“There are some exceptional wrestlers down there, and the guys got to see what they look like, how physical the top wrestlers are,” Denman said. “Griffin Parriott (39-1, of New Prague) pinned a 41-2 wrestler (Devin Fitzpatrick of Mahtomedi) in 10 seconds in the 152-pound state final. That is what great looks like, and if you want to be great you’d better be doing what that guy is doing.”
The usual Fond du Lac style — a high-tempo, run-and-gun style — has been toned down a bit this season due to the youth of the team members, as well as their numbers. “You can’t run all over the floor and press and trap when you only have six players in uniform,” he said. “We had problems in some games because the kids just simply got tired.”
“This was really a special group,” Esse said. “I haven’t had a year like this in many years. No issues with these kids and they led by example.”
The state of Minnesota’s goal is for each district in the state to have a 90 percent rate by 2020 with no individual or ethnic subgroup below 85 percent.
Denman was the other wrestler to reach the big show, losing in the finals by 8-5 to Dru Kuchenbaker of Milaca, who was one of two wrestlers to defeat Denman in the regular season.
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