Lexvold, two Totino-Grace wrestlers capture state titles

| March 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Senior Mitchel Lexvold of St. Michael in Kenyon is a repeat state wrestling champion for Kenyon-Wanamingo High School. Lexvold, left, is shown wrestling Mick Roemer of Wabasha-Kellogg in the state Class A finals at 120 pounds March 3 at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul. He won the match, 10-1, to finish the season with a record of 50-1. Last year, he won the state title at 119 pounds, while he placed second at 112 in 2010 and sixth at 103 in 2008. Two of his older brothers also won state titles: Nathan at 135 in 2008, and Drew at 125 in 2009 and 130 in 2010. His older brother, Chad, also competed at the state tournament. Mitchel's title completes the run the four boys have had at the state tournament over the last five years. Their family owns and operates a dairy farm near Kenyon.

Totino-Grace ninth-grader Lance Benick, left, battles Jamison Evans of Grand Rapids in the state Class AA finals at 182 pounds March 3 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Benick pinned Evans at 3:25 to capture the state title. He finished the season with a record of 38-3.

Totino-Grace junior Joe Schiller struggles to escape the grasp of JD Struxness of Dawson-Boyd/Lac Qui Parle High School in the state Class AA finals at 220 pounds March 3 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. After trailing most of the match, Schiller staged a dramatic comeback in the final seconds to win, 6-5. He did the same thing in the semifinals, where he edged Brandon Ritter of Park Rapids Area, 7-6. Schiller finished the season with a record of 37-11.

 

Photos by Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit

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