The Mound Westonka White Hawks wrestling squad recently ended their dual meet season, dropping the last four duals. The White Hawks were without four starters and struggled to fill a squad, contributing to the disappointing finish.
“The injury bug really hit us and we’re hoping to get a few of the guys back before the end of the season,” said co-head coach Todd Munsterteiger.
The White Hawks hosted Henry Sibley on Jan. 29 and fell by the score of 50-26. Notching wins for the White Hawks were: eighth-grader Jack Nelson, sophomore Jacob Maas, and seniors Tyler Stevenson, Dylan Albert and Ryan Fitz.
The White Hawks traveled to Park Center High School on Jan. 30 for a quad with the host Pirates, as well as Champlin Park and Totino Grace. The White Hawks dropped the first dual to Champlin Park 39-29, suffered a 58-24 defeat to Park Center in the second round and lost in the finale to Totino Grace 48-20.
“We wrestled pretty well, but the forfeits killed us,” said co-head coach Josten Coleman. “We did very well at the JV level, so it was a good night overall.” Going undefeated for the White Hawks were junior Lance Munsterteiger, Albert and Fitz.
The White Hawks participated in the Orono Invite individual tourney on Feb. 1, placing ninth as a team. Placing for the White Hawks were: Maas, fifth place; Albert and Fitz, fourth place: Stevenson, third place; and Lance Munsterteiger, second place. The White Hawks will host the Leopold Haglund Invite this Friday, Feb. 7. Action begins at 4 p.m.
Munsterteiger and Nelson Place at Ninth Grade State
Seventh-grader Cole Munsterteiger and eighth-grader Jack Nelson both participated in the Minnesota Ninth Grade Wrestling League state championships Feb. 1 at Champlin Park High School. Both wrestlers came home with medals, as Munsterteiger placed eighth and Nelson ended up in sixth.
Munsterteiger earned a 12-0 first-round win, then lost a narrow 1-0 quarter final decision. After a third round 7-1 win, Munsterteiger had two tough 2-1 losses in a row to finish eighth. Nelson followed a similar path with a 16-0 first round technical fall, before losing 6-5 in the quarter finals. Nelson earned 13-2 and 10-5 victories in the wrestle backs and then had to injury default the last match for a sixth place finish.
“Both boys wrestled great tourneys, and it’s the first time in 10 years that we’ve had multiple place winners at state,” said assistant coach John Wardlow.