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GSL gymnast, wrestler look to return to state stage: Ruschmeier aiming for the medal stand

Having lost both matches, it’d be easy for Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie sophomore wrestler Carter Ruschmeier to want to forget about last year’s all-too-brief appearance in the state wrestling tournament. Two matches, two defeats.
Instead, Ruschmeier plans to use the experience as motivation.
He faced a difficult draw as a freshman. He faced the eventual state champion, Jake Svihel of Totino-Grace. His final match of a fine season was a loss to Brandt Bombard of North Branch.
“Last year, I was just soaking the moment in and enjoying the experience,” he said. “This year, I know what to expect more.”
The son of Kim and Matt Ruschmeier, the GSL/LP sophomore’s goal is to return to the state tournament and prove to anybody who doubts his ability he belongs in the elite state field. The Panthers open the section team competition tomorrow night, Feb. 13, 6 p.m., against Mankato West. The Panthers are a long shot to make the state team competition. The competition for individual wrestlers in each weight class begins after the team champion is crowned this weekend.
A solid record
Ruschmeier is much closer to a sure bet. He’ll be one of the top-seeded contestants in the 126-pound class. The toughest competition in the section tournament will come from Austin Gabbert of Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran. Gabbert defeated Ruschmeier, 3-2, when the two teams squared off recently.
Ruschmeier enters the section team competition with a 26-5 record, said GSL/LP coach Lance Wurm. Two of Ruschmeier’s defeats have come against two of the state’s top-rated wrestlers in his weight class, Gabbert and Wayzata’s Kyler Wong.

(For the complete story, see the Feb. 12 print edition of The Chronicle.)