Meet Mounds View wrestlers going to state

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Tanner Day, 10

In the 113 pound wrestling weight class, Tanner Day, 10, has overcome odds to make his state tournament debut. Throughout the season, Day has shown his prowess on the mat, by placing higher than any Mustang wrestler has at the teams’ annual Christmas tournament.
But, for his final tournament for the season, Day has confidence in himself to continue, and build on it for his next two years.
“I expect to place fifth or sixth. There will be more pressure in the next two years to do as well if not better than I did this year.”

Karl Keeler, 11

Junior captain Karl Keeler took the role of leader from the first day of practice. He led the light weights and primarily wrestled at the 120 pound weight class. He had his mind set on going to the state tournament and he was never satisfied with anything less than a victory.

“I train to be number one so I expect to be on top of the podium,” said Keeler. The best point of the season was defeating a rival White Bear Lake opponent and avenging a former loss to his teammate Tanner Day. The future seems to be bright as Keeler looks to make a splash at state this weekend.

Jack O’Brien, 12

For Jack O’Brien, 12, there was a huge amount of pressure coming into this wrestling season. Being a top wrestler in the state last year at the 138 pound weight class, O’Brien’s year was filled with high expectations.

“The pressure wasn’t so much that it was being a senior, I felt like the pressure was on me going into state, because of me making it junior year,” O’Brien said.

Even with a lot on the line for him, O’Brien persevered to show his talent, and made state for the second year in a row. O’Brien continues to set a high bar for himself, saying that with his draw, and the high competition, he still expects to place well.

Jimmy Kaiser, 12

Senior Jimmy Kaiser is making his first appearance at the state tournament, but lack of experience does not equal lack of determination. At the 182 pound weight class, Kaiser is the heaviest wrestler Mounds View is sending to state, and strives for excellence. Kaiser said that if he could just win hi first four matches, he would be happy with his success at state.

Kaiser also said that at this point, “I don’t think being a captain makes much of a difference, by this point because it’s an individual event.”

No matter how he places, Kaiser enjoyed his success this season, highlighted in his opinion by every time the team won a dual meet.

Vincent Belsito, 12

Vincent Belsito had several goals at the start of the season: make it to state and win 25 matches. He accomplished the first and is one away from checking the last off of his list. At the 170 pound weight class he had his way facing section opponents.

Belsito won the section tournament with relative ease and hopes to carry that to the next step. He is very self motivated and always emphasized on getting better. It is rare to find an easy match at state but his experience it likely to take over as he has been wrestling for years.

The Christmas Tournament is similar to state in the aspect of competition and Belsito held his own there as he advanced to the second day. It is a great way to end his already successful high school career.

 

 

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