Steele, Morton highlight All-Journal Wrestling squad
113: Derek Steele, Jr.,
Steele finished his junior year by capturing a Class A state championship at 113 pounds, defeating Ethan Hendrickson of United North Central in the finals at Xcel Energy Center.
Steele finished his season with a 50-2 record, 26 pins, 76 takedowns and 260 team points. He was also the section champion and an All-Conference wrestler this season and has a career record of 140-53.
120: Drayden Morton, So.,
For the second year in a row, Morton ended his time in the state individual tournament with his hand raised and a Class A medal around his neck.
At 120 pounds, Morton defeated Caledonia-Houston sophomore Brandon Ross in the championship match to finish the season with a 28-3 record, eight pins, 54 takedowns and 137 team points. He was also the section champion and an All-Conference wrestler this year and has a career record of 107-14.
120: Owen Bertram, Sr., Springfield
Bertram capped off a strong senior campaign with a trip to his first state tournament. He finished second in the section at 120 and finished 44-7 for the Tigers, picking up a win at the state tournament over BOLD’s Austin Kiecker by a pin in 2:38.
Bertram also ended the season with 25 pins, five tech falls and five major decisions. He ends his career with 126 career wins.
126: Trayton Hewitt, Sr., LCWM
Trayton Hewitt, a senior Nicollet wrestler competing with the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Area wrestling team, finished his senior year with an 11-3 record. He also made it to the state tournament this year.
132: Jackson Bode, Sr.,
New Ulm Area
Bode finished this season third in Section 3AA and wrapped up his senior year with a 26-10 record. He picked up 15 pins along the way as one of the Eagles’ senior leaders.
138: Lincoln Carpenter, Sr., Sibley East
Carpenter wrapped up a strong senior campaign with a Class A fourth-place medal at 138 pounds. He went 46-6 with 18 falls and 95 takedowns as a senior and finished his career with five state tournament appearances and a 196-74 career record.
He was also the section champion and an All-Conference wrestler this season.
145: Mason Irlbeck, Jr., Wabasso/RRC
Irlbeck was injured and unable to compete in the section tournament this season but still had a strong junior year and finished with a 22-11 record. He has been top four in the section three times in his career.
152: Josh Hesse, Sr., Wabasso/RRC
Hesse went 19-15 this season for the Bobcats and was fifth in the Section 3A tournament. Bobcats coach Brett Bartholomaus said that Hesse, a three-time section placewinner, was a key member of the team for a long time and was deserving of recognition for his dedication and work with the varsity team since eighth grade.
160: Hayden Determan, Sr., Wabasso/RRC
Determan had a solid senior campaign with the Bobcats, finishing 24-13. Bobcats coach Brett Bartholomaus called Determan a great leader, a good kid and someone that will be a continued member of the wrestling community for a long time.
170: Cole Ranweiler, Jr.,
New Ulm Area
Ranweiler made it back to the state tournament this season for the first time since his freshman year. He finished his season with a 38-8 record, piling up 29 wins and placing second in the Section 3AA tournament.
170: Kadin Johnson, Jr., Springfield
Johnson made it to the state tournament for the first time in his career, finishing with a 22-10 record. He qualified for state after placing second in the section tournament.
Johnson also had 14 pins this season.
182: Lance Wagner, Sr., Wabasso/RRC
Wagner, one of the Bobcats’ top wrestlers and leaders this season, finished his career with a trip to the state tournament. He was the section runner-up and finished with a 32-6 record and ends his career with more than 50 pins.
182: Avery Northquest, Sr., LCWMA
Northquest, a Nicollet High School senior competing with the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Area wrestling team, wrapped up his senior year of wrestling with his third trip to the state tournament and a 24-9 record.
He finishes his career with more than 100 career wins.
195: Derek Werner, Sr., Wabasso/RRC
Werner wrapped up his senior campaign with a Class A fifth-place medal at state. He ended his senior season with a 36-6 record and 20 pins.
He was also the section runner-up and passed 50 career pins at the section tournament.
220: Mason Rummel, Sr., Springfield
Rummel made his first trip to the state tournament this year and finished with a Class A sixth-place medal at 220 pounds. He also took second at the section tournament and ended his senior campaign with a 35-12 record and 18 pins.
Hwt: Colby Wenninger, Sr., New Ulm Area
Wenninger wrapped up his senior campaign with his second consecutive trip to the state tournament. He finished the year with a 32-15 record and 23 pins.
He also placed second in the Section 3AA tournament and passed 100 career wins this season.
2019-2020 All-Journal Wrestling Team
106 – No selection
113 – Derek Steele, Jr., Sibley East
120 – Drayden Morton, So., Sibley East
120 – Owen Bertram, Sr., Springfield
126 – Trayton Hewitt, Sr., LCWMA
132 – Jackson Bode, Sr., New Ulm Area
138 – Lincoln Carpenter, Sr., Sibley East
145 – Mason Irlbeck, Jr., Wabasso/RRC
152 – Josh Hesse, Sr., Wabasso/RRC
160 – Hayden Determan, Sr., Wabasso/RRC
170 – Cole Ranweiler, Jr., New Ulm Area
170 – Kadin Johnson, Jr., Springfield
182 – Lance Wagner, Sr., Wabasso/RRC
182 – Avery Northquest, Sr., LCWMA
195 – Derek Werner, Sr., Wabasso/RRC
220 – Mason Rummel, Sr., Springfield
Hwt – Colby Wenninger, Sr., New Ulm Area
120 – Carter Brandes, Sr., New Ulm Area
132 – Chase Irlbeck, Fr., Wabasso/RRC
195 – Caleb Arndt, Jr., New Ulm Area