Monday, June 17, 2019
The Kasson-Mantorville wrestling team stands with their second place trophy from the Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna, Wisc. last weekend. The Cheesehead is one of the top wrestling tournaments in the area with teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois contributing to the field.

KoMets finish second at Cheesehead

K-M places eight for highest team finish at event

Last weekend was anothebig test for the Kasson- Mantorville wrestling team as it headed to Kaukauna, Wisc. To take part in the Cheesehead Invitational. Juslike the Minnesota Christmas Tournament, the Cheesehead not only featured some of the top competition from the state of Wisconsin, but also featured teams from Minnesota and Illinois.

A field like that cabe difficult for anyone to navigate, but the KoMets were able to put together a strong performance anyway. K-M would have eight wrestlers place in the tournament and after flirting with the top spot for a majority of the two days, they would wind up finishing behind national powerhouse Mt. Carmel (Ill.) for a second place team finish.

I think we wrestled real well [this weekend], K-M wrestling coach Jamie Heidt said. “Thats an incredibltough tournament and guys competed hard. We prepared well, scored a lot of points and it was the most points we’ve ever put up at that tournament. There are some things we need to work on, but for where we are at this season, Im feeling pretty positive.”

Its not surprising that the KoMets were led b170-pounder Patrick Kennedy in this tournament as he ran his record to a perfect 21-by dominating his bracket in Kaukauna. The standout junior was untouchablduring his tournament ruearning pins in three of his six matches and three technical falls including a 17-2 technical fall in the championship over Nequa Valleys (Ill.) Jacob Boumans.

When youre wrestling in every position and youre wrestling hard, these types of things will happen, Heidt said of Kennedy. Hes had back-to-back dominating performances here and athe Minnesota ChristmaTournament and for a guat his level, consistency is huge. I know his expectation is that when he steps on the mat, he expects to dominate. When you think that way every single match, this is the performance that you get.

Another KoMet who had a standout performance was 220-pounder Garsen Schorr. The senior is in the middle of a breakout season as he improved to 16-3 on the year including goin3-0 in his pool on Friday evening. Schorr woulcontinue that momentuby picking up falls ovePewaukees (Wisc.) Josh Keskinen and Freedoms (Wisc.) Grant Williamson.

Schorrs run would fall short of the title by falling in a 3-2 decision to Josh Anderson of Edwardsville in the championship but Schorr is quickly making a name for himself in his senior season. Garsen has been refininhis wrestling and for him its been about refining his wrestling and getting into his leg attacks, Heidt said. Hes gotten better in the toposition and been able to turn guys and he got some big falls that helped us get points ithe tournament. Those are bibonus points whether youre in a dual or a tournament and not only is he winning matches, but hes scoring bonus points and thats a big difference maker. That sort of thing makes me feel very positive about the next five weeks with him.

The KoMets would have an overall tremendous weekend in Kaukauna with several other wrestlers enjoying career-best finishes at the event. Logan Vaughan finished third in the 113 pound bracket while BennetBerge (160 pounds) and Dalton Andrist (182 pounds) would each finish fourth in their respective brackets.

Also placing for thKoMets was 195-pounder Grant Parrish (5th place) and heavyweight Anthony Moe- Tucker (8th place).

With the Cheesehead Invitational in the rear view mirror, the KoMets wilnow shift gears into their dual season. While they’ve already several duals in HVL competition to begin the year, this is usually the time oyear where the team hits their stride and comes together which helps them when its time to defend their three straight state titles.

We set it up this way and turn over this week as more of a change, Heidt said of the schedule. Change is gooand we’ve wrestled in somtough individual tournament and made some progreshere and that will help us down the stretch here. Now we get into a more controlled environment and you get little more energy behind you. Its a fun environment and a good change and I know that our coaches and athletes are excited for it.

K-M will begin its dual stretch on Thursday night when they host Wisconsin power Gale-Ettrick-Tremp at Home Federal Arena. After that, they’ll have two straight HVL powers as they traveto Kenyon-Wanamingo on January 17 and ZumbrotMazeppa on January 24.



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