Two Warriors wrestle at state tourney

Bill Jones/ECM Publishing, A division of APG Media  Austin Werner finished 5th at state in the 182 pound class.
Bill Jones/ECM Publishing, A division of APG Media
Austin Werner finished 5th at state in the 182 pound class.
Bill Jones/ECM Publishing, A division of APG Media  #132 Kyle Cavanaugh in first round action.
Bill Jones/ECM Publishing, A division of APG Media
#132 Kyle Cavanaugh in first round action.

Craig Moorhead

The Caledonia Argus

Two Caledonia/Houston wrestlers took on the best in their weight classes at the Minnesota Class A tourney for individuals on March 3-4.

Sophomore Kyle Cavanaugh dropped an 5-4 decision in the opening round at 132 to Alex Borsgard of Windom-Mountain Lake, then had to wait to see what the victor in that razor-thin loss would do. Unfortunately, Borsgard lost the next match, so Kyle did not advance to the consolation bracket. However, it’s worth noting that Borsgard did go on to take fifth place overall.

Warrior senior Austin Werner had a remarkable run. Austin got his 60th career win in the first round by defeating Noah Decker of Maple River. The following day was Werner’s 18th birthday. A quarterfinals loss to Josh Soine of New London-Spicer (15-3) was followed by an 8-6 win over Jordan Osborne of Madelia-Truman-Martin Luther. In the second round of the consolation bracket, Werner pinned Logan Wacker of Frazee, then dropped an 11-4 decision to Alec Bueltel of Minneota in the semifinals. Then, the Warrior standout beat Jacob Arends of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (10-4), taking fifth place in his weight class.

It was Werner’s first appearance at the state tourney. “He’s gone through some hard times (including injuries), and he’s developed a level of perseverance that will serve him well, both in sports and in life,” C/H assistant coach Roger Holland stated.

“We look forward to improving everybody’s skills along the way, and also teaching them the life lessons of perseverance. You just keep trying. You’re never a loser as long as you keep trying.”

The Warrior grapplers were young overall (just two seniors) in 2016-17. “It was a learning year for a lot of our kids,” C/H head coach Dan Goergen said. “And, every year is a learning year for us as coaches, too.

“The kids did real well this year. They all worked hard in practice. They gave 100%.”