Morton leads 2018-19 All-Journal wrestling team

106: Drayden Morton, fr.,

Sibley East

Morton capped off a phenomenal freshman year of wrestling with a state title at 106 pounds. He ended the year with a 44-1 record, improving from last year’s 35-10 mark.

Morton joins his brother, Dayne, as a first-place medal winner at state and also as an All-Journal Wrestler of the Year. Morton was also both a section and conference champ and was a Redwood River Riot champion.

113: Derek Steele, so.,

Sibley East

Steele came up one win short of a state title this year, finishing second in the 2019 State Individual Wrestling Tournament. He finished with a 41-5 record, was both section and conference champ and was the Redwood River Riot runner-up at 113.

113: Carter Brandes, jr.,

New Ulm Area

Brandes finished the season with a third-place finish in the Section 3AA tournament, compiling a record of 29-11 with 12 falls. He also was the Big South Conference champion at 113 and has a career record of 29-11.

126: Jackson Bode, jr.,

New Ulm Area

Bode finished the season with a 24-14 record, 11 falls and a third-place finish at 126 in the Section 3AA tournament. He currently sits at 66-68 overall for his career.

132: Tucker Wills, so., LCWMA

Nicollet’s Tucker Wills made a state appearance this year with the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Area wrestling team and finished the season with a 21-17 record. Although unable to place at state, Wills now holds 40 varsity wins and finished second at the Section 2A tournament.

138: Omar Arredondo, sr., Wabasso/Red Rock Central

Arredondo made it to state this year and finished second in the section. The senior went 27-17 this season and finishes his career with 118 wins.

138: Lincoln Carpenter, jr.,

Sibley East

Carpenter was a section champion, a conference runner-up, a Redwood River Riot runner-up and a state entrant. The junior finished this season with a 42-4 record.

145: Sean Howk, sr.,

New Ulm Area

Howk made history at New Ulm High School this season, breaking Adam Hoffmann’s all-time wins record on the way to being the only wrestler at New Ulm with over 200 career wins. He also accomplished his goal of grabbing a medal at state when he finished third in the 2019 State Individual Wrestling Tournament in his fifth state appearance.

Howk finished this year with a 45-3 record, 15 pins, a conference title and a second-place finish in the Section 3AA tournament. He wraps up his wrestling career with 210 total wins.

152: Tayte Harazin, sr.,

Redwood/River Valley

Harazin was a state entrant this year and a section champion finishing the season with a 36-3 record and 85 takedowns. He finished is career with 137 wins and 50 career pins.

152: Jared Schroepfer, sr., Wabasso/Red Rock Central

Schroepfer made it to the individual state wrestling tournament this year for the fourth time in his career, ending with a 29-8 record. He was also the Section 3A tournament runner-up at 152 pounds and finishes his career with a 136-53 record.

170: Lane Miller, sr.,

New Ulm Area

Miller wrapped up his senior season with the NUA wrestling team going 24-18 with 12 falls. He took third at 170 in the Section 3AA tournament and ends his career with a 57-72 record.

182: Avery Northquest, jr., LCWMA

Nicollet’s Avery Northquest wrapped up his junior year with a state-tournament appearance and a 28-8 record. Although he didn’t place in the tournament, he did pick up a first-round pin at state for his 18th pin of the season.

Northquest now has 92 career wins.

182: James Ploeger, sr., Redwood/River Valley

Ploeger finished second in the section this year and earned a trip to state as a result. The senior finished his final season with a 27-8 record and 20 pins.

195: Derek Werner, jr., Wabasso/Red Rock Central

Werner ended a 33-7 season with a Class A fourth-place medal at 195 pounds. The junior also was the Section 3A champion and has a career record of 61-21.

220: Kaleb Haase, jr., Redwood/River Valley

Haase took home his second consecutive fifth-place medal at state this year, finishing the season with a 36-5 record. He was second in the section this season also and has 88 career wins.

Hwt: Chad Maddock, jr., Redwood/River Valley

Maddock made another trip to state this season as the section champ at 285. He also ended the season with a 30-8 record. He now has 77 career wins and 50 career pins.

Hwt: Colby Wenninger, jr., New Ulm Area

Wenninger had a break-out season for New Ulm after a 22-16 finish in the 2017-2018 season, finishing this season with a 35-8 season record and a trip to the state tournament. He was also the Big South Conference Champion and took second in the Section 3AA tournament.

Wenninger also ended his junior year with 22 falls and now has a career record of 70-51.

2018-2019 All-Journal Wrestling Team

106 – Drayden Morton, fr., Sibley East

113 – Derek Steele, so., Sibley East

113 – Carter Brandes, jr., New Ulm Area

120 – No selection

126 – Jackson Bode, jr., New Ulm Area

132 – Tucker Wills, so., LCWMA

138 – Omar Arredondo, sr., Wabasso/Red Rock Central

138 – Lincoln Carpenter, jr., Sibley East

145 – Sean Howk, sr., New Ulm Area

152 – Tayte Harazin, sr., Redwood/River Valley

152 – Jared Schroepfer, sr., Wabasso/Red Rock Central

160 – no selection

170 – Lane Miller, sr., New Ulm Area

182 – Avery Northquest, jr., LCWMA

182 – James Ploeger, sr., Redwood/River Valley

195 – Derek Werner, jr., Wabasso/Red Rock Central

220 – Kaleb Haase, jr., Redwood/River Valley

Hwt – Chad Maddock, jr., Redwood/River Valley

Hwt – Colby Wenninger, jr., New Ulm Area

Honorable Mentions

152 – Cole Ranweiler, so., New Ulm Area

182 – Lance Wagner, jr., Wabasso/Red Rock Central

195 – Mason Rummel, jr., Redwood/River Valley

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