Six Wolverines named to All-Journal First Team
All-Journal First Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Meyer, jr.,
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.
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.
Hunter Retzlaff, sr.,
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.
Mitch Wentzlaff, sr.,
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.
Dalton Elliott, jr., L
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.
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.
Tim Krueger, sr.,
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.
Nathan Rose, sr.,
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.
Nick Meixell, jr.,
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.
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*
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.
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.
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.
Levi Marsh, jr.,
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.
Sam Baier, so.,
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.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.
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.
Jake Wentzlaff, so.,
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.
Sid Scott, jr.,
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.
Ari Harnitz, jr.,
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.
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.
Shane Nelson, jr.,
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.
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.