The Mound Westonka White Hawks wrestling squad opened the season with a runner-up finish at the Fridley Invitational on Dec. 2. Delano won the tournament comfortably, but the White Hawks needed a strong final round to pass Tartan for second place overall. The White Hawks placed 11 of 12 wrestlers and, with six wins in the championship round, secured a second-place finish.
“We have a very balanced lineup this year and it showed, as we placed 11 out of 12 kids and everyone scored points for us,” said head coach Todd Munsterteiger. “I was pleasantly surprised with our finish and how we fared in our first competition.”
Placing for the White Hawks were: sophomore Tyler Stevenson, junior Brock Munsterteiger and junior Kris Kurtz, fifth place; sophomore Artie Witschorik and junior Jack Dioszeghy, fourth place; sophomore Noah Lietzau and junior Ethan Devore, third place; senior Bobby Sweet and sophomore Ryan Fitz, second place; and champion junior Ben Schmalz. Schmalz won his second Fridley Invite in a row and cruised to the championship with a 14-4 victory in the finals. Winning championships on the JV side were juniors Ian Caufield and Ryan Lezer, while senior Kei Okamoto won his first match ever and placed second.
The seventh- through ninth-graders also saw their first action of the season, traveling to Litchfield for a Friday night tournament on Dec. 1. The White Hawks brought a large contingent, with 17 wrestlers competing, and came home with six champions. Seventh-graders Luke Rodelius and Sam Dioszeghy and freshmen Mark Rose, Owen Rostis, Lance Munsterteiger and Patrick Cukla were all undefeated.
“It’s very exciting to have those types of numbers and come home with a bunch of champs,” said assistant coach John Wardlow. “The future of White Hawks wrestling is very bright.”
The White Hawks will have a similar weekend of wrestling coming up, with the varsity squad heading to Brainerd for the Paul Bunyan Invite and the grades 7-9 wrestlers traveling to Dassel-Cokato on Friday, Dec. 8. The remaining JV wrestlers will compete at the Delano Invite on Saturday.