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The Royals wrestlers eased past the Roseville Raiders on Thursday in their final dual prior to next weekend's Section 3 team tournament.
Winning on the evening for the Royals were Cole West (fall), Brady Moesenthin (fall), Brock Rinehart (major decision), Gavin Bradley (major decision), MJ Okada (technical fall), Zane Schaffer (fall), Andrew French (major decision), Donale Nde (fall), John Gardiner (fall) and Alex Mancera (fall).
Friday's team sectional action starts at 4:30pm at Woodbury HS. The quarterfinals begin at that time and the semi-finals and finals will follow.
The Royals squad is starting to heat up at the right time. On Friday, the Royals traveled to Robbinsdale Armstrong for duals with St Paul Harding, a sectional opponent, and Armstrong. Neither match was close, as the Royals crushed Harding 51-24 and hung a big loss on the host team, 52-22.
Cole West got things started with a tough 6-5 decision and falls by Brady Moesenthin, Brock Rinehart, Austin Braun, Zane Schaffer and John Gardiner put this one away early.
Against Armstrong, Moesenthin won by a pin and Rinehart won a gritty 9-7 decision. Then things started to go awry for Armstrong, as Braun, Gavin Bradley, MJ Okada, Schaffer and Andrew French all won by fall. Donald Nde won a major decision and Gardiner won by decision to close out the scoring.
The Royals got an opportunity to see opponents they don't normally see when they went back to Armstrong for 3 additional duals. The Royals faced Faribault, Goodhue and Maple Grove on Saturday, taking 2 of 3 duals.
Against a tough Faribault squad, West started things going with a 9-5 decision, Rinehart won a major decision, Braun a decision and Okada a major decision. This build an early 20-12 lead for the Royals. Nde won his 2nd major decision of the day and Gardiner won by fall but the Woodbury grapplers fell short, 37-30.
Alex Mancera came up huge in both of the next two duals. Against Goodhue, West and Moesenthin won by fall, Rinehart by a major decision and Braun by decision. Then the Royals went flat, losing 5 consecutive weights. But a pin by French and a decision by Gardiner left the Royals down 34-28--a pin by Mancera would tie the match. Mancera clearly outworked his opponent and the 2nd period pin tied the match at 34--but the Royals won the match based on tie-breaker criteria.
Against Maple Grove, West and French won by fall and Braun and Okada won by decision. Going into the last match, the Royals were up by a single point, 31-30. Mancera again showed his grit, working out a tough 4-0 decision to seal the 34-30 victory.
Up next for Woodbury is a conference matchup on Thursday, February 4 at Roseville HS. JV will wrestle at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00 in the final matchup before team sections at Woodbury HS on Friday, February 12.
The Royals took 2 of 3 dual matches on Saturday at Bloomington Kennedy HS, losing only to a tough Hastings team in their opening matchup.
In the Hastings match, it was a tale of two halves. The Royals jumped out to an impressive 20-0 lead on a Cole West decision, a Brady Moesenthin major decision and pins by Brock Rinehart and Austin Braun. However, Hastings took the remaining matches and beat the Royals, 34-27.
Against Irondale in the consolation bracket, the Knights forfeited 5 matches and 6 wins by fall (Braun, MJ Okada, Gavin Bradley, Zane Schaffer, Andrew French and John Gardiner) closed out the scoring in an impressive 60-15 Royals victory.
In the 5th place match against Champlin Park, Moesenthin won by fall, Okada won by decision, Schaffer got his 2nd pin of the day and French and Alex Mancera both won by fall. It was Mancera's first varsity win. The Royals took 5th place in the tournament with a 51-27 victory.
The Royals will head to Robbinsdale Armstrong HS both Friday and Saturday this weekend. On Friday, they will face Armstrong, Osseo and Harding in a quadrangular. On Saturday, the Royals will participate in the annual Armstrong Duals. Action starts at 5pm on Friday and at 9am on Saturday.
The Royals were definitely ready for White Bear Lake and Stillwater Thursday night, but only came away with one of the two wins in an important night in the SEC.
Cole west continued his hot streak with a major decision to start the match against the Bears. However, the Royals lost 4 consecutive before Brock Rinehart started a string of Woodbury victories with a 26-second pin. MJ Okada, Gavin Bradley, Austin Braun and Zane Schaffer rattled off wins to give the Royals a 25-18 lead. Andrew French and John Gardiner also got key wins in the 35-27 Woodbury win.
The Stillwater dual, rescheduled from December, saw West starting with a major victory, his 2nd of the night. Brady Moesenthin got a big win in bumping up to 120 and Kevin Class got his first varsity win with a decision at 126. Rinehart got a big OT win and Bradley got his 2nd win of the night. Braun got a major victory, French a decision and Gardiner a decision, but the Royals fell just a point short, 28-17. A big congrats to Kevin Class in getting his first varsity win.
Saturday, the split squad will have the varsity heading to Bloomington Kennedy for a duals meet many will travel to the 9th grade section tournament at Richfield HS. The Kennedy Duals start at 9am and 9th grade section tournament starts at 2pm.
The Royals handily beat Tartan and Buffalo before falling in a good matchup against a tough Chaska/Chanhassen team on Wednesday night in Woodbury.
Against Tartan, Cole West and Brady Moesenthin started things out quickly with two falls to give Woodbury an early 12-0 lead. Brock Rinehart, Zane Schaffer, Donald Nde, Andrew French and John Gardiner also won by fall in addition to a major decision by MJ Okada to give the Royals a dominating 52-22 victory.
In the Buffalo match, Moesenthin again got the fall in the first period. Gavin Bradley won by decision, Okada had his 2nd major decision victory of the night and Austin Braun won in a technical fall. French and Max Fick both pinned their opponents and the Royals closed out the Bison, 54.19.
Next up was a very tough Chaska/Chanhassen team. West won by decision and Moesenthin got his 3rd pin of the night, but the Royals were beat at the next 7 weights before Brain and Schafer both won with pins. Gardiner also won by fall and Fick got his 2nd win of the night with a decision, but the Royals fell, 39-24.
The Royals have some time off before having two dual meets next Thursday, January 21. At 5:00pm the Royals will face White Bear Lake, and at approximately 7:00pm, they will face Stillwater, who needed to reschedule the dual from December. Both duals will be at Woodbury HS.
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!
Thanks again to Bob French for taking all the great team photos! Link is as follows:
Thanks to Bob French for taking such great photos from some of our action! Links are listed below:
Woodbury Duals: https://goo.gl/photos/2uLvTpcSGMypd3nA9
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Royals grapplers around the bonfire at preseason get together
Updated through 2014-2015 season
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
- 6th: Ben Donnelly
- Consolation Quarters: Austin Braun, Ty Johnson