THOR wrestlers had successful year
The “THOR” Wrestling Club out of Minneota, completed its Freestyle/Greco season at the USA National Regional Tournament in Rochester, MN. The “THOR Wrestling Club” is a regional Freestyle/Greco Club which draws wrestlers from Southwestern Minnesota and trains in Minneota.
The club includes wrestlers from Dawson-Boyd, Madison, Montevideo, Canby, Minneota, Pipestone, Tracy, Marshall, Redwood Falls and MAHACA (Morris Area Hancock Area Chokio Alberta).
The wrestling club is a chartered USA Wrestling Club and is managed and coached by Brock Buysse, Steve Banks, Eric Rose and J.D. Pesch. “It’s a good experience training with kids from kindergarten to seniors in high school,” said Pesch. “The younger kids look up to the older kids, and the older kids get energized from the younger kids,” he said.
They have a lot of fun with the age difference as well as building relationships with area wrestlers whom they compete against during the high school season of Folkstyle Wrestling.
The club also has guest clinicians from SDSU and SMSU, including Rylee Molitor, Seth Gross (National Champion), Luke Zilverberg (All-American), as well as former U of MN Gopher and USA World Team Member wrestler, Dan Zilverberg.
“We train two nights a week starting in mid-March and wrestle at four to six tournaments across the state,” he said. During the past few months, the club traveled to the following state qualifying tournaments: Eastview in Apple Valley, Apple Valley High School, Cannon Falls, West Central Area, Forest Lake, and Owatonna.
These tournaments are qualifying tournaments to gain a state tournament berth. The State Freestyle and Greco Tournaments were held in Rochester on May 11-12.
There were wrestlers from 90 teams from across Minnesota entered in the tournament. Minneota had 22 wrestlers from the club qualify for the MN/USA State Greco portion on Saturday, May 11. There were sixteen Medalists and two Greco State Champions. Marshall-McCoy Marthaler (fourth), Dylan Louwagie (champion), Brett Regnier (DNP), Keynan Coequyt (second), Landon Marthaler (fifth), Zach Stahl (DNP).
Minneota-Drew Fier (champion), Derek Fier (third), Adam DeVlaeminck (third), Brock Fier (second), Zack Fier (DNP), Eric Carrasco (DNP) and Kade Lozinski (DNP). MAHACA-Tyce Anderson (third), Caden Rose (third), Ethan Lebrija (fourth). Canby-Lane Fink (fourth), Lincoln Fink (fourth), Josh Steffen(DNP). Redwood-Nolan Ourada (sixth), Tayte Harazin (sixth). Pipestone-Micah Hach (second).
“We had 22 wrestlers from our club qualify for the MN/USA State Freestyle portion on Sunday, May 12, including medalists and three Freestyle State Champions,” said Pesch. They were: Marshall-McCoy Marthaler (second), Dylan Louwagie (Champion), Brett Regnier (fifth), Keynan Coequyt (second), Landon Marthaler (second).
Minneota-Drew Fier (champion), Derek Fier (fourth), Adam DeVlaeminck (second), Brock Fier (fourth), Zack Fier (DNP), Eric Carrasco (DNP), Kade Lozinski (DNP). MAHACA-Tyce Anderson (fifth), Caden Rose (fourth), Ethan Lebrija (DNP). Canby-Lane Fink (third), Lincoln Fink (fifth), Josh Steffen (fourth).
Redwood-Tayte Harazin (fifth), Kaleb Haase (second). Pipestone-Micah Hach (Champion). Tracy-Blaine Peterson (DNP). The State medalists qualified for Northern Plains National Regions in Rochester, May 18-19. Greco: Caden Rose placed fourth and Tyce Anderson placed sixth. Freestyle: Caden Rose DNP and Tyce Anderson DNP.
Each year the club has goals for its members to strive to be chosen for Team Minnesota and participate in the National Dual Team Tournament. That also includes training for the National Freestyle Greco Cadets and Junior Tournament in Fargo, ND in early July. Club members will continue to train for these events.
Dylan Louwagie of Marshall and Caden Rose of MAHACA have been selected to the Minnesota National Dual Team Competition.
THOR GOLD Summer Training
Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30-9 p.m., June 10 through August 8. Focus on drilling and perfecting core/basic techniques. Sessions will be short, high paced, and focus on one area per session.
Technique will include skills that overlap Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco. There is great benefit to drilling and training wrestling on a weekly basis. Three-five day camps are good but often retention of the material is lost in the four months before winter season starts. There is a cost.
For more information, Contact Coach Brock Buysse at 507-476-5598.
Photo: THOR Wrestlers are: (Front row, left to right) Keynan Coequyt, Landon Marthaler, Adam DeVlaeminck and McCoy Marthaler. Middle Row: Lincoln Fink, Layne Fink, Eric Carrasco, Zack Fier, Dylan Louwagie, Brock Fier, Caden Rose, Brett Regnier and Tyce Anderson. Back Row: Blaine Peterson, Ethan Lebrija, Josh Steffen, Kaleb Haase (Drew Fier on shoulders), Tayte Harazin (Derek Fier on shoulders), Kade Lozinski and Micah Hach. Special Photo.