KAUKAUNA, Wis. -- The Kasson-Mantorville wrestling team had high hopes of bringing home the team title at the prestigious Cheesehead Invitational over the weekend in Wisconsin. The KoMets gave it a run, but they came up short, finishing third overall.
K-M scored 480.5 team points, while first-place Montini Catholic of Illinois won the event with 526.5 points. Mount Carmel, also of Illinois, was second at 506.5. Apple Valley was right behind the KoMets at 466.5.
The tournament features nationally ranked wrestlers at almost every weight. The KoMets had many wrestlers finish inside that top 10 at their individual weights, including two champions.
K-M senior and Penn State commit Brady Berge took the title at 160 pounds, earning a rematch against Jake Allar of St. Michael-Albertville. Berge is No. 1 in the country, while Allar is No. 2. Those two clashed at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament in December, with Berge rallying to win via a late takedown.
This time Berge secured takedowns in both the second and third periods for a 5-3 victory. It's Berge's third Cheesehead title.
K-M senior and St. Cloud State commit Noah Ryan also earned a Cheesehead title at 220. Ryan topped St. Michael-Albertville's Evan Foster 4-3 in the finals to secure his crown.
Seven other K-M wrestlers finished inside the top 10 at their respective weight classes.
Patrick Kennedy was at the top of the list. The young standout placed third at 170 pounds.
Jared Johnson finished seventh at 113, while Robby Horsman (120), Ethan Shea (152) and Jim Paulson (195) all placed eighth. Keaten Schorr was ninth at 138, while Brett Paulson placed 10th at 285.