*Current or Past Coach at Elk River High School
+ER Sports Hall of Fame
|1975||98||+Craig Jordan||Elk River State Champion|
|1978||119||*+Gary LeFebvre||Elk River State Champion|
|1981||98||Jim Jorgenson||Elk River State Champion|
|1986||167||*Paul Nelson||Elk River State Champion|
|1989||145||Gary Kroells||Elk River State Champion|
|1993||152||*Brett Svendsen||Elk River State Champion|
|1998||135||Lance Martin||Elk River State Champion|
|1998||171||Jason Waln||Elk River State Champion|
|1999||135||Clint Martin||Elk River State Champion|
|1999||125||Chris McAlpine||Elk River State Champion|
|2000||130||Chris McAlpine||Elk River State Champion|
|2002||135||Thomas McAlpine||Elk River State Champion|
|1976||*+Gary Lefebvre||2nd Place|
|1976||*Ken Jordan||2nd Place|
|1976||Tim Smith||3rd Place|
|1977||*Ken Jordan||2nd Place|
|1977||*+Gary Lefebvre||3rd Place|
|1980||Leon Ebner||4th place|
|1981||Jeff Vasseur||3rd Place|
|1981||*Loren Ebner||4th place|
|1981||Jim Hirt||4th place|
|1982||Jim Jorgenson||2nd Place|
|1983||Jim Clark||3rd Place|
|1983||*Matt Leshovsky||4th place|
|1984||*Matt Leshovsky||4th place|
|1985||*Matt Leshovsky||4th place|
|1991||*Brett Svendsen||3rd Place|
|1991||Mike Parent||6th Place|
|1994||Derek Enderle||3rd Place|
|1996||Heath Martin||3rd Place|
|1996||Lance Martin||4th place|
|1996||Cassidy Strong||6th Place|
|1996||Marty Kirk||6th Place|
|1997||Lance Martin||2nd Place|
|1997||Chris McAlpine||6th Place|
|1997||Heath Martin||6th Place|
|1997||Matt McAlpine||6th Place|
|1999||Tony Davis||5th Place|
|2000||Thomas McAlpine||3rd Place|
|2001||Brian Hackenmueller||2nd Place|
|2001||Thomas McAlpine||2nd Place|
|2001||Jeff Johnson||4th place|
|2002||Alan Erickson||6th Place|
|2003||Alan Erickson||2nd Place|
|2003||Jason Kohl||3rd Place|
|2004||Lukas Lynch||5th Place|
|2004||Tyler Hemmesch||6th Place|
|2005||Tyler Hemmesch||3rd Place|
|2005||Lukas Lynch||6th Place|
|2006||Lukas Lynch||2nd Place|
|2006||Tyler Hemmesch||2nd Place|
|2007||Tyler Hemmesch||2nd Place|
|2008||Mitch Hauge||6th Place|
|2010||Tyler Stevens||5th Place|
|2012||Evan Caldon||6th Place|
|2016||Sam Gibas||4th Place|
|2016||Brendan Simmonds||5th Place|
|2020||Seth Hopkins||5th Place|
|1973||George Curtis||State Entrant|
|1976||Gregg Barrett||State Entrant|
|1976||Pat Bakos||State Entrant|
|1978||Brian Kopesky||State Entrant|
|1978||Rick Dalbec||State Entrant|
|1979||Steve Bakos||State Entrant|
|1980||Greg Hemmesch||State Entrant|
|1980||Jim Hirt||State Entrant|
|1980||Steve Bakos||State Entrant|
|1981||Jeff Vasseur||State Entrant|
|1981||Jim Hirt||State Entrant|
|1981||Leon Ebner||State Entrant|
|1982||Bob Temple||State Entrant|
|1982||Mike Jorgenson||State Entrant|
|1982||Rick Roche||State Entrant|
|1983||Mike Jorgenson||State Entrant|
|1983||Rick Roche||State Entrant|
|1984||Brad Johnson||State Entrant|
|1984||Lee Walz||State Entrant|
|1985||*Paul Nelson||State Entrant|
|1986||Joel Greenberg||State Entrant|
|1987||John Hemmerich||State Entrant|
|1987||Nathan Vevea||State Entrant|
|1988||Lee Corben||State Entrant|
|1988||Nathan Vevea||State Entrant|
|1988||Scott Ramsdell||State Entrant|
|1990||*Brad Olson||State Entrant|
|1990||*Brett Svendsen||State Entrant|
|1991||Jamie Hilyar||State Entrant|
|1993||Derek Enderlie||State Entrant|
|1993||Heath Martin||State Entrant|
|1993||John Kiesling||State Entrant|
|1994||Heath Martin||State Entrant|
|1995||Heath Martin||State Entrant|
|1995||Marty Kirk||State Entrant|
|1995||Matt McAlpine||State Entrant|
|1997||John Ramert||State Entrant|
|1997||Marty Kirk||State Entrant|
|1997||Vince Hackenmueller||State Entrant|
|1998||Phil Scharber||State Entrant|
|1998||Ryan Donnay||State Entrant|
|1998||Thomas McAlpine||State Entrant|
|1999||Brian Hackenmueller||State Entrant|
|2000||Brian Hackenmueller||State Entrant|
|2002||John Kolar||State Entrant|
|2003||Lukas Lynch||State Entrant|
|2004||Adam Fedie||State Entrant|
|2005||Kyle Muetzel||State Entrant|
|2007||Joe Kolar||State Entrant|
|2007||Mitch Hauge||State Entrant|
|2007||Tyler Stevens||State Entrant|
|2008||Wade Forde||State Entrant|
|2009||Tyler Stevens||State Entrant|
|2010||Tyler Stevens||State Entrant|
|2010||Eric Stevens||State Entrant|
|2011||Holtan Lubinski||State Entrant|
|2012||Evan Caldon||State Entrant|
|2013||Evan Caldon||State Entrant|
|2014||Garrett Caldon||State Entrant|
|2014||Aaron Hannan||State Entrant|
|2015||Garrett Caldon||State Entrant|
|2015||Anthony Meister||State Entrant|
|2016||Ben Gibas||State Entrant|
|2016||Sam Gibas||State Entrant|
|2016||Anthony Meister||State Entrant|
|2016||Brennan Simmonds||State Entrant|
|2017||Casey Schilz||State Entrant|
|2018||LaFayette Bade||State Entrant|
|2018||Colton Pool||State Entrant|
|2019||LaFayette Bade||State Entrant|
|2019||Tyler Benson||State Entrant|
|2019||Seth Hopkins||State Entrant|
|2019||Colton Pool||State Entrant|
|2020||Seth Hopkins||State Entrant|
Elk River Wrestling's Community Impact Night at Pizza Ranch was a success! Eight of the team's wrestlers participated by helping customers and busing tables. A total of $678.00 was earned to support all levels of Elk River Wrestling (K-12)!
Thank you to all who came out to support the event as well as the wrestlers for your hard work: Tyler Benson, Colton Pool, Alex Sanborn, Eli Williams, Seth Hopkins, Lafayette Bade, Hunter Larson and Loser Wuanti (not pictured). Also pictured is Coach Gregg Brass.
Elk River was well represented at the 2019 NYWA State Wrestling Tournament this year. The tournament took place at the Rochester Convention Center on April 5-7.
2019 State Entrants: Seth Hopkins (Jr)-HWT, Laffayette Bade (Sr)-220, Tyler Benson (Sr)-160 and Colton Pool (Jr)-120.
The Community Impact Night at the Elk River Pizza Ranch was a success raising $503.00 for Elk River Wrestling!
THANK YOU to everyone who took part -- whether you came to dine, donated money or worked a shift, it all helped out!
TELL A FRIEND!
The Elk River Wrestling club would like to invite anyone who wants to try wrestling to attend a FREE camp!
Why wrestle? Wrestling is such an amazing sport that provides youth an opportunity to learn things that will help them throughout their lifetime. It helps to develop strong minds and strong bodies. It helps youth to learn to set and work to achieve goals.
High School: Nov 4-7, 2:30-3:30, ERHS Wrestling Room.
Middle School: Nov 18-21, 3:30-5:00, Salk Middle School Upper Gym.
Youth: Bring a Friend Night! Nov 12 & 14, 6:00-7:30 ERHS Wrestling Room. Questions? Contact Christy Christopherson at email@example.com.
Questions for HS & MS can be directed to the email address listed below.
What to wear: T-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes (or wrestling shoes if you have them). No buttons or zippers, please.
The Waiver Liability form below MUST BE completed before you can step on the mat for all levels.
by Jake Andersen
ER Star News
Lafayette Bade remembers watching practice partner Casey Schilz compete at the state tournament last season.
While he was thrilled for his teammate, he couldn’t help but think about how close he was to joining him. Wrestling in the 285-pound third-place match of the Section 7AAA tournament, Bade fell to Blaine’s Dylan Krump by fall. This marked a disappointing finish to his sophomore season, considering a win would have advanced him to face Tim Mandyck of Coon Rapids in a true-second match, with a trip to state on the line. Instead, Krump sent him home early, which didn’t sit well with the Elk River heavyweight.
“All I could think about was being successful and being on top and that I wouldn’t stop until I get there,” he said.
To prevent last year’s disappointment from happening again, Bade put the work in during the offseason. Preferring to hit the gym when no one was there, Bade and teammate Tyler Benson spent countless summer nights working out at The Gym 365 in Elk River until the wee hours of the morning. The workout habits continued into football and wrestling season with Bade being the first one to the school gym in the mornings, asking coaches to open the doors early. On top of that, he’d spend time working out after practices.
Furthermore, Bade saw a better opportunity for himself and the wrestling team by competing in the 220-pound weight class, meaning he’d have to cut 20-30 pounds following football season. This presented quite the challenge for the big man, considering he’d have to maintain a weight around 250 pounds as an offensive and defensive lineman on the football team.
Even so, Bade was up for the challenge. As matter of fact, he didn’t need anyone else to motivate him, but himself.
“With football, wrestling, track, school and anything in life, there’s always someone trying to get better than me, trying to beat me in life and that just bugs me a lot,” Bade said. “I can’t let that happen, so my brain works differently. I just want to work out and be better than everyone else. Not in a cocky or bad way, but in a way that drives me and makes me successful in life.”
With the football team making another state championship game, Bade got off to a late start with the wrestling team, but after taking two weeks off, he set out to cut the weight.
In a matter of a week, Bade lost over 20 pounds by going through intense workouts and practices, while managing a consistent diet. Normally, he’d eat whatever was put on the table, but this time around, he kept his portion sizes small, while eating leaner meats and a ton of fruit. Of course, drinking plenty of water and cutting out sugary drinks like pop was key to losing weight as well.
Bade told role model and Elks assistant coach Gary Clem about his plans to wrestle at 220 first and he wasn’t the least bit surprised to see him transform his body so quickly.
“He worked every day after practice and cleaned up his diet with one goal in mind: making the state tournament,” said Clem, who’s coached Lafayette since first grade. “He has to be told to go home from practice. He just works that hard (to accomplish what he sets his mind to).”
Initially, Bade had a tough time adjusting to a new weight class, losing his first two matches, but he said that things started to click when he took second place at the Cambridge-Isanti invitational on Jan. 6.
“It was a struggle right away. I was hard on myself because I wasn’t getting it. The speed was bad for me. I just wasn’t wrestling well because I wasn’t moving my feet (against quicker wrestlers) and wasn’t myself after losing all that weight. After busting my butt in practice and getting quicker, it started to come together, though,” Bade said.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020
ELK RIVER HIGH SCHOOL
TEAM TOURNAMENT & INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT
THE ELK RIVER WRESTLING CLUB HAS MADE THE DECISION TO CANCEL THE TOURNAMENT. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO REGISTERED, PLEASE KEEP US IN MIND NEXT YEAR!
Kyle Brehm and Nate Dahl are organizing this fundraiser on behalf of American Cancer Society.
Several years back, Kyle and Nate decided to enter the Old Timers Tournament with some friends. Last year, they decided to wrestle for a cause, and raise some money. They ultimately raised $3,400 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!
Kyle and Nate will be back again this year, and will be wrestling to benefit The American Cancer Society. In addition to donations, they would love for other participants and/or teams to help in the fundraising effort.
Can you help the cause? Visit the web page link to the left to enter your donation, or contact Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org to join in the fundraising effort!
The Elks Took Down Cancer in 2020!
The Elk River wrestling team took their shot at raising money for the Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund at their dual meet on February 7th against Champlin Park High School. A total of $761.16 will be donated.
March 9, 2020
Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund
1660 South Highway 100
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Re: Takedown Cancer Event
To whom this may concern,
Please accept the enclosed check for $761.16. This is the amount that the Elk River Wrestling team raised during our Takedown Cancer night that was held Friday, February 7, 2020 when we faced Champlin Park in our final dual of the year.
It was a great week of participation from our Varsity and Junior Varsity wrestlers. During the week, they sold $1.00 name cards to family, faculty and classmates in the days leading up to that Friday night. On the name card, the buyer could write a name of someone they were memorializing that lost their fight to cancer and/or a name of someone that they were honoring who is winning their battle with cancer. Each team member was given a goal to sell five. They all reached their goal and we are very proud of their accomplishment. On the night of the event prior to the varsity dual, I explained the fundraiser to all in attendance and made an announcement that for the next two minutes (the time of one wrestling period) we would be going up in the crowd to collect any donations. So, with assistance from our three captains and the three captains from Champlin Park; they went into the crowd and collected over $400.00 in two minutes!
Thus, from the sale of the name cards, the two-minute fundraiser and a $250.00 donation from us, we are very proud to donate the enclosed check. We plan to continue this as an annual event. In the seven years that we have been participating, we have raised $5,781.63. On behalf of the Booster Club and the entire Elk River wrestling family, we appreciate what you do for the community and your efforts to Takedown Cancer!
Elk River Wrestling Boosters
WE'VE GOT IT IN ELK RIVER!
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
2020 OFF SEASON WRESTLING
Eligible to kids in grades 2-12.
WHEN: Every Monday,
March 16 - May 11 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Schedule may depend on State Freestyle and Greco weekend competition.
PRACTICES: A total of 7-8 practices with 4-5 of them hosting a Clinician from SCSU, Augsburg or U of M. Practices will consist of fun agility time, drilling time, and live wrestling.
WHERE: Elk River HS Wrestling Room
COST: $50.00 per athlete with a signed waiver before they can step on the mat.
PURPOSE & GOAL: To give wrestlers a house spring program that will focus mainly on wrestling on their feet. Focusing on setups, movement, defensive and offensive scoring.
This will be an opportunity to get extra mat time and still compete for a few extra months. The goal is to offer a program for those that want more mat time but are not yet ready to attend specialized training sites or regional spring training sites.
Contact Gary Ebner with questions at 763-200-0014.
Congratulations Seth Hopkins
ER Star News Athlete of the Week!
Elk River senior Seth Hopkins can thank a teammate’s father for his career as a varsity wrestler.
When Hopkins was in fourth grade, Gary Clem, the father of Hopkins’ teammate Gage Clem, saw Hopkins’ strength on the football field and contacted his father, Josh, telling him to sign his son up for wrestling.
After watching one of his cousin’s wrestling practice, Seth Hopkins confirmed that he wanted to wrestle in high school.
“I knew it would help me in football,” Hopkins said. “I always loved football. That was my main priority. Initially, I wrestled so I could get better at football, but as the years went on, I grew to love the sport of wrestling. That’s why I continue to do it to this day.”
Head coach Bryan Kulm said Hopkins is a hard worker who comes prepared for each meet and practice.
“If I could have another 20 guys like Seth with his attitude and his work ethic and what a nice, kind person he is, I’d take that in an instant,” Kulm said. “He leads by doing the right things. That’s something that you don’t find every day.”
Hopkins played on Elk River football’s Team 128 that made it to the Class 5A state semifinal in November. He was an offensive lineman and a defensive lineman. Hopkins recorded three sacks in 2019—two in the regular season and one in the Class 5A quarterfinal against Moorhead on Nov. 9.
Senior Colton Pool said Hopkins made every wrestling practice when there wasn’t a football game, practice or scrimmage.
“He was in here right away and got right into it,” Pool said. “[He] sets the tone and sets the pace for other wrestlers to follow. He’ll motivate the guys and sets the tone pretty high and sets a good example to follow. If he’s working hard, you see other people working hard and busting their butts and going at it with their teammates, you’re going to do the same thing.”
With the Summer Olympics in Tokyo only six months away, Hopkins said he didn’t watch any 2016 Olympic wrestling matches on television and wasn’t inspired by any Team USA wrestlers. Instead, his wrestling hero is former Minnesota Golden Gophers heavyweight Tony Nelson. Nelson wrestled for the Gophers from 2010-14, winning the NCAA heavyweight championship in both 2012-13 and 2013-14 as well as three Big Ten championships.
“He was just a big guy and he’s so athletic,” Hopkins said. “It just amazes me how good he was at the collegiate level for the Gophers.”
When he’s not pinning down opponents or preparing for football season, Hopkins is busy studying math, which is his favorite school subject. Hopkins is planning on majoring in a math-related field, where the possibilities, from algebra to calculus, are endless.
Hopkins said people who understand math are needed in society in order to solve humankind’s most challenging problems.
“You always need these people to solve these problems,” Hopkins said. “More math problems keep coming out every day and you need people to figure those out in every aspect.”
Elk River hasn’t had a state champion at the individual level since 2002. Hopkins’ goal for this season is to end that 17-plus year drought by winning the heavyweight title in February at Xcel Energy Center.
“I think it’s an achievable goal,” Hopkins said. “I’ve always wanted to be the best in everything. This year, I really want to get that state title, look back and [say] all that hard work paid off. I’m going to keep grinding in the room. I’m going to listen to my coaches. They’re going to give me great advice and I’m going to work harder than I have ever before.”
Becky Lassila has been busy taking photos of our wrestlers this year! She has made her website available with TEAM photos as well as RANDOM photos from duals and tournaments.
Go to www.beckylassila.com. Click on Albums, then Elk River Wrestling (dual and tournament photos) or Team Photos (individual, coach and team photos).
A couple notes:
* Any picture from the Elk River Wrestling link can be downloaded for free.
* Pictures from the Team Photo link are available for purchase. The document to the left can be submitted to Coach Kulm with payment NO LATER THAN JANUARY 15. Becky's contact information is listed on the form should you have questions.
............ ALSO AVAILABLE ..........
Hunter Larson and family hired Dan Dawson from Prime Photographers to take Hunter's senior photos. Dan was at our Parent Night and took many photos, including those of the parents and their wrestler. The photos can be found on the Photo tab (ERW Home Page>Teams>High School>Photos) and are free to download. Thank you to the Larson family for making this available.