LARP wrestlers anticipate strong season

Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson Wrestling Team, front row: Jordan Koenen, Jordan Zibrowski, Dominick Plank, Tyler Kreidermacher, Tyler Kryzer, Wyatt Laumb, and Camdyn Anderson. Middle row: Carter Jonsgaard, Titan Tekautz, Jackson Ivverman, Jacob Meyer, Brennan Corcoran, Caleb Mueller, Clay Ellin- ghuysen and Ross Herber. Back row: Tristyn Hegland, Kolton Riser, Dominic Jenkins, Corbin Flynn, Noah Herber, Brendon Honken, Gable Speltz and Robert Walker.
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Lewiston-Altura/Rushford Peterson Wrestling Coach Tim Tekautz knows there are excellent wrestlers in the Three Rivers Conference and Section I, but he fully expects this year’s team of Screamin’ Eagles grapplers to be highly competitive. “We only lost three seniors from last year’s team, and we’ve got several state-ranked wrestlers returning. If we can stay healthy we can match up well with anybody,” Tekautz said.

Tekautz expects perennial powers Goodhue, Chatfield and Grand Meadow to field strong teams. “Zumbrota-Mazeppa has won the last two state team titles, but they lost 16 seniors to graduation,” he said. “We have a solid core of wrestlers returning, and if some new kids produce we’ll be right in there in any match.”

The Screamin’ Eagles will be led by wrestlers in weight classes from 113 through 152, Tekautz said. “At 106 we’ll have Tyler Kreidermacher; he’s a freshman who wrestled behind one of the better wrestlers last year. I expect a lot from him this year. At 113 we’re still kind of a question mark, but at 120 is Ross Herber, who’s ranked #6 in the state pre-season. Carter Jonsgaard will wrestle 126, he’s another ranked wrestler at 4th. Gable Speltz will probably be our 132-pounder; he’s only a sophomore but one of our better wrestlers on the team. At 138 we have Caleb Mueller, who’s a freshman but sticks with all the guys in practice, regardless of weight class. Dominic Jenkins will wrestle 145 and could do a wonderful job; he was 4th at Sections last year and the three guys above him all placed at the state meet.

Tekautz named other top varsity prospects as Kolton Riser and Jacob Meyer, another freshman expected to compete at 170 pounds. One of only four seniors on the team, Noah Herber is LARP’s 182-pounder, and Tekautz expects big things from him this season. “Noah is ranked 4th in state, and placed third at Sections last year, losing some really close matches. Finally we’ll probably have Alex Perez at heavyweight; he wrestled 220 last year as an eighth grader and did very well. The rest of the weight classes will probably be filled out by guys from the junior varsity.”

LARP wrestlers practice Monday and Thursday at the R-P gym, Tuesday and Friday at Lewiston-Altura, and alternate facilities every Friday. The season was scheduled to kick off Saturday, Dec. 1 with an individual tournament in Winona, but the event was cancelled due to weather.