Three years ago the West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville Knight grapplers broke a 19 year drought, wrestling their way to a section championship and the first berth at the state tournament in a very long time. That team finished their season as the 6th best team in class A wrestling. A year later ,Coach Brandon Gruchow and his stable of Knights duplicated the process, proving they were not just a flash in the pan but a formidable powerhouse in the sport.
Fast forward to last week and the team has struck again. Facing three sectional opponents, outscoring them by a margin of 190 points to 40, the Knights defended their section crown and took down Pelican Rapids 78-6, on Tuesday, and New York Mills 69-6 and Staples-Motley 43-28 on Friday in Breckenridge.
One could say...there must be something in the water over in that Knights area giving credit to simply having the right horses to win the race or, the notion of cracking the code to continued success pops into mind. For several years the team has lost highly successful seniors to graduation but Coach Gruchow, his staff and wrestlers have figured out a formula that, to date, has allowed them to reload each year and put themselves ahead of the pack. They once again find themselves perched high atop of Section 6A and Thursday, March 2, will join seven other teams at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul competing for a state championship.