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Minnesota Christmas Tournament Preview

Blake West defeated Pierson Manville in the finals of the InterMat Classic (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)

The Minnesota Christmas Tournament is being held this Friday and Saturday in Rochester, Minn. Annually this event serves as a de facto single-class Minnesota state tournament. This year's 40-team field features the vast majority of top teams from Minnesota, plus a few schools from out of state. This year that includes schools from Wisconsin, Illinois, and Oklahoma.

There are three nationally ranked teams featured in the field: No. 21 Simley, No. 25 Kasson-Mantorville, and No. 46 Apple Valley.

Other teams to watch in the field include Aurora Christian (Ill.), Edmond Memorial (Okla.), Ellsworth (Wis.), Fairmont-Martin County West, Holmen (Wis.), Kaukauna (Wis.), Owatonna, Scott West, and St. Michael-Albertville.

Below is a list of wrestlers to watch in the field (Minnesota schools unless noted).

106: Blake West (Owatonna), Cruz Aguilar (Edmond Memorial, Okla.), Pierson Manville (Shakopee), Matt Hogue (East Ridge), Brendan Howes (Anoka), Reid Nelson (Forest Lake), Tyson Peitz (Waconia), Michael Loger (Totino-Grace)

113: Joey Thompson (Totino-Grace), Paxton Creese (Shakopee), Maxwell Petersen (Byron), Brandon Psyk (St. Michael-Albertville), Cael Swensen (Wayzata), Jaden Verhagen (Kaukauna, Wis.), Logan Vaughan (Kasson-Mantorville), Kanin Hable (Owatonna)

120: No. 1 Eric Barnett (Hortonville, Wis.), Derrick Cardinal (Forest Lake), Ben Lunn (Shakopee), Jaxson Rohman (Fairmont-Martin County West), Chase DeBlaere (Simley), Mason Campshure (Kaukauna, Wis.)

126: No. 13 Jake Svihel (Totino-Grace), Reid Ballantyne (Stillwater), Mitchel Petersen (Byron), Cameron Johnson (Aurora Christian, Ill.), Regan Schrempp (Apple Valley), Luke Joniaux (Luxemburg-Casco, Wis.), Justin Stauffacher (Scott West), Nick Cantu (Albert Lea), Hunter Lyden (East Ridge)

132: Ryan Sokol (Simley), Ryder Rogotzke (East Ridge), Adam Mickelson (Apple Valley), Bam West (Edmond Memorial, Okla.), Brandon Micksch (Kaukauna, Wis.)

138: Noah Villarreal (Aurora Christian, Ill.), Bryce Bosman (Luxemburg-Casco, Wis.), Cael Berg (Simley), Jackson Oplotnik (Edmond Memorial, Okla.), Tyler Shackle (Scott West), Marshall Peters (Rochester Mayo), Trey Kruse (Stillwater), Charlie Stuhl (Ellsworth, Wis.), John Diener (Kaukauna, Wis.)

145: No. 15 Cael Carlson (Willmar), Sebas Swiggum (Apple Valley), Peter Rolle (Edmond Memorial, Okla.), Scott Springer (Anoka), Antonio Everett (Simley), Payton Anderson (Fairmont-Martin County West), Jared Lansing (Ellsworth, Wis.), Zeke Marshall (Aurora Christian, Ill.), Luke Peterson (Farmington), Kaden Nelson (Owatonna)

152: No. 7 Carson Manville (Shakopee), Colby Njos (Anoka), Brady Gross (Apple Valley), Bennett Berge (Kasson-Mantorville), Tim Stapleton (Waconia), Jay Cee Gonzalez (Aurora Christian, Ill.), Gavin Nelson (Simley)

160: Devin Roberts (Apple Valley), Jacob Hageman (Simley), Jimmy Brown (Cambridge-Isanti), Kyle Knowles (Edmond Memorial, Okla.), Cedric Kosnopfal (Ellsworth, Wis.), Moise Madimba (Coon Rapids)

170: Cade Mueller (Waconia), Colton Krell (Westfield), Reese Worachek (Luxemburg-Casco, Wis.), Nolan Wanzek (Simley), Dalton Andrist (Kasson-Mantorville), Jake Viloria (St. Rita, Ill.), Wyatt Lidberg (St. Michael-Albertville)

182: No. 4 Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville), No. 13 Zach Glazier (Albert Lea), Cade King (Owatonna), Quayin Short (Simley), Calvin Sund (Prior Lake), Kalyn Jahn (Holmen, Wis.), Bryce Alsteen (Kaukauna, Wis.), Dustin Dittrich (P-E-M, Minn.), Carl Leuer (St. Michael-Albertville)

195: Grant Parrish (Kasson-Mantorville), Lincoln Shinn (Willmar), Jacob Bennett (Zumbrotta-Mazeppa), Nick Staska (Owatonna), Brady Nielsen (Anoka)

220: Garsen Schorr (Kasson-Mantorville), Angel Jaimes (Aurora Christian, Ill.), Andrew Reigstand (Willmar), Riley Wingert (P-E-M, Minn.), Marco Cavallaro (East Ridge)

285: Tyler Kim (Apple Valley), Charlie Farhat (Willmar), James Johnson (Minnetonka), Calvin Menke (Scott West), Nick Pierce (St. Francis)

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