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Justin Smith

Head Coach

Phone: 651-425-4453

Purpose Statement

When athletes leave for the real world they will always remember the relationships they have formed, understand that it takes a commitment on their part to reach a goal, and use the leadership skills they have learned to help others be better people.

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Royals find pre-season success at Luther Team Camp

The Woodbury Royals had 18 wrestlers and 2 coaches make the trek to Decorah, IA this week to compete in the Luther Team Camp.  This has been an annual summer trip to team build and get the team ready for the upcoming winter season.

Captain Austin Braun led the charge, going undefeated in the 10 dual matches as well as running the table in his individual weight class.  Both Braun and Max Fick garnered the coveted "Wrestler of the Day" titles during the camp.  In addition, Braun won his 2nd title in the "I'd rather thrown you than know you" competition.  A link to a video of the throw is listed below.  His partner, Brock Rinehart, managed to get away unscathed.

As a team, the Royals went 7-3 in dual meets against some top competition from Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota.  Overall, the Royals had 3 weight class champions in individual competition.  But the team building success cannot be measured.


8th place:  Hayden Timmerman

6th place:  Cedric Ramos, Kevin Class

5th place:  Cade Johnson, Max Fick, Alex Mancera

4th place:  Sam Ellis, Zane Shaffer

3rd place:  Brock Rinehart, Gavin Bradley, Donald Nde

2nd place:  Jack Ryan, Cole West, Brady Moesenthin

Champions:  Andrew Kraemer, Austin Braun, Andrew French

Braun wins throwing contest

Austin Braun tossing Brock Rinehart to win throw competition.

Royals Wrestling News

The finishing touches were put on the Woodbury Royals wrestling season on Saturday, February 27th.  Congratulations to Austin Braun for his 4th place finish at 138 pounds.

Senior MJ Okada went 2-2 in the competition at 145 pounds, losing in the "blood round" on Saturday.  Congrats on a phenomenal career as a captain to the squad and a great leader.

Congrats to senior John Gardiner, who was defeated in his first match and was denied wrestle-back opportunity when his first opponent was defeated.  Freshmen Cole West and Brady Moesenthin and junior Andrew French also were defeated in their first-round matches and unable to have an opportunity through wrestle-backs.

Please stay tuned for information on the season-ending banquet and congratulations to all wrestlers on a great season.  We wish good luck to seniors MJ Okada, Parker Field and John Gardiner in their future!

The Royals had a BIG representation at the Section 3AAA individual tournament Friday and Saturday at East Ridge HS.

Woodbury qualified 6 wrestlers in the state tournament this upcoming weekend at the Xcel Energy Center.  Congratulations to the 6 wrestlers who qualified for the state tournament and the 3 others who placed:

106:  Freshman Cole West--2nd, State Qualifier

113:  Freshman Brady Moesenthin--Champion, State Qualifier

138:  Junior Austin Braun--Champion, State Qualifer

145:  Senior MJ Okada--Champion, State Qualifier

182:  Junior Andrew French--2nd, State Qualifier

220:  Senior John Gardiner--Champion, State Qualifier


132:  8th grader Brock Rinehart--3rd

152:  Junior Gavin Bradley-5th

195:  Freshman Donald Nde-3rd


Individual action starts Friday morning at 9am.  Session 1 runs from 9am-3pm and session 2 runs from 4:30pm-10pm.  Saturday's first session runs from 9:30am-2:30pm; the final session runs form 4:30pm-9pm.

Good luck to all of the Royals wrestlers!

The seedings for the Section 3 individual meet were set Wednesday evening, and the Royals look to do some damage Friday and Saturday.  Seeds are listed below, and action begins at 4pm Friday at East Ridge HS with dovetail matches.  Wrestling starts Saturday at 9am as well.

106:  Cole West, #1 seed

113:  Brady Moesenthin, #1 seed

120:  Cedric Ramos, #6 seed

126:  Jack Ryan, #8 seed

132:  Brock Rinehart, #5 seed

138:  Austin Braun, #2 seed

145:  MJ Okada, #3 seed

152:  Gavin Bradley, #5 seed

160:  Zane Schaffer, #6 seed

170:  Sam McKee, #7 seed

182:  Andrew French, #2 seed

195:  Donald Nde, #5 seed

220:  John Gardiner, #2 seed

HWT:  Max Fick, #7 seed


Royals knocked out in semifinals

02/15/2016, 9:15am CST

The Woodbury wrestlers continued their dominance over East Ridge in the quarterfinal round of the Section 3 team tournament on Friday, but fell to Eagan in a semifinal matchup.

Against East Ridge, Cole West won a tough decision and Brady Moesenthin won by fall to get the Royals out to an early 9-0 lead.  Dante Knox registered his first varsity win at 138 and decisions by MJ Okada and Gavin Bradley got the Royals back ahead at 18-15.  A fall by Zane Schaffer, decisions by Andrew French, Donald Nde, a major decision by John Gardiner and a decision by Max Fick provided the margin of victory in a 43-15 win by the Royals.

Eagan, the #2 seed, proved to be tough at a number of matchups.  West and Moesenthin got the Royals out in front again, 7-0, with a decision and major.  But 4 consecutive falls and a decision victory by Eagan put them out front, 27-7.  Okada, Austin Braun, Nde and French won by decision, cutting the lead to 33-19.  John Gardiner then won by fall, but the damage in earlier matches was too much for the Royals to overcome in the 39-25 Eagan victory.

Congratulations to the Hastings Raiders in winning the team section title.

Up Friday and Saturday is the Section 3 individual tournament.  Action starts at 4:30pm on Friday at East Ridge HS.

Section 3 wrestling pairings set

02/08/2016, 8:15am CST

Woodbury will face cross-town East Ridge on Friday at 4:30pm in their opening round of the Section 3 team wrestling tournament.  The Royals got the #3 seed and East Ridge is seeded 6th.  Hastings is the #1 seed and will open against the winner of the match between #8 Central and #9 Harding, which will take place Thursday.  Eagan is the #2 seed and will face #7 Cretin-Derham Hall and #4 Park will face #5 Tartan in the opening round matchups.

Wrestling starts at 4:30pm with the four quarter-final matches.  Semi-finals and finals will follow after short breaks.  All matches will take place at Woodbury High School.

Congrats to former Royal wrestler Ty Johnson!

A huge congratulations to former Royal wrestler Ty Johnson, a freshman at Concordia-Moorhead, for being recognized as an Honorable Mention at 149 lbs in the January 16th NCAA Division III rankings.  This is a HUGE accomplishment for a true freshman.  Way to represent, Ty!

Photos from Cannon Falls Invitational

Thanks again to Bob French for taking all the great team photos!  Link is as follows:

Photos from Woodbury Duals and Rumble on the Red

Thanks to Bob French for taking such great photos from some of our action!  Links are listed below:

Woodbury Duals:

Rumble on the Red:


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Royals grapplers around the bonfire at preseason get together

Red Team

Blue Team


Updated through 2014-2015 season

2014-2015 Milestones

  • 2014-2015 SEC Conference Co-Champions

  • 2014-2015 District 833 Champions

  • For the second season in a row, WHS wrestlers finished 2nd out of 73 AAA teams in the MWCA Team Academic competition.  Their 3.77 team GPA narrowly missed the top spot this year, but did earn the program a 4th consecutive Gold award!

    Section 4AAA Academic Awards:

    - David Beseman
    - Austin Braun
    - Parker Field
    - Andrew French
    - Ty Johnson
    - Ben Malacko
    - Max Malacko

  • Coach Justin Smith: 100 wins

  • Ty Johnson: 150 wins

  • Ben Donnelly: 200 wins

  • Donald Nde: 3rd @ 9th Grade State

  • SEC JV Championships:
    - Champions: Andrew Kraemer, Brock Rinehart, Donovan Patterson, Hanjae Joo, Jesse DeCarlo, Brad Murphy
    - 2nd: Gavin Bradley, Zane Schaffer, John Gardiner
    - 3rd: Jacob Shea
    - 5th: Khai West
    - 6th: Max Fick

  • Section 4AAA Individual
    - 1st: Austin Braun, Ben Donnelly, Pavel Swensen
    - 2nd: Max Malacko, Ty Johnson, Andrew French
    - 3rd: Joey Alexis
    - 4th: Ben Malacko
    - 5th: Brady Moesenthin, David Beseman
    - 6th: John Gardiner, Brad Murphy
    - 7th: Parker Field

  • MSHSL State
    - 6th: Ben Donnelly
    - Consolation Quarters: Austin Braun, Ty Johnson

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