MAT RATS WRIGHT COUNTY PREVIEW (2018-2019)

MAT RATS WRIGHT COUNTY PREVIEW
(2018-2019)

WEST DIVISION

FAVORITES: LITCHFIELD DRAGONS and the DASSEL COKATO CHARGERS

LITCHFIELD DRAGONS
Head Coach: Dan Buker
Enrollment: 431
Conference: Wright County West
Section 6AA

17-8 Overall Duals 4-2 Wright County
Section 6AA Runner Ups
Thirteen Section Placers/Seven State Qualifiers/Three State Placers
First Place: Litchfield “Dragon” Invite: 225 Pts. 11 Placers
Second Place: Redwood “River Riot” Invite: 158.5 Pts. 8 Placers
Fourth Place: Mankato East “Cougar” Invite: 146.5 Pts. 8 Placers
Third Place: Orono “Spartan” Invite: 151 Pts. 7 Placers
Third Place: Bemidji “Rick Lee” Duals: (4-2)

The Dragons will have back from their 17-8 dual meet campaign seven section place winners, including four state qualifiers, of which earned state tourney medals. The don’t have a lot of numbers with experience, but look for this young team also to show a great deal of improvement thru out the season. They could challenge those dual meet numbers and challenge for conference honors in the West. The Dragons should make a strong challenge for possible section honors. Jerry Simes, Logan Nelson, Chase Liestman and Eddie Simes should be their key leaders thru out the season

Returning Wrestlers:
Jerry Simes 10th 41-11 1st Sec./6th State/AC
Logan Nelson 12th 40-3 1st Section
Chase Liestman 12th 38-9 2nd Sec./4th State/AC
Eddie Simes 9th 31-14 2nd Section/AC
Aryan Payne 10th 15-18 3rd Section
Bryce Penk 11th 14-21 5th Section
Dylan Isakson 11th 9-18 6th Section
Devin Steinhaus 9th 6-11
Shelby Fischer 8th 3-3
Jayden Harris 12th 1-4
Max Tibbits 12th 2-1

Graduates:
Ezra Kaping 41-7 1st Section/AC (114-40 Career)
Afton Kaping 42-7 1st Sec./4th State/AC (115-20 Career)
Kal Jackman 40-6 2nd Section (111-38 Career)
Andrew Loch 30-21 5th Section (96-72 Career)
Dylan Madsen 24-21 4th Section (55-70 Career)
Sam Mohr 10-23 4th Section

WATERTOWN-MAYER LUTHERAN ROYALS
C0-Head Coach: Kurt Becker/Bill McDonald
Enrollment: 476 Watertown-Mayer/185 Mayer Lutheran (661)
Conference: Wright County West
Section 2AA

12-6 Overall Duals 6-0 WCCW
Eight Section Placers/Three State Qualifiers/Two State Placers
First Place: Mankato East “Cougar” Invite: 208 pts. 13 Placers
Second Place: GSL “Don Hall” Invite: 162.5 pts. 13 Placers
Second Place: Delano “Tiger” Invite: 183 pts. 11 Placers
Fourth Place: Foley “Tom Keating Memorial” Invite: 145 pts. 8 Placers
Third Place: Hutchinson “Tigers” Invite: 133 pts. 11 Placers

The Royals will have back from their 12-6 dual meet campaign, four section place winners, including one state qualifier, that earned a medal. Along with eight others with a wide range of experience. The Royals depth may be somewhat in question, but look for them to challenge those dual marks from last season. The Royals should make a challenge to defend those West WCC honors. They could make a challenge for a top four spot in what should be a very tough section dual meet campaign, if they stay healthy and get their weights spread out. Austin Gabbert, Carter Entinger and Dylan Matter should be key leaders thru out the season

Returning Wrestlers:
Austin Gabbert 10th 36-7 1st Sec./5th State/aC
Carter Entinger 12th 29-12 6th Sec./AC
Dylan Matter 12th 19-14 Injured
William Eiskamp 12th 18-20
Tanner Burmeister 9th 16-24 6th Section
Hunter Stein 9th 16-23
Riley Hetzog 11th 15-14
Jackson Meyer 11th 15-23
Alex Pearce 12th 14-12 4th Section
Tommy Stoldt 12th 9-14
Wyatt McCabe 8th 2-1
Ashton Congdon 9th 1-7

Graduates:
Adam Sweeney 18-8 5th Section (78-35 Career)
Zac Neaton 32-6 1st Section/AC (105-26 Career)
Nick Nolan 28-3 1st Sec./4th State/AC (103-41 Career)
Jordan Peterson 22-14 6th Section (78-41 Career)
Lukas Gilbert 18-21 (54-71 Career)
Josh Stender 1-6

ANNANDALE/MAPLE LAKE LIGHTNING
Head Coach: Ben Youngs
Enrollment: 492 Annandale/277 Maple Lake (779)
Conference: Wright County West
Section 6AA

16-5 Overall Duals 4-2 Wright County
Eight Section Placers/Five State Qualifiers
Second Place: BBE “Jaguar” Invite: 114 Pts. 10 Placers
Third Place: Woodbury “Royal” Duals
Fourth Place: HLWW “Lakers” Invite: 130 Pts. 7 Placers
Second Place: Rochester Century “Panther” Invite: 132 Pts. 10 Placers

The Lightning have just two section place winners and thirteen others back from their 16-5 dual meet campaign. This will be a very young team, but like most of the section, most teams will be young, they should make lots of strides of improvement during the course of the season. They should make a challenge for WCC West honors. Adam Neuman, Jack Klug and Zach Pribyl should be their key leaders thru out the season. Look for them to make a strong challenge for top four spot in what should be a balanced section dual meet campaign.

Returning Wrestlers:
Adam Neuman 10th 23-14 3rd Section
Jack Klug 10th 16-21
Zach Pribyl 9th 13-26
Daniel Luna 12th 9-17 5th Section
Josh Lanctot 11th 9-15
Zach Schmidt 10th 6-31
Carson Cooper 8th 7-11
Zayne Brown 10th 6-17
Logan Arnold 10th 5-10
Trevor Wilson 11th 4-23
Linus Brown 11t 2-5
Ben Schuldt 10th 2-5
Cole Patch 12th 2-6
Nick Danielson 11th 2-9
Riley Hall 8th 1-6

Graduates:
Quinn Youngs 39-3 2nd Section//AC (153-29 Career)
Hunter Manka 39-8 1st Section/AC (112-36 Career)
Walker Weege 35-10 2nd Section/AC (60-26 Career)
Mitch Bergstrom 39-8 1st Section/AC (65-22 Career)
Reed Rasset 31-6 2nd Section (58-27 Career)
Cuylar Helwig 28-19 5th Section (55-47 Career

DASSEL COKATO CHARGERS
Head Coach: Bryan Clemen
Enrollment: 577
Conference: Wright County West
Section 6AA

11 Overall Duals 3-3 Wright County
Ten Section Placers/Three State Qualifiers
Sixth Place: STMA “Knights” Invite: 62 Pts. 8 Placers
Seventh Place: Delano “Tigers” Invite: 100.5 Pts. 6 Placers
Seventh Place: Foley “Tom Keating Memorial” 95.5 Pts. 7 Placers
Seventh Place: Orono “Spartans” Invite: 89.5 Pts. 5 Placers
Second Place: HLWW “Lakers” Invite: 149 Pts. 10 Placers

The Chargers have a great deal of experience back from their 10-11 dual meet campaign. They have back eight section place winners, including three state qualifiers with 30 wins plus. They will also have back seven with experience. If they do get their weights spread out, they could have a very talented and balanced lineup. Jacob Schmitz, Prestin Bradley, Jude Link and Noah Johnson all with 30 plus wins should be their key leaders thru out the season. The Chargers could challenge for WCC West honors. Again they could be a challenge for nearly everyone in this dual meet campaign. They should improve on those dual meet marks from last season

Returning Wrestlers:
Jacob Schmitz 12th 36-8 2nd Section
Prestin Bradley 12th 35-8 1st Section
Jude LInk 9th 31-10 2nd Section
Noah Halonen 11th 30-12 5th Section
Christian Johnson 12th 21-22 6th Section
Will O’Brien 10th 11-5 4th Section
Sam Marx 9th 11-14 6th Section
Ben Zobel 12th 10-21
Beau Nelson 10th 9-12 6th Section
Kaden Schmidt 12th 6-14
Carson Amundson 9th 6-6
Jace Butcher 10th 5-7
Tate Link 8th 3-0
Cade Anderson 12th 1-7
Hayden Hoermann 9th 1-3

Graduates:
Jack Gelseth 13-23 6th Section
Jack Zabel 6-25
Payton Duske 13-18
Landon Smith 4-9
Blake Snyder 4-7

NEW LONDON-SPICER WILDCATS
Head Coach: Matt Bisek
Enrollment: 365
Conference: Wright County West
Section 3AA

8-13 Overall Duals 1-5 WCC
Seven Section Place Winners/One State Qualifier
Fifth Place: Albany “Purple Pride” Invite: 127 Pts. 8 Placers
Sixth Place: NLS “Wildcat” Invite: 107.5 Pts. 8 Placers
Sixth Place: NYA “Central” Invite: 92.5 Pts. 5 Placers
Sixth Place: BBE “Jaguar” Invite: 94 Pts. 6 Placers

The Wildcats will have back six section place winners, including one state qualifier and seven with experience. Look for the Wildcats to challenge those dual meet numbers from last year and possibly move up in the conference standings. This young team should continue to make strides of improvement thru out the course of the season. Look for them to upset someone along the road. Blake Vagle, Sam Stageberg, Luke Ruter, Nick McKenzie, Cade Barrett and Ty Bisek should be their key leaders thru out the season.

Returning Wrestlers:
Blake Vagle 11th 34-8 2nd Section/AC
Sam Stageberg 12th 28-14 3rd Section/AC
Luke Ruter 9th 26-16 5th Section
Nick McKenzie 10th 23-15 4th Section
Cade Barrett 9th 14-9 3rd Section
Ty Bisek 10th 19-13
Tim Thein 10th 10-15
David Barthel 11th 7-16
Sebastain Bitzan 12th 6-20
Dalton Barrett 9th 5-15
Nathan Vasika-Scherzbe 10th 4-11 5th Section
Jon Garcia 10th 2-5
Brody Lien 9th 1-1

Graduate:
Nathan Thein 26-15 4th Section
MOUND-WESTONKA WHITE HAWKS
Head Coach: Todd Munsterteiger
Enrollment: 614
Conference: Wright County Conference West
Section: 5AAA

14-19 Overall Duals 0-5 WCC
Six Section Placers Winners/Two State Qualifiers
Third Place: Fridley “Don Meyers” Invite: 141 pts. 10 Placers
Eleventh Place: Brainerd “Paul Bunyan” Invite: 73 pts. 9 Placers
Eleventh Place: Northfield “Raider” Invite: 72.5 pts. 5 Placers
Fifth Place: MW “Leopold/Haglund” Invite: 112 pts. 11 Placers

Returning Wrestlers:
Ben Schmalz 12th 45-6 2nd Section/AC
Ethan Devore 12th 33-17 2nd Section
Kris Kurtz 12th 33-17 3rd Section
Noah Lietzau 11th 32-17 6th Section/AC
Tyler Stevenson 10th 23=24 5th Section
Ryan Lezer 12th 17-20 5th Section
Brock Munsterteiger 12th 16-25
Ryan Fitz 11th 17-17
Seth Anderson 11th 16-19
Jack Dioszeghy 12th 13-13
Josh Hadden 11th 9-24
Shane Stevenson 12th 10-24
Ortiz Witschorik 11th 12-21
Ben Bernal 12th 11-11
Owen Rostis 10th 6-13
Jacob Maas 9th 5-8
Devon Wilson Noethe10th 4-5
Lance Munsterteiger 10th 6-2
Mitchel Nolen 10th 1-3
Mark Rose 10th 1-1
Carter Nelson 9th 1-1
GLENCOE-SILVER LAKE/LESTER PRAIRIE PANTHERS
Head Coach: Lance Wurm
Enrollment: 451 GSL/103 Lester Prairie (554)
Conference: Wright County West
Section 2AA

8-18 Overall Duals 0-6 WCCW
One Section Placer
Fourth Place: Ogilvie “Lions” Invite: 134 pts. 10 Placers
Sixth Place: GSL “Don Hall” Invite: 90 pts. 7 Placers
Seventh Place: NLS “Wildcat” Invite: 76.5 pts. 7 Placers

The Panthers will have back one section place winner and a dozen with a wide range of experience. Look for this young team to make steady improve during the course of the season. With four 20 plus match winners they should have some good leadership. Carter Ruschmeier, Zachary Voetz, Cody Rae and Sawyer Varpness should be their key leaders thru out the season.

Returning Wrestlers:
Carter Ruschmeier 12th 28-12 4th Section
Zachary Voetz 10th 23-18
Cody Rae 12th 22-14
Sawyer Varpness 11th 21-18
Keegan Lemke 9th 14-24
Joe Knudten 12th 14-24
Jace Cacha 8th 6-7
Brandon Holmes 11th 5-1
Riley Butcher 9th 7-23
Brent Lipke 9th 4-18
Jaxon Anderson 8th 2-1
Dawson Varpneseth 8th 2-0
Beau Lepel 9th 2-0

Graduates:
Paul Lemke 5-5
Aaron Castillo 19-22
Theo Luciano 10-14
Jakob Rustin 3-27
AJ Anderson-Sanchez 1-6

Rockford Rockets
Co-Head Coach: Kelly Shaughnessy & Nate Schut
Enrollment: 427
Conference: Wright County
Section 6AA

East Division

FAVORITES: WACONIA WILDCATS and the HUTCHINSON TIGERS
WACONIA WILDCATS
Co-Coaches: Nick Hackman & Kelly Wagener
Enrollment: 1,152
Conference: Wright County East
Section 2AA

17-7 Overall 6-0 WCC
Section 2AA Runner Up
Eleven Section Place Winners/Six State Qualifiers/Three State Placers
AA State Academic Champions 3.8349 (Three Years In a Row)
First Place: Mora “Mustang” Invite” 284 Pts. 13 Placers
First Place: MW “Leopold-Hoglund” Invite: 258.5 Pts. 14 Placers
Second Place: East Ridge “Ruckus” Invite: 210.5 Pts. 10 Placers
Fourteenth Place: MN Christmas Invite: 109.5 Pts. 3 Placers
Seventh Place: Fargo “Rumble on The Red” Invite: 116 Pts. 3 Placer

The Wildcats will have back from their good 17-7 dual meet campaign eight section place winners, including four state qualifiers, two were state finalists and eleven others with a wide range of experience. Look for the Wildcats to challenge those dual meet marks form last season and a make strong challenge for section honors. They should be looking to defend their Wright Conference honors. Cade Mueller (49-5) state champion, Tim Stapleton (48-6) state runner up, Tyson Peitz (35-15), Max McEnelly (31-16), and Jackson Boberg (26-21) should be their key leaders thru out the season

Returning Wrestlers:
Cade Mueller 12th 49-5 1st Sec./State Champ/AC
Tim Stapleton 11th 48-6 1st Sect./2nd State/AC
Tyson Peitz 12th 35-15 2nd Section
Max McEnelly 8th 31-16 2nd Section/AC
Bennett Weber 11th 29-19 4th Section
Jackson Boberg 12th 26-21 6th Section
Jim Burroughs 12th 18-25
Bram Fitzeimmonds 10th 17-25 6th Section
Mitch Garnatz 11th 15-12 4th Section
Will Burroughs 12th 16-18
Sam McEnelly 10th 13-19
Josh Wagener 9th 11-18
Nick Rogers 12th 9-14
Reise White 11th 9-13
Alex Riley 8th 4-2
Tyson Gothmann 10th 3-2
Gage Mueller 9th 3-2
Anthony Vetter 10th 2-13
Conner Glynn 12th 2-4

Graduates:
Tyler Wagener 53-1 1st Sec./State Champ/AC (167-36 Career)
Jake Hawkins 37-12 2nd Section/AC (95-40 Career)
Charlie Kinneberg 5-7
Jake Fleming 4-9
HUTCHINSON TIGERS
Head Coach: Todd Card
Enrollment: 840 Hutchinson/138 Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart (978)
Conference: Wright County East

14-9 Overall Duals 2-2 WCCE
Seven Section Place Winners/Two State Qualifiers/One Placer
Second Place: Litchfield “Dragons” Invite: 213 pts. 12 Placers
Third Place: Park “Wolfpack” Duals
Second Place: Cass Lake “Big Bear” Invite: 160.5 pts. 7 Placers
Fourth Place Hutchinson “Tiger” Invite: 130 pts. 12 Placers
First Place: Cannon Falls “Bombers” Invite: 253 pts. 12 Placers
First Place: Elk River “Elks” Invite: 229 pts. 13 Placers

The Huskies have back from their 14-9 and an injury plague season, seven section place winners, one All Conference performer and eleven with a wide range of experience. If they stay healthy they should make a strong challenge for Wright County Conference honors and for possible section honors. They will have nine back with 22 wins plus. This should give them a very balanced and talented team. Christian Kurth (43-8), Tuck Gifferseon (42-8), Jordan Stenzel (39-14), Cody Kurth (32-15), Grant Pierce (30-19) and Tate Card (23-11) who battled injuries most of last season, should be their key leaders thru out the season.

Returning Wrestlers:
Christian Kurth 12th 43-8 3rd Section/AC
Tucker Gifferson 12th 42-8 3rd Section/AC
Jordan Stenzel 12th 39-14 2nd Section
Cody Kurth 11th 32-15 3rd Section
Grant Peirce 11th 30-19
Marcus Gmahel 12th 24-24 5th Section
Alex Nelson 11th 24-26 6th Section
Tate Card 12th 23-11 Injured/All Conference
Tristan Lang 10th 22-7
Cal Luthens 11th 15-16 4th Section
Tanner Gill 10th 7-15
Jordan Titus 10th 7-15
Jesse Reiner 11th 6-20
Payton Lee Jepson 11th 6-5
Kenyon Lee Jepson 9th 4-14
Kaden Zanoth 11th 3-9
Aiden Erickson 10th 2-8
Zach Reuber 11th 1-1
Isaac Nass 10th 1-1

Graduates:
Brock Luthens 48-3 1st Sec./5th State/AC (196-26 Career)
Cody Anderson 22-8 Injured (92-36 Career
DELANO TIGERS
Head Coach: Jeff Olson
Enrollment: 772
Conference: Wright County East
Section 2AA

16-5 Overall Duals 3-1 WCCE
Final Four Section 2AA
Nine Section Placers/Three State Qualifiers/Three State Placers
First Place: Friday “Don Meyers” Invite: 200.5 pts. 12 Placers
First Place: Delano “Tiger” Invite: 227 pts. 12 Placers
First Place: North Branch “Viking” Invite: 252.5 pts. 13 Placers
Twelfth Place: Fargo “Rumble on The Red” Invite: 102.5 pts. 2 Placers

The Tigers will have back from their 16-5 dual meet campaign six section place winners, including two state qualifiers, of which both earned state medals. Along with thirteen with a wide range of experience back. They should challenge their numbers from last season. They should challenge for WCC East honors. Look for them to make a strong challenge for a top four spot in this tough section dual meet campaign. Tanner Kroells, Reier Sjomeling, Edward Hajas, Eli McCune and Clete Scherer should be their key leaders thru out the season

Returning Wrestlers:
Tanner Kroells 12th 40-5 1st Sec./4th State
Reier Sjomeling 12th 31-5 1st Sec./5th State
Edward Hajas 11th 31-11 4th Section
Eli McCune 11th 29-11 3rd Section
Clete Scherer 9th 27-13
Tyson Kroells 11th 22-19 6th Section
Carson Tschudi 10th 20-9 5th Section
Leo VanDelinde 9th 15-17
Matt Beker 11th 11-8
Carson VanSytzama 12th 11-8
Dylan McIntire 10th 8-9
George Horobin 12th 3-4
Spencer Poll 11th 3-2
Hayden Lynch 11th 3-10
Ethan Quast 12th 3-2
Eric Rasmussen 11th 2-13
Aiden Quast 10th 3-2
Wally Scherer 10th 3-2
Jack Russell 12th 1-1

Graduates:
Steven Hajas 33-3 1st Sec./2nd State/AC (127-34 Career)
Camden Tschudi 29-11 3rd Section (93-85 Career)
Jacob McDonald 26-15 3rd Section (49-69 Career
ORONO SPARTANS
Head Coach: Joe McPherson
Enrollment: 928
Conference: Wright County East
Section: 5AA

12-12 Overall 0-4 Wright County Conference East
Twelve Section Place Winners/Five State Qualifiers/One State Placer
Second Place: Minnetonka “Skippers” Invite: 195 Pts. 14 Placers
Fourth Place: Andover “Husky” Invite: 112 Pts. 8 Placers
Tenth Place: East Ridge “Ruckus” Invite: 79.5 Pts. 4 Placers
Fourth Place: MW “Leopold-Haglund” Invite: 124.5 Pts. 12 Placers

The Spartans will have back from their 12-12 dual meet campaign eight section place winners, including three state qualifiers. Along with nine others with a wide range of experience. Look for this young team to continue to make big strides of improvement during the course of the season. The Spartans should challenge those dual numbers from last season. This crew make a strong challenge of a top four spot in this dual meet campaign. Danny Stiggow, Jacob Schmid, John McCuskey, Henry Beck , Noah Arneson and Nick Simatrnaca should be their key leaders thru out the season.
Returning Wrestlers:
Danny Striggow 11th 37-7 1st Section/AC
Noah Arneson 10th 18-17 1st Section
Jacob Schmid 11th 25-17 6th Section
John McCuskey 11th 19-15 3rd Section
Henry Beck 12th 16-10
Nick Simatrnaca 12th 15-14 2nd Section
Cam Januik 11th 13-19 3rd Section
Oliver Stevenson 8th 7-22
Gustavo Cano Garnica 10th 6-22 4th Section
Shea Albrecht 10th 11-12 4th Section
Johnny Harstad 10th 7-14
Brady Pitts 10th 6-8
Josh Greenagel 12th 4-6
Parker Abed 9th 3-10
David Wilfert 10th 3-4
Matt Jundt 10th 1-0
Nick Yachey 8th 1-3

Graduates:
Bobby Striggow 47-0 1st Sect/State Champ/AC (194-19 Career)
Blaine Bauman 22-16 2nd Section (77-90 Career)
Lukas Vandyck 12-6 5th Section (103-68 Career)
Marcus Ostvig 16-20 4th Section (85-79 Career)
NEW PRAGUE TROJANS
Head Coach: Dan Wagner
Enrollment: 1250
Conference: Wright County East
Section 2AAA

23-5 Overall 2-2 WCC East
Final Four Section 2AAA
Ten Section Place Winners/Two State Qualifiers/One State Placer
Fourth Place: Northfield “Raider” Invite: 138.5 Pts. (8 Placers)
First Place: TCU “United” Invite: 220.5 Pts. (12 Placers)
Second Place: Greenfield, Wis. “Zelinski Memorial” Duals (4-1)
Fourth Place: Orono “Spartans” Invite: 126.5 Pts. (7 Placers)

The Trojans will back seven section place winners, including two state qualifiers, of which one earned a state medal. They have will have numerous junior varsity wrestlers that will fill spots. Look for the Trojans to but out a well balanced lineup, with good talent spread thru out. They could move up in this very tough WCC East. Look for the Trojans to make another challenge for a top four spot in this section dual meet campaign. Brennan Rut, Nicholas Novak, Max Scheffler, Carter Borholdt, Simon Kajer and Jake Trachte should be their key leaders thru out the season.
Returning Wrestlers:
Brennan Rut 12th 38-15 2nd Section
Nicholas Novak 10th 44-6 2nd Sec/6th State
Max Scheffler 11th 28-10 3rd Section
Carter Borholdt 11th 27-19 5th Section
Simon Kajer 11th 29-21 6th Section
Jake Trachte 11th 24-20 5th Section
Jay Skogerboe 11th 10-13
Bryce Lofton 12th 5-5 5th Section

Graduates:
Gage Giles 42-9 3rd Section
Taylor Woodgard 22-17
Conner Scharf 20-23 5th Section
Anthony Wacker 19-16

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