Chris Murphy, Published November 27 2013
Minnesota wrestling preview capsules
Coach: Davey Kosen (third year)
Last year’s record: 5-12
Who’s gone: Cole Sogge; Gunnar Whiteaker; Riley Hawk.
Key returners: Alex Johnson, Sr. (2013 state qualifier); Wyatt Whiteaker, Sr.; Ben Martin, Sr.; Alex Fuchs, Jr.; Ethan Johnson, Jr.; Drew Hawk, Jr.; Garrett Pemelton, Jr.
Coach’s comments: “We return a lot of guys with varsity experience. We are very strong in our upper weights. Our strength and physicality will be our biggest asset. We also have some little guys with amazing raw talent. Our schedule is very tough but we feel this prepares us for the section and state tournaments. Everything we do throughout the season prepares us for February, that’s our motivation. We want to wrestle our best when it really counts.”
Coach: Skip Toops (third year)
Last year’s record: 15-5, Class 2A, Section 8 champions, finished fifth in the state
Who’s gone: Chase Morlock (2013 state runner-up, 2012 state champion); Joe Carpenter (2013 third place, 2012 fifth place); AJ Wheeler (state qualifier in 2013 and 2012); Tommy Wychor; Skyler Berry; Ben Herbst.
Key returners: Kenny Mark, Sr., 132 pounds (2013 state qualifier; Grant Brendemuhl, Jr., 106 pounds (2013 state qualifier); Joseph Grove, So., 160 pounds; Samuel Grove, Fr., 170 pounds; Ethan Tallakson, Jr., 113 pounds; Brody Jerome, So., 220 pounds; Brendan Edner, Sr., 285 pounds; Ryan Schock, Sr., 195 pounds; Ben Lien, Jr., 182 pounds; Taylor Laidlaw, Jr., 126 pounds; Landon Dickhaus, Sr., 120 pounds; RJ Olson, Sr., 138 pounds; Wyatt Hanson, So., 145 pounds; Grant Trowbridge, Jr., 160 pounds; Matt Sollid, Jr., 126 pounds; Ben Cavalier, Jr., 120 pounds; Trent Erickson, Fr., 113 pounds.
Coach’s comments: “We return a solid core from last year’s section championship and state consolation championship team. Led by state qualifiers senior Kenny Mark and junior Grant Brendemuhl, our team’s goal this year is to win back-to-back section 8AAA team championships. Beyond Mark and Brendemuhl, we have a host of wrestlers from last year’s team that are looking to take the next step and join them in the individual state tournament. We are looking for big years from returning starters Ethan Tallakson, Joseph Grove, Samuel Grove, Brody Jerome, Brendan Edner, Landon Dickhaus, Ben Lien, Taylor Laidlaw, Wyatt Hanson, RJ Olson and Ryan Schock.”
Compiled by Chris Murphy