The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team recently honored another standout season on the mats by naming its team award winners.
The Knights started their season with a team-bonding event where they were able to share what they wanted out of the season. A lot of the things talked about that day came to fruition.
“The common theme was that the team wanted to have a fun and successful season by working hard,” head coach Brandon Gruchow said. “Their expectations were set high from the beginning and they worked their way from a non-ranked team to a state-ranked team by the end of the season. Although finishing second in Section 6A as a team didn't earn us a trip to the state tournament, we were able to have fun while putting together a 19-6 dual record.”
The Knights had five state entries from the 6A individual tournament in Hunter Gruchow (106), Anthony Sykora (138), Jordan Lohse (152), Nathaniel Kisgen (170) and Devin Stone (220).
Lohse led that group with a second-place finish at state, and that was reflected in his postseason honors as Lohse took home the Hardest Worker Award and was named a co-MVP on the team with Kisgen. Both juniors won their weight classes at the Park Region Conference Tournament.
Lohse (43-4) had the most takedowns for the Knights with 78, and Kisgen had the most wins (45) and pins (25). He also tallied the most near falls with 85. Kisgen (45-6) earned a Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association 50-pin patch and 75-win patch for passing those milestones. Lohse added a 50-pin patch too.
Hunter Gruchow was named the Knights’ Rookie of the Year after going 30-21 and securing his spot at state as a seventh-grader. He had a team-high 44 escapes this winter and took second place at the Section 6A individual tournament at 106 pounds.
Justin Blascyk was named the Knights’ most-improved wrestler, and Jeremy Blascyk earned the team’s Spirit Award to round out the list of team-award winners. Anthony Sykora earned honors for the most tech falls on the team (2) and getting a 75-win patch.
Deklin Goeden had the most reversals on the team with 24 and also added a 25-pin patch for his career. Stone did the same by earning that 25-pin patch, while Kaleb Getz passed career milestones with a 100-win patch and a 50-pin patch.
The Knights’ coaches also honor those who have perfect practice attendance throughout the season. Gruchow, Adam Lohse, Justin Blascyk, Colton Lindquist, Ashton Danner, Jordan Lohse, Kisgen, Bret Duncan and Stone all earned that award.
2019-20 WCA-A-B-E WRESTLING ACADEMIC AWARDS
TEAM GOLD AWARD - 3.495 GPA comprised of Colton Lindquist, Bret Duncan, Kade Olson, Deklin Goeden, Anthony Sykora, Justin Blascyk, Kaleb Getz, Reubens Swanson, Austin Mattson, and Jordan Lohse
SPOTLIGHT ON SCHOLARSHIP - 3.0 GPA OR HIGHER - Hunter Hanstad, Zachary Fagre, Deklin Goeden, Hunter Gruchow, Jeremy Blascyk, Adam Lohse, Annika Brunkow, Carter Lohse, Jaime Johnson, Solomon Wales, Will Rustan, Anthony Sykora, Beau Robinson, Blake Flint, Justin Blascyk, Tyler Stone, Colton Lindquist, Kjersten Nibbe, Austin Mattson, Jordan Lohse, Kade Olson, Nathaniel Kisgen, Bret Duncan, Devin Stone, Kaleb Getz, and Ryanne Long, & Lucea Wales