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A team-by-team look at the area’s wrestling teams

Cannon Falls Bombers

2012-13 Season: 18-6 overall. Finished second in the Section 1AA tournament.

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Next Meet: Thursday at Byron triangular.

Key Returners: Paul Fitterer, Jr., third place in Class 2A individual state tournament at 106 pounds. Ryan Epps, So., state entrant at 113 pounds. Connor Rohr, Sr., state entrant at 132 pounds. Clay Broze, Sr., section and state champion at 220 pounds.

Key Losses: Tyler Wilson, 30-12 at 120 pounds. Roman Wundrow, 33-10 at 145 pounds. Justin Miest, state entrant at 195 pounds.

Ellsworth Panthers

2012-13 Season: 13-6 overall, 7-0 MBC, Division 2 state semifinalist.

Next Meet: Thursday at Baldwin-Woodville.

Key Returners: Jens Lantz, 3-time state champion. Gabe Frandsen, defending state champion. Logan Kemmerer, conference, regional and section champion. Brad Cain, regional champion, state qualifier.

Key Losses: Dan Langer, Jake Murphy, Hank Holdorf.

Goodhue Wildcats

2012-13 Season: 20-11 overall, 5-6 HVL.

Next Meet: Friday at Stewartville triangular.

Key Returners: Josh Dahling, Sr., 33-8 last year. Joel Gadient, So., 30-12, state entrant at 113 pounds. Bailee O’Reilly, Fr., 30-13.

Key Losses: Kyle Drehmel, fourth at 126-pound, Class 1A state tournament. Ryan Tipcke, third at 220-pound state tournament. Jacob Blattner, state entrant at 160 pounds. Mitchell Breuer, state entrant at 152 pounds in 2012.

From Head Coach Josh Grant: “We have a lot of returning starters coming back in the middle weight range, and that will be a place where we can be very competitive against any team’s lineup.”

Lake City Tigers

2012-13 Season: 7-13 overall.

Next Meet: Thursday at La Crescent triangular.

Key Returners: Shane Siewert, Jr., section champion, fifth place at Class 1A individual state tournament at 145 pounds. Andrew Schmidt, Jr., previous state participant, over 90 career wins.

Key Losses: Carston Dammann (28-9) at 113 pounds. Will Balow, Sr., section and state champion at 182 pounds, will miss season due to knee injury.

From Head Coach Lonnie West: “We put more emphasis on our team (than) we do on individual performances, and the kids have bought into this. We try (to) be physical and well-conditioned going into every match. Over the years the kids have gotten much better at this.”

Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars

2012-13 Season: 19-10 overall, 8-3 HVL.

Next Meet: Friday vs. Pine Island, Kenyon-Wanamingo at home.

Key Returners: Joey Majerus, Jr., placed fourth in Class A individual tournament at 113 pounds.

Key Losses: Mitchell Watkins, state qualifier at 138 pounds.

From Head Coach Link Steffen: “Our captains have really stepped up and helped this team believe they can accomplish great things.  The ZM wrestlers have a respect for the sport of wrestling and the team they wrestle for, because of this I believe it helps ZM wrestling be a tough team each season.”

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