Recap: Magic wrestlers peak at the right time

It wasn’t that the regular season was without highlights for the Magic wrestling team. They did win two tournaments, an individual tournament during December  in Big Lake and another tournament in Mound Westonka during February.
It was just that an inordinate amount of their success came toward the end of the season, during sections, also known as the most important time of the year.
At team sections, Monticello wasn’t at their best overall, falling convincingly to Totino-Grace in the section final, and ending a two-year reign atop the section. But it was still a day full of memorable highlights. None more memorable than Carter Michels picking up his first career win by earning a come-from-behind pin to lead off what was expected to be a tight section semifinal against Benilde St. Margaret.
A week after team sections, the wrestlers got the chance to erase the bitter taste the second place finish from the week prior had left in their mouths. At individual sections, Monticello dominated the field. The Magic sent a section-high eight wrestlers to the state tournament.
A large part of the Magic peaking at the right time was the fact that it’s a young team, led by just two seniors in Logan Stiller and Mitch Hanson, that progressed throughout the year.
Stiller capped his progression at the end of the year, with an impressive fourth place finish at the state tournament.
Meanwhile, junior Zach Beaumaster continued his growth. His fifth place finish at the state meet was a perfect end to a season that indicated the best is still to come from this continually improving team.