NYWA State Wrestling: Mills 7-8 graders 4th at State
The New York Mills 7th and 8th grade wrestling team had a strong showing at the NYWA State Tournament last weekend, finishing 4th out of 32 team's competing.
NY Mills (unseeded) went 3-0 in it's pool, winning 36-12 over No. 5 seed Hastings (AAA); 28-12 over Pierz (A); 27-16 over No. 4 seed Adrian (AA). The top teams in four pools advanced.
NY Mills lost 27-14 to No. 1 Kasson-Mantorville (AA), then fell to No. 3 Albert Lea (AAA) 24-22.
Individually, NYM had two 1st place finishers in Myrone Bell and Shane Novak. Bell was named tournament MVP, as voted on by the coaches. Kacee Skoog took 2nd and Marlo Bell was 5th. Elementary wrestler Jett Saewert (4th grade) placed 5th.
NYM coach Mike Weller was pleased with how his wrestlers competed in the team tournament, which had schools from all classes competing in one tournament. The Eagles wrestlers practiced for three weeks following the conclusion of the high school season to prepare for last weekend's tournament held in Rochester.
Weller said although 4th place was good for the Mills team they had a shot at winning the tournament. And with such a good finish against such a strong field it showed the wrestlers how all the extra work pays off. He added the team worked hard to prepare, became close as a team, and had fun bonding.
The NYM 7th and 8th grade wrestling team sends out a thank you to The Bake Shoppe and Subway for providing meals at the tournament.
One Mills parent praised coaches Mike and Brent Weller, saying what "an awesome job they did with the kids and how proud the parents that were there at the tournament were of the kids, not only what they accomplished on the mat but how they conducted themselves over the two-day tournament."