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Trojans Rout TCU in Season Opener

The wrestlers came out firing on Thursday with an impressive win over TCU. The #5AAA Trojans started the night out with four straight pins and never looked back, winning 54-18.

Koy Buesgen wrestled his first varsity match at 106 and was impressive, getting a first period pin over Zach Balma.

Colton Bornholdt,  #3AAA Colby Dunkel and #5AAA Joey Novak all scored  2nd period pins bringing the score to 24-0. Ryan Wagner won a close match at 132 . 

The best match up of the night was wrestled at 138 with #3AAA Nick Novak pairing up against Caleb Whipps.  Novak would prevail with a nice 7-3 win making it 30-0.

TCU would get on the board with a pin from Caleb O'Malley over Carter Bornholdt. #7AAA Max Scheffler would get a major decison at 152. TCU would get another pin at 160 where Thomas Ott a freshman was asked to fill in for Ethan Gregory, who should be ready to start his season next week. Team score is now 34-12.

Jay Skogerboe came out fighting and earned a Major Decison at 170, as did #8AAA Jake Trachte at 182.  Will Busch electrified the crowd with a lateral drop which turned into a pin at 195.

Jarek Tikalsky a senior wrestled his first varsity match in 3 years and was pinned but look for better outcomes this year. Evan Anderson finished off the night with a pin at 285 making it a final score of 54-18.

Trojans will be back in action on Saturday in New Prague. Wrestling starts at 9:00AM  with matches against Eagan, Medford and St. Francis.

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Trojans Are Ranked 5th in AAA, 5 Individuals In The Top 10

The New Prague Trojans look to have a great year and the 1st rankings of the season are out. The Trojans are ranked 5th in AAA behind #1 Shakopee #2 Stillwater #3 St. Michael/Albertville and #4 Forest Lake.

New Prague has 5 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 and we expect a few more to be added the next time the rankings come out Dec 5th.

Colby Dunkel    113lbs       3rd

Joey Novak         120lbs      5th

Nick Novak          138lbs     3rd

Max Scheffler     152lbs     7th

Jake Trachte        195lbs     8th

The Trojans open up against TCU tomorrow night in Montgomery with Varsity starting around 7PM.

You can watch the match on Facebook by searching for the New Prague Minnesota Wrestling Page.


Go Trojans!     

Two Trojan Grapplers Are Ranked In The P4P Preseason Rankings

The Pound for Pound rankings are out and we have two New Prague Wrestlers being recognized. The Pound for Pound rankings are the top wrestlers in each grade across all weight classes.

Junior Nick Novak is ranked 15th in the state. Novak is coming off a Sophomore season where he went 48-4 and a 4th place finish at State.

Freshman Koy Buesgens is entering his first season at the varsity level and he is ranked 6th for all Freshman in the state. Look for these two young men play a key role in the success of the program this year.

Girls Preseason rankings are out and New Prague has two wrestlers in the top 10.

Destiny Lofton is ranked #2 at 102lbs and Ava Bruegger is ranked #6 at 110lbs. Both  Destiny and Ava will be wrestling for the Middle School Program this year along with Various Girl only tournaments.

Looking forward to a great year across all New Prague Wrestling programs.



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Trojans Look To Be Really Tough This Year

The wrestling season is a little over a month away but look for the New Prague Trojans to make some noise this year. They will be looking to improve on the 21-4 season from a year ago. They did finish the season ranked at #9AAA.

The mat men will return a heavy senior lineup with 7 returning starters from a year ago and a bunch of underclassmen that will be highly ranked in state. Preseason rankings will come out on November 21st. We should expect the Trojans to be ranked in the top 10 and could be as high as  4th in state before the season starts.

The Trojans will have a pretty tough schedule this year as we will be wrestling in the Rumble on the Red in Fargo ND, The Christmas Tournament in Rochester and the Zelinski Memorial in Greenfield Wisconsin. Dual matches of note are Prior Lake on Jan. 2nd, Waconia on Jan. 16th, Scottwest on Jan.23rd and St. Michael/Albertville on Feb 6th.

We will be streaming the Dual matches on Facebook live again this year!

Go Trojans!


2019-2020 Wrestling Schedules Announced!

New Prague Traveling wrestlers head to La Crosse, WI. and Compete at Track Preseason Nationals

Track Preason Nationals attracted 761 wrestlers from the Midwest to La Crosse, Wi.  This is another high caliber tournament in the area and a great way for our Youth Wrestlers to compete at a great venue.  Traveling Wrestlers competing were:

8U 50#
Asher Theis 1-2
Ryan Conelly 3-3 6th Place
8U 55#
Charlie Wagner 3-2
10U 60#
Henry Langeberg 1-2
10U 70#
Grady Connelly 4-3 6th Place
10U 87#
Andrew Bauer 0-2
12U 75#
Mason Deutsch 2-2

NP Wresters at Track Preseason Nationals (Asher Theis, Andrew Bauer, Grady Connelly, Mason Deutsch, Charlie Wagner, Ryan Connelly, Henry Langeberg

New Prague Wrestlers compete at USAW Preseason Nationals

USAW Preseason Nationals is arguably one of the toughest Tournaments of the season.  This year ~2700 wrestlers representing 36 different states made the trip to Des Moines, IA.  New Prague Wrestling had 7 Wrestlers compete with some of the toughest wrestlers in the country!

grades 5/6 85#
Vinnie LaBelle 0-2
grades 5/6 90#
Cody Thompson 0-2

H.S grades 9/10 106#
Koy Buesgens 3-2
H.S grades 9/10 113#
Evan Farley 0-2
Colton Bornholdt 2-2
H.S grades 9/10 126#
Joey Novak 3-2
H.S grades 11/12 138#
Nick Novak 4-2

NPMS Wrestlers Vinnie LaBelle and Cody Thompson at USAW Preseason Nationals

Traveling Registration Is Now Open

Registration for Traveling Wrestling is now open! Click on the Registration tab at  the top of the page and select Traveling.

Let's get the season started!

Traveling Tryouts Contiue on Oct. 15th

The New Prague Traveling Program will be conducting tryouts for those interested in taking the sport more serious at the youth level. Tryouts will begin on Tuesday Oct. 1st. and will continue on Tuesday Oct. 8th & 15th. The first Official practice and mandatory parent meeting will be on the 22nd of Oct. at the High School.

Go Trojan Wrestling.

Registrations are now open for Community Ed Wrestling

There will be an information night for anyone interested in the Community Ed Wrestling Program. The meeting will be held at the High School on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30PM in the Lecture Hall  Room 265.

To register for wrestling go the Registration tab at the top of the page an click on Community Education.


SAVE THE DATE! 10th Annual NP Wrestling Golf Tournament is June 20th 2020


Thank You to ALL of our Sponsors, Businesses, Wrestling families and Golfers who donated to the 9th Annual Golf Tournament on June 22nd.  Your support & commitment to the New Prague Wrestling program is invaluable!  Through you commitment, we are able to offer developmental programs and Competition opportunities at the Local, State and National levels for all Pre-K- 12th Grade New Prague Wrestlers.


           The New Prague Wrestling Golf Tournament Golf Committee



$1000 Cash Grand Prize - Matt Miller
1/2 Hog Fully Processed - Sue O'Leary
Deluxe Smoker - Art Trachte

10 - $100 Cash drawings
Craig Woods
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Rob Hanes
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New Prague Wrestlers Do Well at MN/USA State Tournament.... 4 Champions Crowned

The New Prague wrestlers invaded Rochester over the weekend to participate in the MN/USA State Tournament. The Trojans had 43 kids representing New Prague Wrestling. 

We had 4 wrestlers crowned as Champions,

Koy Buesgens                Cadet     100lbs.

Joey Novak                     Cadet      113lbs.

Grady Connelly            10U          67lbs.

Azalea Kallal                   9U Girls  55lbs.


Other Placers

2nd Place

Ryan Connelly           8U   C             

Ava Bruegger            12U   Girls   95lbs.     

Destiny Lofton          14U  Girls    85lbs.

3rd  Place

Colton Bornholdt         Cadet    106lbs.

Lawson Eller                    14U       77lbs.

Owen Johnson               10U      120lbs. 

4th Place

Cole Hermann                14U         110lbs.

Charlie Wagner              8U            D

6th Place

Brady Westall                14U          90lbs.

Hope Lofton                    9U Girls  55lbs.

Congratulations to all the wrestlers that competed this weekend!

New Prague ranked 5th in Pins, 4th in total Match points and had a team record of 117-74.

The Future Is Looking Bright!


Novak Places 4th at State

Sophomore Nick Novak was the lone participant in the 2019 State Tournament held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Nick earned the 5th seed out of 16 qualifiers. Nick would open up in the 1st round with a second period pin over Ben Stites of Minneapolis Southwest. That would put him in the Quarterfinals against the #4 seed  #2AAA Nic Cantu of Albert Lea. Cantu dropped down to 120 after being ranked and wrestling at 126 for most of the year. The size and strength proved too much for Novak and he would lose 3-0.

That loss would drop Nick into the consolation bracket and mean he would need to win the next two matches to make the podium. Nick did not disappoint, he would score a 13-1 major over Matt Myers of Hastings and a pin in :34 seconds over Dylan Schultz of Maple Grove. 

He was now in the consolation semifinals against the #2 seed and 5th ranked Cael Swensen of Wayzata. This was a close match with Nick coming out on top with a 3-0 decision. The win would place him in the 3rd place match with the same Nic Cantu that he wrestled in the quarterfinals. This match was a close on again but Cantu would come out on top with a hard fought 2-1 victory. Nick finished in 4th place. Nick placed at state last year with a 6th place finish, so an improvement over last year.

Nick finished his season with an impressive 48-4 record on the year. The 48 wins in a season is a new record, the old record of 46 was held by Griffin Parriott.

Congratulations to Nick on a fantastic season and look for this Trojan Wrestling team to make some noise next year!

Final Rankings Are Out...New Prague Drops to #9AAA

The New Prague Trojans season came to an end with a loss to Apple Valley and the updated ranking reflected that. The Trojans dropped a few spots to #9AAA. The MatMen were 21-4 on the season and should be proud of their accomplishments.

We had 5 Trojans ranked in the top 10 Individually.

106lbs Colby Dunkel #2AAA        40-4

113lbs Joey Novak #4AAA             39-5

120lbs Nick Novak #4AAA             44-2

145lbs Max Scheffler #10AAA     34-9

195lbs Brennan Rutt #9AAA         39-7

Great Season Gentlemen!

Nick Novak Advances To State...10 Others Place at Stacked 2AAA Sections

Nick Novak punched his ticket to State with an impressive 2nd place finish at 120lbs. He will be the lone entrant at the State High School tournament which will be held at the XCel Energy Center in St. Paul this weekend. #4 Novak lost to #3 Ben Lunn of Shakopee in the finals 4-2. That placed Nick in a true second place match where he would score a 1st period pin over Theron Wendt of Lakeville South. Nick is the  # 5 seed in the stacked AAA tournament. Good Luck to Nick, we know you will make New Prague proud!

The rest of the team did really well considering we wrestle in the toughest section in the state by far. 

Colby Dunkel 3rd Place

Joey Novak 3rd Place

Simon Kajer DNP

Bryce Lofton 4th Place

Max Scheffler 3rd Place

Ethan Gregory 5th Place

Jake Trachte 3rd Place

Brennan Rutt 3rd Place

Evan Anderson 5th Place

Although many of the boys didn't make the State tournament they wrestled tough and represented New Prague Wrestling well.

Seniors Brennan Rutt and Bryce Lofton wrestled their last High School matches and we wish them the best of luck in the future.

Nick will be wrestling at 9AM on Friday in St.Paul!


Trojans Come up Short at Team Sections

The Trojans Team Season came to and end last night in Burnsville as they would lose to Apple Valley in the Quarterfinals.

It is hard to go through and entire wrestling season without incurring some injuries to your team. The injury bug hit the Trojans at the wrong time of the year. The Matmen going in as the 3 seed would need everyone in the lineup if they had a shot at making it to State.  They would go in short handed with two starters out in Carter Bornholdt and Jay Skogerboe.

The Trojans would win a Quarterfinal matchup with Eastview by the score of 49-19.

The grapplers would come out firing as they usually do,but this dual we would see 8th Grader, Colton Bornholdt, coming off is 9th Grade and Under State title, pick up a pin at 106. Colby Dunkel would follow suit at 113. Joey Novak, wrestling up at 120 would walk away with a major decision. Nick Novak would have his hands full in a tough opponent in Roman Gilbert. Gilbert was ranked in the top 10 much of the year but fell to number 11. Nick would win a hard fought battle 5-3. Team score 19-0. New Prague would drop the next three matches with our guys wrestling up. tough to do at sections. Vaughan would lose by fall, Kajer lost by Major decision and Lofton lost a close 7-5 match, score was now 19-13.

Max Scheffler would get New Prague back on track with a fall at 152. Ethan Gregory would follow that up with a pin at 160.  Alex Gregory would make his varsity debut at 170, wrestling in his first varsity match under sized is tough but Alex battled but ended up getting pinned. That would be all the scoring Eastview would do as Trachte would get a pin, Busch a tech fall, Brennan Rutt would score a nice major victory over a tough opponent in Cedric Warner and Evan Anderson sealed the deal with a decision at 285. Final score 49-19.

Going in short handed with 2 spots in your lineup is nearly impossible when you are facing #5 Apple Valley. New Prague as expected came out with three quick pins by Dunkel, Novak and Novak,  A quick 18-0 lead would dissolve rather quickly as we would be running into the meat of the order for Apple Valley. The next 8 weights would have ranked wrestlers.

Ryan Wagner came out at 126 to wrestle #4 Reagan Schrempp and would lose by fall. #6 Martin Stewart scores at Tech Fall at 132 over Jacob Vaughan, Simon Kajer would face #3 Adam Mickelson at 138 and get pinned. 145 would feature a matchup of top 10 wrestlers in #10 Max Scheffler going up against #3 Sebas Swiggum, Swiggum would catch Scheffler in a cradle and get the pin, bringing the team score to 23-18.

It didn't get any easier for the Trojans as Apple Valley would send out #1 Brady Gross to face 9th grader Jeff Bisek and Gross would score the fall. Tip your hat to Jay Skogerboe as he came out to face Dylan Anderson which would have been a swing match if Jay were healthy, but the shoulder injury was too much and Anderson would get a pin at 160. Ethan Gregory would face #4 Devin Robert and lose by tech fall bring the team score to 40-18. Mathematically the Trojans were still in but needed 3 pins and a major to come back to win it. Jake Trachte would get a nice win at 182 over Michael Mattison , but that would all but close the door on the Trojans. Brennan Rutt came out at 195 and scored a fall bringing the team score to 40-27 but that is as close as they would get.  Will Busch battled hard at 220 but came up short against Tony Anger 7-4 and Evan Anderson would lose by fall to #3 Tyler Kim, final score 49-27.

The Trojans finish the season with an impressive 21-4 record, next week they will be in action at the Individual Sections starting on Friday in Rosemount. We hope to have as many 5-7 individuals competing at the State Tournament this year. Good Luck next week in Rosemount to all the individuals that will be competing.

It has been a great year and we will miss having Brennan Rutt as one of the anchors on this team as he will be graduating as will Bryce Lofton the other Senior in the lineup. That means we will not be losing alot for next year plus we have some young talent coming up so we expect big things next year!

3 State Champs at 9th Grade State

The Young Trojans had a great day on Saturday in Champlin Park at the 9th Grade State Tournament.

Koy Buesgnes, 8th Grade,  Claimed the Championship  over Alan Koehler of Prior Lake at 94lbs.  A rematch of the section finals and Buesgens would prevail with a 5-0 vicotry.

At 100lbs, 8th Grader Colton Bornholdt would be in another rematch of the Section finals vs Leonard Tucklynovich of Shakopee. Bornholdt would win the match 7-2.

Evan Anderson, 9th Grade, would also have a rematch of his section final vs Jade Trelstad of Shakopee. Anderson would win this match the same way he won the section final, a 1-0 decision.

3 Finals that had wrestlers from the same Section....Section 2AAA is the toughest section in the state and it looks like that is not going to end very soon. Shakopee had a total of 9 wrestlers competing and New Prague had 4.  Shakopee would have 1 State Champ and finish the day with 147.0 points. New Prague with an impressive 90 points with 4 wrestlers, Big Lake with 83 points with 7 wrestlers and Kasson-Mantorville with 73.5 points with 4 wrestlers competing. 

Luke Dorweiller also competed and wrestled well losing 2 close matches and finishing in 6th place.

Congratulations to these young men!

Prior to this year, New Prague has only had 4 State Champs at the 9th Grade State tournament, We almost doubled that with these three. I'm already getting excited to see these guys in varsity line up on a consistent basis next year!

Trojans Are Wright County Champs WIth WIn Over Waconia!

The Mat men are Wright County Champions after defeating #6AA Waconia in a Barn Burner in New Prague on Thursday night.

The Trojans would get an electric Start at 106lbs  with Colby Dunkel #4AAA taking on #5AA Tyson Peitz,  Colby would get up early and in the second period picked up a very important pin.

At 113Lbs  Joey Novak #9AAA would have his hands full with Junior Riese White, Joey would score some bonus points getting a huge major decision.

Nick Novak would get a 2nd period pin which was much needed as we knew Waconia was loaded in the middle and had 5 ranked wrestlers to go.

Waconia would try to steal a victory at 126 as they bumped up the 120 pounder to face Jacob Vaughan. That would not work as Vaughan pulled out a 8-7 victory to bring the team score to 19-0.

Simon Kajer would be wrestling another ranked wrestler in #6AA Max McEnelly. McEnelly would prove to be too much and get the fall at 132. Team score was now 19-6.

This next match is where the fireworks started, Bryce Lofton wrestling at 138 was being dominated for 2 1/2 periods and trailing 14-0, Waconia would choose the top position to start the third. That was their first mistake. Bryce would get an escape making 14-1. A take down by Gage Mueller and this match is over. Mueller would get in on  a leg but that is where the unthinkable happened as Bryce would end up catching Mueller in a near side cradle and getting the Pin! Team Score 25-6.

Max Scheffler would come out at 145 and scored a pin in the first period to extend the lead to 31-6.

Waconia would send out their 145 pounder Will Burroughs to wrestle Carter Bornholdt and that move would pay off as Burroughs would stop the bleeding and get the decision victory.

Things would get interesting as the next three wrestlers from Waconia were ranked. At 160 they would send out Mitch Garnatz #9AA to face Jay Skogerboe. Jay would wrestle tough but come up short losing a decision to bring the team score to 31-12.

#1AA Tim Stapleton would come out at 170 to face Ethan Gregory and tip you hat to Ethan as he would wrestle tough but give up the Tech Fall. But that did save the team one point.

Waconia would send out their second #1AA ranked wrestler with Cade Mueller at 182 to face Jake Trachte and just as Ethan did, Jake would not get pinned but would get teched making the team score 31-22.

Brennan Rutt would come at 195 and seal the deal for the Trojans with a Major Decision over Bram Fitzsimonds. That major decision would make it impossible for Waconia to catch the Trojans.

Will Busch would win a close decision over Sam McEnelly to make the team score 38-22.

Evan Anderson would face #5AA Bennett Weber at 285 but Weber was just to big for Evan and Weber would score the fall, bring the final score 38-28. 


New Prague is the Wright County Conference Champs for 2019!

Great Job Team, Congratulations!

Up next will be a home match against Rosemount on Thursday Night.

5 Trojans Qualify For 9th Grade State

The New Prague Trojans will send 5 individuals to compete at the 9th grade and under State tournament which will be held in Champlain Park on Feb 2nd.

Those representing New Prague are:

Koy Buesgens 94lbs.

Colton Bornholdt 100lbs.

Evan Farley 106lbs.

Luke Dorweiller 126lbs.

Evan Anderson 285lbs.

Good Luck Guys!

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Trojans Reclaim The HWY 13 Rumble Sign!

For the first time since 2012,  the Trojans claimed the Hwy 13 Rumble sign. This tradition is in its 12th year and this is only the 2nd time the Trojans have beat the Prior Lake Lakers for the sign. 

The Trojans came out firing early with a big match-up at 106lbs. #4AAA Colby Dunkel faced #8AAA Teagan Block and came away with a 8-2 decision victory. That would set the tone on how the night would go for the Trojans. Joey Novak who moved up in the rankings to #9AAA at 113lbs would get a 1st period pin to bring the score to 9-0. Nick Novak #3AAA would  face a familiar opponent in Cory St.Martin. Novak would come away with a 15-0 Tech fall. Jacob Vaughan made weight and wrestled to a 3-2 victory at 126lbs.

At 132lbs we would see another match we have seen over the last few years with Simon Kajer facing Chase Bloomquist. This is always a close match but yet again Bloomquist came away with a 6-3 decision to put Prior Lake on the board bring the team score to 17-3.

New Prague would rattle off the next 6 matches with victories ,Bryce Lofton controlling his match with a 7-1 victory. Max Scheffler got a pin to make the score 26-3. Prior Lake would bump up their next few wrestlers but that stategy would backfire as Carter Bornholdt would get a nice 8-6 victory over Colton Sund. Ethan Gregory would win a close one 9-8. Jay Skogerboe and Jake Trachte would get pins to bring the score to 38-3. 

Another key match-up for the night was at 195lbs. #10AAA Brennan Rutt would have his work cut out for him in facing #1AAA Calvin Sund. Rutt was holding his own and almost caught Sund on hos back twice but the #1 ranked guy battled through it. Sund would end up getting a late 3rd period pin but Rutt wrestled with grit. Team score was now at 38-9. Will Busch continues his great season and scored a fall.

That brought us to 285 and with the match out of reach, New Prague would send out an undersized 9th Grader in Evan Anderson, he would be facing a bigger guy in Senior TJ Gosnor.  Anderson would not disappoint and capped the night off with yet another pin! It was a great night of wrestling with New Prague winning in a rout 56-9!

Up next for the Trojans,they will be at Delano on Thursday Jan. 17th.

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