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Monday, May 14, 2018
Wrestling

WC Wrestling Club Members Compete at State Meet

By Brandon Gruchow - Barrett, MN

Back L to R: Coach Tristan Johnson, Jordan Lohse, Deklin Goeden, Ryan Borris, Hunter Gibson, Carter Gibson, and Coach Scott Johnson 

Front L to R: Grayson Gibson, Hunter Gruchow, Trappier Botz, and Owen Gruchow
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Nine members of the West Central Wrestling Club competed at the Minnesota USA Greco and Freestyle State Tournament on May 12 and 13 in Rochester. Two of the wrestlers, Grayson Gibson and Hunter Gruchow, won state titles at this event.

The West Central Wrestling Club is a club that provides area wrestlers with an opportunity to wrestle in the Greco and Freestyle Disciplines.  It also gave area wrestlers a chance to freshen up their folk style abilities earlier this fall before youth programs started.  The club has been around for 6 seasons now and has been growing year after year.  This is a club for anyone in the area, from any school, and for all ages.  Scott and Tristan Johnson from Alexandria are currently coaching the area wresters and have done a fantastic job making it a fun and educational experience!  There are currently 28 wrestlers from the following area school: Morris, BBE, WCA, Alexandria, Brandon-Evansville, and Chokio-Alberta that take part in the practices on Monday and Thursday evenings.  The program is growing and wrestlers and coaches are hoping to see it continue to grow.

Of the 28 area wrestlers that took part in the West Central Wrestling Club 9 of them wrestled in the state tournaments.  Saturday was all Greco competition and Sunday was Freestyle Competition.  These nine wrestlers wrestled hard all weekend against some of the state’s best wrestlers and combined they brought home 13 top 6 medals!

Coach Scott Johnson had this to say about the tournament, “I’m extremely proud of the dedication and growth these wrestlers have shown this spring.  It paid off this weekend at the state tournament.  A shout out to each of them for qualifying and accepting the challenge of competing against the best Minnesota has to offer in Freestyle and Greco wrestling.” 

Coach Tristan Johnson who is son of Scott had this to say, “Knowing how much work all the guys put in to better themselves and then watching it all pay off at the state tournament is not only rewarding as a coach but exciting for the wrestlers and their parents.  This will give them motivation to continue to work hard and make progress as a wrestler and as an individual.” 

MN USA Kids & Cadets State Freestyle Results for West Central Wrestling Club
Intermediate-77 Grayson Gibson's place is 1st
Intermediate-84 Owen Gruchow's place is 2nd
Novice-117 Hunter Gruchow's place is 2nd
Schoolboy-125 Hunter Gibson DNP
Schoolboy-165 Carter Gibson's place is 4th
Cadet-138 Jordan Lohse DNP
Cadet-182 Deklin Goeden's place is 5th
Junior-120 Ryan Borris's place is 4th
Junior-160 Trappier Botz DNP 

MN USA Kids & Cadets State Greco Results for West Central Wrestling Club
Intermediate-77 Grayson Gibson's place is 3rd
Intermediate-84 Owen Gruchow's place is 5th
Novice-117Hunter Gruchow's place is 1st
Schoolboy-125 Hunter Gibson's place is 5th
Schoolboy-165 Carter Gibson's place is 4th
Cadet-138 Jordan Lohse DNP
Deklin Goeden's place is 5th
Junior-120 Ryan Borris DNP
Junior-160 Trappier Botz's place is 6th

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