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Bryor Hellmann earns first team, All-State Academic Wrestling honors

Recent Boyceville graduate Bryor Hellmann excelled both on and off the wrestling mat.

Hellmann capped his senior wrestling season with 42-7 record and a state silver medal when he placed second in the Division 3, 160-pound class at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Championships on March 1.

Some three months later, Hellmann was again standing atop the podium as he delivered the salutatory address as the number two student in Boyceville’s Class of 2014.

Earlier in May, Hellmann, who had maintained a 4.0 plus grade point average throughout high school, was recognized for both his wrestling acumen and accomplishments as well as his high academic achievements when he was named to the Crossface Wrestling Magazine’s All-State Academic first team, just one of 17 junior and senior wrestlers from throughout the state of Wisconsin to be honored with such a distinction.

“I’ve been very lucky in the last 15 years to have the opportunity to coach great student athletes,” said Boyceville head wrestling coach Jamie Olson.

“Bryor Hellmann tops that list being a four-time academic all- state selection and ranked fourth overall in the junior /senior category as a senior this past year.”

Crossface determines the All-State Academic Teams strictly by the numbers – there is no voting or lobbying involved.

Academic honors are determined by a points system that uses the formula of (GPA x 100) + Varsity Wins + State Tournament Points (1st-60 pts., 2nd-50 pts., 3rd-40 pts. … to state qualifer-5 pts.).

Hellmann amassed 492 points, fourth most on the list. Kal Gerber, a two-time state champion from Cameron, topped the first team with 505 points. The pair was the only area wrestlers to earn first-team distinction.

Bryor finished his four-year wrestling career with a 125-53, tying him for 11th on the Bulldogs All-Time Wins list along with Aaron Kersten.

Hellmann also set a new record for most reversals in a season with 45 this past year.

He also finished this past season with 23 pins, second most on the team, along 43 takedowns and 33 escapes, third most among the Bulldogs in 2013-14.

“It was a great honor and privilege to coach him,” stated Olson.

“I would like to thank Nick and Angie Hellmann and family for sending me such a great kid to coach and all the hard work and support they have contributed to the Boyceville wrestling program the past 10 years.”

Bryor is planning to attend the UM-Duluth this fall to pursue a degree in education. His mother, Angie, is a teacher at Tiffany Creek Elementary.

Three other Bulldog wrestlers were also honored with inclusion  on the 2014 Crossface All-State Academic teams.

Junior Logan McAbee-Thomas was named to the Honor Mention team one the 11th and 12th grade list while sophomore Brandon Windsor  and freshman James Palmer also made the Honor Mention team on the Ninth and Tenth grade list.

Both McAbee-Thomas and Palmer were just a point shy of Third Team honors.

Palmer was a state qualifier at 112 pounds this past year and finished with a record of 43-4. Palmer led the Bulldogs in near falls with 56. He was also named the co-”Freshman of the Year” with classmate Micah Johnson, who won the D-3, 138-pound state title.

Logan McAbee-Thomas, a 4.0 student, finished his junior season with a 27-17 record and was named one of Boyceville’s most improved wrestlers for 2013-14.

First Team (11th & 12th Grade)
(Name, School, Grade, GPA, Wins,  State finish, Plans, Total Points)

  • Kal Gerber, Cameron, 11, 4.00, 45, 1st, 505 pts.
  • Mason Reinhardt, Merrill, 11, 4.00, 50, 2nd, 500 pts.
  • Dalton Lunde, Royall, 12, 4.00, 44, 2nd, U-Minn., 494 pts.
  • Bryor Hellmann, Boyceville, 12, 4.00 42, 2nd, UM-Duluth, 492 pts.
  • Jacob Wudtke, Bonduel, 12, 4.00, 41, 2nd, UWL-chemistry, 491 pts.
  • Kyle Mezera, Lancaster, 12, 3.83, 46, 1st, UWL, 489 pts.
  • Jacob Engelbert, Southern Door, 12, 3.78, 49, 1st, pre-med, 485 pts.
  • Cole Martin, Lancaster, 11, 3.99, 23, 1st, 482 pts.
  • Jon Goetz, West Bend West, 12, 3.85, 44, 2nd, Veterinary Med., 479 pts.
  • Jared Roen, Riverdale, 11, 3.70, 49, 1st, 479 pts.
  • Jackson Margis, Coleman, 12, 3.78, 45, 2nd, nursing, 473 pts.
  • Travis Hettinga, Wausau West, 12, 3.65, 45, 1st, college, 470 pts.
  • Joe Ziolkowski, DC Everest, 11, 3.60, 49, 1st, 469 pts.
  • Bryce Bennot, Wautoma, 12, 3.76, 43, 2nd, NDSU pre-med, 469 pts.
  • Tyler Schmidt, Merrill, 12, 3.55, 53, 1st, UW nuclear eng, 468 pts.
  • Dan Squires, Wisconsin Lutheran, 12, 3.90, 44, 4th, UWSP-biology, 464 pts.
  • Dominic Gunderson, Shiocton, 12, 3.88, 45, 4th, 463 pts.