Lakeville North’s Volk, Hanson want to help grow Panthers’ program

Lakeville, a wrestling hotbed?

Don’t laugh. While it’s true other south metro communities – most notably Apple Valley, Shakopee, and Inver Grove Heights – have received more attention for their success in high school and youth wrestling, Lakeville has had its share of accomplishments as well.

In 2019 alone, the community had two athletes – Willie Bastyr at Lakeville South and Bryce Benhart at Lakeville North – win state high school Class 3A individual championships.

Two more North wrestlers just completed a productive spring and summer at the youth level, with both winning multiple national championships. Jore Volk, a sophomore, took first in freestyle and Greco-Roman at the U.S. Marine Corps Junior and 16U Nationals, the annual youth wrestling extravaganza that takes over the Fargodome in North Dakota in July. Continue reading at www.hometownsource.com

Weighty Decisions

By Brian Jerzak

Lakeville North senior Bryce Benhart didn’t have to wrestle his senior year. A lot of high school athletes that I have talked to in a similar situation decide not to continue to be a multi-sport athlete. They choose to focus on the sport they will be playing in college. What makes Benhart’s story even more interesting is very few high school athletes – while in similar situations – had as much at stake as the Panthers’ senior. Well before the 2018-19 high school wrestling season has started, Benhart knew he had a football scholarship to the University of Nebraska waiting for him.

Despite the obvious chances he was taking, the benefits of continuing with wrestling, the opportunity to become a state champion and a brief conversation with one of Minnesota’s most successful high school wrestlers convinced Benhart to decide to get back on the mat for one more season.

“I started both wrestling and football in third grade,” Benhart said.

Benhart was motivated to be the best football player he could be from an early age.

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