Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association kept track of team points for the individual state tournament this year and they will be awarding a trophy to the Champion and Runner-up. Kimball had 10 wrestlers qualify for the individual tournament and seven of them placed. This gave Kimball 126 team points, taking home the Championship trophy in Class A. Minneota is the Runner-up with 93-1/2 team points, beating out Jackson County Central who had 93 team points. All 10 of the Kimball qualifiers scored team points for the Cubs, as all of them won their first round matches. Talking with Tom Elliot from the St. Cloud Times, we could not figure out the last time a Class A school had that many qualifiers win their first-round matches, which set a record for Kimball. This is also the first time the Cubs have ever sent 10 individuals to the State tournament in one year and placing seven of them is another first for Kimball.
This year's State qualifiers include: Mitchell McKee(106), Quinten Berres(113), Tanner Mills(120), Marcus Hamer(132), Caramon Hansen(145), Jordan Joseph(160), Travis Schiefelbein(170), Travis Wills(182), Austin Schiefelbein(195), and Alex Thurber(220).
Wells Fargo named the selected four Kimball wrestlers to the Class A All-Tournament Team. They are Mitchell McKee, Quinten Berres, Tanner Mills, and Marcus Hamer. The awards recognize student athletes who demonstrate exceptional sportsmanship, team commitment, athletic ability and leadership during the state high school tournaments. Athletes are selected to the Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team by a panel of coaches attending the tournament. Boys' Wrestling provides 14 awards for this class of competition. This is the first year an all-tournament team has been named for wrestling.
Mitchell McKee a two-time state entrant and first-time placer, Mitchell went through the individual tournament having only eight points scored on him, as he took home second place. Mitchell lost a battle in the finals to Cameron Sykora from Border West by a 7-4 decision.
Quinten Berres is a two-time state entrant and two-time placer, he had a very nice individual tournament as his only loss was to Shane Novak from New York Mills with a 3-1 decision. Shane ended up being the 113-pound champion. Quinten went through the rest of the tournament to place third, as he pinned two of his opponents on his way to placing.
Tanner Mills is a three-time entrant and first-time placer. Tanner had Dustin Esplan in the quarter-finals, Dustin is the wrestler that knocked Tanner out of the State tournament last year. Dustin came out on the top end of this match with a 9-6 decision. This sent Tanner into the wrestle-backs where Tanner fought his way back for a re-match with Dustin for third place. This time Tanner got his revenge, coming out on top with a 5-4 decision win for third place.
Marcus Hamer is a three-time State entrant and a two-time place winner. Marcus won his first two matches at the tournament and took his first loss to Tanner Trembley from Lake Crystal-Welcome Memorial. Marcus battled his way through the tournament, placing sixth in a very tough weight class.
Jordan Joseph is a freshman and three-time state entrant and one-time placer. Jordan was denied a medal in his first two years as an entrant, but would not be this year, as he battled his way through the eighth-, ninth-, and 10th-ranked kids to the placing rounds this year. Jordan lost to third-ranked Stephan Erlandson from Breckenridge in the quarter-finals, 3-2 and again in the third place match, 5-3.
Travis Schiefelbein is a three-time state entrant one-time placer. Travis did not qualify for the individual tournament last year because of a knee injury that hindered his performance during sections. Travis put all that behind him and made a huge statement this year at state, making it to the finals with some very controlled matches. In the finals he would face Cooper Moore from Jackson County Central who was ranked number one. Seconds were the difference in this match as Travis was turning Cooper to his back and ran out of time in the first period to finish. Cooper is a very dominate wrestler and controlled the match to give Travis a second-place finish his senior year.
Alex Thurber placed fifth in his first year as an individual qualifier. In the quarter-finals Alex had Rick Brandt from Frazee who was ranked third in state, Alex dug down deep to get a 3-1 decision win in overtime to place him in the semi-finals against the number-one ranked kid. Alex ended up losing to the eventual state champ in the semis, but battled his way