Kroells was a two-time champion in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, two-time All-American and a two-time NCAA Division III National champion at 158 pounds. He also was a member of the 1992 NCAA national runner-up team and the 1993 NCAA national championship team. In 2005 Kroells was inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Ray McCoy, director of West Hennepin Public Safety, commented, “Sgt. Kroells’ tenacity, dedication and attention to detail have made him a standout wrestler and earned him these awards. He continues to use these skill sets today as sergeant at West Hennepin Public Safety, serving the citizens of Maple Plain and Independence. Sgt. Kroells is actively involved in his community and coaches youth wrestling, sharing his expertise with the youth of our communities.”
McCoy congratulated Kroells “for this well-deserved award.”