Kimball wrestling lost four very talented seniors, in Marcus Hamer (38-8), with a fourth-place finish at state last year, Travis Wills (39-8), who was a state entrant, Austyn Schlueter (29-14), finished fifth in sections, and Tim Konz (31-9), who was also a state qualifier. But Coach Mike Schindler is very optimistic about the new season.
“Even with the kids we lost to graduation, we still return some great talent.” Leading the way is returning state champ, junior Quinten Berres, who finished last season with a (39-1) record. Quinten has the chance this year to be Kimball’s first multiple-state champ. Junior Blaine Tschida finished with a record of (42-5) and third place in the state tournament. Blaine also was a National runner-up this year in Greco-Style, at Fargo. Also returning is senior Austin Schiefelbein, who came back late last year after a knee injury, to finish the season (11-1) and a third-place finish in the section. Both of the Mehrs boys will be back and are expected to help lead the Cubs this year, as they each had more than 20 wins last year. The Cubs also return 17 other kids that saw varsity experience last year. “If we can stay healthy, we look to challenge Pierz for the CMC conference title and ACGC for the section 5A title,” Coach Schindler said. “We did lose a lot of senior leadership, but with the group we have coming up, there will be a lot of opportunities for kids to step up and continue the success we have had,” Schindler added.
The 2013-14 high school winter sports season promises to be a highly competitive and fun-filled experience for participants and fans alike. Full schedules are available on the individual school’s websites, or by visiting the Minnesota State High School League website at http://mshsl.org/mshsl/index.asp.