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Hein named to MWCA All-State Academic Wrestling Team

"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.

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)


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

Jesse Hein - 12, Perham (AA)