Creating a Hornet's nest at the Class 1A state meet
FRAZEE - The tradition of peaking at the right time continued for the Frazee wrestling team, which is sending seven individual wrestlers along with the team, to the Class 1A state wrestling meet.
It's been an annual right of passage for Frazee wrestlers to send both seniors and underclassman to the state meet and this year was no different.
After avenging a regular-season loss to Badger/Greenbush-Middle River for the Section 8-1A team title Feb. 21, Frazee proceeded to clean up the section individual tournament.
A total of seven Hornets wrestled to their respective individual weight championships during the section meet Friday and Saturday in Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.
Seven made the state, including Trevor Stilke (103), Wade Huckriede (125), Rij Koehnen (130), Mike Lucero (140), Tyler Blauert (160), Cody Nunn (171) and Kody Lafarenier-Sorenson (189).
Of the seven, two were section champions -- Lucero and Nunn -- while Stilke made a dramatic run to state by winning the True Second match by pin over D-G-F's Chad Johnson.
"We knew we were going to wrestle our best in the individual (tournament) even after winning the team title," said Nunn, who is a senior. "It feels good sending seven."
With state bids being snatched up left and right throughout Saturday, it provided motivation down the line, as well.
"Watching everyone else qualify for state, really helps a lot as you get ready for your match," said Blauert, another state-seasoned senior.
Lucero, who is ranked No. 2 in the state at 140, said although the team and state individuals will be busy, it's nothing new for the Hornets.
"You do get really wore down through the tournament, but you really just have to take each match one at a time," Lucero said. "We have wrestled in some big tournaments like the Bismarck (in which he won the 140 title) and the Rumble in the Red.
"So we are used to staying overnight and wrestling a lot of matches."
Each Frazee individual has their goals, but there will be one which all will have in common -- a team championship.
"Winning as a team is way much more fun," Blauert said.
"It's team first because everyone is counting on you and you can also share it as a team," Lucero added.
The Hornets, who are unseeded, will face No. 2 seeded Kenyon-Wanamingo at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
The fact Frazee is unseeded will play a part in motivation, as well.
"As far as we are concerned, we are the underdog," Lucero said. "But we match up well with (K-W). Since it's a morning match, the team who comes out ready to wrestle, will win."
The semifinals will be Friday at noon and the finals Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
The individual portion of the state meet starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Section 8-1A individual tournament at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 27-28.
1. Isaac Novacek (GMRB) Maj. Dec. 17-5
2. Chad Johnson (DGF)
True Second: Trevor Stilke (FRA) Fall Chad Johnson 3:09
3. Trevor Stilke Maj. Dec. 15-1
4. Mason Swegarden (LPA)
5. Nathan Merten (CRX) Dec. 9-2
6. Steven Henderson (FB)
1. Garret Heffner (MW) Fall 1:24
2. Jacob Malone (UNC)
3. Tanner Ellenberg (FRA) Fall 1:17
4. Jayden Harm (DGF)
5. Zane Baranski (CRX) Fall 3:32
6. Jordan Wahl (GMRB)
1. Storm Booe (GMRB) Dec. 8-3
2. Myrel Schermerhorn (FRA)
True Second: Arthur Zavala Dec. Myrel Schermerhorn 20-15
3. Arthur Zavala (DGF) 1:02
4. Wyatt Wixo (LPA)
5. Steve Hukriede (HAW) Default
6. Ben Genereux (CRX)
1. Skyler Price (GMRB) Dec. 8-2
2. Wade Huckriede (FRA)
3. Sam Klingfus (HAW) Dec. 11-4
4. Ben Meech (UNC)
5. Blake Bergeron (CRX) Dec. 7-2
6. Alex Johnson (DGF)
1. Javier Portillo (CRX) Fall 3:34
2. Rij Koehnen (FRA)
3. Zack Askelson (DGF) Maj. Dec. 19-8
4. Thomas Gullikson (GMRB)
5. Cody Ashton (MW) Fall 2:26
6. Brandon Benker (HAW)
1. Mariano Portillo (CRX) Dec. 9-2
2. Taylor Peterson (DGF)
3. Adam LaDue (MW) Dec. 10-5
4. Max Aho (UNC)
5. Tyler Ziegler (FRA) Fall 2:46
6. Tanner Sovde (GMRB)
1. Mike Lucero (FRA0 Dec. 2-1
2. Caleb Lanoue (MW)
3. Anthony Caputo (CRX) Fall 3:40
4. Tomm Ingle (GMRB)
5. Ryan Hamernik (DGF) Maj. Dec. 19-2
6. Jacob Knutson (LPA)
1. Shawn Johnson (DGF) Dec. 6-5
2. Eli Jenson (GMRB)
3. Casey Nunn (FRA) Fall :48
4. Derek Braseth (LPA)
5. August Short (MW) Fall :48
6. Joel Larson (FB)
1. Josh Meech (UNC) Dec. 11-5
2. Kellen McArthur (MW)
3. Te Jay Woichowski (GMRB) Fall 4:48
4. Cody Osland (CRX)
5. Brandon VanWatermulen (FRA) Dec. 2-0
6. Heath Knapper (DGF)
1. William Hunt (MW) Dec. 8-4
2. Tyler Blauert (FRA)
3. Scott Kern (DGF) Dec. 10-8
4. Josh Edlund (CRX)
5. Justin Hauglvedt (MCW)
1. Cody Nunn (FRA) Maj. Dec. 11-0
2. Isaac Edlund (CRX)
True Second: Isaac Edlund Tech. Fall Ben Evans (GMRB) 5:39
3. Ben Evans (GMRB) Maj. Dec. 19-9
4. John Nelson (LPA)
5. Hunter Rosenfeldt (DGF) Fall 1:57
6. Travis Larson (FB)
1. Tayler Yliniemi (DGF) Dec. 8-5
2. Kody Lafarenier-Sorenson (FRA)
3. Brandon Reierson (CRX) Dec. 8-4
4. Timm Ingle (GMRB)
5. Tyler Jonson (RLCC) Fall 4:38
6. Ryan Monson (FB)
1. Cole Christianson (GMRB) Fall 5:14
2. Travis Morvig (FB)
True Second: Brody Davidson Maj. Dec. Travis Morvig 15-4
3. Brody Davidson (CRX) Maj. Dec. 9-0
4. Ron Tollefson (DGF)
5. Preston Zornes (MW) Dec. 13-7
6. Brandon Markwardt (HAW)
1. Logan Rinke (DGF) Maj. Dec. 13-0
2. Zach Nevala (UNC)
3. Alex Yeager (GMRB) Fall 1:36
4. Nicholas Merten (CRX)
5. Jordan McArthur (MW)