Varsity Wrestling · White Hawks Wrestlers Place Fourth at Hibbing Duals

Ben Schmalz
Junior Ben Schmalz earned his 100th career victory with a pin at Chaska/Chanhassen.

The Mound Westonka White Hawks wrestling team went 4-3 over the week, picking up a win in a non-conference dual and going 3-3 at the Hibbing Duals for a fourth-place finish.

On Jan. 4, the White Hawks traveled to Chaska High School to take on the Chaska/Chanhassen Storm Hawks. The White Hawks defeated the combined squad of Chaska/Chanhassen by a score of 46-30. Claiming victories for the White Hawks were sophomores Josh Hadden, Tyler Stevenson, Noah Lietzau and Seth Anderson and juniors Ethan Devore, Shane Stevenson, Brock Munsterteiger, Ben Schmalz and Kris Kurtz.

“It was nice to get a big win heading into the weekend tournament and seeing what kind of a dual meet team we have,” said head coach Todd Munsterteiger.

The White Hawks then headed north to the Hibbing Duals, which were held Jan. 5 and 6. On Friday, the White Hawks defeated Nashwauk Keewatin-Greenway 64-10 before falling to host Hibbing 43-23. In the final dual of the evening, the White Hawks won a barn-burner over Virginia 38-37. The White Hawks needed a pin at 182 pounds to secure the victory, and Kurtz came through with a first-period fall.

“We didn’t wrestle our best in that dual, but we got some big efforts and were able to overcome,” said Munsterteiger. “That’s what team wrestling is all about.”

On Saturday, the White Hawks lost to eventual champion Coon Rapids 50-16 in the first round and then were defeated by Princeton 40-28. In the final round, the White Hawks took on a familiar foe in Chisago Lakes, who they had not much success against in the past.

“We always have close duals with Chisago Lakes but can never quite beat them,” said Munsterteiger. The White Hawks rose to the challenge this time, defeating Chisago Lakes 54-24 for a fourth-place finish.

“We had a good weekend overall and are getting better in every dual,” said assistant coach Eric Rodelius.

The JV squad also finished fourth in the JV individual tournament, and freshman Lance Munsterteiger was the 152-pound champion.

Schmalz was undefeated over the weekend, going 6-0, and was named to the all-tournament team. Schmalz also earned special recognition in the Chaska/Chanhassen dual, earning his 100th career victory. Schmalz became the 25th Mound Westonka wrestler to reach the milestone, which includes his three older brothers.

“Ben is having an outstanding season and is a key leader on the team,” said assistant coach Josten Coleman.

The White Hawks will continue action on Thursday, Jan. 11, as they will split squads and head to St. Michael-Albertville and St. Croix Lutheran high schools. Action for both meets begins at 6 p.m.