RHS heads to Region III finals
The Rugby High School wrestling team has one last shot to advance individuals into the state tournament next week.
The Panthers are wrestling for state berths at the Class B Region III individual tournament today at Bishop Ryan. The seeding isn’t official until shortly before the tournament, but RHS coach Craig Zachmeier has a fair idea of where his Panthers will be.
Zachmeier expects seventh grader and son Riley to be the No. 2 seed at 106 pounds, eighth-grader Kaden Jaeger to get the No. 4 seed at 126, junior Reid Mundahl No. 2 at 145, junior Benny Mygland No. 4 at 152 and sophomore Spencer Koehmstedt No. 4 at 185.
“We’re coming in with that 0-0 record, so anything can happen,” Zachmeier said, “but based on the way we’re working, every one of them will wrestle above their seed.”
The Panthers fell to Stanley-Powers Lake-Tioga-Ray in the first round of the Region III duals on Feb. 1. The Blue Jays won 36-18. RHS rebounded in the consolation round with a 45-9 rout of New Town, but fell 50-24 to Des Lacs-Burlington.
“Bottom line, we gained on every team that we wrestled earlier in the year,” Zachmeier said. “We put nine kids on the mat. The first time we wrestled Stanley we won one match in December. This time we won five.”
Riley Zachmeier picked up his signature win of the weekend with a pin of Stanley’s Kaydin Meiers in 58 seconds. Mygland, still only in his fourth week of the season, also saw improvement.
“Bennie showed a lot of improvement,” Zachmeier said. “A kid that teched him earlier this year, Bennie lost in the last second of the match. In three weeks he went from getting teched to really beating kid, but lost in the last second because he got tired.”