The Mound Westonka White Hawks wrestlers returned to action from Winter Break on Jan. 3, competing at Spectrum High School in a quad with the host Sting, as well as Rockford and St. Croix Lutheran. The White Hawks faced Spectrum in the first match of the evening and, after losing a few matches early, cruised to 47-19 victory.
“The Spectrum squad had some strong, scrappy kids, and we really had to battle,” said co-head coach Todd Munsterteiger.
In the second round, the White Hawks faced Rockford, a team trying resurrect its program. The White Hawks gained many of their team points from forfeits and won handily, 78-0.
“The Rockford coaches are doing a great job trying to build their program back up,” said Munsterteiger. “It will take a while, but they will have bright future ahead of them.”
In the final dual of the evening, the White Hawks squared off against St. Croix Lutheran and dominated with a 62-6 victory.
“It was a great night to get some of our younger and less-experienced guys some varsity matches,” said assistant coach Eric Rodelius.”[Junior] Charlie Nesbitt, [eighth-grader] Sam Dioszeghy and [sophomore] Shaun McNatt all got big pins on varsity, which is huge for their confidence.”
Going 3-0 on the evening were ninth-grader Jacob Maas, juniors Noah Lietzau and Tyler Stevenson, sophomore Lance Munsterteiger and senior Brock Munsterteiger.
On Jan. 5, the White Hawks traveled to Buffalo for the Buffalo Invite and faced much stiffer competition. With a few state-rated teams and several ranked individuals, the White Hawks finished a respectable fifth out of 10 teams and had seven wrestlers reach the podium. Placing for the White Hawks were: Stevenson, sixth place; Maas and Lance Munsterteiger, fifth place; senior Kris Kurtz and junior Ryan Fitz, third place; and champions Lietzau and senior Ben Schmalz. Lietzau won his first tourney of the year, while Schmalz (who is undefeated at 19-0) won his fourth title of the season.
The White Hawks wrestlers will resume action on Thursday, Jan. 10, with a triangular at Dassel-Cokato, taking on the host Chargers and the Annandale-Maple Lake Lightning. Start time is 5 p.m.