey Warner 31-8 5th Section (93-62 Career)

CROOKSTON PIRATES

Head Coach: Chad Hitchen
Enrollment: 284
Section 8A

6-12 Overall Duals
Seven Section Place Winners One State Qualifier

Fourth Place Crookston "Rod Olson" Invitational: 128 Pts. (12 Placers)
Seventh Place Fertile/Beltrami "Northwest" Invitational: 72 Pts. (7 Placers)
Eleventh Place Thief River Falls "Prowler" Invitational: 76.5 Pts. (3 Placers)
Seventeenth Place Cass Lake "Big Bear" Invitational: 76.5 Pts. (1 Placer)
Seventh Place Grand Rapids "Skip Nalan" Invitational: 75 Pts. (7 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Colton Weiland 10th 24-19 6th Section
Jake Wagner 10th 15-20 5th Section
Hunter Baranski 11th 17-22
Lukas Meier 9th 12-21 6th Section
Jonny Frazee 12th 13-16 6th Section
Zach Lutz 12th 12-18
Jesse Bosquez 12th 8-24 6th Section
Damian Hodgson 9th 8-19
Felix Longoria 12th 7-7
Cameron Hulst 8th 6-14
Hunter Hitchen 8th 4-1
Luke Trandem 10th 2-6
Shad Steer 10th 1-4

Graduates:

Cody Weilland 33-2 1st Section (203-34 Career)
Luke Edlund 11-10 6th Section
Michael Kostrzewaki 5-19
Lukas Meier 12-21

MAHNOMEN/WAUBEN COUGARS

Head Coach: John Short
Enrollment: 122 Mahnomen/109 Wauben
Section 8A

Dual Meet Record Unknown
Seven Section Place Winners One State Qualifier

Fourth Place Lake Park "Terry Teiken" Invitational: 138 Pts. (10 Placers)
Fourth Place Fosston/Bagley "Alfred Olson Memorial" Invite" 109 Pts. (8 Placers)
Fifth Place Benson "Braves Classic" Invitational: 76 Pts. (4 Placers)
Fourth Place Grand Rapids "Skip Nalan" Invitational: 87 Pts. (6 Placers)
Sixth Place Fertile/Beltrami "Northwest" Invitational: 73.5 Pts. (7 Placers)
Eight Place Crookston "Rod Olson" Invitational: 70 Pts. (4 Placers)
Twenty-Sixth Place Cass Lake "Big Bear" Invitational: 44 Pts. (1 Placer)
Third Place Mahnomen/Wauben "Cougar" Duals

Returning Wrestlers:

Kody Lefebvre 12th 22-2 3rd Section
Mike Bisek 12th 23-12 3rd Section
Shawn Neisen 12th 23-16 3rd Section
Jake Worms 12th 23-10 5th Section
Sam Olson 10th 11-23 6th Section
Mitch Foss 11th 6-4
Hunter Cukla 11th 4-14
Izaiah Usher 9th 3-3
Sequoyah Tonikka 11th 2-16
Blake Niemi 12th 2-9
Jerell Londo 11th 3-8
Bert Keezer 9th 2-0

Graduates:

Jonathon Hoffner 35-6 2nd Section
Nick Syverson 17-12 5th Section
Randy Espe 8-18

RED LAKE COUNTY CENTRAL MUSTANGS

Head Coach: Aaron Nelson
Enrollment: 82
Section 8A

4-14 Overall Duals
Four Section Place Winners One State Qualifier

Fifth Place Fertile/Beltrami "Northwest" Invitational: 81 Pts. (5 Placers)
Eight Place Fosston/Bagley "Alfred Olson Memorial" Invite: 67.5 Pts. (5 Placers)
Ninth Place Crookston "Rod Olson" Invitational: 60 Pts. (6 Placers)
Fifteenth Place Thief River Falls "Prowler" Invitational: 24 Pts. (1 Placer)

Returning Wrestlers:

Tristan Larson 12th 20-14 3rd Section
Dylan Gustafson 11th 19-18 5th Section
Ben Kolling 12th 9-8
Tyler Sandahl 12th 9-20
Nick Pahlen 10th 7-23
Kyle Gagner 11th 8-19
Bryce Bergerson 10th 2-17
Kyler Fluharty 12th 1-6

Graduates:

Cameron Lundeen 35-9 2nd Section (123 Career Wins)
Cody Gagner 25-10 4th Section (113 Career Wins)

WEST MARSHALL FUSION

Head Coach: Josh Poverud
Enrollment: 108 Warren/94 Stephen/Argyle
Section 8A

Dual Records Unknown
Two Section Place Winners

Ten Place Crooskton "Rod Olson" Invitational: 33 Pts. (5 Placers)
Ten Place Fertile/Beltrami "Northwest" Invitational: 35 Pts. (4 Placers)

Returning Wrestlers:

Conner Jensen 11th 15-18 6th Section
Hunter Roller 11th 17-19 6th Section
Trevor Matelski 12th 6-16
Alex Hesse 12th 4-8
Shane Banks 11th 5-10

Graduates:

Leo Pruneda 14-14
Aaron Hapka 11-15
Zach Halverson 2-20

 

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