The 2017 High School wrestling season is in the books, and the area has two new state champions -- Foley heavyweight Mitch Trigg and Sartell sophomore Cole Fibranz.

Another ten area kids placed in the top six, including former State Champion, Rylee Molitor, and two-time state finalist, Peter Nelson.

 

INDIVIDUALS WRAP UP

 

Class A

 

PIERZ

The Pioneers had two state place winners, including senior Brett Kapsner who made it all the way to the state finals.

 

106 - Brandon Funk (9) - Did Not Place, 0-2
120 - Jake Andres (10) - Did Not Place, 0-1
132 - Brandon Ortman (12) - Finished 6th, 2-3
138 - Reese Kapsner (10) - Did Not Place, 0-2
145 - Andrew Tomala (12) - Did Not Place, 0-2
152 - Jalen Jansen (11) - Did Not Place, 0-2
182 - Brett Kapsner (12) - State Runner-up, 3-1
195 - Matt Kummet (12) - Did Not Place, 2-2
220 - Carson Huls (10) - Did Not Place, 0-1

 

ROYALTON

All of Royalton’s entrants won at least two matches at the state tournament, and Jason Kasella wound up placing 3rd. His only loss was in the 2nd round to the eventual state champion, Christopher Bain.

 

132 - Jackson Held (10) - Did Not Place, 2-2
138 - Michael Petron (12) - Did Not Place, 2-2
195 - Jason Kasella (11) - Placed 3rd, 5-1

 

 

Class AA

 

FOLEY

Foley had three state place winners this year, including a state champion -- Junior Mitch Trigg.

 

106 - Nathan Garceau (11) - Placed 6th, 2-3
113 - Dylan Young (12) - Did Not Place, 0-1
152 - Noah Lebfevre (12) - Did Not Place, 0-1
195 - Saylor Schmit (11) - State Runner- Up, 3-1
HWT - Mitch Trigg (11) - State Champion, 4-0

 

 

 ST. CLOUD APOLLO

Senior Peter Nelson finished his high school career with another state finals match. He wrestled tough, but fell by a 2-1 score.

 

145 - Peter Nelson (12) - State Runner-up, 3-1
152 - Alex Pachan (12) - Did Not Place, 0-1

 

 

BECKER

Jaylin won his first match by a score of 3-2. He lost his next two matches, however, which ended his state tournament.

182 - Jaylin Hildebrandt (12) - Did Not Place, 1-2

 

 

Class AAA

 

ST. CLOUD TECH

Success was had by all three Tech wrestlers, but the tournament came to an unfortunate end for one. Senior Tyler Hugg was slammed in the semi-finals; a victory on paper after his opponent was disqualified for the illegal move. However, Tyler was not medically cleared for the finals, resulting in him having the forfeit.

 

152 - Austin Brenner (11)- Placed 3rd, 4-1
195 - Tyler Hugg (12)- State Runner- up, 3-1
HWT - Micah Mangel (12)- Did Not Place, 1-2

 

Sauk Rapids-Rice’s Jared Spohn celebrates his Round 1 victory. (PHOTO: Brad Rajkowski)

 

SAUK RAPIDS-RICE

The first round of state was a good one for the storm, as all 3 wrestlers won their matches. However, shortly thereafter they would find out that senior Tony Bemboom suffered a concussion and would not be able to continue. Rajkowski and Spohn would venture on in the tournament, but both would fall just short of the podium.

 

106 - Jared Spohn (9) - Did Not Place, 2-2
138 - Hunter Rajkowski (12) - Did Not Place, 2-2
145 - Tony Bemboom (12) - Did Not Place, 1-2

 

SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN

Sophomore Cole Fibranz won a state title, and two more Sabres podiumed, making the 2017 state tournament a successful one for Sartell.

 

106 - Patrick Hesse (11) - Did Not Place, 1-2
113 - Jackson Penk (10) - Placed 3rd, 3-1
126- Rylee Molitor (12) - Place 4th, 3-2
182 - Tyler Snoberger (12) - Did Not Place, 0-1
220 - Cole Fibranz (10) - State Champion, 4-0

 

Pierz’s Matt Kummet and Royalton’s Jason Kasella hug after their match at state. Kasella beat Kummet 3-1 . (PHOTO: Brad Rajkowski)