Twenty-one United K-6 wrestlers attended the NYWA State Wrestling Tournament this past weekend, April 6-8, at the Rochester Civic Center in Rochester. The United team is made of kids from the local area including Montevideo and Granite Falls. The state tournament caps off a great season for the team who finished the season with a 31-7 record. In addition, the United K-6 team is the 2018 Little Southwest Conference team runner-up as well as the 2018 Region 4 NYWA team champions.
The team placed 8th in the state of Minnesota out of 32 teams that qualified for the tournament. Sixty-five teams statewide participated in region tournaments over two weekends in March for a chance to make it to the state tournament. The United team won their region tournament against a whopping 18 other teams.
In Rochester, the United K-6 team picked up wins in their bracket on Saturday against Fairbault 40-18, Howard Lake/Waverly/Winsted 37-31, and lost to Northfield in the final round 33-25. They then advanced to Championship pool two on Sunday. They faced off against Marshall in the first round with a 43-28 loss, and in the 7th place match they lost a close one to Chatfield 33-29.
The NYWA state tournament also consists of an individual portion with wrestlers from all over the state of Minnesota. These wrestlers had to qualify first at districts and then place 1st-3rd at individual regions, many times with brackets of 12-18 kids, to participate in the state individual tournament. The invitational tournament is for kids who place 4-6th in their region.
There are no A, AA, AAA classes in these NYWA individual or team tournaments- all wrestlers are grouped together by age and weight in 16 man brackets (8-man for the invitational). Just to compete at the state tournament is a huge honor. This year we had an unprecedented sixteen K-6 wrestlers qualify for the NYWA individual state tournament!
They were Camrik Tappe, Cooper Tappe, Griffin Johnson, Trent Bothun, Eli Olson, Ben Gunlogson, Kameron Sather, Colbe Tappe, Colten Bothun, Brodie Rasmussen, Nolan Kwilinski, Tygan Long, Grayson Olson, Dan Gunlogson, Zach DeBeer, Jacob Williams.
Individual State tournament results
1st place - Dan Gunlogson
2nd place - Ben Gunlogson, Colbe Tappe, Brodie Rasmussen, Nolan Kwilinksi
4th place - Camrik Tappe
Individual Invitational tournament results-
3rd place - Adrian Norman
4th place - Mason Pederson