The Mound Westonka White Hawks wrestling team will look to build on last year’s success and reach its team goals. The White Hawks had a solid showing last season, with a 17-12 overall record, and earned a runner-up finish Section 6AAA. Individually, the White Hawks sent five wrestlers to state.
“We had some great accomplishments last season, and we are hoping to build on the team aspect this season,” said head coach Todd Munsterteiger. “We need to fill some holes and have some kids step up, and we can have the success we are capable of.”
The White Hawks are led by senior Bobby Sweet, a state entrant last year, and juniors Ethan Devore, Ben Schmalz and Kris Kurtz, who also punched tickets to the state tournament. Brock Munsterteiger and Shane Stevenson, who are both section place winners, as well Ian Caufield, Ben Bernal, Jack Dioszeghy and Ryan Lezer fill out a strong junior class.
Sophomores Noah Lietzau, Tyler Stevenson, Seth Anderson and Ryan Fitz all had successful seasons at the varsity level last year and are joined by Artie Witschorik, Josh Hadden and Richie Angrimson as sophomores looking to fill in. Freshmen Owen Rostis, Devon Wilson-Noethe, Michael Nolen and Lance Munsterteiger, as well as eighth-grader Jacob Maas, all look to step in at the varsity level as well.
“We have the most balanced squad we’ve had in awhile, and I really like how hard this group of kids works,” said assistant coach Eric Rodelius. “I am excited to see them come together as a team.”
The White Hawks will have a greater challenge meeting their goals this year, as they were moved to Section 5AAA due to section realignment. With the likes of state power St. Michal-Albertville, as well solid programs in Wayzata, Maple Grove, Buffalo and Rogers, it will be a definite step-up from their previous section.
“We already compete in one of the toughest conferences in the state, so we are embracing the challenge of a tough section as well,” said Munsterteiger. “You have to wrestle the best to beat the best, and we are up to that challenge.”
The White Hawks will open up the season on Saturday, Dec. 2, when they travel to the Fridley Invitational. First round action begins at 9 a.m.