The Mound Westonka White Hawks wrestling squad wrapped up the dual meet portion of the regular season with seven duals in two days. On Feb. 1, the White Hawks hosted a five-team meet and came out with three wins over Robbinsdale Cooper, St. Agnes and Minneapolis North. The White Hawks’ only blemish was a loss to a tough Big Lake team, but overall they were happy with their performance.
“We wrestled pretty well and were able to mix a lot of kids into the lineup over the evening,” said head coach Todd Munsterteiger. “Along with having the middle school and youth teams compete, it was a lot of wrestling and a fun home event.”
Among those who see limited action on varsity but picked up wins were ninth-graders Owen Rostis, Michael Nolen and Lance Munsterteiger. Junior Ethan Devore also reached a milestone as part of the accomplishments, earning his 50th career pin. “Ethan is wrestling well right now and really coming on as we head towards sections,” said assistant coach Eric Rodelius.
The White Hawks traveled to Champlin Park on Feb. 2 to participate in a quad with the host Rebels, as well as Minnetonka and Blaine. The White Hawks notched another victory with an impressive 59-12 win over Champlin Park but dropped the other two duals to end up 13-17 overall on the season.
“We wrestled a lot of tough teams in the conference and section this season, and even had our JV wrestle a couple of varsity duals, so I’m pretty happy with that mark and the improvements we’ve made over the season,” added Munsterteiger.
Munsterteiger Competes in Ninth Grade League State Tourney
Ninth-grader Lance Munsterteiger competed in the Ninth Grade League State Tournament on Feb. 3 in Champlin Park. He won his first-round match with a 6-1 victory over Isaiah Brown of Rogers but fell to eventual runner-up A.J. Aitkin of Maple Grove in the quarterfinals. In the first round of consolation, he was defeated by eventual fifth-place finisher Reed Parrish of Forest Lake and was eliminated from the tournament.
“Lance wrestled well and was right in there with the top kids in the state,” said freshman coach John Wardlow.
The White Hawks wrestlers will conclude the regular season by hosting the Leopold Haglund Invitational individual tournament on Friday, Feb. 9. First-round action begins at 5 p.m.