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2012 All-Journal Wrestling Team

March 15, 2012
Daniel Kerwin - Journal Sports Writer (dkerwin@nujournal.com) , The Journal

Editor's note: Only wrestlers nominated by area coaches were eligible for All-Journal Team selection.

First Team

106

Cody Hanson

Jr., St. James

Hanson made his third state tournament appearance this season, winning his first-round match before falling in the second round and finishing one victory shy of placing in wrestlebacks. He won the Section 4A tournament and was runner-up to state tournament entrant Trevor Schultz (Fairmont/Martin County West) in the South Central Conference tournament. Hanson compiled a 36-8 record this year with 19 pins and has 91 career victories.

113

Spencer Jenniges

So., Wabasso/RRC

Jenniges was this year's Section 3A champion, but fell in the first round of the state tournament and didn't receive a place in wrestlebacks. He finished with a 37-6 record on the season, improving his career record to 69-13.

120

Brandon Goblirsch

Sr., Wabasso/RRC

Goblirsch qualified for his second state tournament this year and got off to a strong start by winning his first two matches. However, he lost in the semifinals and ended up placing fifth in the state, finishing the year with a 39-7 record and his career with a record of 125-33. Goblirsch entered state as the Section 3A champion.

126

Isaac Carreon

Jr., St. James

Carreon made his second state tournament appearance this season, winning his first match before losing to eventual third-place finisher Dylan Herman in the second round. Carreon placed second in both the South Central Conference tournament and Section 4A tournament and finished the season with a 25-8 record with 10 pins.

132

Tyler Pasvogel

Sr., Sibley East

Pasvogel ran into the bad luck of having both Lake Crystal/Wellcome Memorial's Taner Trembley and Trinity School at River Ridge's Ben Rynda in his weight class at the Section 4A tournament. Both Trembley and Rynda ended up in the state title match, with Trembley taking the championship. Pasvogel placed third in Section 4A, finishing the season with a 36-5 record and 10 pins. He ends his career as a three-time state entrant and as a state place winner with an overall record of 162-75 with 35 pins and the school record for takedowns (535). Pasvogel will continue wrestling at the college level.

138

Jacob Anderson

Sr., River Valley

Anderson suffered two losses at the Redwood River Riot early in the season, but went undefeated the rest of the way, ending up as the Class A state champion. Anderson became the Wildcats' second state champion after Tony Vaske, who won at 140 pounds in 2010. Anderson finished with a 37-2 record this season and will continue his wrestling career next year at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.

145

Adam Cooling

Jr., M/T/ML

Cooling overcame a shoulder injury sustained during football season to have his most successful season yet, earning his first state championship. Cooling also won the Section 4A title, the Rumble on the Red title and finished Academic All-State with a 3.91 G.P.A. He finished the season with a 41-2 record and now has a record of 157-40 for his career.

152

Mitchell Rohlik

Sr., Wabasso/RRC

Rohlik fell to the eventual state champion in the semifinals of this year's state tournament, but rebounded to end his career with a third-place finish at state. Rohlik made his third state tournament appearance this year after winning his bracket at the Section 3A tournament. He finished the season with a 40-6 record and ends his career with a record of 160-39.

160

Luke Schmit

Sr., New Ulm

Schmit qualified for his second state tournament this year after winning the Section 2AA title. He went 2-2 at the tournament, falling to eventual third-place finisher Tyler Lewandowski of Foley one stage short of the medal rounds. Schmit was 27-5 overall on the season with 112 takedowns.

170

Garret Schmit

Sr., Nicollet/GFW

Schmit broke through to qualify for his first state tournament this year, though ended up falling in the first round. He won the Section 4A championship and amassed a 34-7 record on the season with 172 team points, 21 pins and 53 takedowns. He ends his career with 103 career wins, 53 pins and as a three-time section place winner.

182

Shane Irlbeck

Sr., Wabasso/RRC

Irlbeck wrestled deep into the Section 3A tournament, ending up in fourth after finishing with narrow losses of 7-6 and 8-6 in his final two matches. Irlbeck finished with a 27-15 record this season and ends his career with an overall 74-50 record.

195

Nathan Rose

So., Sibley East

Rose finished his undefeated season with a thrilling win in the state title match, earning his first of what could end up being multiple state titles. He had a 45-0 record this season with a whopping 31 pins - setting new school records for both wins and pins in a single season. He currently has a career record of 131-27 and already holds the school record for pins with 73.

220

Cody Welch

Sr., Wabasso/RRC

The only wrestler Welch had problems with this year was Minneota's Josh VanOverbeke. After losing to VanOverbeke in the Section 3A championship match, Welch cruised in the state tournament all the way to the championship match, where he again lost to VanOverbeke and ended up with the silver medal - his third time placing at state. Welch finished the season with a 41-4 record and ends his career with an overall 156-57 record.

285

Lance Briard

Jr., River Valley

The only thing separating Briard from his fifth-place finish in the state tournament and a state championship were a pair of agonizingly close losses - he was pinned with two seconds remaining in his second round match and lost in the consolation semifinals by a 3-2 score in triple overtime. Briard won the Section 4A championship (defeating the same wrestler in the final that he ended up beating in the fifth-place match at state) and compiled a season record of 38-6.

Honorable mention

113

Dillon Thooft

Jr., Redwood Valley

Thooft ended up placing third at the Section 3AA tournament, improving from his fourth-place finish at the tournament in 2011 and fifth-place finish in 2010. Thooft ended up with a 27-11 record on the season and improved his career win total to 67 wins.

113

Jaydon Grommersch

Jr., Nicollet/GFW

Grommersch ended up in a true-second match at the Section 4A tournament, but was defeated by the wrestler that ended up taking fifth at the state tournament. In the Section 4A semifinals he lost to the wrestler that placed second in the state. Grommersch finished the season with a 30-11 record and 146 team points, 13 pins and 42 takedowns. He will bring 97 career wins into his senior season.

120

Richy Soto

Jr., St. James

Soto was impressive in his first state tournament appearance, placing sixth after losing to Wabasso/Red Rock Central's Brandon Goblirsch in the fifth-place match. Soto won his first-round match and also won his first two matches in the consolation bracket after losing to Goblirsch in the second round. Soto was the Section 4A champion and the South Central Conference champion, finishing with a 35-7 record with nine pins.

120

Bryon Forstner

Jr., M/T/ML

Forstner missed out on the Section 4A crown by losing a heart-stopper of a match in the final against St. James' Richy Soto (he lost 5-4 in overtime), but he recovered to win a true-second match to qualify for the state tournament. At the state tournament, Forstner was eliminated in the first round. He was also the runner-up in the Valley Conference tournament and finished with a 29-14 record.

126

Jason Meyer

Fr., Sibley East

Meyer qualified for his first state tournament this year, where he fell to the eventual fifth-place finisher in the first round. Meyer notched a 32-11 record this season with seven pins and already boasts a career record of 56-37 with 18 pins.

126

Derek Christians

So., Wabasso/RRC

Christians had a tough draw at the state tournament, falling to the state runner up in the first round and the eventual fifth-place finisher in wrestlebacks. Christians was the Section 3A runner up and finished with a 26-16 record on the season, improving his career record to 43-31.

132

Dalton Elliott

Fr., Nicollet/GFW

Elliott was up against a tough field at the Section 4A tournament, where he was faced with overcoming the top three ranked wrestlers in the state in his weight class to advance to the state tournament. Elliott ended up placing fourth in Section 4A, with the section's two state tournament entrants ending up finishing first and second in the state. He complied a 33-9 record on the season with 153 team points, 15 pins, 41 takedowns and 27 reversals and already has a total of 60 wins in his young career.

138

Tanner Rohlik

Jr., Wabasso/RRC

Rohlik ran into eventual state champion Jacob Anderson of River Valley in the semifinals at the state tournament and ended up placing fifth, his second time placing at the state tournament. Rohlik placed second at the Section 3A tournament and ended the season with a 34-11 record, improving his career record to 112-49.

145

Giovanni Alvarado

Sr., St. James

Alvarado was second only to state champion Adam Cooling in the Section 4A tournament and fell victim in the first round of the state tournament to state runner up Larry Bomstad of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. Alvarado - the South Central Conference champion - finished 34-6 on the season with 16 pins. He now has 112 victories for his career.

152

Jason McLaughlin

Sr., M/T/ML

McLaughlin qualified for the state tournament as the runner up in Section 4A, but fell to state runner up Rij Koehnen in the first round. McLaughlin finished the season with a 24-10 record.

160

Aaron Bates

Jr., Sibley East

Bates had a hot start in the state tournament to advance all the way to the semifinals, but from that point on he lost three straight matches and ended up in sixth place. This year marked Bates' second state tournament appearance. He finished with a 36-9 record on the season with 19 pins and will enter his senior season with a 111-42 career record and 45 career pins.

170

Esteban Zelaya

Sr., St. James

Zelaya earned a ticket to the state tournament after finishing second in the Section 4A tournament, but lost in the first round at state to eventual third-place finisher Patrick Rooney. Zelaya won the South Central Conference championship and finished with a 25-9 record and an impressive total of 21 pins on the season.

170

Nathan Mattison

Sr., Wabasso

Mattison lost to state champion Cooper Moore in the first round of the state tournament and was defeated by eventual third-place finisher Patrick Rooney in wrestlebacks. Mattison entered the state tournament as the Section 3A runner up, making the trip to state for the second time. He finished with a 35-8 record on the season and ends his career with a record of 133-65.

195

Devin Wolle

Jr., St. James

Wolle entered the state tournament as the Section 4A runner up. He went 0-2 at state, with both of his opponents going on to earn medals. Wolle won the South Central Conference championship and finished the season at 24-11 with 14 pins, a vast improvement from his 1-10 record a season ago.

220

Miah Dufrane

Jr., Sibley East

Dufrane took a big step this season by qualifying for his first state tournament after finishing as the runner up in the Section 4A tournament. Dufrane finished the season with a 22-18 record with nine pins - it was a breakthrough season as he entered the year with a 10-31 career record.

285

Alex Schroepfer

So., Wabasso/RRC

Schroepfer made the state tournament as a rookie this year, punching his ticket after winning the Section 3A title. He finished the season with a record of 27-14.

285

Victor Torres

Jr., St. James

Torres won the South Central Conference championship and ended up placing third in the Section 4A tournament behind the two wrestlers that ended up placing fifth and sixth at state. He finished first at the Martin County West Invite and finished the season with a 29-8 record with 16 pins.

 
 

 

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