Posted at: 03/04/2013 10:36 PM
Updated at: 03/06/2013 3:35 PM
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Kasson-Mantorville wrestling program knew they had a special class coming up through the ranks when their youth program won state in 2007. Those sixth graders are now seniors and they've won state yet again.
Besides having three individual state wrestling champions in Nate Thomas, Coltan Langaniere, and Sam Stoll, the Komets finished out their season this year as the class 2A team state champions.
"It was so awesome because we've been looking for it for so long. We were all so excited, after it all we were all hugging each other, we were crying. That was the most I've cried in my entire life," said senior Komet Nate Thomas.
"The team part was by far the best because it benefitted all of us," said senior Coltan Langaniere.
"Everyone's hard work paid off, instead of just mine or just someone else's. It was a true team effort," said the 138-pound individual state champ.
"Just being around some of my best friends and seeing everyone happy was great. We were a great team this year and we had some great leaders on that team," said Sam Stoll, the individual heavyweight champion and a junior on the team.
"It was pretty great just to be a part of something that big and something that great for the school," said Branden Schorr, a senior Komet wrestler.
"This team, we were so tight-knit, we were all just like brothers with each other," said Thomas, the 126 pound individual state champ. "There are no cliques on this team, we were just one team as a whole and it's going to be hard to leave this team."
Most of the senior class will go on to wrestle in college, and although they're losing some great athletes, the Komets program will be just fine. They have established a high level of excellence that almost guarantees this first team title won't be their last.