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Forest Lake 3rd Annual Triple Crown Winners

Congratulations to the following wrestlers who placed first in the Forest Lake Folkstyle, Greco-Roman and Freestyle tournaments in 2010!  Each of these individuals will be receiving a Ranger Triple Crown t-shirt:

  • Owen Bouthilet, Stillwater – Pee Wee
  • Michael Loger, Anoka – Pee Wee
  • Reid Ballentyne, Stillwater – Bantam
  • Ryan Sokol, Simley – Bantam
  • Nick Dunagan, Iron Mustangs – Intermediate
  • Colby Njos, Anoka – Intermediate
  • Nicky Pierce, Forest Lake – Intermediate
  • Tanner Wiese, Forest Lake – Intermediate
  • Jake Allar, Benilde/St. Margaret – Novice
  • Jared Florell, Forest Lake – Novice

Seven inducted into the Bartelma Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame

Seven new members were inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association (MWCA) Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame on April 24th, 2010 at the Willmar Holiday Inn in Willmar, Minn.

The new inductees honored were: Jim Anderson, Dale Benjamin, Tom Beyer, Stan Christ, Brandon Paulson, Ken Vogt, and Vik Wilson. Many Hall of Fame members were in attendance. Continue reading

28th NSPSL Wrestling Championships

The North Suburban Parochial School League concluded the 2010 wrestling season with their 28th annual championships on Saturday, March 27th at Totino-Grace High School. Twelve schools participated in the dual meet season and the individual tournament, involving upper elementary through 8th grade boys. Epiphany of Coon Rapids won the team title, ahead of runner-up Meadow Creek Christian School (Andover), St. Vincent de Paul (Osseo) and St. Stephen’s (Anoka). This was the 12th time Epiphany has taken home the league championship trophy, as Meadow Creek’s string of three straight titles came to an end.

Epiphany won with a balanced effort in placing wrestlers among the top six at 11 of 12 weight classes, with four championship finalists, including three individual gold-medalists. Epiphany eighth grader Corey Vaillancourt was awarded “Outstanding Wrestler” honors after earning his 5th consecutive NSPSL title at 103 pounds to join an elite group in league history. Three more outstanding eighth graders also finished successful parochial careers by capturing titles, while earning special note in the NSPSL record book. Meadow Creek’s James Pinewski (95 lbs), Epiphany’s Justin Robillard (125) and St. Odilia’s Walker Thiele (140) all won their third titles in 2010. Other wrestlers repeating to become 2x champs include sixth grader Esteban Teigen (70 lbs) and seventh grader Billy Hentges (80) both from Meadow Creek and St. Vincent’s seventh grader Christian Smith (112).

The league’s dual meet championship was determined on Tuesday, March 16th at Meadow Creek Christian High School Gym, with the RSC “cooperative” (St. Alphonsus/Sacred Heart/St. Raphael’s) winning the program’s first title ever, following a dramatic victory over Epiphany in the finals.  St. Alphonsus, Sacred Heart and St. Raphael’s are located in Brooklyn Center, Robbinsdale and Crystal respectively.

2010 North Suburban Parochial School League Wrestling Results

Schools – Season Records
1. St. Alphonsus/St. Raphael’s/Sacred Heart “RSC”  (7-0)
2. Epiphany (5-2)*
3. Meadow Creek Christian (5-2)
4. Benilde-St.Margaret’s (4-3)*
5. St. Vincent de Paul (4-3)
6. St. Stephen’s (2-5)
7. St.Odilia/Jn/Holy Spirit (1-6)
8. Trinity at RiverRidge (0-7)
*head to head tie-breakers determined higher placing teams.

St. Alphonsus/St. Raphael's/Sacred Heart "RSC"
NSPSL dual meet champions – “RSC” cooperative (Sacred Heart/St. Alphonsus/Sacred Heart).

NSPSL ‘Final Four”Duals
Championship: RSC (36)  Epiphany (24)
3rd Place: Benilde-St. Margaret’s (33)  Meadow Creek Christian (33).
Dual Meet Tournament:  3/16 at MCC High School Gym.

Schools (Pts)
1. Epiphany, Coon Rapids (149)
2. MeadowCreek Christian, Andover (143)
3. St. Vincent de Paul, Osseo (133)
4. St. Stephen’s, Anoka (117.5)
5. Benilde-St. Margaret’s, St. Louis Park (91)
6. Trinity at RiverRidge, Egan (84.5)
7. St. Raphael’s, Crystal (76)
8. St. Odilia, Shoreview (58)
9. Sacred Heart , Robbinsdale (55)
10. St. Alphonsus, Brooklyn Center (30)
11. Holy Spirit, St. Paul (0)
12. St. John the Baptist, New Brighten (0)

Epiphany Team
Epiphany’s 2010 NSPSL Championship team members

Tournaments at MCCS and TGHS (3/16 and 3/27)
League Director:  Dan Vandermyde
Tourn. Coordinators:  Kim Brown and Doug Svihel.

65 LBS
1. Henry Exner (St. Stephen’s)
2. Jake Svihel (Epiphany)
3. Dominic Cummings (Sacred Heart)
4. Andy Hanson (Benilde-StMrgt’s)
5. Luke Chiaka (Meadow Creek)
6. Jackson Gray (Trinity@RvrRdg)
70 LBS
1. Esteban Teigen (Meadow Creek)
2. Daniel Claussen (St. Alphonsus)
3. Michael Kellett (St. Raphael’s)
4. Jack Vettel (St. Vincent dP)
5. Michael Menth (Epiphany)
6. Dominic Bulger (Trinity@RvrRdg)
75 LBS
1. Kaden Spindler (St. Stephen’s)
2. Luke Nolden (Meadow Creek)
3. Kiernan Lundgren (St. Vincent dP)
4. Luke Cantu (Meadow Crk)*
5. Max Cummings (Sacred Heart)
6. Timothy Janisch (Epiphany)
80 LBS
1. Billy Hentges (Meadow Creek)
2. Henry Leighton (Trinity@RvrRdg)
3. Alex Robillard (Epiphany)
4. Alex Kocon (St. Stephen’s)
5. Tucker Mortier (Meadow Crk)*
6. Tanner Freeburg (Meadow Crk)*
85 LBS
1. Adam Vettel (St. Vincent dP)
2. Zach Fritz (Meadow Creek)
3. Ryan Bhagroo (St. Stephen’s)
4. John Lewis (Epiphany)
5. Griffin Ewing (Benilde-StMrgt’s)
6. Tanner Mortier (Meadow Crk)*
90 LBS
1. Carter Walch (Epiphany)
2. Jake Koene (Benilde-StMrgt’s)
3. Patrick Larson (St. Raphael’s)
4. Ryan Kusch (St. Vincent dP)
5. Grant Colestock (Meadow Creek)
6. Caleb Jungling (St. Stephen’s)
95 LBS
1. James Pinewski (Meadow Creek)
2. Jake Aller (Benilde-StMrgt’s)
3. Kevin Bucher (St. Odilia)
4. Bryant Ridgeway (Trinity@RvrRdg)
5. Giovanni Jessee (St. Alphonsus)
6. Spencer Howe (St. Stephen’s)
103 LBS
1. Corey Vaillancourt (Epiphany)
2. Pierce Rothenbacher (St. Odilia)
3. Adam Ries (Meadow Creek)
4. Matt Wolfbauer (Benilde-StMrgt’s)
5. Nick Battaglia (St. Stephen’s)
6. Brandon Lundeen (St. Raphael’s)
112 LBS
1. Christian Smith (St. Vincent dP)
2. Dietrich Balsbaugh (Trinity@RvrRdg)
3. Jake Sansovich (St. Stephen’s)
4. Nathan Cummings (Sacred Heart)
5. Tyler Sunell (Epiphany)
6. Liam Schmelzle (Benilde-StMrgt’s)
125 LBS
1. Justin Robillard (Epiphany)
2. Sam Swanson (Trinity@RvrRdg)
3. Riley Johnson (St. Raphael’s)
4. Greg White (St. Vincent dP)
5. Jake Hilton (St. Stephen’s)
6. Tucker Manske (Meadow Creek)
140 LBS
1. Walker Thiele (St. Odilia)
2. Maverick Cain (Sacred Heart)
3. Jared Anderson (St. Vincent dP)
4. Peter Crema (St. Stephen’s)
5. Tyler Janisch (Epiphany)
6. Zach Conati (Benilde-StMrgt’s)
1. John Pugh (St. Raphael’s)
2. Aaron Kusch (St. Vincent dP)
3. Kiefer Floreal (Benilde-StMgrt’s)
4. Alex Lundeen (St. Rphl’s)*
5. Alex Hanson (BSM)*
6. Mike Green (Epiphany)

* Wild Card Entries.

NSPSL “Most Outstanding Wrestler” 2010: *Corey Vaillancourt (Epiphany/class of 2010), 103 lbs.  5x League Champion!

Elk River Old Timer’s Wrestling Tournament

On March 20th, the Elk River Wrestling Program hosted the 7th Annual Elk River Old Timer’s Wrestling Tournament and the 3rd Annual Elk River Old Timer’s Wrestling Team Duals at the Elk River High School. This year we had 142 wrestlers compete in  the individual tourney and 11 teams of 6 in our team tourney. Just like last year, wrestlers came from all over Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa to compete.

Team Dual Results:

Team Champions:  Wolf Pac – Rob Olson, Nueshe, Justin Jones, Justin Dedrum, Brad Padgett, and Nicolas Wilkes

Team Runner up:  Matt Burn – Bobby Petersen, Kyle Baker, Adam Petersen, Jacob Bonsack, Noel Meyer, Michael Linder

In the individual tournament, wrestlers were placed into groups of three or four and  wrestled a round robin bracket. Wrestlers competed in (3) one-minute periods with one-minute breaks between periods.

Individual Champions:
(Name, Hometown)

  • Vinnie Pokornaoski, Dassel Cokato
  • Matt Spoden, Brainerd
  • Troy Biermaier, Little Falls
  • Jamie Mueller, Elk River
  • Michael Mohler, Blaine
  • Reen Masheen, Cokato
  • Eric Pokornowski, Pequot Lakes
  • Jeff Stang, Sartell
  • Donavan Steele, Winthrop
  • Ricardo Anaya, Minneapolis
  • Troy Salmen, Osage
  • Warren Gall, Pierz
  • Josh Witt, Shakopee
  • Ross Lundquist, Blaine
  • Peter Mursu, New York Mills
  • Jacob Egan, Champlin
  • Paul Plombou, Sartell
  • Davin Cunningham, Elk River
  • Andy Binsfeld, Paynesville
  • Kyle Bednar, Pierz
  • Jay Longhenry, New Ulm
  • Nate Dahl, Hammond, WI
  • Cabe Miller, Chaska
  • David Elson, Saint Paul
  • Rich Rasmussen, Rockford
  • Pete Haag, Zimmerman
  • Julius Stone, Clarrisa
  • Alan Erickson, Elk River
  • Jason Janssen, Waite Park
  • Andy Lancaster, Clarissa
  • Charlie Wilczetz, Freedom
  • Ashkatm Morvar, Richfield
  • Jason Sampson, Bemidji
  • Karl Knothe, Stillwater
  • Jeff Varner, Fridley
  • Nicholas Moody, Blaine

Thanks to following people and organizations for donating their time to help: Every part of Elk River Wrestling, and Skyline Officials.  It takes great effort to put on a tournament of this size and the Elk River Youth Program sincerely appreciates all of the support from the competitors, High school, Middle school and youth wrestlers and parents as well as the coaching staff at all levels of ER wrestling. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!!!!!

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