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Rossvile Looks to End On Top

Rossville coaches give sideline tips to Rossville jr. Bryce Gfeller.

In the 2015 state tournament, Rossville dropped from being ranked No. 1 to No. 3. This year, Rossville is looking to keep their No. 1 ranking. Rossville has seven wrestlers at the tournament, six of them ranked in the top three of their bracket.

“Regionals went pretty well, we won. We got six in the finals and all six of them won,” head coach Curt Brecheisen said.

Of their seven wrestlers, four of them are seniors, including Alex Cavanaugh, Derek Gentry, Kole Davoren, and Isaac Leullen. Brecheisen relies on the four to be leaders on and off the mats.

“We practice really hard and we push all of the underclassmen and the other kids that qualified for state this year. So we’ll be in the best shape, better than anyone else,” Davoren said.

Among those seniors is 2015 state champion Isaac Luellen. Luellen competes in the 182-Ib. weight class and is 43-0. Luellen gained his championship title at the Rossville regionals against Matthew Cruickshank of St. Marys. Luellen has received several offers to wrestle at Junior Colleges, but has decided to continue his wrestling career at the University of Nebraska Kearney.


Senior Alex Cavanaugh takes on Hill City’s Ethan Hamel.

“Having a state title makes me more confident in what I do and I’m just going to go out there and really relax this year since I got it last year and I should get it this year. I pretty much just stopped worrying about things I can’t control and I just go out there and wrestle like it’s any other wrestling match. I’m kind of excited actually [that it’s my last state tournament], I want to get to college wrestling,” Luellen said.

After one round completed, Rossville sits below Norton by 5.5 points. Rossville’s number one goal for the season:

“Just not holding anything back, going for it all,” Kole Davoren said.



Brianna Rohr