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The Royals have secured the #3 seed in the Section 3AAA team wrestling tournament Friday at Hastings HS and will face the Tartan Titans in the opening quarterfinal round.  Here is the schedule:


Hastings (1) vs. St. Paul Central (8) /St. Paul Harding (9) winner

East Ridge (4) vs. Park (5)

Eagan (2) vs. Cretin-Derham Hall (7)

Woodbury (3) vs. Tartan (6)



See you at Hastings HS on Friday afternoon!

An unheard-of 20 Royals participated in the Suburban East Conference JV championships on Saturday at Cretin-Derham Hall HS.  This was a high-water mark in Coach Justin Smith's tenure.

Taking home titles were senior captain Brad Murphy and freshman Cole Smutny; however, all 20 Woodbury wrestlers finished at or above 8th place with Dave Hawley, Andrew Kraemer and Sam Ellis with runner-up finishes.

Finishes for Woodbury this past weekend:

8th:  Carter Hagel

7th: Kyle Everett-Wiggins, Jack Ryan, Tre Hockenberger

5th:  Ty Paige, Nick Sieczkowski, Mason Barrows

4th:  Cade Johnson, Cedric Ramos, Niles Prestine

3rd:  Nick Howe, Omar Abdelal, Sam McKee, Daryl Dela Paz, Alex Mancera

2nd: Dave Hawley, Andrew Kraemer, Sam Ellis

Champions:  Cole Smutny, Brad Murphy

Congratulations to all wrestlers for a great season!

The Royals had but 1 hiccup Friday and Saturday in wrapping up the regular season and gearing up for the section tournament.

On Friday, they traveled to White Bear Lake to face the Bears, Tartan and North St Paul.  In the first matchup, a conference meet against perennial power White Bear Lake, the Royals came out on top, 47-31.  Cole West and Brady Moesenthin won by fall early on, but after the 145 pound match, the Royals found themselves in a 28-12 hole.  Austin Braun dominated his opponent in a 23-5 tech fall before the Royals ripped off 6 consecutive pins by Gavin Bradley, Zane Schaffer, Jesse DeCarlo, Andrew French and Donald Nde.

Against the Titans from Tartan, West again won by fall and Moesenthin took a decision at 120.  The Royals were down 15-14 before a Brock Rinehart pin, a major decision by Gavin Bradley and falls by Sam Ellis, Schaffer, DeCarlo and Nde put the Woodbury squad ahead and won 54-21.

The Royals didn't let up against the Polars.  Cade Johnson and West started with two falls and Moesenthin, Braun, Bradley, Schaffer and French also won with pins.  DeCarlo won a major decision, along with 3 forfeits, to round out the scoring in a 64-15 Royals victory.

On Saturday, the squad traveled to Robbinsdale for the annual Armstrong Duals.  The Royals first met up with a tough Goodhue team and the results were eerily similar to the 2016 matchup with the same squad.  West, Moesenthin and Rinehart got the Woodbury crew out to an 18-15 lead but after 12 matches, the Royals were again down, 31-18.  a DeCarlo pin, a French major decision and an Alex Mancera fall tied the match at 34-34.  Goodhue won on criteria (more individual matches won), something the Royals did against this same squad last year.

Next was a very tough Delano team.  Johnson started things out with a fall and West won by decision, but again the team was down after 6 matches 22-9.  Again, 5 consecutive falls (Rinehart, Bradley, Braun, Schaffer, French) and a major decision by DeCarlo allowed the Royals to take the match, 43-32.

The final match was against Rogers and again, the Royals found themselves down during the match.  West took a forfeit but then a Rinehart pin, a Bradley major decision, consecutive falls by Bradley, Braun, Schaffer and DeCarlo and a gutty 12-6 decision by French put this one out of reach.  Nde won by fall and allowed the team to take a 42-31 victory.

Next up is the Section 3AAA team tournament on Friday, February 17 at Hastings HS.  The Royals should receive either a #2 or #3 seed in the tournament.  Action starts at 4pm on Friday the 17th.

In other highlights, Cole Smutny had a great run at the 9th grade State Tournament on Saturday.  Smutny, in his first season wrestling, finished 6th at 170 pounds, racking up 2 pins and a tech fall along the way.  Congrats to Cole on a phenomenal first year in finishing 6th at the State Tourney!

JV results from this weekend were not available when this article was published and will be updated as soon as they are received.

The Royals wrestlers had an off day Saturday, losing to a talented Hastings squad and a beatable Minnetonka team before crushing Minneapolis Roosevelt to take 7th place in the Dave Arens Classic at Bloomington Kennedy High School on Saturday.  There were three individual highlights as Sam Ellis took the 160lb bracket on the JV side and Cole Smutny finished 2nd at 170lbs at 9th grade sections, qualifying him for the MNGWL (9th grade) State Tournament.  In addition, senior Jack Ryan notched his first career varsity win.

The Royals started off with Hastings and managed to win only 4 matches against the 8th ranked team in Class AAA, and likely #1 seed in the section.  Cole West (6-3 decision), Brady Moesenthin (2-0 decision), Brock Rinehart (12-9 decision) and Austin Brand (10-4 decision) were the only Royals to find victory as the Raiders won 45-12.

Woodbury then faced Minnetonka in the consolation side and had a disappointing showing.  Although a few Royals wrestlers were held out of the rest of the day due to match count, this was a matchup the Royals felt they should have handled.  Again, Woodbury only won 4 matchups outside of forfeits; Rinehart, Gavin Bradley, Andrew French and Donald Nde all won by fall as the Royals fell, 43-36.

Against Roosevelt, the squad got back on track, making quick work of the undermanned Teddies.  Moesenthin, Rinehart, Bradley, Zane Schaffer, French and Jesse DeCarlo all won by fall to go along with Ryan's first career varsity win.  The final score was Woodbury 70, Roosevelt 9.

At 9th grade sections, the following wrestlers were place-winners:

Nick Sieczkowski-6th

Tre Hockenberger-6th

Nick Howe-6th

Omar Abdelal-5th

Mason Barrows-4th

Will Bents-4th

Niles Prestine-3rd

Jack Velte-3rd

Cole Smutny-2nd, qualifying for 9th grade state

This week, the Royals travel to White Bear Lake on Friday for a 4pm start in a quad dual.  Action takes place at WBL North Campus (5045 Division Ave), and not South Campus.  The Royals will face White Bear Lake, North St Paul and Tartan.

On Saturday, the Royals wrap up the regular season with a dual tourney at Robbinsdale Armstrong HS starting at 9am.  Other participating teams are Robbinsdale Armstrong, Delano, Eastview, Faribault, Fridley, Goodhue, Mahtomedi, Maple Grove, Mounds View, Rogers, South St Paul, Totino-Grace and White Bear Lake.

The Royals traveled to Eastview HS on Saturday for the Eastview Invitational, an individual tournament that is widely respected as an incredibly tough tourney with many ranked wrestlers and teams. The Royals finished 5th with 144 points, just behind Centennial and Eastview, who tied for 3rd.

Andrew French took home the title at 182 pounds and was one of 5 Woodbury wrestlers in championship matches.  Placing on the varsity side for the Royals:

6th: Cedric Ramos, 113; Zane Schaffer, 160; Jesse DeCarlo, 195

4th:  Brock Rinehart, 138; Donald Nde 220

2nd:  Brady Moesenthin, 120; Austin Braun, 145; Gavin Bradley, 152; Max Fick, HWT

1st:  Andrew French, 182

On the JV side, congrats to Andrew Kraemer, Cole Smutny and Sam Ellis who won their brackets and took home individual titles.

The Royals are off until Saturday, January 28, when they travel to Bloomington Kennedy for the annual Kennedy Duals.  In addition to Woodbury, participating teams are Champlin Park, Hastings, Irondale, Minneapolis Roosevelt, Minnetonka, Bloomington Kennedy and Zumbrota-Mazeppa.  Action starts at 9am.

Many wrestlers will also participate in the 9th grade individual section tournament at Richfield HS.  Action starts there at 10am.

Photo links: thank you to Bob French!

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