2021-2022 Class AAA Section 7 Preview

FAVORITES: FOREST LAKE RANGERS and the ANOKA TORNADOES

DARK HORSES: BLAINE BENGALS and the ANDOVER HUSKIES

FOREST LAKE RANGERS
Head Coach: Joe Kunshier
Suburban East Conference: 7-1
Overall: 25-7

The Rangers defeated Coon Rapids in their first round section dual 43-21 and they were defeated in a very close one by Anoka for the Section 7AAA championship 31-28. They did graduate three seniors last spring, including two super section champions and a state champion and a runner-up. Despite that loss they should make a very strong challenge for Section 7AAA dual meet honors and Conference honors. They will return ten with a wide range of experience, including ten section place winners, seven super section place winners and a state medal winner. Their key leaders should include; Jacob Aho, Dan Vanacher, Jackson Marr, Parker Lyden and Mark Riendl.

RETURNING WRESTLERS:
Dan Vanacher 12th 32-6 Top 2/3rd/AC
Jackson Marr 10th 27-11 Top 2/5th/AC
Parker Lyden 10th 26-11 Top 4/2nd/AC
Jacob Aho 11th 24-3 Top 2/1st/4th State/AC
Mark Riendl 10th 24-15 Top 4/4th/AC
Peyton Christenson 12th 19-14 Top 5/AC
Jacob Silvera 12th 18-12 Top 4/5th/AC
Jesse Welter 12th 12-13 Top 4
Alex Lofgren 12th 11-3 Top 2/3rd
Grant Marr 9th 10-2 Injured
Colin McGeary 12th 2-9 Top 4

GRADUATES:
Derrick Cardinal 37-1 Top 2/1st/1st State/AC (240-30 Career)
Tyler Raway 33-2 Top 2/1st/2nd State/AC (142-52 Career)
Logan Collins 15-13 Top 4/5th (72-53 Career)
Cole Decker (240-51 Career)

ANOKA TORNADOES
Head Coach: Todd Springer
Northwest Suburban Conference: 13-0
Overall: 25-4

The Tornadoes defeated Forest Lake for the Section 7AAA championship and Willmar in the Super Section 37-24. They were defeated in the state semifinals by Shakopee 34-25. They did graduate four seniors last spring, including a pair of super section placed winners and one state medal winner. They will returning ten with a great deal of varsity experience, including nine with double figure wins. Six section place winners and six super section placers and a pair of state medal winners. Look for the Tornadoes to make a strong challenge to defend their Section 7AAA and Conference honors this season. They could challenge for one of those top four spots in the state dual meet campaign. Their key leaders should include: Brendan Howes, Elijah Paulson, Carter Ban, Noah Torgerson, Jacob Whitaker, Jaden Burandt and Austin West.

RETURNING WRESTLERS:
Elijah Paulson 11th 27-2 Top 2/1st/3rd State/AC
Carter Ban 12th 27-7 Top 4/4th/AC
Brendan Howes 12th 24-1 Top 2/1st/2nd State/AC
Jacob Whitaker 12th 22-8 Top 2/5th/AC
Noah Torgerson 10th 22-11 Top 2/4th/AC
Jaden Burandt 12th 18-12 Top 2/4th/AC
Austin West 9th 18-12 Top 4/AC
Ashton Wollan 12th 16-11 Top 2
Garrett Wiltek 8th 12-17 Top 4
Ian Wittek 10th 1-3 Top 5

GRADUATES:
Tyler Nebelung 29-3 Top 2/2nd/2nd State (85-35 Career)
Brad Howes 27-8 Top 4/4th (100-34 Career)
Caleb Brandenburg (64-61 Career)
Jeff Clough (15-22 Career)

BLAINE BENGALS
Head Coach: Josh Prokosch
Northwest Suburban Conference:
Overall:

The Bengals did graduate two seniors last spring, a pair of section place winners. They will return twelve with a wide range of experience, including ten section place winners and four super section place winners. This includes one state medal winner and five with twenty wins or more. Look for the Bengals to make a challenge for one of those top four spots in the section dual meet campaign and for conference honors. Their key leaders should include: Luke Studer, Bryce Young, Landen Lorch, Cooper Larson, Mekhi Hexum and Jordan Greseth-Clendening.

RETURNING WRESTLERS:
Luke Studer 12th 32-5 Top 2/2nd/4th State
Jordan Greseth-Clendening 12th 27-13 Top 4/4th
Cooper Larson 12th 23-7 Top 4/3rd
Landen Lorch 10th 22-11 Top 5
Bryce Young 11th 21-16 Top 4/5th
Mekhi Hexum 12th 21-13 Top 5
Nathan Delaria 10th 17-12 Top 5
Mitch Babineau 10th 13-17
Shaker Husein 11th 10-15 Top 5
Alex Carik 12th 9-15 Top 5
Thomas Meitz 12th 8-17 Top 5
Lucas Godfrey 10th 4-22

GRADUATES:
Xavier Powers 25-9 Top 4
Jackson Brouillard 11-19 Top 5

CAMBRIDGE-ISANTI BLUEJACKETS
Head Coach: Neil Jennissen
Mississippi 8 Conference: 4-3
Overall: 19-9

The Bluejackets did graduate five seniors last spring, including three super section place winners. That is a pretty big loss, but look for this traditionally rich program will fill with some of their junior varsity wrestlers. They will have back eight with a wide range of experience, including six section place winners and a pair of super section place winners. Look for the Bluejackets to make strides of improvement thru out the season. They should make a challenge for one of the top four spots in the section dual meet campaign. Look for them to challenge those dual meet marks from last season. Their key leaders should included: Leo Edblad, Treytin Byers, Scott Simpson and Maverick Henderson.

RETURNING WRESTLERS:
Leo Edblad 10th 32-3 Top 2/1st
Treytin Byers 11th 29-11 Top 2/3rd
Scott Simpson 12th 14-16 Top 4
Maverick Henderson 10th 12-17 Top 4
Darren Spencer 11th 6-26
Braydon Davis 10th 3-10 Top 4
Kami Senlycki 10th 3-8
Keith Hout 10th 1-2 Top 5

GRADUATES:
Andrew Stickley 29-12 Top 4/4th
Logan Lindquist 22-12 Top 4
Devan Jones 22-1 Top 4
Wyatt Wothe 12-14 Top 4/5th
Brandon Austin 11-24 Top 4

ANDOVER HUSKIES
Head Coach Richard Schlotfeldt
Northwest Suburban Conference: 5-6
Overall: 18-11

The Huskies graduated four seniors last spring including two section place winners. They will be returning twelve with a wide range of experience, including eight section place winners and five super section place winners. They will have nine back with double figure wins. Look for them to challenge those dual meet numbers from last season and possibly for one of those top four spots in the section dual meet campaign. Their key leaders should include: Nate Beberg, Josh Surgenor, Brandon Board, Jackson Armour and Noah Israelson.

RETURNING WRESTLER:
Nate Beberg 12th 32-13 Top 2/3rd/AC
Josh Surgenor 12th 28-5 Top 4/3rd/AC
Brandon Board 10th 28-5 Top 2/4th/AC
Jackson Armour 11th 19-17 Top 4/5th
Noah Israelson 11th 14-13 Top 4/5th
Tyler Bertram 10th 13-10 Top 5
Cole Borg 11th 17-12
Alex Bultman 11th 10-18 Top 5
Rhys Carlson 12th 10-12 Top 5
Chase Peterson 11th 8-17
Brandon Swenson 10th 6-19
Elias Houle 9th 4-2

GRADUATES:
Dominic Hoffman 24-11 Top 5 /AC (31-31 Career)
Brady Strasser 10-27 Top 5 (18-90 Career
Aiden Winter (54-48 Career)
Eric Sheres 19-9 AC

COON RAPIDS CARDINALS
Head Coach: Bob Adams
Northwest Suburban Conference:
Overall:

The Cardinals were defeated in their first section 7AAA dual by Forest Lake 43-21. The Cards graduated six seniors last spring, including five super section place winners and five state place medal winners, including a state champion. That is a huge loss, they will have back six with a wide range of experience, including five section place winners. Their key leaders should include Carter Skradski, Enoch Madimba and Tyler Her.

RETURNING WRESTLERS:
Carter Skradski 10th 16-7 Top 5/AC
Enoch Madimba 11th 12-16 Top 4/4th
Tyler Her 11th 11-12
Octavian Podubnii 12th 7-16 Top 5
Tim Horst 12th 6-10 Top 5
Israel Madimba 10th 5-19
Jacob Benson 10th Injured
Jaden Lilly 9th 14-8
Israel Madimba 9th 5-14
Hunter Allen 11th 7-6

GRADUATES:
Gavin Layton 32-0 Top 2/1st/1st State/AC (117-16 Career)
Demetrius Seals 25-5 Top 2/1st/AC (103-51 Career)
Elijah Madimba 24-8 Top 2/2nd/5th State/AC
Alex Kowalchyk 23-1 Top 2/1st/5th State/AC (130-32 Career)
Dylan Jones 17-6 Top 2/2nd/5th State (96-41 Career)
Riley Hargrave 16-13 Top 5/AC

ELK RIVER ELKS
Head Coach: Bryan Kulm
Northwest Surburban Conference:
Overall:

The Elks did graduate three seniors last spring, they will have back six with varsity experience. If they can fill in with some junior varsity they should make some strides of improvement. Their leaders should include Alex Artmann, Gavin Hilyar, Benson Kozitka and Daunte Sasse-Doering.

RETURNING WRESTLERS:
Alex Artmann 11th 10-5
Gavin Hilyar 12th 10-3
Benson Kozitka 12th 8-6
Daunte Sasse-Doering 10th 7-6
Cade Sabby 12th 1-5
Brayden Hilyar 9th 1-4
Nathan Barrows 9th 1-0

GRADUATES:
Joe Gustafson 7-7
Cody Eggers 3-11
Blake Douglas 3-3

CHAMPLIN PARK REBELS
Head Coach: Bill Maresh
Northwest Suburban Conference:
Overall:

The Rebels did graduate five last spring, they bring back one that wrestled in the section. No further report on this program.

RETURNING WRESTLERS:
Victor Ortiz 10th 4/11

GRADUATES:
DJ Myles 30-10 Top 2/3rd
Gavin Rosstedt 27-10 Top2/4th
Isaiah Wong 10-15 Top 5
Calvin Heitzmn 10-19 Top 5
Matthew Knight 3-25

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