Walter and Braun Recognized as MWCA Ms. and Mr. MN Wrestlers of the Year

The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association annually presents the Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler award to the senior who best exemplifies the highest ideals of high school wrestling in Minnesota. Starting in 2022, the MWCA partnered with MN Women’s Wrestling to also recognize the Ms. Minnesota High School Wrestler award. Judging is based on wrestling performance, citizenship, academics, leadership, and adherence to MSHSL rules.

This year, the committees are proud to recognize Sauk Centre-Melrose’s girls’ state champion, Lanna Walter, and Woodbury’s boys’ state champion, Alex Braun.

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Lanna Walter of Sauk Centre-Melrose

Lanna Walter went 36-0 in the girls’ division on her way to this year’s state title. She also posted a 9-4 mark against boys during the year. Throughout her career, she has posted 108 career wins against girls and boys. The three-time state placewinner boasts an impressive 3.9 GPA. Lanna has also participated in softball, swimming and diving, and FFA while in high school, including being the Dairy Princess in the summer of 2023.

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Alex Braun of Woodbury

Alex Braun captured his second state title this year while going 51-1 on the season and 99-1 over the past two seasons. Alex challenged himself this year by seeking out tournaments/events that had returning state champions to compete against. For his career, the four time state place winner has a career record 256-37. Outside of wrestling, Alex enjoys youth group activities at his church and also supervises the weight room for middle school and high school students each morning at 6:00 am.

The MWCA and MN Women’s Wrestling are honored to have Lanna Walter and Alex Braun representing our organizations.

Mr. Minnesota Wrestler Winners

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