Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Cubs wrestlers earned a great deal of respect in Long Prairie last weekend by qualifying two individuals for state, and placing eight kids in sections. The Kimball wrestling program is definitely going in a very positive direction, and section 5A is taking notice. Coach Schindler and his staff challenged the kids to believe, give great effort, and to leave everything out on the mat. Just like most of the regular season, the young Cubs did what their coaches asked, and then some. Luke Schielfelbein (a senior at 171) and Travis Schielelbein (a freshman at 145) both placed in the top two of their respective weight classes, and will go on to represent Kimball in the state tournament which starts competition Wednesday, March 4, at the Excel Center in St. Paul. For Luke, this will be his second consecutive trip to the state tournament, and he hopes to finish strong and end up on the podium. Luke ended up placing second in sections, losing a highly contested match to his arch rival, Micah Larsen of ACGC. Micah and Luke have a great deal of respect for each other. Luke would love one more shot at Micah to reverse the section fortune. A rematch at the Excel may be in the cards as these two should both do very well. Travis shocked the section by knocking off the one seed from Paynesville, and then the second seed from EV-W in grand fashion, with a match-saving throw in the third period for the championship. Travis has a great deal of natural ability, and the Cubs fans should feel very fortunate that we get to watch him for another three years. Travis may be young, but he has a growing reputation for being a giant killer. He will bring a great deal of energy and excitement to the Excel. The Cubs had six other wrestlers place in the top six in sections, with a few others barely missing, but giving great effort. The remaining place winners were, eighth-grader Tanner Mills at 103, tenth-grader Tyler Kuechle at 119, ninth-grader Quentin Bryce at 125, tenth-grader David Joseph at 135, senior Zach Hedlund at 160, and senior Josh Almgren at 189. The Cubs finished the season very strong and have created some great momentum for next year, with many area youngsters already talking about joining the program for next season and beyond. Next week, we'll give a season recap with individual records, state tournament updates, and information about awards night with a focus on the seniors. The Cubs would like to thank all of the fans that made the trip to Long Prairie. There was a strong sea of Cubs fans that definitely rocking the house.