The River Valley Wrestling Team enjoyed a very successful state tournament. Jacob Anderson (138) and Lance Briard (HWT.) combined for an eight and two record and took home two state medals—a state championship medal for Anderson and a fifth place medal for Briard. Anderson is the second state champion for the River Valley Wildcats. Tony Vaske won his state title back in 2010.
The Wildcats have enjoyed a fair amount of success at the state wrestling tournament. They have qualified 24 wrestlers over the past 10 years and now have 15 state place winners in the time span.
“We were very pleased with how Jacob and Lance wrestled. Jacob wrestled better each match and definitely peaked in his title match. Lance had to bounce back from two tough losses and that shows a lot of character. Both of them deserve a lot of credit for their ability to stay focused on their goals in a very hectic environment,” coach Todd Bertram commented.
“Their commitment to the sport of wrestling and continuous desire to get better each week propelled them to this success. We are very proud them,” He concluded.
Results for Jacob Anderson (138)
Match 1: Won by fall 4:18 over Cain Renner (Eden Valley Watkins)
Match 2: Won by decision 7-5 over Bruce Lemon (Frazee)
Match 3: Won by decision 3-2 over Tanner Rohlik (Wab-RRC)
Match 4: Won by major decision 18-10 over Theodore Bueltel (Minneota)
Jacob is a four time state entrant and place 6th as a junior (2011-11). He ended the season with a 37-2 record and has 161 career wins (third all time for the Wildcats).
Results for Lance Briard (HWT.)
Match 1: Won by default over Brady Rueb (Pine Island)
Match 2: Lost by fall (Briard was ahead by 6 pts. with 24 seconds left) to Alex Yeager (Greenbush-Middle River) last year’s state champion
Match 3: Won by fall 38 sec. over Tyler Jensen (Benson)
Match 4: Won by decision 8-5 over Alex Tewes (Jackson County Central)
Match 5: Lost by decision 3xOT 3-2 to Pedro Guevara (Lake City)
Match 6: Won by decision 7-2 over Aaron Bruihler (Le Sueur-Henderson)
Lance ends the season with a 38-6 record and team leader in points scored.