One of the goals that myself and Coach Gerten set this year was to work more with the Middle School team. Since, we have a great staff at the High School it allows one or more of us to either go watch/coach the middle school at its meets or myself or Coach Gerten to run a practice one day a week.
On Tuesday, myself and Coach Kukowski got to go to Burnsville and help out the middle school team at its meet against Burnsville and New Prague. I saw a lot of great effort and performances put forth by our middle school wrestlers. There were huge improvements made by the wrestlers from meet one to meet two.
On Saturday the middle school team traveled to Ellsworth, WI for a dual tournament. They won the Dual Tournament with a 3-0 record!! Last year they were 1-2 at the same tournament. I am excited to see how the next wave of wrestlers progresses!!!
Thursday the high school team traveled to Burnsville for SSC triangular against Burnsville and Lakeville North. The first dual of the night was against Lakeville North. We came out on top by a 55-9 score. Five Tiger wrestlers won by fall: Trayton Anderson, Victor Gliva, Hayden Kendall, Taylor Venz and Trevor Frost. Anthony Jacobson won by major decision at 113. In the second dual of the night we wrestled the host school Burnsville. We shut Burnsville out 63-0 in the second dual. The team had 8 falls in the dual.
Saturday, we traveled to The Ron Edwards Duals at Prior Lake, where we wrestled #8AAA Prior Lake, #1AA Simley and #1AAA STMA. We love this tournament because it is a great measuring stick to see where we are at this early in the season. The first round we wrestled Prior Lake. It was a great back and forth dual and it came down to heavyweight. Senior Trevor Frost won by fall to seal the win for us 34-29. Trayton Anderson (106) won by a 17-1 Tech fall, Victor Gliva (120) won by fall, Jamin LeDuc (138) won by a 15-0 Tech fall, Eric Heusbourg (170) won a 8-7 decision, Taylor Venz (195) won by forfeit, Mason Hawkins (220) won a 6-2 decision and Trevor Frost (285) won by fall.
Second round we wrestled Simley. The final score was Tigers 37 Simley 23. It was only the second time in program history we have beaten Simley. 106-Trayton Anderson won by fall, 113-Tony Jacobson won a 8-7 decision, 120-Victor Gliva won by fall, 138-Jamin LeDuc won a 15-2 major decision, 152-Hayden Kendall won a 3-1 decision over #9AA 160 Joe Mathews, 160-Eric Heusbourg won a 5-0 decision, 182-Taylor Venz won by a 22-4 Tech fall, 195-Mason Hawkins won by a 3-1 OT decision and 220-Trevor Frost won by a 12-1 major decision.
In the final round we wrestled STMA. There is a reason they are the #1 ranked team in AAA and are ranked in the nation. They are the real deal!! STMA beat us 47-18. We were able to scratch out 5 wins against them. 106-Trayton Anderson won a 4-2 decision to move his record to 7-0 on the year, 120-Victor Gliva won by a 8-1 decision to move to 8-0, 132-Skyler Raymond won a 3-1 decision, 138-Jamin LeDuc won by fall to move to 6-2, 220 Trevor Frost won a 7-3 decision to move to 7-0.
Our dual record is now 7-1 on the season with 4 wins vs. ranked teams!! Other notable varsity records are Taylor Venz 6-1, Mason Hawkins 7-2, Eric Heusbourg 6-1, Anthony Jacobson and Hayden Kendall are both 5-3.
The Junior Varsity team had a great week also. They beat Lakeville North 36-12 and shut out Burnsville 33-0 on Thursday. Saturday they went 2-1, beating Prior Lake 1st round and Simley 2nd Round before falling to STMA in the final round. Last year, they did not win a dual at the Ron Edwards Duals!! What a huge improvement they have made!!!
Before the first dual on Saturday the PA Announcer said, “This meet has 4 of the top wrestling programs in the State.” One of the varsity wrestlers I was standing by looked at me and said, “How great is that to hear and they actually mean it.” These wrestlers have put a lot of work and to see them getting the recognition they have earned and deserve is very rewarding for our coaching staff! Our program is really taking off at all levels. I appreciate the help and support we get from everyone involved!!
This week at a Glance: Varsity is at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament in Rochester on Friday and Saturday. The JV is at the Anoka Christmas Duals on Saturday. The 9th Grade Team will travel to Apple Valley for a tri on Tuesday.
Here is the detailed schedule for the week: Tiger Wrestling Weekly Schedule Dec. 14th-19th.