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Hein named to MWCA All-State Academic Wrestling Team

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"We strive to find excellent students who also happen to be excellent wrestlers," said Dean Jennissen, MWCA All-State Academic Chairperson. The 2012 edition of the MWCA (Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association) All-State Academic Team definitely fits this description. This year's team consists of 28 student-athletes with a combined GPA of 3.76. In fact this group's had over half of the team with over a 3.90 GPA and the team's combined GPA is the highest of the teams selected over the past eight years. These wrestlers have amassed over 4,100 career wins with a combined winning percentage of 80%. "These young men are truly the 'best of the best' and a great example of the caliber of student-athletes we have involved in wrestling state-wide. I want to especially thank our dedicated coaches for nominating their wrestlers and my helper with tabulating this year's results, my daughter Colee who is a senior high school and has been a wrestling manager since 7th Grade. Like my wife Lisa and oldest daughter, Briann, she loves wrestling and likes to help out. That is the great thing about wrestling. It is a family thing. It takes dedicated wrestlers and coaches, but also dedicated spouses and siblings too," says Jennissen.

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The 28 honorees will be awarded plaques at the River Centre in St. Paul during the State Tournament.

Junior or senior wrestlers are chosen based upon the following criteria:

1. Cumulative GPA - 3.95 = 395 points

2. State Tournament Participation - 25 points per year

3. Overall matches wrestled - wins and losses - 1 point per match

4. Winning percentage - 77% = 77 points

5. State Tournament Placement - 1st (50 points), 2nd (40), 3rd (35), 4th (25), 5th (20) and 6th (10)

The 2012 MWCA All-State Academic Team:

106 pounds

Gabe Foltz - 12, Detroit Lakes (AA)

Kyle Edlin - 11, Jackson County Central (A)

113 pounds

Kyle Gliva - 11, Simley (AA)

Tristan Manderfeld - 11, Foley (AA)

120 pounds

Mitchel Lexvold - 12, Kenyon-Wanamingo (A)

Isaac Novacek - 12, Badger/Greenbush/Middle River (A)

126 pounds

Austin Leibel - 12, St. Francis (AAA)

Oakley McLain - 12, Kenyon-Wanamingo (A)

132 pounds

Jonathan Dill - 12, Maple Grove (AAA)

Austin Kluis - 12, Fulda/Murray County Central (AA)

138 pounds

Adam Hammer - 12, Osseo (AAA)

Adam Woitalla - 12, Northfield (AAA)

145 pounds

Garret Hoffner - 11, Mahnomen/Waubun (A)

Adam Cooling - 11, Medelia/Truman (A)

152 pounds

Curt Maas - 12, Medford (A)

Brandon Kingsley - 12, Apple Valley (AAA)

160 pounds

Sam Haas - 12, Lac Qui Parle Valley (AA)

Nick Wanzek - 11, Simley (AA)

170 pounds

Brett Pfarr - 12, LeSueur-Henderson (A)

Garret Miller - 12, Plainview/Elgin-Millville (AA)

182 pounds

Clayton Jennissen - 12, Cambridge-Isanti (AAA)

Nate Meixell - 12, Lake Crystal/Welcome Memorial (A)

195 pounds

Adam Josephson - 12, Minneota (A)

Tyler Jakes - 11, Mankato West (AA)

220 pounds

Michael Kroells - 12, Scott West (AA)

Josh Van Overbeke - 12, Minneota (A)

Heavyweight

Alex Yeager - 12, Badger/Greenbush/Middle River (A)

Jesse Hein - 12, Perham (AA)

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