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WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK!! Congrats to junior Tre Hockenberger & sophomore Sebastian Zamarano! Both had a fantastic week of practice and a great showing at last week’s quad!!

ALUMNI SIGHTING! Thanks to Royal Wresling alumnae Austin Braun, Max Fick, Brad Murphy, Gavin Bradley and Zane Schaffer for coming to the Forest Lake dual!

WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK! This week’s Royals Wrestlers of the Week are Trenton Willner and Mason Barrows! Trenton put in a dominant night of work on Thursday that translated into seeing his first Varsity action on Friday night! Mason pinned his way to the

WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK! This Week’s Royals Wrestlers of the Week are freshman Ahmed Abdelal and Senior Donald Nde, Jr. Both were dominant at this past weekend’s Woodbury Duals and helped the Royals finish 2-1 in the tournament.



WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK! Royals Wrestlers of the Week: Dave Hawley & Brock Rinehart. Dave was undefeated on the week and claimed the JV title at the Osseo Invite. Brock picked up his 100th career win, while going unbeaten and winning the title at Osseo.



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Royals Wrestling News

Royals take 2 of 3

By GTR 01/11/2019, 8:15am CST

The Woodbury grapplers took 2 of 3 duals at the District 833 triangular Thursday night, beating Park 48-25, Sauk Rapids-Rice 55-9 while losing to East Ridge on criteria after a tough 37-37 dual.

Against Park, 4 forfeits gave the Royals 24 easy points while wins from Antonio Rizzo (technical fall), Will Bents (fall), Sam Ellis (major decision), Nick Sieczkowski (fall) and Donald Nde (decision) provided the margin for victory in the opening dual of the night.

The East Ridge match was back-and-forth throughout.  Winning for Woodbury were Cade Johnson (fall), Cole West (major decision), Brady Moesenthin (decision), Sam Ellis (fall), Brock Rinehart (fall) and Tre Hockenberger (fall).  After all weights were completed, the 37-37 score reverted to tie-breaking criteria where East Ridge got the additional point.

The Royals dominated Sauk Rapids-Rice from start to finish.  Royals earning victories:  Alex Braun (fall), Johnson (decision), Bents (decision), Ellis (decision), Rinehart (fall), Nde (major decision) and falls by Ahmed Abdelal, Hockenberger and Mason Barrows.

Results from the Junior Varsity:  Cedric Ramos 1-0, Dave Hawley 1-0, Sebastian Zamorano 2-0, Andrew Kraemer 2-0, Noah Golden 2-0, Niles Prestine 2-0, Thomas Moesenthin 1-0, Phil Wiggins 1-1, Ahmed Abdelal 1-0, Blake Tinsley 0-1, Logan Ryan 1-1, Nashawn Hoyer 2-0 and Nick Howe 1-0.

Woodbury is off until Saturday, January 19th, when they travel to Eastview HS in Apple Valley for an individual tournament.  Wrestling for both Junior Varsity and Varsity begins at 10:00am.

Woodbury finishes 2nd at Cannon Falls

By GTR 01/07/2019, 1:30pm CST

The Woodbury wrestlers again had a strong showing over the weekend, finishing 2nd at the Cannon Falls Invitational.


Junior Varsity placewinners:

3rd:  Blake Tinsley, Cedric Ramos, Jack Anderson

2nd:  Ethan Chaney, Logan Ryan, Caleb Howe

1st:  Nashawn Hoyer, Niles Prestine, Ahmed Abdelal, Thomas Moesenthin, Trenton Willner


Varsity placewinners:

3rd:  Will Bents, Brady Moesenthin, Tre Hockenberger, Mason Barrows

2nd:  Donald Nde

1st:  Cole West, Brock Rinehart


This week, the Royals stay in town for the annual District matchup.  East Ridge will host this year's battle, which includes Park and Sauk Rapids-Rice.  Action begins at 4:30pm at East Ridge HS.

Woodbury's wrestlers took 16th place of 56 teams at the Rumble on the Red in Fargo over the weekend and had 5 wrestlers on the podium at the end of competition Saturday.

On the junior varsity, Nick Howe placed 8th, Ahmed Abdelal took 6th and Thomas Moesenthin took 8th.

On the varsity side, Brady Moesenthin beat 4 ranked wrestlers on his way to a 5th place finish.  Brock Rinehart also beat 4 ranked wrestlers and took 3rd place.

This week, the Royals travel to Cannon Falls High School on Saturday, January 5th for an individual tournament.  Both JV and varsity competitions start at 10:00am.

Royals roped by Rangers

By GTR 12/26/2018, 7:30am CST

Woodbury took it on the chin on both the JV and varsity sides Friday night, with the varsity getting beat 56-12.

On the junior varsity side, winning matches were Nashawn Hoyer (fall), Niles Prestine (maj dec) and Thomas Moesenthin (fall).  Winning on the varsity side were Brady Moesenthin (fall), Brock Rinehart (dec) and Donald Nde (dec).

The Royals head to Fargo on Thursday for the Rumble on the Red.  Action begins Friday morning and concludes on Saturday.  PLEASE travel safely!

Both individually and as a team, Friday's LONG day was successful for the Woodbury wrestling team.

The Royals took home two titles and finished 2nd behind Goodhue in the very tough Chisago Lakes individual tournament.  Both Cole West and Mason Barrows took home championships and Brady Moesenthin and Donald Nde took 2nd at their respective weight classes.  Dave Hawley also won his first varsity match.  Royals taking the podium:

Alex Braun-2nd

Cade Johnson-8th

Cole West-1st

Will Bents-5th

Brady Moesenthin-2nd

Sam Ellis-4th

Brock Rinehart-3rd

Omar Abdelal-4th

Ahmed Abdelal-5th

Donald Nde-2nd

Mason Barrows-1st

In the only action this week leading into the holiday, the Royals travel to Forest Lake on Friday.  Junior Varsity begins at 5:30pm, with varsity slated to start at 7:00pm.

Saturday and Sunday, the Royals will be bagging groceries at the Woodbury Cub Foods from 11am to 6pm each day--please make sure you shop and visit with our wrestlers!


Royals take 2 of 3 duals at home

By GTR 12/14/2018, 10:00am CST

The Royals grapplers took 2 of 3 duals at home on Thursday, beating Tartan and Lakeville South and losing to conference foe Mounds View.

In the opener against the Mustangs, the visitors took an early 11-0 lead before Cole West won by a major decision.  Brady Moesenthin also stayed hot, beating the 5th ranked wrestler in the state by decision.  Brock Rinehart and Donald Nde won by fall, but the Royals could not overcome a tough Mounds View team, losing 46-20.

Against an undermanned Tartan team, Woodbury took a 48-0 lead, with wins by Alex Braun (maj dec), Antonio Rizzo (dec), Cade Johnson (fall), Will Bents (fall), Moesenthin (maj dec), and Rinehart (fall).  Also posting victories for Woodbury were Ahmed Abdelal (fall), Nde (tech fall) and Mason Barrows (dec).  With Woodbury also taking 4 forfeits, the final score against the Titans was 68-4.

Lakeville South was the final dual of the night, with Woodbury posting a 51-21 victory.  Winning for Woodbury:  Braun (tech fall), Johnson (fall), Bents (dec), Moesenthin (fall), Rinehart (dec), Nde (maj dec) and Ahmed Abelal (fall).  South also forfeited 3 weights.

On the Junior Varsity side, winners for the Royals: Nick Sieczkowski (dec), Fahim Belfatmi (fall), Luke Fleischhacker (2 by fall), Gavin Nelson (dec, fall), Ahmed Abdelal (dec, maj dec), Thomas Moesenthin (2 by fall, dec), Phil Wiggins (2 by fall, maj dec), Dave Hawley (dec, fall), Sebastian Zamorano (2 by fall), Nick Howe (fall), Logan Ryan (2 by fall, dec) and Trenton Willner, who pinned 5 on the night!

Friday, the varsity Royals travel to Chisago Lakes for an individual tourney.

Royals take 5th in Woodbury Duals

By GTR 12/10/2018, 8:30am CST

The Royals grapplers took 5th in their own dual tournament Saturday, but that doesn't reflect the high quality wrestling shown over the weekend.  Woodbury wrestled to a 33-33 tie against a very tough Cambridge-Isanti team, but C-I took the match by criteria.  The Royals then took down Henry Sibley 63-13 and Annandale-Maple Lake 47-24.

Against Cambridge-Isanti, Royals winning matches were Antonio Rizzo (dec), Cade Johnson (fall), Cole West (fall), Brady Moesenthin (dec), Brock Rinehart (dec), Donald Nde (fall) and Mason Barrows (fall).

The Woodbury squad mowed section foe Henry Sibley and winners were Alex Braun (fall), Johnson (forf), West (fall), Will Bents (dec), Moesenthin (fall), Sam Ellis (fall), Rinehart (fall), Omar Abdelal (forf), Nde (fall), Tre Hockenberger (fall) and Barrows (forf).

In the 5th place match against a tough ANML team, the highlight was Brady Moesenthing reaching his 100th career win, by fall.  Other winners:  Braun (dec), West (forf), Ryan Holt (forf), Bents (maj dec), Ellis (fall), Rinehart (fall), Abdelal (fall) and Nde (maj dec).

Congratulations to Shakopee for taking the championship on Saturday.

Up this week:  the Royals host a quadrangular starting at 4:30pm on Thursday, 12/13.  Incoming teams are Tartan, Mounds View and Lakeville South.  Woodbury wrestlers will be honoring teachers that evening.

On Friday, Woodbury will travel to Chisago Lakes HS for an individual tournament starting at 4:00pm.  Other teams include Champlin Park, Goodhue, Grand Rapids, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Maple Grove, North, Proctor, Robbinsdale Armstrong, Rogers, Royalton, Rush City, Saint Croix Falls, Stewartville and Chisago Lakes.

As a team, the Woodbury Royals took 2nd at Osseo HS on Saturday at the Ken Droegemueller Invitational tournament.  Highlights included Cole West, Brady Moesenthin and Donald Nde taking 2nd in their brackets and Brock Rinehart taking the title.  The Royals finished tied for 2nd with Blaine, and behind first-place Mounds View.

Below are the results for each of the Royals varsity wrestlers:

Alex Braun-4th

Cade Johnson-5th

Cole West-2nd

Will Bents-5th

Brady Moesenthin-2nd

Nick Howe-5th

Sam Ellis-3rd

Nick Sieczkowski-6th

Brock Rinehart-1st

Donald Nde-2nd

Tre Hockenberger-4th

Mason Barrows-5th

Raphael Orubo-6th

On the Junior Varsity side, Antonio Rizzo, Dave Hawley, Cedric Ramos, Ahmed Abdelal and Logan Ryan all went 3-0 to win their brackets.

This week, the Royals will host the Woodbury Invitational dual tournament at Woodbury HS on Saturday, December 8th.  Action begins at 9:00am.

Royals start with a bang

By GTR 11/30/2018, 6:45am CST

The Royals wrestlers started out the 2018-2019 campaign in style with 3 lopsided dual victories at Robbinsdale Armstrong HS Thursday night.   Included in the team wins were the 100th career varsity wins for both Cole West and Brock Rinehart.  They became the 11th and 12th wrestlers in Woodbury history to achieve 100 wins.  In addition, Alex Braun, Ryan Holt and Raphael Orubo logged their first varsity wins.

In the opener, the Royals cruised past the host Falcons, 59-21.  Aside from 5 wins by forfeit, winning for the Royals were Cole West (100th career win, by fall), Will Bents (fall), Brady Moesenthin (tech fall), Brock Rinehart (fall) and Donald Nde (fall).

Against an undermanned Ogilvie squad, the Royals took 9 of the 14 matches by forfeit en route to a 72-9 win.  Winning matches for Woodbury were Alex Braun (fall), Sam Ellis (fall) and Cole Smutny (fall).

In the finale, Woodbury took down Eden Prairie 54-19.  Royals victories were taken by Braun (fall), Johnson (fall), Holt (fall), Bents (fall), Moesenthin (fall), Ellis (fall), Rinehart (100th career win, by fall) and Mason Barrows (fall).

On Saturday, the Royals travel to Osseo HS for an individual tournament.  Both varsity and JV will compete, with action starting at 9:00am.

The season is just over 24 hours away!  The Royals will travel to Robbinsdale Armstrong HS tomorrow for a quad starting at 5pm.  Both JV and varsity will go at the same time with action against Armstrong, Eden Prairie and Ogilvie.

On Saturday, Woodbury travels to Osseo HS for an individual tournament with both JV and varsity starting at 9am.  Teams included:  Blaine, Columbia Heights, Eagan, Minneapolis Edison, Minneapolis Southwest, Mounds View, Osseo, Rogers, St. Paul Humboldt and Wayzata.

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All-State Wrestlers 2018

Cole West--6th place 113 lbs Class AAA State Tournament

Brock Rinehart--5th place 145 lbs Class AAA State Tournament