The Mound Westonka White Hawks wrestling team had seven wrestlers compete at the MSHSL state wrestling tournament Feb. 28 and 29 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Although no wrestlers placed, the White Hawks competed well.
“I thought we had a good showing at state,” said co-head coach Todd Munsterteiger. “We had some tough draws but battled through it and won some matches.”
Eighth-grader Jack Nelson, junior Lance Munsterteiger and senior Tyler Stevenson all lost their first-round matches and were eliminated. In state competition, first-round losers must have their opponents win the next bout to stay alive in the consolation bracket.
“It’s always disappointing to have the one-and-done scenario,” said co-head coach Josten Coleman. “We are fighting hard as a coaches association to get true double elimination to give kids another shot.”
Senior Noah Lietzau won his first-round match by fall and then was defeated in the quarterfinals. Lietzau lost in the first round of consolation and was eliminated.
Sophomore Jacob Maas and senior Seth Anderson both won first-round matches and lost in the quarterfinals. Both bounced back with victories on Friday evening to stay alive for Saturday’s competition. Maas lost a 3-2 heartbreaker, and Anderson fell 8-3 in a hard-fought match to end his run. “Jacob and Seth both wrestled great tournaments and were right in there with some of the top kids in state,” said assistant coach Eric Rodelius.
The White Hawks will celebrate another successful season with their annual banquet on Tuesday, March 10 at Mound Westonka High School.