Section wrestling tourney continued ...
Chase Godel finished a strong sophomore campaign in third place. He pinned Border West’s Mason Zimmel in 35 seconds to claim third place. He was denied a chance for true second when WCA-ABE’s Kaden Spindler was defeated in the championship. Godel finished the year as the Wolverine team leader with a 26-13 record. He had a team high-5 major decisions and 12 pins. He will enter his junior season with a 41-29 career record.
“Chase had a great year, “ said Gallant. “He actually started the year a little slow at 12-10, but really got going in the middle of the season. He will be a force to be reckoned with over the next two years.”
Mason Snyder also found himself in the third-place match. He lost to Barnesville’s Chase Brenner to claim fourth place and finish with a 21-13 season record with 13 pins. Snyder advanced to the State Ninth Grade and Under Tournament earlier in the year where he finished 8th. Snyder is just an 8th grader and already has 35 career varsity wins.
Logan Wegscheid, Wolverine 220-pounder, pinned Staples/Motley’s Nathaniel Rodriguez to advance to the third-placematch at 220. Senior Tyler Vold of Breckenridge knocked off Wegscheid to claim third, but the young eighth-grader, has a lot to be proud of with his fourth-place finish. Wegscheid finished the year at 10-21.
A trio of Wolverines finished in fifth place. Carter Wright, Blaine Snyder and Tyler Wheeler each earned wins in the fifth place matches to finish their seasons. The Junior captains all finished with over 20 wins and will lead a nice core of wrestlers back next season.
Wright was upset in the first round by Dalton Holmberg of Staples/Motley, who advanced to the finals. He later lost to Pelican Rapids’ Casey Karsrud in the consolation semi-finals, but was able to secure an overtime takedown to finish his year with a 25-11 record and a team-high 14 pins.
“Last year, Carter caught lightning in a bottle and had a great section tournament to advance to state,” said Coach Gallant. “I think this year, he was the victim of the same thing. Holmberg advanced to the finals as a sixth seed, wrestling Friday better than he did all year. Karlsrud also got really hot in the tournament. I guess what goes around comes around. I expect Carter to be back in the state tournament next year, he improved from 13-20 last year to 25-11 this year, if he can continue down that path, the sky is the limit.”
Blaine Snyder lost a pair of heart-breakers during the tournament as well, but rallied for a convincing 10-3 win over Danny Frost of New York Mills to claim fifth. Snyder also finished with 25 wins and 11 pins this year. He notched one major decision and a tech fall as well as a team leading 55 take downs this year.
Tyler Wheeler concluded a successful junior year with a pin over New York Mills’ Johnny Flynn to finish in fifth place. The junior upped nearly doubled his win total from 2014-15, finishing with a 21-16 record this year with 13 pins.
Finishing in 6th place were Jayson Young at 106, Colton Knudson at 120, and Steven Erkenbrack at 182. Each were first time Section place winners and each won one match while losing 3. Young finished his 8th-grade year at 14-22. Knudson, also an eighth grader finished 11-12, while the sophomore Erkenbrack had a 21-19 record with 12 pins.
Cody Wheeler, a third place finisher at the Ninth Grade and Under State Tournament, did not place but wrapped up the year at 11-20 on the varsity. The lanky eighth grader was one of the most improved Wolverines in recent memory, improving from an 0-17 seventh grade season.
Beau Breuer gained valuable experience wrestling at 132. The eighth grader finished the year at 3-7 after going 0-2 in the section tournament.
The Wolverines return every wrestler in the wrestling room next year and will look to build off this season next year. WDC won the Mahnomen/Waubun Dual Tournament this season and the nine place winners was the highest total since the 2010-11 campaign when the team finished 17-5 and second in Section 6A. WDC earned a first round tournament win against Pelican Rapids this year before bowing out to Section runner-up Staples/Motley.
“There is a lot to celebrate this season,” added Coach Gallant. “We grew up a lot as a team. This group of young men was dedicated, hard working and hungry. If we can continue on this path and the guys remain spread out weight wise, I think we can push for a spot at the top of the section, maybe as soon as next year.”