Trust The Process – Alan Koehler

By Brian Jerzak

Most repeat state champions start their varsity careers before high school. They don't all make trips to State in those first few years, but most have cracked the varsity lineup and are making noise – at least – in section tournaments. That was not the case for Prior Lake's two-time state champion Alan Koehler. It is not that he didn't have the talent; he didn't have the physical size.

Prior Lake Head Coach Joe Block and his staff struggled with how to handle their talented but undersized athlete.

"We had a few kids before Alan that came up through the middle school program that we thought could help us," Block said. "They were right around the minimum weight limit for 106, and it was hard on them. I think we did more damage to some of those kids than we did good. There is a huge jump between middle school and high school. As coaches, we thought we had something special with Alan. Let's not rush it and give him one more year to grow and get stronger."

Even when he finally met the varsity weight minimum as a freshman, Koehler didn't get the chance to compete for a state championship. He ended the season short of not only a state title but short of the state tournament.

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USA Collects Seven Golds, Three Silvers at Cadet and Junior Pan Am Championships in Mexico

Prior Lake Wrestler Alan Koehler Wins Gold

OAXTEPEC, Mexico – The USA wrapped up day one of competition at the Cadet and Junior Pan American Championships on Thursday in Oaxtepec, Mexico, with 10 medals, including seven gold medals and three silver medals. There were six weights in contested in both Junior Greco-Roman and Cadet men’s freestyle.

The tournament continues Thursday with Junior Greco-Roman, Junior women’s freestyle, Cadet men’s freestyle and Cadet women’s freestyle. Action begins at 9 a.m. CT live on FloWrestling. Check out the detailed schedule for more information. Continue reading at teamusa.org →