Here are the individual results from the Rochester Invitational. Also below is a link to a PDF of the brackets from the tournament.
I think this is the last year the Spartans will be at this tournament. Next year they plan on wrestling at the Kasson-Mantorville Swalla Duals, which is also in southern Minnesota. This year, the tournament was won by Simley who is currently ranked 1st in Class AA (D2). They defeated Kasson-Mantorville in the championship bracket 41-21. Kasson-Mantorville is ranked 2nd in Minnesota Class AA. To give you an idea of how good these teams are, Simley finished five spots ahead of Wisconsin Rapids in the ultra-competitive dual tournament The Clash at the beginning of this year. Kasson-Mantorville lost in a head-t0-head dual against Rapids by a score of 38-26.
In other words, Sparta will have some good competition next year. The dual format also has a better guarantee when it comes to matches than tournaments. Spartan wrestlers had numerous byes at Rochester this year. Ben Schaitel went 0-2 in matches wrestled, but byes propelled him to sixth place. Now onto the individual results…
103 — Dylan Winchel, 2nd Place, 2-1
112 — Tristan Zurfluh, 1st Place, 3-0
119 — Bryce Nowaczyk, Did Not Place, 0-2
125 — Derek VonRuden, 1st Place, 3-0 with a pin and major decision
130 — Nick Winchel, 1st Place, 3-0 with two major decisions
135 — Paul VanTassel, 1st Place 3-0 with a pin
140 — Michael Murnane, 1st Place, 3-0 with two pins
145 — Toby Mosley, 3rd Place, 2-1 with a pin
152 — Greg Skon, 6th Place, 0-2
160 — Xavier Lopez, 5th Place, 2-1 with a pin
171 — Kyle Burkhalter, 5th Place, 2-1 with a pin
189 — Ben Schaitel, 4th Place, 2-1 with two pins
215 — Tom Tourdot, 2nd Place, 2-1 with a pin
285 — Chris Beeler, 5th Place, 2-1
And here is a list of the varsity wrestlers’ records to date: Dylan Winchel 26-12, Tristan Zurfluh 24-15, Bryce Nowaczyk 20-19, Derek VonRuden 30-9, Nick Winchel 33-5, Paul VanTassel 25-13, Mike Murnane 23-10, Toby Mosley 31-7, Greg Skon 0-3, Xavier Lopez 19-17, Kyle Burkhalter 10-8, Ben Schaitel 2-5, Tom Tourdot, 34-3, Chris Beeler, 23-14
Sparta is off until Thursday when they wrestle Tomah to clinch the MVC title outright. An in-depth preview of Tomah will be coming early next week.