By Roger Mischke

MAT RATS PREVIEW (2022-2023)





Head Coach: Nathan Hanson

Big South West Conference: 6-0

Overall: 27-3

The Huskies defeated FULDA/MCC 82-0, Springfield 81-0 and Tray-Milroy/Balaton 63-6 for the Section 8A championship. They defeated Maple River/USC 52-9, WCA 41-27 and Royalton-Upsala 45-23 for the state championship. The Huskies had fourteen section place winners, including eight state medal winners. Back will be ten section place winners, including five state medal winners. This includes ten with twenty-two plus wins. The Huskies if they stay healthy could challenge those outstanding dual meet marks from last season and for a section and possibly another state championship. Their key leaders should include: Caleb Vancura (50-6), Nolan Ambrose (52-0), Logan Butzon (46-9), Thomas Freking (45-11, Matthew Haley (40-12), Dylan Withers (35-18), Cameron Scholten (34-17), Isaac Rodrigues (29-24), Isaiah Rodriquez (26-17) and Lafond Andrews (22-18). 


Nolan Ambrose 11th 52-0 1st Sec./State Champ./AC

Caleb Vancura 12th 50-6 1st Sec./4th State/AC

Logan Buzon 12th 46-9 1st Sec./4th State/AC

Thomas Freking 12th 45-11 1st Sec./4th State/AC

Matthew Haley 12th 40-12 2nd Section/AC

Dylan Withers 12th 35-18 1st Section/AC

Cameron Scholten 12th 34-17 1st Section/AC

Isaac Rodriguez   9th 29-24 1st Sec./6th State

Isaiah Rodriguez 12th 26-17 1st Section/AC

Landon Andrews 12th 22-18 1st Section


Payton Handevidt 51-3 1st Sec./State Champ/AC/208-34 Career

Kie Anderson 46-7 1st Sec./State Champ/AC/100-20 Career

William Freking 43-13 1st Sec./6th State/AC/107-48 Career

Trace Mickelson 17-13 5th Section/57-84 Career

Andrew Boyum 13-6


Head Coach: Karl Campbell

Overall: 32-12

The Panthers won a pair of section duals; Red Rock Central 70-6 and Adrian 47-25. They were defeated by JCC 63-6. They had twelve section place winners, of which were state qualifiers and three medal winners. Back from that team is nine section place winners, three state qualifiers and one medal winner. They will in addition have twelve others back with a great deal of experience. If the Panthers stay healthy and spread out in their weights, they should challenge their dual meet marks from last season and should be in the section finals. This includes seven with twenty-three plus wins. Their key leaders should include: Nick Willhite (35-17), David Schuh (37-14), Travis Willhite (35-17), Alexandria Schuh (31-10), Ethan Martinez (35-15), Ashton Squirese (23-24) and Devi Carter (46-7). 


Devin Carter 11th 46-7 2nd Sec./2nd State

David Schuh   9th 37-14 3rd Section

Nick Willhite 12th 35-18 2nd Section

Travis Willhite 12th 35-17 2nd Section

Ethan Martinez 11th 35-15 3rd Section

Alexander Schuh 11th 31-10 3rd Section

Ashton Squires 11th 23-24 4th Section

Jacob Meyer 11th 13-16

Jonathon Erbes 12th 13-16 5th Section

Nevin Marten   9th 12-12

Damian Alatriste 11th 10-24

Gage Struchen 11th   9-15 5th Section

Troy Gillette 10th   8-4

Michael Timm 11th   8-11

Kelvin Crumrine 11th   8-18

Jeremy Ankrum 11th   7-11

Zach Swanson 11th   4-9

Isiah Wolkse 10th   2-8

Bryce Edwards 12th   2-2

Nolan Verlinde   8th   2-2


Ayden Horner 46-4 2nd Sec./2nd State/238 Career Wins

Caden Johnson 43-4 1st Sec./3rd State/125 Career Wins

Lincoln Carlson 36-16 2nd Section/50 Career Wins

Noah Oritz   2-10


Head Coach: Greg Nelson

Overall: 19-6

The Dragons defeated Wabasso in their section quarter final dual 54-0, they were defeated by TMB 47-25 in the semifinals. The Dragons did earn elven section place winners and they had three state qualifiers. Back from that team are ten section place winners, including a pair of state qualifiers. They will have there others back with experience and eleven with double figure wins. Look for the Dragons to challenge those good dual meet numbers from last season and for possibly a final spot in the Section 3A dual campaign. The Dragons key leaders should include Jaren Winsselman (31-9), Cameron Wieneke (30-12) Quentin Wolf (29-12), Riley Heidebrink (24-13), Roberto Henandez (20-9), Moe Erman (19-13) and Travis Weiss (19-13). 


Jaren Winselman 11th 31-9 2nd Section

Cameron Wieneke 12th 30-12 1st Section

Quentin Wolf 12th 29-12 3rd Section

Riley Heidebrink 11th 24-13 3rd Section

Roberto Henandez 10th 20-9 3rd Section

Moe Erdman 10th 19-13 3rd Section

Travis Weiss   9th 19-13 5th Section

Reese Morrison 11th 17-19 4th Section

Breyer Hieronimus 12th 16-8 4th Section

Bruce Farinella 11th 14-21 5th Section

Jesse Bullerman   9th 10-17

Carlos Castillo 10th   9-10


Isaac Bullerman 15-7 2nd Section/85-60 Career


Head Coach: Brian Bos

Big South West Conference: 4-3

Overall: 12-10

The Arrows were defeated in their quarterfinal section dual by Fulda/Murray County 45-34. The Arrows did earn seven section place winners last year, including two state qualifiers. Back from that team are five section place winners, one state qualifier and six with double figure wins and ten with experience. The Arrows should improve on their dual meet marks from last season. Their key leaders should include: Brayden Burmeister (35-8, Hudson Burnett (33-2) David Budden (32-12), Jackson Melcher (29-17) and Aiden Voss (21-22). 


Brayden Burmeister 11th 35-8 2nd Section/AC

Hudson Burnett 11th 33-2 Injured/AC

Davis Budden 12th 32-12 4th Section/AC

Jackson Melcher 11th 29-17 4th Section

Aiden Voss 12th 21-22 5th Section

Haden Mulvihill   9th15-13

Valintin Barrios   8th   8-15

Gavin Olson 12th 21-22 6th Section

Bode Bruns 11th   6-26

Carlos Saenlouangray 9th   3-4

Jaden Hoss 12th   2-4


JJ Martens 38-4 3rd Section/AC/107-51 Career

Nate Bobendrier 35-14 2nd Section/AC/95-76 Career

Seth Gawerecik   3-6


Head Coach: Nick Henning 


The Raiders defeated Pipestone in their section quarterfinal dual 45-34 and they were defeated in the semifinals by JCC 82-0. They did earn seven section place winners last season, they will have back six section place winners, including nine with double figure wins and five with a great deal of experience. Look for this crew to improve on on their dual meet marks and make a challenge for a top four spot in this dual meet campaign. Their key leaders should include Aiden Lorenzen (24-20), Carter Bendo (20-140, Denver Ash (16-26), Owen Olson (16-22) and Teague Meyer (15-18). 


Aiden Lorenzen 11th 24-20 5th Section

Carter Bendo 12th 20-14 3rd Section

Owen Olsen   9th 16-22 4th Section

Denver Ash 11th 16-26

Teague Meyer   9th 15-18 4th Section

Rylan Klein 12th 15-29

Lucas Kuball   9th 12-20

Quintin Lewis   9th 11-15 4th Section

Carson Klein 10th 10-26 6th Section

Colby Kesteloot   9th   9-14

Noah Mathiowetz   9th   6-15


Christian Kuball 40-11 3rd Section

Ryde Henning 24-19


Head Coach: Brett Bartholomaus

Overall: 12-15

The Falcons were defeated in their first section 3A dual by TMB 70-6, they did have section place winners and one state qualifier last season, they will returning five section place winners including a state qualifier, six with experience and seven with double figure wins. Look for this young team to improve, they should challenge those dual meet numbers from last season. Their key leaders should include: Vander Mathiowetz (37-8), Keaton Skarupa (28-16), Evan Batrtholomaus (26-14), Carter Beranek (22-20), Jacob Amsden (21-23) and Austin Cowan (19-18). 


Vander Mathiowetz 12th 37-8 2nd Section

Keaton Skarupa   12th 28-16 3rd section

Evan Bartholomaus   9th 26-14 3rd Section

Carter Beranek 11th 22-20

Jacob Amsden 12th 21-23 5th Section

Austin Cowan 12th 19-18 6th Section

Bode Determan 12th 11-23

Andrew Pankonin 11th   8-20

Gavin Willardson 11th   7-17

Jonah Skarupa   8th   4-7

Marshal Wilhite   8th   4-7


Zak Zmmerman 31-13 5th Section/69-65 Career

Gavin Hesse 26-17 5th Section/39-29 Career


Head Coach: Todd Bertram

Overall: 8-18

The Tigers defeated St. James in their first section dual 39-33 and then they were defeated by JCC 81-0. They had seven section place winners, including one state qualifier. Back from that team the Tigers had six section place winners, including a state qualifier and three others with experience. They will have seven back with double figure wins, including five with 22 plus wins. Look for the Tigers improve on their dual meet numbers from last and possibly surprise a couple of their foes. The Tigers key leaders should include: Ashtin Johnson (36-9), Wyatt Schmidt (32-15), Mitchell Streich (27-16), Sam Rummel (22-15) and Damian Honeman (23-22). 


Ashtin Johnson 12th 36-9 2nd Section

Wyatt Schmidt 12th 32-15 4th Section

Mitchell Streich 11th 27-16 4th Section

Damian Honeman 12th 23-22 6th Section

Sam Rummel 11th 22-15 4th Section

Gabe Weber 11th 14-21 6th Section

Kody Bast   9th 11-16

Payton Johnson   9th   9-30

Joseph Jensen 12th   5-31


Shane Clemon 31-10 4th Section/80 Career Wins

Alex Moudry   2-13


Head Coach: Cole Cooreman


The Rabbits defeated Luverne in their first section dual 51-24 and then they were defeated by Adrian 54-9. The Rabbits had six section place winners, with five of those returning and six with with double figure wins. Look for the Rabbits to make steady improvement thru out the course of the season. Their key leaders should include; Kaysen Harms (36-9), Chase Irbeck (26-15), Ashton Weidermann (19-19) and Mikale Goblirsch (18-21). 


Kaysen Harms 10th 36-9 5th Section

Chase Irbeck 12th 26-15 3rd Section

Ashton Weideman 12th 19-19 6th Section

Mikale Goblirsch 10th 18-21 5th Section

Ezekiel Olson   9th 15-21 6th Section

Mason Kampsen   9th12-26

Gavin Marotzke   9th   7-19

Arryn Tietz 12th   6-11

Preston Reminger 11th   2-14


Sam Welch19-144th Section


Head Coach: Ethan Hildebrandt 

Big South East Conference: 0-6

Overall: 3-16

The Saints were defeated in their section dual by Springfield 39-33. They had section place winners, including one state qualifier. Those are all returning, the Saints didn’t have anyone graduate. Six of their wrestlers return with double figure wins and eight others with experience. Look for the Saints to improve on those dual meet marks from last season. They key leaders should include: Kollin Anderson (32-18), Levi Miest (22-22), Derek Fast (21-16) and Talan Tande (15-10). 


Kollin Anderson 11th 32-8 2nd Section/AC

Levi Miest 11th 22-22 6th Section

Derek Fast 12th21-16

Talen Tande 10th 15-10 6th Section

Julio Esqueda 11th 13-19 6th Section

Willie Curry 11th 11-9 6th Section

Jesus Leyva     9th   7-19 6th Section

Hayden Davis 11th   6-21

Omar Ambioci-Garril 10th   5-10

Payton Walner   9th   5-14

Gaudier Velasco 11th   4-16


Head Coach: Jordan Kopp

Big South West Conference: 0-6

Overall: 5-14

The Cardinals were defeated in their first section dual by Wabasso 51-24, they had seven section place winners last season, including one state qualifier. Back from last season are four section place winners and one other with experience. Look for this team to make some strides of improvement, if they fill their weight they should improve on those dual meet marks. Their key leaders should include: Jacob Madison (14-21),Lief Ingebretsen (11-24) and Hudson Hough (12-16). 


Jacob Madison 11th 14-21 5th Section

Brody Kopp   8th 13-23

Hudson Hough   8th 12-16 6th Section

Leif Ingebretsen 10th 11-24 6th Section

Tayden Boyenga   9th   8-174th Section


Braydon Ripka 33-13 2nd Section

Noah Mehefaff 21-13 3rd Section

Ayden Bonnett   8-12 5th Section