Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, March 15, 1999
LP/HT wrestlers have record-setting year
The record-setting Lester Prairie/ Holy Trinity (LP/HT) wrestling team had another very successful season.
The team set a new school record for wins in a season with 20 victories. The 20-8 season included a 10 point win over Waconia, which was the Section 4AA state entrant.
The Bulldogs placed second in Section 5A behind state entrant Meadow Creek Christian. The score was close throughout, with the Bulldogs losing by only 5 points.
The team also set a school record with six individuals competing in the state tournament: Alek Halverson at 119, Dan Fiecke at 130, Ben Shimanski at 145, David Eckstein at 152, Josh Eckstein at 160, and Kyle Koch at 189.
A team record of three individuals passed the 100-career win milestone this season. Josh Eckstein finished his junior year with 126 wins, Kyle Koch finished his senior year with 111 wins, and Alek Halverson finished his junior year with 103 wins. Only five other wrestlers in the 26-year history of wrestling at LPHS have won 100 or more matches.
Josh Eckstein, Koch, and Halverson have a combined total of 340 wins among them. Koch set a new record of 26 pins this year, bringing his career total to 74 pins, taking second place to Brian Heimerl's 92-pin total.
Individual summary by weight:
103 pounds - Travis Schurmann, freshman, 13 pins and 26 takedowns, 18-18 record
103 pounds - Eric Stifter, freshman, 4-5 with one pin
112 pounds - Neil Otto, freshman, 2-19 record and one pin
119 pounds - Alek Halverson, junior, 33-4 record. Halverson was 2-2 at the state tournament and has a career record of 103-42. He pinned 14 opponents this season and has 50 career pins and 20 takedowns.
125 pounds - Justin Heldt, freshman, 12-22 record. Heldt pinned four opponents and had 20 takedowns.
130 pounds - Dan Fiecke, freshman, finished 24-12 with nine pins, 41 takedowns and went 0-1 at the state tournament.
135 pounds - Lee Ford, senior, finished 21-12 with nine pins and 43 takedowns. Ford missed the state tournament by one match.
140 pounds - David Eckstein, freshman, finished 22-13 with 10 pins and 35 takedowns; he also went 0-1 at the state tournament.
140 pounds - Scott Hoen, freshman, 4-2
145 pounds - Ben Shimanski, senior, 18-13 with seven pins and 45 takedowns. Shimanski finished his LP/HT career 37-30 and went 0-1 at the state tournament.
152 pounds - Seth Frederickson, junior, 4-21 record with one pin and seven takedowns
152-189 pounds - Ryan Fiecke, sophomore, 9-6 with seven pins; Fiecke filled in nicely anywhere from 152 to 189.
160 pounds - Josh Eckstein, junior, finished his year as the state 160 pound runner-up. He went 34-2 with 16 pins and 95 takedowns; he has a career mark of 126-46, taking second all-time to Brian Heimerl's 181 wins. Josh has a career total of 56 pins.
171 pounds - Ryan Schermann, junior, finished 13-15 with six pins and 33 takedowns
189 pounds - Kyle Koch, senior, finished with 26 pins this year and a 34-2 record. Koch had a new school record of 74 pins total; he set a record only one win behind Marcus Halverson with a 111-34 career.
275 pounds - Adam Birkholz, junior, 16-16 with 10 pins and 31 takedowns.
The following team members wrestled at the junior varsity level: Jeff Adickes and Phillip Schmalz, freshmen at 171; Ryan Dressler, freshman at 125; Shane Sanders, an 8th grader, and Shawn Dressler and Jon Kusske, 7th graders, at 103.
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