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Our annual trip to Luther College in Decorah, IA has been set.  Dates will be July 10-13, 2019.

We look forward to having a HUGE showing this year!


To our seniors:  Phil, Cedric, Sam, Donald, Cole and Brady--THANK YOU for your leadership and decication to the Royals wrestling program!  You have given much to the program and we wish you the best in your endeavors going forward.

Donald, Cole and Brady--WOW.  All 3 of you finished your careers in the top 12 in Woodbury HS history for total wins.  We thank you for continuing to make the program what it is today.

Donald:  105 career wins (12th)

Brady:  130 career wins (8th)

Cole:  137 career wins (7th)

And good luck to Cole (Augustana) and Brady (UW-Eau Claire) as they continue their wrestling and academic futures next fall.

Brock Rinehart--2nd place 160AAA

Cole West--6th place 120AAA

Royals State Tourney participants


WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK! This week’s JV Royals Wrestler of the Week is Junior Ethan Chaney, who secured the title in his bracket at the Eastview Invitational. Our varsity Wrestler of the Week is Senior Brady Moesenthin, who won the championship at this wee

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

The Royals sent 5 wrestlers to St Paul on Friday and Saturday for the individual portion of the MSHSL State Wrestling Tournament, with senior Cole West and junior Brock Rinehart taking home All-State honors again.

Freshman Ahmed Abdelal, the #10 seed, was beaten by #10 Jacob Meissner of Osseo in his opening match.  Meissner was defeated in his next match, prohibiting Abdelal from getting into wrestlebacks.  Ahmed finished the season with a 12-10 varsity record and a very bright future ahead.

Junior Mason Barrows, the #9 seed, was defeated by #8 Tommy Johson of Shakopee.  Johnson also lost his next match, ending the season for Barrows.  Mason finished the season with an incredible 28-18 record.

Senior Donald Nde, the #12 seed, was defeated by #5 RJ Chakolis of Hopkins.  Again, Chakolis lost his next match, and the season ended for Nde.  Congrats to Donald on a great season (30-17 record) and a career that saw him earn 105 victories, #12 on the All-Time Royals wins record.

Senior Cole West, the #7 seed, beat Zyan Hall of Mounds View 9-3 in his opening match.  West went into wrestlebacks after a 6-1 loss to #2 Cael Swensen of Wayzata.  Cole beat Alex Borris of Alexandria 5-1 and Jacon Taschuk of Stillwater 3-2 in a gutty match to get into the medal rounds.

West was knocked off by Nic Cantu of Albert Lea 4-1 and Swensen 5-1 to earn 6th place and All-State for the 3rd consecutive year.  It's been a pleasure for our fans to watch your career, Cole--finishing your senior year with a phenomenal 38-6 record and finishing with 137 victories, #7 on the All-Time Royals list.  Thank you for your contributions and good luck at Augustana!

Rinehart entered the tourney as the #3 seed and pinned #14 Anthony Tuttle of Stillwater in his opening match.  He pinned Demetrius Patton of Hopkins in 55 seconds to get into the semifinals.  Rinehart thenavenged an overtime loss to #2 Devin Roberts of Apple Valley in his semifinal match with a late takedown and a 3-2 victory to get to the state finals.

Unfortunately, the match didn't last long against #5 seed Gabe Nagel of Little Falls, who entered the match with a perfect 45-0 record.  Rinehart got an early takedown but was called for an illegal mat return, and with Nagel unable to continue due to injury, was called for a disqualification.  It was a tough end to a great season that saw Brock finish with a 47-4 record.  His 2nd place finish was the programs's highest since 2005 and he was just the 4th Royal to reach the championship match.  Rinehart finishes his junior season with 144 career victories, currently 6th on the Royals All-Time wins list.

Next up:  the team banquet.  Look for information to be coming via email about the event, which will be held on Sunday, April 14th.

Fans, parents, friends, coach and wrestlers....THANK YOU for a great season.  Stay tuned for updates on Cub Foods bagging (Easter weekend--ALL HANDS ON DECK!), summer lifting and wrestling and the Luther College team camp.

The Woodbury Royals wrestling squad qualified 5 individuals for the MSHSL State Wrestling Tournament, set for March 1-2 at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul.

Cole West breezed through the 120 lb bracket, as did Brock Rinehart at 160 lbs and Donald Nde at 195 lbs.  Both Ahmed Abdelal (182 lbs) and Mason Barrows (220 lbs) took 2nd in their division to qualify for the event next Friday and Saturday.

Individual action for AAA begins at 9am on Friday morning, running continuously.  Podium spots will be determined with 3rd and 5th place matches starting at 4pm Saturday, with individual championship matches slated to start at 7pm.

Royals beat Warriors, knocked out by Raptors

By GTR 02/18/2019, 9:15am CST

The Royals grapplers got to the final four of the Section 3AAA team tournament on Friday, but were knocked out by East Ridge in a semifinal matchup.

Woodbury dominated Henry Sibley 57-11 in their quarterfinal match.  Alex Braun  started things out with a major decision and a pin by Cade Johnson and technical fall by Cole West got the Royals out to an early 15-3 lead.  Will Bents and Sebastian Zamorano each won by decision and pins by Brady Moesenthin, Brock Rinehart, Omar Abdelal and Donald Nde finished out the scoring in the victory.

East Ridge took 8 of 14 matches in the 44-33 semifinal loss.  Winning for the Royals were Johnson (decision), West (fall), Moesenthin (fall), Rinehart (fall), Tre Hockenberger (fall) and Nde (fall).

On Friday and Saturday of this week, the individual portion of the Section 3AAA tournament will take place at Bloomington Kennedy HS.  Those finishing in either 1st or 2nd place at their respective weight classes will advance to the State Tournament on March 1-2 at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul.  Action begins at 4pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday.

Team Section tourney this Friday!

By GTR 02/10/2019, 9:00am CST

The Section 3AAA Team Tournament will be held on Friday, February 15th at Eagan HS to determine who represents our section in the MSHSL State Wrestling Team Tournament on Thursday, February 28th at the Xcel Energy Center.

Seedings should be known by Monday to see who the Royals will open with.  Action begins at Eagan HS at 4pm.

Suburban East Conference JV Tourney results

By GTR 02/10/2019, 8:58am CST

Many JV wrestlers reached the podium at the SEC JV tourney held at Cretin Derham-Hall HS on Saturday.

At 100 lbs, Caleb Howe took 2nd; at 113, Blake Tinsley took 6th; at 126, Gavin Wilson took 5th; at 132, Cedric Ramos took 4th and Jack Anderson took 5th; at 145, Sebastian Zamorano took 2nd; at 160, Phil Wiggins took 3rd; at 182, Ahmed Abdelal took home 1st place; at 195, Thomas Moesenthin also took home 1st place; at 195, Michael Edgerton took 3rd; at 220, Ethan Chaney took 2nd and at HWT, Trenton Willner took 4th.

Congrats to all of the JV wrestlers on a great season!

Royals drop dual to Stillwater

By GTR 02/10/2019, 8:45am CST

The Woodbury wrestlers dual with Stillwater, moved to Friday, posed one of the biggest challenges of the season for the Royals.  Stillwater came out on top 43-19, but there were some bright spots during the dual.

Alex Braun got things started with a win in a decision  at 106 and Cade Johnson got a tough 6-2 victory.  Brady Moesenthin and Brock Rinehart both took major decision wins against opponents in the top 12 in the state and Tre Hockenberger won by fall, but it was not enough to get by the 7th ranked Ponies.

On the JV portion of the night, Kaiden Kirby, Jack Anderson and Niles Prestine won their evening's matches.

Freshmen Nick Howe and Ahmed Abdelal competed on Saturday at the 9th Grade and Under State Tournament, with Abdelal finishing 3rd.  Howe won his first match by fall, but lost his 2nd in a tough 3-1 overtime match.  He was unable to get by his next opponent in the consolation round.

Abdelal won his first two matches by pin before losing his semifinal match.  He then fought through a high-scoring 15-12 match to secure 3rd place.  Congrats to both Nick and Ahmed.

The Varsity and JV were at Robbinsdale Armstrong Saturday.  On the JV side, placing in their brackets were Kaiden Kirby (3rd), Ethan Chaney (3rd), Logan Ryan (2nd), Cedric Ramos (2nd), Sebastian Zamorano (2nd) and Ryan Holt (2nd).  Taking home titles in their brackets were Nashawn Hoyer, Thomas Moesenthin, Jack Anderson, Gavin Wilson and Trenton Willner.

The Varsity started their day with a very strong Faribault team.  The Royals kept it tight throughout, but came up short 33-32.  Wining for Woodbury were Cole West (major dec), Will Bents (major dec), Brady Moesenthin (fall), Nick Sieczkowski (dec), Donald Nde (dec) and Mason Barrows (fall).  Congrats to Donald on his 100th win with the Woodbury program!  Donald becomes the 4th wrestler this season, and 14th overall, to hit the 100 win milestone.

Woodbury then faced Maple Grove, and in a dominant performance, won 51-16.  Royals winners:  Alex Braun (fall), West (dec), Bents (fall) and Tre Hockenberger (fall).  Woodbury also took 5 forfeits from the Crimson.

Against a very tough Mahtomedi Zephyr squad (currently 16th in AA), Woodbury again led from start to finish.  Anthony Rizzo, West, Bents, Brock Rinehart, Omar Abdelal and Barrows all won by pin, while Braun (technical fal), Sam Ellis (dec), Nde (dec) and Hockenberger (dec) also picked up wins.

This week, the Royals travel to Stillwater HS on Thursday to face the Ponies and Irondale/Spring Lake Park in a triangular match.  Action begins at 5pm for both JV and Varsity.

On Saturday, the Suburban East JV Conference Individual Tourney will be held at Cretin Derham-Hall HS.  Action starts at 10:00am.

Royals crush both sets of Raiders

By GTR 02/01/2019, 8:00am CST

Woodbury showed no mercy to either team of Raiders, destroying Roseville 70-3 and Cretin Derham-Hall 74-6.  In the other match of the evening, Roseville beat CDH 53-25.

Against Roseville, Woodbury got out to a 46-0 lead before the Raiders were able to put any points on the board.  Winning for Woodbury:  Alex Braun (fall), Antonio Rizzo (dec), Cole West (fall), Brady Moesenthin (fall), Nick Howe (fall), Sam Ellis (fall), Brock Rinehart (fall), Ahmed Abdelal (fall), Donald Nde (dec), Mason Barrows (fall) and Trenton Willner, who picked up his first varsity win with a tough 1-0 decision.

Cretin Derham-Hall chose to forfeit at 8 weights, giving the Royals 48 free points.  Other winners for Woodbury were Cade Johnson (fall), Will Bents (fall), Ellis (fall), Omar Abdelal (major dec) and Nde (major dec).

For the Junior Varsity, Logan Ryan was 1-1, Phil Wiggins 1-1, Omar Abdelal 1-0, Ryan Holt 1-0, Noah Golden 1-0, Caleb Howe 1-0, Dave Hawley 1-0, Nashawn Hoyer 1-0, Thomas Moesenthin 1-0, Ethan Chaney 1-0, Cedric Ramos 1-0 and Gavin Wilson 1-0.

On Saturday, Nick Howe and Ahmed Abdelal will compete at the 9th Grade and Under State Tournament at Champlin Park HS.  Action begins there at 8:30am.

The Varsity and Junior Varsity will compete at the Armstrong Duals at Robbinsdale Armstrong HS with action starting at 9:00am.  Competing teams include Armstrong, Delano, Chaska/Chanhassen, Eastview, Faribault, Goodhue, Mahtomedi, Maple Grove, Mounds View, Rogers, South St Paul and St Michael-Albertville.

Woodbury takes 5th at Kennedy

By GTR 01/29/2019, 8:45am CST

The Royals took 2 of 3 matches at the Bloomington Kennedy Duals on Saturday at took 5th place.  The Royals gave #4A Zumbrota-Mazzeppa a run in their first match, but fell short 38-31.  They then thumped Kennedy 51-24 and Minnetonka 50-23.

In the opener, Woodbury kept it close throughout.  Winning for the Royals were Alex Braun (fall), Cole West (major dec), Cade Johnson (fall), Omar Abdelal (fall) and Mason Barrows (fall).

The Royals next faced section foe Kennedy, and dominated throughout the match, recording 7 wins by fall.  Winners were Braun (fall), Antonio Rizzo (fall), West (fall), Will Bents (fall), Cedric Ramos (fall), Donald Nde (fall), Tre Hockenberger (fall) and Barrows (dec).

In the 5th place match against Minnetonka, wins were secured by Braun (major dec), Rizzo (major dec), Johnson (fall), West (fall), Sebastian Zamorano (fall and 1st varsity win), Brock Rinehart (fall), Nde (fall) and Hockenberger (fall).

JV results will be posted at a later date from Saturday's duals at Kennedy.

This week, the Royals host St Paul Harding, Roseville and Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday for senior and parent's night.  Action begins at 4:30pm at Woodbury HS.

On Saturday, Nick Howe and Ahmed Abdelal will compete at the 9th Grade and Under State Tournament at Champlin Park HS.  Action begins there at 8:30am.

The Varsity and Junior Varsity will compete at the Armstrong Duals at Robbinsdale Armstrong HS with action starting at 9:00am.  Competing teams include Armstrong, Delano, Chaska/Chanhassen, Eastview, Faribault, Goodhue, Mahtomedi, Maple Grove, Mounds View, Rogers, South St Paul and St Michael-Albertville.

The Royals had a number of wrestlers at the 9th Grand and Under Section tournament on Saturday, with 3 earning hardware.

Congrats to Ahmed Abdelal and Nick Howe for placing in the top 2 and moving on to the 9th Grade and Under State Tournament on February 2 at Champlin Park HS.  Congrats as well to Logan Ryan for taking 3rd at sections.

Abdelal (2nd place) will go on to wrestle at 189 lbs, while Howe (champion) will wrestle at 145 lbs.  Congrats to all that competed!

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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