Jore Volk of Lakeville North and Ryder Rogotzke of Stillwater are two of the state’s prime highschool senior wrestlers, pound for pound. Each are heavy favorites to win Class 3A particular person state championships — Rogotzke at 182 kilos, and Volk, already a two-time state champ, at 132 kilos.
Volk is dedicated to Wyoming, whereas Rogotzke will wrestle for Navy subsequent 12 months. In Friday’s first two rounds, Volk put collectively two technical falls, and Rogotzke logged two pins, placing each wrestlers comfortably into Saturday’s semifinals at Xcel Engery Heart. Put merely: They’re dominant.
So it’s nearly shocking to take a look at their information and see a “1” within the loss column.
So, what occurred?
Rogotzke dropped an 8-7 resolution within the semifinals of the Christmas Event in Rochester to Clayton Whiting of Oconto Falls, Wis., after Rogotzke obtained one of the best of Whiting in October’s Tremendous 32 occasion. They’re two of the highest wrestlers within the nation at 182 kilos.
“So, 1-1,” Rogotzke stated.
Volk’s loss got here in extra time to Simley’s Chase DeBlaere, a three-time state champion who’s favored to win his fourth title in Class 2A on Saturday. Some wrestlers will keep away from marquee matchups throughout the common season to take care of an ideal document. That’s not Volk’s fashion.
“For that twin, I bumped up simply to get the match,” Volk stated. “Attempting to get higher competitors.”
He does that repeatedly throughout the common season, as Lakeville North coach Daniel Recchio permits Volk to leap across the lineup as a lot as potential to hunt out one of the best matches.
“Attempting to only get higher matches,” Volk stated. “The previous couple of years, being on the highschool group, I simply attempt to discover the place the nice youngsters are at and simply go there to attempt to get competitors.”
DeBlaere, an Oregon State commit, and Volk are each in 132-pound brackets this week, DeBlaere in Class 2A and Volk in Class 3A. However Volk (28-1) is a a lot smaller wrestler. He eats no matter he desires throughout the highschool season and is small for his class. At Wyoming, he hopes to wrestle at 125 kilos.
However wrestling larger opponents has pressured him to study higher method and positioning. Prime-tier competitors, which might be tough to seek out at instances for the state’s finest wrestlers, is what drives enchancment. It’s why the likes of Volk and Rogotzke (54-1) relish it, even when it results in the occasional loss. As an example, in his loss to DeBlaere, Volk famous he didn’t get to his offense sufficient. Lesson realized.
“On the finish of the day, wins and losses don’t actually matter. I’m simply attempting to get higher,” Volk stated. “Higher competitors is simply going to make me higher, particularly since I’m going to wrestle in faculty, I’m not going to look again and be like ‘Oh, that one loss goes to have an effect on me in any approach.’ I’m simply attempting to get higher.”
Plus, the uncommon loss can add just a little motivation for the remainder of the season, too.
“I’ve pinned each single individual from there on out, so I assume I took it private,” Rogotzke stated with a smile. “While you lose an in depth one like that up there, I do know I’m not going to have a shot to face him up there possibly till world trials or one thing. So I’ve obtained to indicate full domination by way of the remainder of the season so possibly they don’t assume, ‘Oh, he might lose to this man, too.’ Simply present them that was only one unhealthy match, come again and beat him once more.”
“Each time I lose I am going again and take into consideration how I must get higher and what I must do to stop one other loss,” Volk stated. “Positively losses are motivation on my finish.”
The next East Metro wrestlers moved on to Saturday’s semifinals of their respective brackets:
Class 3A: Hastings’ Blake Beissel (106 kilos), Farmington’s Davis Parrow (106), Irondale/Spring Lake Park’s Brandon Lee (113), Stillwater’s Dylan Dauffenbach (113), Forest Lake’s Parker Lyden (113), Farmington’s JT Hausen (120), Stillwater’s Sam Bethke (120), Park’s Zach Silvis (120), Woodbury’s Alex Braun (126), Lakeville North’s Jore Volk (132), Apple Valley’s Jayden Haueter (132), Lakeville North’s Zach Hanson (145), Forest Lake’s Daniel VanAcker (152), Stillwater’s Hunter Lyden (170), Farmington’s Cole Han-LIndemyer (170), Stillwater’s Ryder Rogotzke (182), Forest Lake’s Mark Rendl (195), Stillwater’s Antony Tuttle (220), St. Thomas Academy’s Leo Bluhm (285).
Class 2A: Simley’s Brandon Morvari (113), Simley’s Chase DeBlaere (132), Simley’s Money Raymond (138), Simley’s Kaiden Schrandt (145), Simley’s Travis Smith (160), Simley’s Soren Herzog (195), Simley’s Gavin Nelson (220).