Head coach: Steve Larsen. Assistants: Brian Russell, Joel Messick.
Last year: Century finished 10-12 overall. It lost 70-0 to Owatonna in the Section 1AA semifinals.
Top returners: Century cleary has a "Big Three" of returners. They are seniors Garrett Pavelko, Owen Pharo and Seth Arndt. Pavelko (152) just missed getting to state last year, losing by a point to Section 1AAA's runner-up. Pavelko has more than 100 career wins. Pharo (160) went to state as a sophomore but missed out last year as his weight class was stacked in Section 1AAA. He was ranked much of last season. Arndt landed third last year in the section tourament, also just missing a trip to state. He's currently ranked eighth in the state in Class AAA at 220 pounds.
Notable: Century has a thin roster this season and will forfeit a handful of weights. The Panthers' numbers at the youth level are good, however.
Coach Larsen says: "I want our seniors to reach the level that they are capable of; I want it to be their best year. We are going to base our team on the matches that we wrestle and not worry so much about the team score."
Seniors: Seth Arndt (220), Garrett Pavelko (152), Owen Pharo (160), Payton Richard (145). Sophomores: Jack Buechler (195), Nevan De Gafferelly (170), Nathan Miller (195), Nicholas Zetah (132), Jaden Peterson (126). Freshmen: Byron Callies (220), Weston Cory (138), Sam Jack (138), Weston Cory (138). Eighth-graders: Chris Garcia-Lara, Sam Johnston (138), William Martin (170), Isaak Douangdy (126). Seventh-grader: Michael Nail (106), Logan Douangdy (106), Michael Nail (120), Harold Randolf Mesumbe (145).
Head coach: Frank Galvan. Assistants: Michael Schmitz, Chad Otterness.
Last year: JM finished 3-20. It lost 54-24 to Century in the Section 1AAA tournament quarterfinals.
Top returners: The obvious No. 1 choice here is Connor Higgins. The senior made it to state last year at 132 pounds and will start out this season at 138. Other to watch for are Evan Hanson (132), Ronaldo De Jesus (195), Brody Robinsin (103), Nolan Radtke (132), Darius Jordan (126), Alex Carlin (220) and Tanner Gliem (220). Gliem suffered a dislocated elbow this past weekend and will be out 4-6 weeks.
Coach's Galvan's says: "We are a pretty young squad, but we have some good wrestlers. I think we are going to do pretty well as the season moves along. These kids will constantly get better."
Seniors: Alex Carlin (220), Connor Higgins (138), Connor Raymond (145), Davonte Jones (120), Ronaldo De Jesus (195), Tanner Gliem (Hwt), Tyler Bertschinger (145), Zach Bletsch (220), Jaida Collins. Juniors: Amirmohammad Omrani (220), Daymarieon Dolton, Grant Boyce (170). Sophomores: Dustin Bengtson (138), Emmit Clark (152), Evan Hanson (132), Josh Ellefson, Mador Adeer, Noah Eggebraaten (145), Zach Hindt (195). Freshmen: Jacob Hansen (Hwt), Sekou Sackor (220). Eighth-graders: Aiden Davis (106), Darius Jordan (126), Elijah Keopaseuth (126), Gus Salas (220), Justin Jarland (152), Kaleb Gostomeczik (113), Nolan Radtke (138), Evangelene Chittanavong. Seventh graders: Ethyn Bertschinger (113), Roarke Condos, Jin Yang.
Head coach: Art Trimble. Assistants: Kent Perlich, Brady Nelson.
Last year: Mayo finished 9-16. It lost 38-31 to Farmington in the quarterfinals of the Section 1AAA tournament.
Top returners: Marshall Peters is the headliner. He was fourth in the Class AAA state meet last year at 126 pounds. But he's not the only one who looks good for Mayo, which should easily be the top team in Rochester. Senior Cade Sheehan (152 pounds, for now) has been one of Section 1AAA's top wrestlers for years but has continually just missed getting to state. He might make it this season as he look stronger than ever. Other to watch are Sam Allen (182), Rick Kobayashi (106), Ian Funk (132) and Ben Timmerman (120).
Coach Trimble says: "It's an incredible group of kids that we have. Just great people who work really hard, are dedicated and fun. I'm having a blast so far. And we have some huge numbers in our program. It's good to have the people we do (upperclassmen) to be role models (for the younger wrestlers)."
Seniors: Cade Sheehan (152), Bryant Badger (160), Keegan Ernste (285), Luiz Gasca (160), Chase McCaffrey (170). Juniors: Marshall Peters (138), Ethan Vanderwaerdt (170), Samuel Allen (182), Dedric Burger (220). Jacob Ostergard (126), Brennan Nelson (126), Ethan Smith (160), Cason Larson (170), Jordan Vue (195), Jose Victoriano Sosa (145). Sophomores: Ben Timmerman (120), Ian Funk (132), Bennett Ellsworth (195), Ashleigh Cox (120), Jessica Schellenberg (126), Sam Maples (132), Ayden Messmer (145), Devyn Hutchison (182), Gavin Pike (220), Caden DeJong (Hwt). Freshmen: Kai Kobayashi (106), Dylan Peper (145), Hamid Alrawi (120), Sam Blackmon (120), Robbie Quinn (132), Kamden Ernste (145), Liam Olive (152), Dylan Hughes (170), Isaac Moen (285). Eighth-graders: Lucas Peterson (106), Tor Lindell (113), Josh Couch (138), Hunter Brown (152), Ethan Peper (160). Seventh-graders: Calder Sheehan (113), Aaren Grabau (106), Aiden Grabau (106), Adam Buenger (106); Bergen Messmer (106), Carter Funk (113), Joe Albee (120), Lyke Krueger (126), Langston Rider (126), Sean Maloy (132), Breckin Batt (132), Peter Ha (182), Karsten Ernste (195).