“We strive to find excellent students who also happen to be excellent wrestlers,” said Dean Jennissen, MWCA All-State Academic Chairperson. “These young men are truly the ‘best of the best’ and a great example of the caliber of student-athletes we have involved in wrestling state-wide.” The 2010 edition of the MWCA (Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association) All-State Academic Team consists of 28 student-athletes with a combined GPA of 3.72. These wrestlers have amassed over 3,800 career wins with a combined winning percentage of 81%
The 28 honorees will be awarded plaques at the 42nd Annual MWCA Recognition Banquet on Saturday, March 6th at the River Centre Grand Ballroom in St. Paul at 7:15 a.m.
Junior or senior wrestlers are chosen based upon the following criteria:
- Cumulative GPA – 3.95 = 395 points
- State Tournament Participation – 25 points per year
- Overall matches wrestled – wins and losses – 1 point per match
- Winning percentage – 77% = 77 points
- State Tournament Placement – 1st (50 points), 2nd (40), 3rd (35), 4th (25), 5th (20) and 6th (10)
Interesting Facts about the 2010 MWCA All-State Academic Team…
- 5 Individual State Champions made the team
- Foley and Apple Valley each had two winners.
- 8 members are from Class A, 12 from Class AA and 8 from Class AAA
- This year’s team consists of 6 Juniors and 22 Seniors
- 4.0 GPA’s were: Kasson Mantorville’s Garret Garness, Drew Lexvold from Kenyon-Wanamingo, Mora’s Andrew Youngblom and Marshall Ash from the Milaca Wolves.
- Kurt Timmons of KMS, Andrew Youngblom, Mora, Ethan Hildebrandt of St. James and Brandon Seppelt of Foley were members of the 2009 team.
- There were 176 total nominees up from 114 in 2009.
- Thank you to the coaches for nominating these deserving student-athletes and for promoting the great sport of wrestling! Goal for next year: 185 entries!
The 2010 MWCA All-State Academic Team:
|Kurt Timmons – 12||Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (A)|
|Jordan Kingsley – 11||Apple Valley (AAA)|
|Nick Clobes – 12||Hutchinson (AA)|
|Cody Paulsen – 12||Totino-Grace (AA)|
|Christian Skillings – 11||Minneota (A)|
|Travis Borchert – 12||Browerville/Eagle Valley (A)|
|Sam Warne – 12||Perham (AA)|
|Matt Nelson – 11||Big Lake (AA)|
|Garret Garness – 11||Kasson-Mantorville (AA)|
|Drew Lexvold – 12||Kenyon-Wanamingo (A)|
|Ethan Hildebrandt – 12||St. James (A)|
|Ryan Swenson – 11||Dawson-Boyd/Lac Qui Parle Valley (AA)|
|Tony Vaske – 12||River Valley (A)|
|Andrew Youngblom – 12||Mora (AA)|
|Brandon Seppelt – 12||Foley (AA)|
|Dylan Ness – 12||Bloomington-Kennedy (AAA)|
|Destin McCauley – 11||Apple Valley (AAA)|
|Tommy Ruckmar – 12||South St. Paul (AAA)|
|Troy Morisette – 12||Tartan (AAA)|
|John Nething – 12||New London-Spicer (AA)|
|Ben McPhail – 12||Pine Island (A)|
|Justin Bowland – 12||Foley (AA)|
|Dalton Henderson – 12||Owatonna (AAA)|
|John Gusewelle – 12||Sauk Centre (A)|
|Mitch Hrovat – 12||Centennial (AAA)|
|Marshal Ash – 12||Milaca (AA)|
|Mark Wychor – 12||Moorhead (AAA)|
|Sam Pokornowski – 12||Dassel-Cokato (AA)|