Six Wolverines named to All-Journal First Team

All-Journal First Team

106

Tanner Pasvogel, 9, Sibley East

Pasvogel placed third at 106 pounds in his first-ever appearance at the state tournament. He went 44-5 and spent most of the season ranked No. 4 in Class A.

113

Ryan Wacker, fr., New Ulm

After winning the South Central Conference tournament while wrestling up at 120 pounds, Wacker upset the top-seeded wrestler in the true-second 113-pound match in the Section 3AA tournament to qualify for state. Wacker went 21-14 this season with 10 falls and 54 takedowns.

120

Spencer Jenniges, sr., W/RRC

Jenniges finished his career as a three-time state qualifier and a two-time state runner-up for the Bobcats. This season, Jenniges went 40-0 before losing to Border West’s Cameron Sykora in a 15-0 technical fall (5:20) in the 120-pound title match to end his career with a 149-19 record.

126

Louis Sanders, jr., LC-WM Area

Sanders won his second-straight state title this season with a 37-2 record. The junior won the 120-pound title last season and took home the crown at 126 this season – going 74-6 in those two seasons.

132

Jason Meyer, jr.,

Sibley East

Meyer lost a close 4-3 decision in the championship semifinals to eventually fall to a fifth-place finish at the state tournament. The junior, who was ranked No. 3 in Class A, finished the season with a 40-8 record.

138

Austin Brockhoff, jr., Sibley East

Despite coming into the state tournament ranked No. 2 in Class A, Brockhoff’s season came to a surprising end when he lost by major decision in the championship quarterfinals and then lost his next match in the wrestlebacks. Brockhoff finished 39-5 this season and is now 129-57 for his career.

145

Hunter Retzlaff, sr.,

Sibley East

Retzlaff placed third at 145 pounds at the state tournament one season after taking runner-up honors at 138. Retzlaff, who was ranked No. 2 in Class A heading into state, finished the season with a 43-4 record and was 83-12 in his two state-qualifying seasons.

152

Mitch Wentzlaff, sr.,

Sibley East

Wentzlaff earned his second-straight state tournament berth, but lost both of his matches in bonus-point decisions for an early exit. Wentzlaff finished the season with a 29-16 record and his career at Sibley East with a 70-52 record.

160

Dalton Elliott, jr., L

C-WM Area

One season after breaking his neck, Elliott went 31-9 and won the Section 4A title at 160 pounds. The Nicollet native was one-and-done at the state tournament.

170

Jordan Schroepfer, jr., W/RRC

Schroepfer has qualified for state the past two seasons, but has yet to register a win there. He finished his junior season with a 34-6 record and has 80 career wins so far.

182

Tim Krueger, sr.,

River Valley

The Springfield senior went 37-5 en route to placing fourth at the state tournament, making him River Valley’s 11th placewinner in 11 years. He won five tournament titles – including the Section 4A title – and finished his career with 106 wins.

195

Nathan Rose, sr.,

Sibley East

Rose finished his senior season with a third-straight 195-pound title in Class A. Rose, who will be wrestling at the University of Minnesota this fall, went 132-1 in his three state-championship seasons and finished his varsity career with a 221-28 record.

220

Nick Meixell, jr.,

LC-WM Area

Meixell began the season as the Knights’ 220-pounder but soon filled the void at heavyweight, which is where he won a Section 4A title and qualified for state. Meixell fell one win shy of reaching the medal stand with an overtime loss to the second-ranked wrestler to finish 30-8 on the season.

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Alex Schroepfer, sr., W/RRC

Schroepfer, who weighs in at a full 280 pounds, made a name for himself as one of the best wrestlers in the state with his strength and speed on the mat. He went 41-0 en route to winning the Class A heavyweight title one season after placing fifth at state.

All-Journal Second Team*

106

Sean Howk, 7, New Ulm

In his first eligible season on varsity, Howk was a team-best 30-7 at 106 pounds. Howk advanced to the Section 3AA title match, but fell short of a state bid by placing third. Eleven of his 30 victories were by fall.

120

Brandon LaBorde, jr., LC-WM Area

LaBorde went 35-7 competing at either 113 or 120 pounds. He was ranked No. 7 at 113 in the final Guillotine poll, but qualified for state at 120 pounds with a second-place finish in Section 4A tournament.

126

Derek Christians, sr., W/RRC

Christians’ senior season was cut short due to an injury before the Section 3A tournament, which denied him a return trip to state. He finished his career with a 92-54 record for the Bobcats.

132

Levi Marsh, jr.,

LC-WM Area

Marsh went 35-9 on his way to qualifying for the state tournament. Marsh, who was ranked No. 7 in the Guillotine’s final poll, fell one win shy of placing at state after an overtime loss in the consolation quarterfinals.

T-138

Sam Baier, so.,

River Valley

Baier finished his sophomore season with a 35-6 record and his first state tournament appearance. He notched 165 team points – 90 of which came from falls – and had 87 takedowns this season, which was cut short by a first-round exit from the state tournament by a wrestler who took an injury default in the quarterfinals.

T-138

T.J. Fulton, sr., W/RRC

Fulton was a two-time state qualifier who placed fourth at 132 pounds in 2013. Despite compiling a 12-2 record, Fulton’s season was cut short due to an injury, denying him a third-straight trip to state.

145

Josh Altermatt, jr., W/RRC

A two-time section placewinner, Altermatt was disqualified in the Section 3A semifinals due to a questionable skin issue. Altermatt went 26-6 as a junior and will vie for his first state bid next season.

160

Jake Wentzlaff, so.,

Sibley East

Wentzlaff qualified for his first state tournament, where he advanced to the quarterfinals with a win by injury default before losing his next two matches. He finished 29-14 for a Sibley East team that finished sixth at the state duals.

170

Sid Scott, jr.,

LC-WM Area

Scott earned a state bid at 170 pounds and ended the season with a 22-13 record and was part of a Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Area team that was once No. 1 in the state.. Scott was one-and-done at state.

182

Ari Harnitz, jr.,

LC-WM Area

Harnitz was a state qualifier who finished the season with a 26-15 record and was part of a Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Area team that was once No. 1 in the state. Harnitz lost both of his matches at the state tournament, which was his first appearance.

195

Jake Denn, jr., M/T/ML

In his second trip to the state tournament, Denn placed sixth at 195 pounds as the Jayhawks’ only state qualifier. Denn went 37-9 this season and has a career record of 75-53.

220

Shane Nelson, jr.,

LC-WM Area

Nelson finished the season with a 28-11 record after winning the 220-pound title at the Section 4A tournament. Nelson went 1-2 at state, getting knocked out in the first round of the consolation bracket.

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Logan Zaske, sr., RV/CM

Zaske pinned No. 2 Seamus Hunter (North Branch) in the first round at the state tournament as the Cardinals’ first qualifier in three years. Zaske finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in wins by fall with 24 and was 44-39 in his career.

*There were no other nominations for 113- and 152-pound weight classes.

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