Junior Katie Clemons (#32) checks out a shot on Friday night during the game against Austin. The Winhawks fell 41-89. Photo by Grace Gilles.
It didn’t take long for North Dakota State-bound Ryan Henningson to win his first tournament title of the year. Same goes for Tyler Nachtigal and Zander Rusert.
The three Winhawks wrestlers stood atop the podium after the Bill Schmidt Invitational on Saturday at the Winona Senior High School gym.
Henningson, a state runner-up last year, won four matches by pin at 132 pounds and claimed the championship via injury default. Rusert won all five matches by pin at 285 — three in the first period — while Nachtigal had one pin.
Winona also got a second-place finish from Evann Fabian at 126 pounds, and third-place finishes from Evann Mulrude (113), Isaac Allred (152) and Matthew Satka (182).
Winona finished third out of 10 teams with 126.75 points. Hudson won with 227.25, and Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson was second with 191.25.
Owatonna 60, Winona 15: The Winhawks, with many wrestlers still working their way into shape, lost their season opener to the Huskies last Thursday.
Winona 4, Becker/Big Lake 2: Matt Thesing scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the second period, as the Winhawks (2-2) won on the road on Friday night at Princeton Ice Arena.
Alex Charles scored off a Hans Larsen assist early in the first period for Winona, which never trailed. Larsen added an even-strength goal in the third period.
Alex Benson made 54 saves for the Winhawks, who host Albert Lea on Thursday night at Bud King Ice Arena.
Albert Lea 5, Winona 2: Matt Thesing and Roman Grulkowski each scored for the Winhawks (1-1, 0-1) in their Big 9 opener last Tuesday.
Thesing’s power-play goal was assisted by Sam Buerck. Avery Prodzinski and Austin King-Henke assisted on Grulkowsi’s goal.
Campbell Cichosz had two goals and an assist for Albert Lea.
Alex Benson made 53 saves for Winona.
Owatonna 7, Winona 1: Last Thursday at Bud King Ice Arena, Matt Thesing scored his fourth goal of the season, but the Winhawks (1-2, 0-2) fell to the Huskies, who got two goals a piece from Collin Pederson and Wyatt Oldefendt.
Winona JV 8, Rochester Mayo 0: In the first home game for the new co-op, the Winhawks blanked the Spartans last Monday night.
Austin 73, Winona 59: The Winhawks, playing in their season opener on Friday, got within nine points on a basket by Ethan Prodzinski late in the second half, but the Packers scored five quick points to push the lead back to double figures.
Winona was back in action on Tuesday night against Albert Lea in the WSHS gym. It was staff appreciation night.
Austin 89, Winona 41: Julie Kronebusch scored nine points and Izzy Goettelman added seven for the Winhawks at home on Friday night.
La Crosse Logan 66, Winona 34: Kronebusch added nine more points on three 3-pointers in a nonconference loss Saturday in La Crosse. Koehler and Goettelman added six a piece.
Rochester Century 67, Winona 54: The shorthanded Winhawks came up a little big short last Tuesday night in a Big 9 Conference game on the road.
Izzy Goettelman scored a career-high 22 points but the Winhawks fell to Rochester Century 67-54.
Century used momentum from a late basket in the first half to turn a tight game into a 50-30 lead before the Winhawks (0-2, 0-2) fought back to get within eight points with less than 6 minutes to play. But the Panthers (1-2, 1-2) made the plays down the stretch to pull away.
Goettelman was 7 of 15 from the floor and 6 of 10 from the free-throw line. She hit two 3-pointers and grabbed three rebounds.
“I just felt more confident tonight,” Goettelman said. “I felt like we were passing it well and making sure everyone had the chance to get open. I just felt like I had the hot hand tonight.”
Julia Kronebusch stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals, while Marquetta Berlin-Burns — a day after battling a stomach bug — chipped in nine points and three rebounds.
“I just had to tell myself I was going to be OK,” said Berlin-Burns, the school record holder in the 100-meter dash. “I wanted to be good for my team.”
Boys swimming and diving
The Winona Senior High School boys swimming and diving team wasted little time in making some noise in the pool this season.
The Winhawks set two pool records en route to beating Faribault 93-71 in a Big 9 Conference dual meet last Thursday night on the road.
“They guys had an incredible night,” coach Chris Mayer said, “and considering this is only our second week, the season is certainly starting on the right note.”
The 200 freestyle relay of Grant Wolner, Alex Jorgenson, Tanner Lozenski and Jack Herczeg swam a 1:29.48 to break a four-year-old pool record. The B relay of Nick Brand, Jon Broas, Jared Loos and Colin White tied the Faribault A team at 1:42.28 for second place.
Wolner also broke a 10-year-old pool record in the 100 breaststroke by finishing in 58.94. Jon Bros took third in 1:14.94 and Briar Volkman was fourth in 1:17.79.
That was just the tip of the iceberg.
The 200 medley relay of Broas, Julius Hanson, Brayden Coudron and White won in 1:52.75, and the B team of Ethan Evenson, Volkman, Loos and Brand took second in 1:58.56.
Jorgenson won the 200 freestyle in 1:52.89.
Wolner, Hanson and Broas went 1-2-3 in the 200 medley with Wolner winning in 2:06.72, Hanson taking second in 2:18.25 and Broas third in 2:21.77.
Herczeg barely missed a pool record in the 50 freestyle, winning in 21.84. Jorge Olvera was third in 25.99.
The Winhawks had another top three sweep in the 100 butterfly with Jorgenson winning in 58.99, Lozenski at an even 1:00.00 and Coudron in 1:02.50.
Herczeg won the 100 freestyle in 47.69.
In the 500 freestyle, Hanson outlasted the field in 5:38.42, while Elijah Vieth was second in 5:41.57 and White third in 5:42.77.
“These three guys will certainly be a trio to be reckoned with during the season,” Mayer said.
The Winhawks went 1-2-3 in the 100 backstroke with Coudron winning in 1:06.00, Evenson second in 1:06.62 and Nelson third in 1:10.76.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Herczeg, Jorgenson, Lozenski and Wolner won in 3:18.92, and the B relay of Hanson, Coudron, Evenson and Nelson took second in 3:53.46.
“These guys are going fast already,” Mayer said. “There are some very high goals this season and with the way these guys are swimming in the first meet, those goals are certainly attainable.”