Thursday, February 29, 2024
Photo by Mary Nelson Bo Zwiener wrestles Mark Schiefelbein from Kimball Area, KIAR, in the first round at state winning by a fall in 5:03.Photo by Mary Nelson Westfield’s Cade Christianson works on a single leg takedown against Holdingford’s William Pilarski.Photo by Mary Nelson Westfield’s senior Cade Christianson (145 lb) takes down William Pilarski of Holdingford during the first round of the state tournament. Christianson lost by a fall in 3:15. Pilarski lost his next match which eliminated Christianson.Photo by Tammy Kennedy Byron’s Carter Geerts took third place in the Minnesota State High School League Individual Wrestling Tournament last weekend.Photo by Mary Nelson Byron’s Carter Geerts defeated Brady Rhode, Dawson-Boyd-Lac Qui Parle, 5-0 in the quarterfinals and placed third in the tournament.


Byron’s Carter Geerts is the 2022-2023 MSHSL AA 3rd Place Finisher at Heavyweight. Carter went 4-1 on the weekend to secure that 3rd place title. Carter also recorded his 75th career win this past weekend as well.

“Carter had a great weekend. It’s not the finish he was hoping for, but at the end of his day, he ended his wrestling career with a win, his hand raised, and he proudly brought home a 3rd place medal. We’re so proud of how far he’s come from the time coming into our room as a 7th grader,” explained Byron Wrestling Head Coach Ryan Radke. Part of Carter’s immediate future plans include playing football at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Razorbacks at individuals state tournament

A couple of Westfield grapplers competed at the MSHSL Individual State Championships on Saturday, March 4, in St. Paul.

Results: Bo Zwiener: 6th Place Finish (2-3); Season Record (36-9); Bo started off the tournament great with back-to-back wins. His second match was an overtime thriller, where he defeated last year’s state finalist, Ryan Jensen. He went on to lose his final three matches of the tournament and finished on the podium in 6th place. “Bo had a great sophomore season, and we are thrilled to have him back again next year. We know he will be looking to improve on his 6th place finish, and I know he will work hard in the off season,” said Coach David Lassahn.

Cade Christianson: Did pot Place (0-1); Season Record (32-12); Cade was only able to get one match at the state tournament, after losing his first one of the day, and seeing his opponent lose in the quarterfinals. “This was a tough way to end his senior season, but we are proud of everything he has accomplished in his career. Cade has been a great leader for us, and we will miss not having him around next year,” Coach Lassahn added.

K-M senior grappler Cole Glazier bags elusive state title

ST. PAUL — Good things come to he who waits…is the adage fitting for KoMets wrestler Cole Glazier, who now owns the title of MSHSL’s Class AA 170-pound state champion. Glazier earned a 1-0 victory by decision, over Bryce Burkett of Watertown Mayer-Mayer Lutheran on Saturday, March 4, at the Xcel Energy Center. For Glazier, it feels as good as he ever hoped. “It feels awesome,” Glazier said. “But just like I expected, it went by so fast. I walked out of the tunnel and before I knew it, I was walking back into the tunnel, and it was over. I wish I would have been able to stay out there longer. It’s a lot of weight off the shoulders. Like I said, every kid dreams about being a state champion.”

As a two-time medalist, Glazier entered this senior season with one goal in mind: to join his brother, Zach, as a state champion. Since day one of the season, Cole has been locked in on that. However, perhaps paramount in his mind were reflections of how he was able to help a young KoMets squad, that some overlooked this season—to a fourth-place finish at the Class AA tournament.

But Cole had “state” business to tend to at the moment…and so he did. When the final whistle blew, Glazier looked shocked, until he jumped into the arms of father, Dan, who was in his corner.

“It’s awesome because nobody knows my wrestling better than my dad, right?” Glazier said. “Not everybody gets to have their dad in the corner.” Cole’s next venture takes him to St. Cloud State University, where he will join former teammate Logan Vaughan.

K-M grapplers fall in semifinals

ST. PAUL — The Kasson-Mantorville wrestling team’s trek for a back-to-back Class AA state championship appearance was quashed in Thursday morning’s March 2 semifinals. The third-seeded KoMets battled valiantly against No. 2-seed New Prague, but the Trojans were utterly too strong, knocking off K-M, 34-32, in the semis.

The K-M kids took home some hardware, however, after placing fourth, with a 34-27 loss to Becker, in the third place dual. The KoMets reached the semifinals by defeating Dawson-Boyd/Lac Qui Parle/Montevideo, 47-18, in the quarterfinals.

Championship Quarterfinals — Kasson-Mantorville 47, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United 47-18: 106 — Ben Gunlogson (DBLQPM) over Kalin Anderson (KM) Fall 1:01; 113 — Broc Vaughan (KM) over Eli Olson (DBLQPM) TF 22-6; 120 — Holland Schacherer (DBLQPM) over Jonah Coleman (KM) Fall 5:04; 126 — Aiden Friedrich (KM) over Daniel Gunlogson (DBLQPM) Dec 6-2; 132 — Owen Friedrich (KM) over Kameron Sather (DBLQPM) Dec 6-1; 138 — Zander Clausen (DBLQPM) over Noah Swarts (KM) Fall 3:06.

145 — Joseph Kennedy (KM) over Adrian Norman (DBLQPM) Fall 3:46; 152 — Luke Swanson (KM) over Ethan Moravetz (DBLQPM) Maj 16-2; 160 — Kaylub White (KM) over Noah Meyer (DBLQPM) Dec 11-8; 170 — Cole Glazier (KM) over Holt Larson (DBLQPM) TF 23-8; 182 — Dominic Mann (KM) over Mason Pederson (DBLQPM) Fall 2:58; 195 — Owen Nelson (KM) over Parker Bothun (DBLQPM) Dec 6-3; 220 — Eli Richardson (KM) over Zach DeBeer (DBLQPM) Dec 2-0; 285 — Heath Parrish (KM) over Brady Rhode (DBLQPM) Fall 3:24.

Championship Semifinals — New Prague 34, Kasson-Mantorville 32: 106 — Lawson Eller (New Prague) over Kalin Anderson (KM) Fall 2:49; 113 — Broc Vaughan (KM) over Kyle McCarthy (New Prague) Dec 3-2; 120 — Isaac Pumper (New Prague) over Jonah Coleman (KM) Dec 4-2; 126 — Aiden Friedrich (KM) over Cody Thompson (New Prague) Fall 4:22;
132 — Owen Friedrich (KM) over Brandon Michel (New Prague) Dec 2-0; 138 — Cole Herrmann (New Prague) over Parker Richards (KM) Maj 17-6. 145 — Koy Buesgens (New Prague) over Noah Swarts (KM) Fall 2:53; 152 — Colton Bornholdt (New Prague) over Joseph Kennedy (KM) Fall 3:03; 160 — Evan Farley (New Prague) over Luke Swanson (KM) Dec 5-4; 170 — Cole Glazier (KM) over Reven Tietz (New Prague) TF 21-5; 182 — Dominic Mann (KM) over Brady Westall (New Prague) Dec 3-1. 195 — Eli Richardson (KM) over Owen Johnson (New Prague) Fall 3:01; 220 — Joey Novak (New Prague) over Jacob Duitsman (KM) Fall 0:14; 285 — Heath Parrish (KM) over Brady Gregory (New Prague) Fall 0:29.

Consolation Semifinals-3rd Place Match-Becker 33, Kasson-Mantorville 27: 106 — Bennett Kujawa (Becker) over Kalin Anderson (KM) Maj 12-3; 113 — Broc Vaughan (KM) over Blayne Kuschel (Becker) Dec 6-0; 120 — Jonah Coleman (KM) over Nolan Jurek (Becker) Fall 4:51; 126 — Kaden Nicolas (Becker) over Aiden Friedrich (KM) Maj 15-4; 132 — Landen Kujawa (Becker) over Owen Friedrich (KM) Maj 13-4; 138 — Drew May (Becker) over Noah Swarts (KM) Dec 5-0.

145 — Joseph Kennedy (KM) over Nolan Muellner (Becker) Maj 19-7; 152 — Luke Swanson (KM) over Ethan Duncombe (Becker) Dec 5-3; 160 — Adam Jurek (Becker) over Kaylub White (KM) Fall 2:22; 170 — Cole Glazier (KM) over Dylan Weber (Becker) TF 23-8; 182 — Owen Angell (Becker) over Dominic Mann (KM) Dec 5-3; 195 — Tyson Ricker (Becker) over Owen Nelson (KM) Fall 0:59; 220 — Dylan Kolby (Becker) over Eli Richardson (KM) Dec 12-7; 285 — Heath Parrish (KM) over Lance Lysdal (Becker) Fall 1:41.

Photo: Photo by Mary Nelson Westfield’s Bo Zwiener wrestling Ryan Jensen of Belgrade-Brooster-Elrosa in the State quarterfinals winning 4-3 in overtime. Zwiener went on to place 6th.



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