2016 MWCA All-State Academic Wrestling Team Named

The 2016 edition of the MWCA All-State Academic Wrestling Team is a Senior-dominated group that truly represents what is good and right about today’s teens. “The focus of this award is to reward some special young men; student-athletes that have shown prowess on the mat, but more importantly, in the classroom. These guys certainly represent that ideal very well!” commented Dean Jennissen, MWCA All-State Academic Chairperson.

The 27 member team consists of 23 seniors and 4 juniors. Three student-athletes carry a perfect 4.0 GPA: Anthony Hennen of Norwood Young America, Grant Jepson of Frazee and Dietrich Balsbaugh of the Trinity School at River Ridge. Overall this elite squad carried a 3.75 combined GPA which is the 2nd highest average in the past 10 years. These guys are getting it done in the classroom!

On the mat, this team has amassed 12 state championships and 4,095 wins with a winning percentage of 81%! Leading the way were two outstanding seniors in five-time State Champion Mark Hall of Apple Valley and a two-time State Champ in STMA’s Mitchell McKee. Both amassed over 1,400 points from the following criteria:

  1. Cumulative GPA – example: 3.95 x 2 = 790 points
  2. Overall matches wrestled – wins and losses – 1 point per match
  3. Winning percentage – 77% = 77 points
  4. State Tournament Participation – 25 points per year
  5. State Tournament Placement – 1st (50 points), 2nd (40), 3rd (35), 4th (25), 5th (20) and 6th (10)

Other State Champions selected to the team were: Ethan Cota of Kenyon-Wanamingo, Tucker Sjomeling of Delano, Skylar Hieronimus of Adrian, Wade Sullivan of Lakeville North and Taylor Venz of Farmington.

Class A led the way with 11 honorees, AAA 10 and AA with 6. Kenyon-Wanamingo, Delano, STMA, Farmington and Frazee each had two wrestlers selected to the team. Repeat members on this team are Skylar Hieronimus of Adrian, Colten Carlson of Willmar, Mark Hall of Apple Valley and James Huwe of Detroit Lakes.

“These young men are truly the ‘cream of the crop’ and a great example of the caliber of student-athletes we have involved in wrestling state-wide. I want to especially thank our dedicated coaches for nominating their wrestlers each year,” said Jennissen.

The 27 honorees will be awarded plaques at the River Centre in St. Paul during the State Tournament.

2016 Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association (MWCA) All-State Academic Team
Wt. Wrestler Grade School Class
106 John Altendorf 11 Goodhue A
113 Victor Gliva 12 Farmington AAA
113 Ethan Cota 12 Kenyon-Wanamingo A
120 Willard Meine 12 Fertile-Beltrami A
120 Anthony Hennen 12 Norwood Young America A
126 Tucker Sjomeling 11 Delano AA
126 Skylar Hieronimus 12 Adrian A
132 Thomas Stageberg 12 New London-Spicer A
132 Jack Bourgeois 12 Monticello AA
138 Mitchell McKee 12 STMA AAA
138 Grant Jepson 12 Frazee A
145 Jackson Sweeney 12 Watertown-Mayer AA
145 Wade Sullivan 11 Lakeville North AAA
152 Dietrich Balsbaugh 12 Trinity School at River Ridge A
152 Jake Allar 11 STMA AAA
160 Colten Carlson 12 Willmar AAA
160 Brenden Olevson 12 Chaska/Chanhassen AAA
170 Mark Hall 12 Apple Valley AAA
170 Ted Androli 12 Kenyon-Wanamingo A
182 Taylor Venz 12 Farmington AAA
182 Alex Bertram 12 Byron A
195 Brandon Moen 11 Owatonna AAA
195 Adam Treptau 12 Buffalo AAA
220 Kevin Kneisl 12 Delano AA
220 Jonah Lange 12 Frazee A
Hwt James Huwe 12 Detroit Lakes AA
Hwt Logan Swanson 12 Mankato East AA
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