It wasn’t too many years ago when Humboldt High wrestling coach Chad Beaman challenged his squad, parents and community to make the commitment to take the program to the next level, using the season-ending banquet as a platform for his message.
What a difference five years makes.
That combined commitment is starting to reap dividends, evidenced by a very successful 2012-13 season in which Humboldt set a school overall dual record of 23-1, along with winning the North Central Conference tournament title as well as going unbeaten in the league dual season.
Throw in the fact the Wildcats won five regular season tournament titles, gained a sectional title and a runner-up district title and sent five individuals to the traditional state tournament with three placing among the top eight. Humboldt also qualified for the regional dual team tournament for the first time in 11 seasons.
Humboldt also finished the season ranked No. 6 in the Class 2A State Dual Team rankings.
It was a pretty impressive list of accomplishments recognized at the team potluck dinner banquet held last week (Mar. 7) at the high school cafeteria.
“For me it was fun going into restaurants and the grocery store and have people who have never talked to me about wrestling before in our community, come up to me and show their support for our program,” Beaman said. “I’ve told the kids about how proud the community was of what they were able to do this year.”
“I couldn’t go anywhere in town without somebody in town coming up and talking to me about our program,” Beaman said.
While the Wildcats have indeed come a long ways in recent years, Beaman made it clear there is no reason to stand still with plenty left to accomplish.
Humboldt graduates just four seniors, so a wealth of talent returns next November for the Wildcats, including six district qualifiers and several athletes who came close to advancing in post-season tournament competition.
“We set a school record of 23 dual victories, but we were just short of meeting our goal of qualifying for the state dual team tournament,” Beaman said.
Beaman and his coaching staff recognized the varsity and junior varsity squads. Cheerleaders and statisticians were also recognized.
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Nikko Wheeler 40, Reed Dreyer 38, Tyler Rutz 38, Dylan Hendricks 37, Kylie Zender 36.
Most team points
Wheeler 220, Dreyer 214, Rutz 207, Hendricks 189, Zender 178.
Schnetzer 14, Hendricks 11, Zender 11, Adam Mickelson 8, Mike Madsen 8.
Dreyer 28, Rutz 27, Wheeler 25, Hendricks 23, Jake Miller 17.
Most major decisions
Schnetzer 7, Austen Gargano 5, Austin Meier 3, Madsen 34, Rutz 3.
Most tech falls
Madsen 2, Gargano 2, Wheeler 1, Zender 1, Miller 1.
Wheeler 104, Schnetzer 96, Rutz 67, Zender 58, Dreyer 53.
Most 2-pt near falls
Madsen 19, Zender 13, Rutz 12, Miller 11, Wheeler 10.
Most 3-pt near falls
Gargano 23, Madsen 22, Wheeler 18, Rutz 16, Miller 14.
Mickelson 36, Hendricks 32, Schnetzer 31, Wheeler 29, Miller 27.