Created: March 04, 2020 11:00 PM
(ABC 6 News) - After years of falling just short, Blooming Prairie senior Colton Krell won the school's first-ever state wrestling title, taking home the the Class A 195-pound crown on Saturday.
Wrestling for the Westfield Razorbacks, a co-op with Hayfield, Krell waltzed through the competition in St. Paul, collecting two pins and a win by tech fall before the state championship. Going against Frazee's Luke Tweeton in the finale, Krell continued to showcase his skillset, winning by a 7-3 decision.
"It felt great just to do it for the town," Krell said.
Blooming Prairie had been waiting for someone to break through, and Razorbacks coach Chad Gimbel says Krell worked plenty hard enough for it.
"He loves wrestling. He lives for wrestling. That's his passion," Gimbel said. ""If he's got any free time that's what he wants to be doing. He wants to be wrestling."
Krell has come a long way since Gimbel saw him wrestle as a fifth grader.
"When he was a fifth grader he was a terrible wrestler. Everybody beat him."
But it's not about how you start, it's about how you finish.
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