KoMets dominate at Winona Invite
On paper, it looks like the Kasson-Mantorville wrestling team will be one of the favorites to repeat as Class AA wrestling champions in the 2016-17 season. As the top-ranked team in the state and one that finds itself 33rd in the nation, it would be easy for the KoMets to coast into tournaments like the Winona Invite on Saturday knowing that they were the team to beat.
But coasting isn’t the KoMets’ style and after racking up 10 individual championships in 14 weight classes, the DCI has learned that they’re still very good and looking to continue to build off their undefeated season from a year ago.
“I think a lot of our success comes from where we put our focus,” K-M wrestling coach Jamie Heidt observed. “With this being the first tournament of the year, which was our only focus coming into Saturday. We take it one tournament at a time and every time we step on the mat, we’re looking to be competitive at every weight. Saturday was just an example of the kind of results we can get if we wrestle like we’re supposed to.”
The winners list for the KoMets included plenty of familiar names from last year’s state championship run. Jared Johnson (113 pounds), Robby Horsman (120 pounds), Isaac Haman (145 pounds), Ethan Shea (152 pounds), Brady Berge (160 pounds) and Patrick Kennedy (170 pounds) all claimed victory in their brackets along with several new faces like Bennett Berge (106 pounds), Garsen Schorr (182 pounds) and Brett Paulson (HWT) established themselves with a win as well.
Out of all the names, however, one stuck out to Heidt in Keaten Schorr. The former state champion has been wrestling at a different level to begin the season and it showed as he took home the championship in the 138-pound bracket on Saturday afternoon.
“He’s had success in the past and right now the kid has picked up on a couple things that he’s needed to improve upon in the past couple of years,” Heidt explained. “He’s wrestling at a very high pace and you can see the motivation that he has. He wants to reach