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Change of plans Vikings hope to keep drive alive!

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota’s drive to a fifth straight state tournament has been put on hold.
The Section 3A Girls’ Basketball Tournament took a hit Tuesday due to the blizzard/storm that swept into the area.  read entire story. . . .

Brock Buysse finishes in third

Minneota senior Brock Buysse won third place in the 113 weight class on Saturday at the state individual tournament. He beat ACGC's Ryan Molinaro.

Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

First time is the sweetest

It was the first state championship for the Minneota Wrestling Coaching Staff. Even for Head Coach Joel Skillings, after 32 years of coaching, 28 in Minneota,  read entire story. . . .

Three thirds, a fifth and two sixths

Minneota finished the Class a individual tournament with three third places finishes, a fifth and two sixths.
Cole Hennen at 195; Brock Buysse at 113 and Kyle Hennen at 126 all finished in third place.
Nick Esping won a three-overtime match to take fifth place and took the match when he rode out his opponent, Royal Crow of West Central Area/Ashby/Evansville  read entire story. . . .

Minneota Fans in the stands

Minneota’s cheering contingent included Rhonda and Jeff Buysse, parents of wrestler Brock Buysse. Apparently there is something about “tongue action” that helps wrestling parents when their kids are on the mat.
Photo for The Mascot by Tony Esping.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota girls win section opener

Minneota opened the Section 3A Tournamanet with a 65-35 win over MACCRAY at Montevideo on Saturday.
Canby defeated Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, 59-56 to set up a Minneota Canby game on Tuesday.
The Dawson-Boyd vs. Russell-Tyler Ruthton and Lakeview vs. Central MN Christian scores were not reported.
In the Section 3A South, No. 1-ranked Southwestern MN Christian beat Westbrook-Walnut Grove 61-27 and Fulda turned back Red Roc, central 66-49.  read entire story. . . .


The Minneota Viking Wrestling teams celebrates and hoists their trophy after defeating Zumbrota-Mazeppa 31-30 in the finals.

Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Pin for the win!

The Minneota Vikings wrestling team vaulted themselves to the state Class A Championship at 7 p.m. tonight after defeating Jackson County Central 49-23.
Freshman heavyweight TJ Esping gets a pin to hoist the Vikes into the championship.

Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Hustlin' the Huskies

The Minneota Vikings wrestling team vaulted themselves to the state Class A Championship at 7 p.m. tonight after defeating Jackson County Central 49-23.
Junior Leo Buysse peered out while gutting back points against JCC’s Bryce Reetz to hustle the Huskies out of the finals.

Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .


By Byron Higgin, Mascot Sports Editor

Back in 1967 Minneota put it’s first wrestlers on the mat.
Now, 48 years later, they are state champions.
In memorable form, the Minneota Vikings hung for a 31-30 win over
Zumbrota-Mazeppa and brought home the first wrestling championship for the community.
 read entire story. . . .

Seven Vikings individuals advance; Bruner out

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Individual wrestling began on Friday and there was mostly good news — with one sniper of bad news.
Seven of eight Minneota wrestlers won their first round matches — with only Brendan Reiss losing.
But junior Bryce Bruner had to pull out of the competition after injuring his knee in the team matches on Thursday.  read entire story. . . .

Kyle Hennen places third

Minneota junior, Kyle Hennen, wrestled his way to third place in the 126 weight class on Saturday in the state individual tournament.  He beat Wyatt Stevens of Windom/Mountain Lake.

Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Cole Hennen places third

Minneota senior Cole Hennen won the third place match on Saturday in the 195 weight class during the state individual tournament. He beat Tristan Palmer of United North Central.

Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Three Vikes go for third; three for fifth!

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Sports Editor

It's all come down to this — Minneota has three wrestlers going for third place; three for fifth and none in the State Class A finals.
Going third will be Brock Buysse (113); Kyle Hennen (126) and Cole Hennen, (195).
Wrestling for fifth place honors are: 106-Austin DeVlaeminck; 152-Leo Buysse and 160-Nicholas Esping.
Hennen was the first to get into the third place match.
 read entire story. . . .

Viking wrestlers open state with big 55-16 win

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Minneota made short work of ACGC (Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City) in the opening round of the state tournament, 55-16.
Then their attention turned to the Jackson County Central vs. Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Match.  read entire story. . . .

A pin to win!

Viking junior wrestler Leo Buysse gets a pin against ACGC to start off the state wrestling tournament.

Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Coaching their way to victory

Minneota wrestlers have arrived at the state tournament. Head Coach Joel Skillings and Assistant Coach Les Engler are coaching their way through there first team win at the state tournament.

Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Pesch's surprise pin vaults Vikes to state finals

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Sports Editor

Wrestling hasn’t always been fun for Henry Pesch.
Just for sections began he quit the team, frustrated and disenchanted.
“I haven’t had much confidence in wrestling at all. It’s been hard for me,” said the Minneota Junior.
He came into the state with a 7-15 record and very little confidence. Yet, when his team needed him most, he responded.
Pesch battled Logan Preuss (2-13) of Jackson County Central and trailed 6-3 at 132 pounds when suddenly he rose up, grabbed Preuss, put him on his back and pinned him at 2:14.
Minneota fans exploded — followed by explosions from nearly every Minneota wrestler as they defeated the Huskies, 49-23 to move into the state finals.  read entire story. . . .

Worried fans!

As Minneota fans got excited at the section wrestling meet on Saturday, they also worried about their wrestlers on the mat. Minneota fans displayed a myriad of emotions during the individual tournament on Saturday in Windom.  read entire story. . . .

Esping in the consolation

Nick Esping and Bachman of Frazee in the consolations.

Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

DeVlaminck wrestles in the consolation bracket

Austin DeVlaminck controlling Tanner Schmerhorn of Frazee in the consolations.

Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Big send-off

By Hannah Buysse
Mascot Staff Writer

In celebration of the wrestling team’s victory, a pepfest was thrown on Tuesday to wish the team good luck at state.
The coach and captain spoke.  read entire story. . . .

On the Bench with Byron Higgin: Ashlynn Muhl named 'Player of the week'

Morningside College’s Kyle Nikkel, a 6-6 senior center from Pella, Iowa, and Ashlynn Muhl, a 6-0 senior forward from Minneota, have been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Players of the Week for Feb. 16-22.
 read entire story. . . .

Sixth Grade action

Ben Skorczewski of the Minneota Sixth Grade team puts up a lay-up on a fast break during the RTR Tournament in Tyler last weekend. His team took second place. Here the action was against RTR, whom they beat, 33-17.  read entire story. . . .


Boys Basketball
Camden Conference
Team          W-L  ALL
Central MN Christian 14-1  22-3
Lac qui Parle Valley 11-4  14-10
Dawson-Boyd 10-5  17-7
MACCRAY 8-7   16-11
Renville Co. West 2-13  5-19
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg  0-15  1-25
Canby 11-3  22-4
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 11-3  20-4
Lakeview 6-8   11-12
Minneota  5-9   11-15
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton  2-12  6-19  read entire story. . . .

Second place

The Minneota Sixth Grade boys basketball team took second place at the RTR tournament on March 1. They lost to Luverne in the first game 30-36, beat Pipestone 30-21, beat Marshall 34-22, and beat RTR 32-17.  read entire story. . . .

Seventh Grade champs

Winners of the RTR tournament were the Minneota Seventh Graders. They beat Marshall 53-22; West Central of Brookings, SD 34-14;  read entire story. . . .

Eighth Grade champs

The Eighth Grade team won the New London-Spicer Tournament. They beat Litchfield 47-31; Brooten-Belgrade-Elrosa 45-16 and NLS, 51-31.  read entire story. . . .