2017-2018 Wrestling Preview

Author :   ROGER MISCHKE

 

 

MAT RATS SECTION 8AAA 2017-2018 WRESTLING PREVIEW

FAVORITES: WILLMAR CARDINALS and the ST. CLOUD TECH TIGERS

DARK HORSES: BEMIDJI LUMBERJACKS and the LITTLE FALLS FLYERS

 

Brainerd Warriors

C0-Head Coaches: Mike Boran/Mikkel White

Enrollment: 1,640 Brainerd/206 Pillager High School (1,767)

Conference: Central Lakes

Section 8AAA

 

The Warriors will have back form their 12-9 dual meet campaign, five section place winners, including one state place winner and thirteen others with some varsity experience. Chad Orsburn earned a fifth place medal at the state, Morgan Gibson, Max Boran, Kyle Patnode and Logan Theodore should be their key leaders thru out the season. They did graduate four seniors last spring, including two state qualifiers, despite that loss, look for the Warriors to challenge those dual meet marks from last season. They should make a challenge for a top four spot in what should be a pretty balanced section dual meet campaign. 

 

12-9 Overall Duals/6-2 Central Lakes Conference

Nine Section Place Winners/Three State Qualifiers/One State Place Winner

First Place Blue Earth Area "Dick Maher Memorial" Invite: 191. Pts. (11 Placers)

Fourth Place Cambridge-Isanti "Bluejacket" Invite: 147 Pts. (10 Placers)

Fifth Place Brainerd "Paul Bunyan" Invite: 109.5 Pts (5 Placers)

Tenth Place Bemidji "Rick Lee" Duals" 3-3

 

Returning Wrestlers: 

Chad Orsburn 12th 34-4 1st Sec/5th State/AC

Morgan Gibson 11th 23-11 3rd Section

Max Boran 12th 23-13 4th Section/AC

Kyle Patnode 11th 23-14 5th Section/AC

Logan Theodore 12th 21-9 4th Section/AC

Cole Ostrowski 10th 17-14

Chance Miller 12th 12-14

Tucker Peterson 10th 11-14

Colton Hardy 12th   7-1

Brad Patnode 11th   7-6

Braden Kramer 11th   6-4

Denny Busbey 11th   4-4

Blake Wgeishofsky 10th   4-9

Atlie Danielson 10th   3-2

Tony Fichell 11th   3-2

Beau Kubesh 10th   2-0

Forest Gibson   9th   1-2

Isaac Rhode 10th   1-1

 

Graduates:

Andy Schlosser 18-9 2nd Section/AC (152-65 Career)

Cole Kubesh 31-4 2nd Section/AC (122-29 Career)

Tat Arnston   7-13

Jacob Berg   2-4

 

Little Falls Flyers

Head Coach: Mike Hendrickson

Enrollment: 659

Conference: Granite Ridge

Section 8AAA

 

The Flyers will have six section place winners back, including one state qualifier and nine others with varsity experience. Gabe Nagel, Grant Litke, Leo Wilczek, Sam Nagel  and A J Jenks shold be their key leaders thru out the season. They did graduate eight seniors last spring, including five section place winners, one state qualifier graduated last spring. They will miss their leadership, but look for this young team to continue to improve thru out the season. They should challenge those dual meet numbers from last spring. They should also make a challenge for conference honors and make a strong challenge for one of the final four spots in what once again should be a pretty balanced section dual meet campaign. 

 

Final Four Section 8AAA

14-9 Overall Duals/5-1 Granite Ridge

Eleven Section Place Winners/Two State Qualifiers

Third Place Cambridge-Isanti "Bluejacket" Invite: 161 Pts. (13 Placers)

Second Place HLWW "Lakers" Invite: 180 Pts. (10 Placers)

Sixth Place Brainerd "Paul Bunyan" Invite: 101 Pts. (8 Placers)

 

Returning Wrestlers:

Gabe Nagel   9th 27-11 4th Section/AC

Grant Litke 11th 26-11 3rd Section/AC

Leo Wilczek 12th 23-11 3rd Section

Simon Bryce 12th 31-16 3rd Section/AC (Transfer Foley)

Simon Pantzke 10th 15-17

Ryan Graves 12th 14-21 4th Section

Sam Nagel 11th 12-0         Injured

Tony Winkelman 12th 11-24 4th Section

A J Jenks 12th 10-7         2nd Section

Dakota Kern 12th 10-14

Spencer Strempke 10th   8-13

Kole Kern 10th   6-15

Trent Krupke 10th   4-15

Dylan Finch 11th   2-8

Cole Finch  10th   2-6

Kelly Kern 11th   2-7

 

Graduates: 

Lane Rutten 34-4 1st Section/AC (106-66 Career)

Josh Beack 28-9 5th Section/AC (117-57 Career)

Billy Winkelman 23-8 6th Section/AC (68-40 Career)

Wyatt Lillemoe 16-15 4th Section (41-53 Career)

Tristan Wheeler   7-12 5th Section

Jacob Biermaier   1-2

Cameron Carl   0-1

Dillon Bollig   0-1

 

 

MAT RATS SECTION 8AA 2017-2018 WRESTLING PREVIEW

FAVORITES: PERHAM YELLOW JACKETS and the PIERZ PIONEERS

DARK HORSES: THEIF RIVER FALLS PROWLERS and the DETROIT LAKES LAKERS

 

PIERZ PIONEERS

Head Coach: Skip Toops

Enrollment: 347

Conference: Central Minnesota

Section 8AA

 

The Pioneers will have back from their 34-2 dual meet campaign and state runner up honors eight section place winners, including five state qualifiers and three others with a great deal of experience. Jalen Jansen 37-11, Reese Kapsner 36-9, Jake Andres 33-9, Carson Huls 31-12 and Brandon Funk 25-18 all state qualifiers and Austin Dickmann at 23-5 should they their key leaders thru out the season. They graduated eight last spring, including four state qualifiers, two earn state tourney medals. Despite that loss and the fact they have been moved into AA, they should make a challenge to defend their conference honors. They should make a strong challenge for one of those four spots in what should be a very good dual meet campaign. 

 

Class A State Runner Up

34-2 Overall Duals/6-0 Central Minnesota Champions

Section 7A Champions 

Thirteen Section Place Winners/Nine State Qualifiers/Two State Placers

Third Place Brainerd "Paul Bunyan" Invite: 146 Pt. (10 Placers)

 

Returning Wrestlers:

Jalen Jansen 12th 37-11 2nd Section

Reese Kapsner 10th 36-9         2nd Section/AC

Jake Andres 11th 33-9         2nd Section/AC

Carson Huls 11th 31-12 2nd Section

Brandon Funk 10th 25-18 2nd Section

Austin Dickmann 11th 23-5

Austin Radunz 11th 14-20 3rd Section

Sebastian Warzecka 11th 12-11 6th Section

Luke Girtz 11th   9-11 4th Section

Colton Kaspner 11th   9-7

Isaac Otte  10th   4-2

 

Graduates:

Brett Kapsner 42-3 1st Sec./2nd State/AC (166-62 Career)

Brandan Ortman 29-3 1st Sec./6th State/AC (168-33 Career)

Matt Kummet 32-2 1st Section/AC (119-27 Career)

Logan Lease  30-10 3rd Section/AC (47-28 Career)

Andrew Tomala 26-7 1st Section (90-61 Career)

Lukas Popp 25-4 Injured (37-23 Career)

Troy Fischer 15-6 3rd Section

 

Lane Girtz Injured Jr./37-6 2nd Section/AC (75-31 Career)

 

PEQUOT LAKES/PINE RIVER/BACKUS ROAD CREW

Head Coach: Travis Hoffart

Enrollment: 494 Pequot Lakes/190 Pine River-Backus (684)

Conference: Mid-State

Section 8AA

 

The Road Crew will have back from their 15-11 dual meet campaign, two section place winners, one All Conference performer and fifteen with varsity experience. Addisoune Harrington 23-16, Jake Poehler 23-16, Connor Tulenchik 23-16, Tim Ryan 16-9 should be their key leaders thru out the season. They did graduate five seniors last spring, including two section place winners. That is a big loss for most programs, but look for the Road Crew to challenge those dual meet numbers from last season, if they stay healthy. They should improve their finish in the conference. They could surprise someone and make a challenge for a top four spot in this section dual meet campaign

 

15-11 Overall Duals/1-3 Mid-State Conference

Three Section Place Winners

Seventh Place HOL/MID-STATE Conference: 79 Pt. (8 Placers)

Eighth Place Wadena/Deer Creek "Dennis Kaatz Memorial" Invite: 83 Pt. (6 Placers)

Twenty-Sixth Place Cass Lake "Big Bear" Invite: 54 Pt. (2 Placers)

 

Returning Wrestlers:

Addisuone Harrington 12th 23-16 5th Section

Jake Poehler 10th 23-16 5th Section

Connor Tulenchik   8th 23-16 Injured

Tim Ryan 12th 17-10

Isaac Manthei 12th 16-9

Cody France 12th 15-16

Riley Wilson 11th 12-11

John Urseth 12th   9-15

Peter Koering 12th   8-13

Myca Reynolds 10th   7-16

Josh Pettit 10th   6-9

Keenan Dahl 10th   4-13

Zachery Tulenchik 11th   3-10

Evan Koering 10th   3-5

Jayden Stevenson 11th   1-5

Tucker Cain 12th   1-1

Harley Large 11th   1-1

Chris Schlosser 11th   1-0

 

Graduates:

Evan Gravdahl 25-14 6th Section (90-61 Career)

Spencer Richards   3-1 Injured (81-58 Career)

Chris Foster   2-2 injured (52-40 Career)

Devyn Richards 20-20 5th Section (50-50 Career)

Justin Neumann 14-9 (56-38 Career)

 

 

MAT RATS SECTION 7A PREVIEW
(2017-2018)

FAVORITES: BLACKDUCK/CASS LAKE-BENA BEARS and the ROYALTON/UPSALA ROYALS

 DARKHORSES: AITKIN GOBBLERS and the MILLE LACS RAIDERS

 

Crosby-Ironton Rangers
Head Coach: Brian Wood
Enrollment: 290
Conference: Mid-State
Section 7A

 

3-13 Overall Duals        0-4 Mid-State

8 Section Place Winners/1 State Qualifier

Fourth Place Ogilvie “Lions” Invite: 118.5 Pts. (9 Placers)

Sixth Place Benson “Braves Classic” Invite: 119 Pts. (7 Placers)

Sixth Place Rush City “Tiger” Invite: 118 Pts. (7 Placers)

Eight Place WHAN “Wolf Pack” Invite: 88.5 Pts. (8 Placers)

Eight Place HOL/MS Conference: 68 Pts. (5 Placers)

Seventh Place BHV/PP “Raider” Invite: 67 Pts.  (4 Placers)

 

Returning Wrestlers:

Nate Williams                11th             33-7            3rd Section

Kaven Blazek                12th             29-11          1st Section

Taylor Eigenheer          11th             27-13          3rd Section

Gabe Ryappy                 12th             22-18          6th Section

Adam Christopher         11th             18-14          4th Section

Matt Christopher          11th             17-14

Eli Lies                          11th               9-28          6th Section

Austin Johnson             12th               8-28          6th Section

Kyle Blazek                  10th                6-18

Zack Bennett                11th               2-28

Aiden Voss                      9th               3-19          6th Section

 

The Rangers have three ranked wrestlers to date; current rankings to be found on the www.theguillotine.com web site! Continuous results, thru out the season bi-weekly in my Mat Rats columns https://minnesotamatrats. wordpress.com.

 

THANKS TO ROGER MISCHKE FOR THIS GREAT ARTICLE!