3/20/2014 1:54:00 PM Many firsts for Bomber wrestlers
by Mike Dalton
It was a season of "firsts" for the Cannon Falls-Randolph wrestling team, which celebrated its 19-7 season at a banquet Sunday night.
Notable "firsts" for the team included six wrestlers making it to state, a 2-time state champion, the first time the team didn't lose a semi-final match at either sections or state, the first time having more than one in the state finals, the first time receiving the Section 1 assistant coach of the year award (Kevin Landry), and the first time a wrestler has competed in 228 career matches.
Clay Broze was the 2-time state champion, claiming the top spot at the 220-pound class in 2013 and 2014. Paul Fitterer and Ryan Epps both made it to the state finals, and Keston Lopez, Connor Rohr and Derek Johnson all advanced to the state meet.
Several wrestlers reached win milestones. Nathan Melhouse went over 50 career wins (59-50); Sterling Carlson (86-81), Epps (79-17), Lopez (79-41) and Rohr (92-60) have over 75 career wins; Broze (123-35) went over 100 career wins; and Paul Fitterer (139-29) and Johnson (134-94) are over 125 wins. Johnson set a school record in career matches with 228.
Fitterer, Epps, Lopez, Rohr, Johnson, Broze and Melhouse were all named HVL all-conference. Carlson and Cooper Rohloff were honorable mention. Fitterer was named most valuable, Melhouse most improved and Epps most dedicated.
Letterwinners were Broze, Carlson, Epps, Paul Fitterer, Peter Fitterer, Cole Grosland, Zach Holes, Brody Johnson, Derek Johnson, Lopez, Melhouse, Austin Noble, Rohloff, Rohr, Hayden Strain, Wyatt Johnson, Cole Zimmerman, and manager Halley Strain.
Members of the JV squad were Mason Cable, Gavin Gates, Jacob Hanka, Henry Johnson, Wyatt Johnson, Dylan Rohr, Mason Stevens, Erwin Strelow, Cole Zimmerman and managers Nicole Sandstrom and Abbi Maki.
Cheerleaders were Tessa Barnes, Bobbi Cromer, Danielle Hansen, Amanda Holscher, Rianne Lund, McKenzie Meyers and Elizabeth Reinhardt. Coaches were Dudley Flodeen (head), Kevin Landry and Matt Strain (assistants) and Robert Otterness (volunteer assistant).