Freshman Jack Nelson competed in the Minnesota State High School League State wrestling championships on Saturday, March 26 at St. Michael-Albertville High School. Nelson won all three matches to win the state championship, and became the White Hawks’ first state champion since Jake Saatzer accomplished the feat in 2007. Nelson finished the season undefeated with a 34-0 record and did not give up an offensive point during the campaign.
“Jack had a dominant, unprecedented season,”said head coach Todd Munsterteiger. “He wasn’t really tested until the last couple of weeks of the regular season, but he just kept on winning big matches and raising his level of intensity right through the end.”
Nelson entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and showed it in his quarterfinal match, defeating Chandler Mickelson of Perham with an 18-3 technical fall. In the semifinals, Nelson earned another big win with an 11-2 major decision over Parker Kamm of New Ulm Area. In the finals, Nelson faced Scott West’s Matt Randolph, who had been the top ranked wrestler all season. Nelson was in control throughout the match, scoring a takedown in each period en route to a 6-1 victory and the title.
Nelson’s historic performance also includes the accolade of being the only Mound Westonka freshman to win a state title, and the possibility of being a four-time state champion. “Jack knows what the implications of winning a state championship this early in his career holds,” said assistant coach Eric Rodelius. “He will have a target on his back and will have to work even harder to win a title next year, but I have no doubt that he will rise to the challenge.”
The White Hawks wrestling squad will celebrate all of their accomplishments at their annual banquet on Tuesday, April 6 at Mound Westonka High School. “We had a great group of seniors that led this team to a fun, successful season,” said Munsterteiger.