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Winter Sports Preview: CDH Wrestling Looking to Tackle New Section

By Staff, 10/16/19, 4:00PM CDT


Wrestling Pre-Season Preview



Dan Willaert

Last season record overall/conference:

10-17 overall record


Last season section/state results: 

Beat St. Paul Central in Section Prelims and Lost to #1 seed Hastings in Quarterfinals


2019-20 Section: 



Top teams in section: 

Mahtomedi and South Saint Paul


Key losses to graduation: 

Danny Vrtis ’19, Edmundo Villalva Lijo ’19, Ted Hoover ’19, Sam Nelson ’19


Key returning players this year:

Captains - Rhys Engelmeier ’20, Isaac Enriquez ’20, Cage Linton ’21, Carey Vanier ’21

Top matches/duals this upcoming season:

Minneapolis Southwest (12/11)

North St. Paul Polar Duals (12/28)

Sgt. Michael Carlson Memorial Duals @ CDH (2/1)

Team Expectations:

“We are very excited about the opportunity to compete in our new section. We will still be very young but we expect to be very competitive,” said Coach Dan Willaert. “We look for our four captains to provide leadership as we battle South Saint Paul and Mahtomedi in Section 4AA.” 

The Raiders program has been growing due to the hard work of Coach Willaert and his staff. CDH has hosted several clinics and camps designed to attract middle schoolers interested in the program. “We are very excited about the size of our 9th-grade class,” Willaert said. Willaert also noted that he is pleased with the depth in his program. “We’re also looking for many of our returning wrestlers to step up and play a larger role in the Varsity line up.”

Twitter handle: @CDH_Wrestling