Knight wrestlers take down Simley, win Coon Rapids tourney

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Reporter

In the highly anticipated wrestling dual meet pitting “top 10” in the nation teams, STMA and Simley, against each other, the Knights emerged victorious by a score of 41-21 in front of an enthusiastic home crowd estimated at more than one thousand fans. The Friday night (December 7th) match saw the Knights (number 5 in the nation) win 9 of 14 matches against the number 8 (in the nation) ranked Spartans of Simley.

Simley has won the Minnesota class “AA” State Tourney, the past 5 seasons and is currently ranked number one in the State in class “AA”, while the Knights, who won the class “AA” title 4 years in-a-row, prior to Simley’s 5-year streak, are currently ranked number 2 in class “AAA” behind Apple Valley.

Leading 4-3 in the third period of the evening’s opening match, STMA 8th grader, Zach Dehmer, fell victim to his Simley opponent’s headlock and was pinned at 106 pounds. The Knights then reeled off 4 straight wins, ignited by Colten Schoen’s 1st period pin at 120 pounds to gain a 20-6 lead in the team score following a Tanner Mills tech fall at 132 pounds. Coach Dan Lefebvre noted, “Junior Colten Schoen really got the crowd into the match with a big pin to put the team up by 3 points, at the time. That was a real emotional lift for the team.” Aaron Dick had a decision at 113 pounds and Tommy Thorn had a pin at 126 pounds in that string of wins by the Knights. Simley won the next 3 matches narrowing the Knights’ lead to 20-18, before the STMA upper weights put the dual away for the home team winning 5 of the final 6 matches.

Senior Mikey Kessler’s 7-3 win at 220 pounds put the match out of reach and senior Ricky Briggs moving up to 285 pounds pinned his opponent to end the dual.

Coach Lefebvre went on to say, “It was a fun meet, we had great fan support, a lot of students in attendance, and just a great atmosphere for high school wrestling.”


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106-Elliot Kirchert (Simley) pinned Zach Dehmer (STMA) 4:58

113-Aaron Dick (STMA) dec. over Cortez Arredondo (Simley) 4-2

120-Colten Schoen)STMA) pinned Kyle Nordstrom (Simley) 1:25

126-Tommy Thorn (STMA) pinned Zach Spychalla (Simley) :39

132-Tanner Mills (STMA) tech fall over Brad Reichtzigal (Simley) 18-1

138-Kyle Gliva (Simley) dec. over Mark Voss (STMA) 2-1, OT

145-Jake Short (Simley) pinned Talon Juusola (STMA) 3:02

152-Mack Short (Simley) dec. over Cole Sladek (STMA) 6-4, OT

160-Lincoln Mallinger (STMA) won by forfeit

170-Thor Holstad (STMA) dec. over Collin McCallister (Simley) 4-3

182-Nick Wanzek (Simley) dec. over Jordan Joseph (STMA) 8-2

195-Jake Briggs (STMA) dec. over Chris Baumann (Simley) 3-1

220-Mikey Kessler (STMA) dec. over Jack Ryan (Simley) 7-3

285-Ricky Briggs (STMA) pinned Rahshad Nixon (Simley) 1:02

Tommy Thorn is about ready to turn his Simley opponent over en route to a pin in the STMA-Simley dual. (Photos by Bill Halldin)
Tommy Thorn is about ready to turn his Simley opponent over en route to a pin in the STMA-Simley dual. (Photos by Bill Halldin)
Jordan Joseph is about to get a takedown in his 5-3 win against his Zumbrota-Mazeppa opponent.
Jordan Joseph is about to get a takedown in his 5-3 win against his Zumbrota-Mazeppa opponent.

On Saturday Dec. 8, the STMA wrestling team traveled to Coon Rapids to compete in the Cardinal Duals, an 8-team dual meet tournament. The Knights came away with the team title in dominating fashion, beating Zumbrota-Mazeppa 53-3 in their opening dual, White Bear Lake 59-3 in the semi-finals, before handling Cambridge-Isanti, in the finals, by a score of 42-15. Ten individual Knight wrestlers went undefeated in 3 dual meets, including: Mitchell McKee (106 pounds), Aaron Dick (113), Colten Schoen (120), Tommy Thorn (126), Tanner Mills (132), Mark Voss (138), Cole Sladek (145), Jordan Joseph (182), Ricky Briggs (220), and Mikey Kessler (285).


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Dual Meet



106-Mitchell McKee (STMA) pinned Luke Tupper (ZM)

113-Aaron Dick (STMA) dec over Joey Majerus (ZM) 7-5, OT

120-Colten Schoen (STMA) dec. over Freedom Hunt (ZM) 6-0

126-Tommy Thorn (STMA) pinned Caden Steffen (ZM) :41

132-Tanner Mills (STMA) major dec. over Devin Manzy (ZM) 11-2

138-Mark Voss (STMA) dec. over Mitchell Watkins (ZM) 6-2

145-Cole Sladek (STMA) major dec. over Cody Heitman (ZM) 14-3

152-Lincoln Mallinger (STMA) dec. over Hunter Prodxinski (ZM) 7-2

160-Chase Steffen (ZM) dec. over Thor Holstad (STMA) 8-2

170-Jordan Joseph (STMA) dec. over Dillon Downes (ZM) 5-3

182-Owen Gammell (STMA) dec. Andy Siems (ZM) 5-0

195-Jake Briggs (STMA) dec. Evan Block (ZM) 9-2

220-Ricky Briggs (STMA) pinned Jordan Roninngen (ZM)

285-Mikey Kessler (STMA) pinned Shane Body (ZM)

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106-Mitchell McKee (STMA) pinned Matt Muedeking (WBL)

113-Aaron Dick (STMA) pinned Andy Andress (WBL)

120-Colten Schoen (STMA) dec. over Andy Martin (WBL) 9-2

126-Tommy Thorn (STMA) tech fall over Grant Baldwin (WBL) 19-4

132-Tanner Mills (STMA) tech fall over Jordan Dufresne (WBL) 17-2

138-Mark Voss (STMA major dec. over Elijah Muedeking (WBL) 15-5

145-Cole Sladek (STMA) dec. over Jack Dittel (WBL) 11-4

152-Lincoln Mallinger (STMA) pinned Robert Kowalski (WBL)

160-Thor Holstad (STMA) dec. over Greg Wilcox (WBL) 7-0

170-Tommy Longendyke (WBL) dec. over Owen Gammell (STMA) 9-2

182-Jordan Joseph (STMA) pinned Matt Orloske (WBL)

195-Jake Briggs (STMA) dec. over Jance Anderson (WBL) 4-0

220-Ricky Briggs (STMA) pinned Tyler Hubman (WBL)

285-Mikey Kessler (STMA) dec. Jeremy Seed (WBL) 3-1

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106-Mitchell McKee (STMA) pinned Brody Kuntz (C-I)

113-Aaron Dick (STMA) dec. over Monty Fredrickson (C-I)

120-Colten Schoen (STMA) dec. over Travis Swenson (C-I) 4-3

126-Tommy Thorn (STMA) pinned Jesse Siekkenen (C-I)

132-Tanner Mills (STMA) pinned James Fredrickson (C-I)

138-Mark Voss (STMA) major dec. over Nate Nassif (C-I) 13-4

145-Cole Sladek (STMA) maj. Dec. over David Kent (C-I) 13-4

152-Travis Holt (C-I) dec. over Lincoln Mallinger (STMA) 5-2

160-Cody Skog (C-I) dec. over Thor Holstad (STMA) 8-4

170-Ty Torgerson (C-I) dec. Owen Gammell (STMA) 4-1

182-Jordan Joseph (STMA) major dec. Russell LeBoe (C-I) 12-4

195-Dakota Johnson (C-I) pinned Jake Briggs (STMA)

220-Ricky Briggs (STMA) dec. Kyle Chromy (C-I) 10-4

285-Mikey Kessler (STMA) dec. over Derrick Demars (C-I) 6-0


The Knights will next compete Friday and Saturday Dec. 15 and 16, at Rochester in the annual Minnesota Christmas Tourney. The Christmas Tourney is a 32-team individual tournament that attracts some of the best “A”, “AA”, and “AAA” teams from Minnesota.