Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Last year the Cubs ended the season as Consolation Champions, which sets up this year's team goal of bringing home the championship title. We lost some great leadership from last year's team in David Joseph, Tyler Loch, Tyler Kuechle, Mitch Pramann, and Jake Linn, but this year we have a new batch of seniors who are ready to step up and lead this team. They include captains Caramon Hansen, Travis Schiefelbein, Alex Thurber, and Quentin Bryce. Three other seniors that will help this team achieve their goals are Luke Serbus, Zach Myllykangus, and Jeremiah Kelley.
We have a very talented team this year, and since I have started coaching, we have the most kids that have joined wrestling in a long time. In the first week of practice we have 37 kids signed up and practicing to push each other each day.
The number breakdown is as follows:
* Seniors (7)
* Juniors (6)
* Sophomores (4)
* Freshman (13)
* Eighth grade (5)
* Seventh grade (2)
We have six state qualifiers back from last year's team, and we look for these guys to help take the team to the next step. They include Quinten Berres who placed sixth in state last year. Mitchell Mckee, Tanner Mills, Marcus Hamer, Jordan Jospeh, and Caramon Hansen were all state entrants last year. We also look for Brady Mehr, Markus Mehr, Quentin Bryce, Travis Schiefelbein, Travis Wills, Austin Schiefelbein, and Alex Thurber to make some noise this year in the section and state tournament. There are several guys who will be pushing and seeing a lot of varsity time. They include: Troy Filzen, Ted Zipoy, Zach Stein, Skyler Schiefelbein, Preston Wills, Matt Donnay, Devon Kelley, Austyn Schlueter, Zach Myllykangus, Jeremiah Kelley, and Luke Serbus.
The Cubs have received some recognition from the ratings editor this year as we start off the season as the fifth ranked team in class A. In Section 5A there are 21 kids who are ranked to start the season with Kimball having 10 kids ranked.
* Mitchell Mckee ranked third at 106 pounds
¥ Quinten Berres ranked third at 113 pounds
* Tanner Mills ranked fifth at 126 pounds
* Marcus Hamer ranked sixth at 132 pounds
* Caramon Hansen ranked seventh at 145 pounds
* Jordan Joseph ranked second at 160 pounds
* Travis Schiefelbein ranked eighth at 170 pounds
* Travis Wills ranked 10th at 182 pounds
* Austin Schiefelbein ranked ninth at 195 pounds
* Alex Thurber ranked seventh at 220 pounds
As you can see the weights may look a little different this year than they were a year ago. The National Wrestling Federation has adopted some new weights for this year and the Minnesota Wrestling Association has decided to follow them. The new weights this year are: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285. Fourteen weights still remain; the change was to spread the middle weights out and add a weight up top.
With the young team we have this year, we are doing the ninth grade league, which will give any kid in ninth grade or younger more opportunities to get more mat time. This league also offers its own state tournament that the kids can qualify as a team or as an individual. This tournament takes place just prior to the High School Section Tournament. As a coaching staff, we feel it is a great addition and will challenge some of our younger kids.
Speaking of coaches, we do have a couple of new faces on the bench this year. John Sundgren and Gabe Suarez will be joining us this year. John is a Division II National Champ for St. Cloud State. Gabe is an All American and also wrestled for St. Cloud State. We welcome these guys to Kimball after the retirement of Ryan Bollman and Adam Aho. Ryan is pursuing personal dreams of "catching the big one" and spending more time with his family. Adam has taken the Assistant Coaching position at Minnesota State University in Mankato.
We are looking forward to an exciting year this year and bringing home back to back Conference and Section Championships. The road to the ultimate goal of bringing home a State Championship will begin on Thursday, Dec. 1, as we travel to Minnewaska to take on the host and Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale to open the season. Then Saturday, Dec. 3, we will travel to Rush City for the Rush City Individual Tournament.
"Time To Reach The Top!"