This wasn't Kasson-Mantorville's ultimate goal in the 2016-17 season, but it was right up there.
If winning a state wrestling championship is goal No. 1 for the KoMets, then winning the prestigious Minnesota Christmas Tournament was No. 1A.
And every wrestler in the KoMets' lineup did their part on Friday and Saturday to make sure that goal No. 1A was achieved. K-M had three tournament champions and seven other wrestlers finish in the top-8 in their weight class, accumulating 225 points and winning the Christmas Tournament for the first time ever.
Runner-up Shakopee had 216.5 points.
K-M secured the title when Shakopee's Alex Crowe lost in the 152-pound championship match — the second-to-last match of the night.
That put the spotlight squarely on the shoulders of the KoMets' best wrestler, senior Brady Berge, the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the country at 160 pounds.
And Berge delivered in dramatic fashion, beating St. Michael-Albertville's Jake Allar — the No. 2-ranked wrestler in the country — 4-3, scoring the winning points on a takedown with just 18 seconds to go in the match. With the victory, Berge became just the second wrestler ever to win the Christmas Tournament five times.
While Berge's victory came in the most anticipated match of the tournament, other K-M wrestlers secured key points throughout the day Saturday.
None were bigger, perhaps, than the points Keaten Schorr scored in the fifth-place match at 138 pounds. Schorr trailed Mitchell Wilson of St. Francis 10-2 in the waning seconds, but he managed to flip Wilson on his back and get a pin with just 1 second remaining. Schorr clearly understood how important his pin was, as he hopped up from the mat and let out a scream while pumping both fists toward his coaches.
K-M 145-pounder Isaac Haman also secured some big points. The unseeded Haman won five wrestleback matches before placing sixth in a highly competitive weight class that featured three wrestlers who are ranked No. 1 in their state rankings.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa also had a pair of placewinners, as Caden Steffen (182 pounds) and Jacob Bennett (195) both placed fifth.
Stewartville's Tanner Prochaska (eighth at 152 pounds) and Rochester Mayo's Marshall Peters (eighth at 106) were the other area wrestlers who placed.
Kaukauna (Wis.) finished third in the team standings, followed by Anoka in fourth and Sunnyside (Ariz.) in fifth.
Check back to PostBulletin.com later tonight for more photos, stories and results from the Minnesota Christmas Tournament.