Bailee O’Reilly commits to wrestle for Minnesota!

Goodhue’s first 2x State Champion Bailee O’Reilly has verbally committed to wrestle for the University of Minnesota.

This is Goodhue Wrestling’s first wrestler to compete at the Division I level. Bailee was recruited by multiple schools and divisions. At this point Bailee plans to pursue a business major after finishing high school with a 3.5+ GPA. He also received a $1k academic scholarship from the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association (MWCA). On the mat, Bailee was a 6 year varsity starter, a winner of 185 career matches, a 3x state entrant and a 2x State Champ, winning the 152A title in 2016 and the 160A title in 2017.

The decision to compete for the Gophers came down to the traditions of success that Minnesota has had at developing wrestlers. “One thing that always drew me towards the U was the great fan base and all the resources they have in place for the guys who are willing to put in the work to be great and be remembered for years.”

The upcoming season will likely be a red shirt year. Bailee expects to compete at 165 pounds for the Gophers in open tournaments.

Bailee will sign his National Letter of Intent (NLI) on National Signing Day Wednesday, April 12th, at 3:00 in the wrestling room. Fans and friends are welcome to attend.

Saturday semis, consolations 

John and Mason compete in the opening Saturday round of consolation starting at 9. John will be up right away on mat 4. Mason will be about the 3rd match on mat 3. All Class A wrestlebacks are up first. 

The semis are scheduled to start at 10:15. Kelby will be on mat 1 and Bailee will follow him. Consolation matches will continue after the semis. 

State QF’s at 4:00!

Set your alarm… State Quarter Finals are coming up at 4:00. John will be up immediately at 4:00 on mat 8. Kelby will be on mat 4 and Bailee will be on mat 1. The brothers will be about the 4th/5th match on their mat so they’ll be up at approximately 4:30.

In the first round, John won by pinfall in the 3rd period. Mason lost by fall at the end of the first in an outside cradle. Mason will need his first round opponent to win in the quarters to get a consolation match tonight in the wrestleback round at 7:00 p.m. Bailee controlled his match, picking up a 13-5 win. And Kelby also picked up a major decision, winning 15-2.

The O’Reilly Brothers: KTTC’s Athlete of the Week

Be sure to check out the 10:00 news tonight (Monday, 2/27/17) to watch the KTTC “Athlete of the Week” segment. Or, in this case, Athletes of the Week. The O’Reilly brothers were selected after catching reporter Chris Barriere’s attention for their collective performances at the Section 1A Tournament this past Saturday.

Here is a link to the article. The O’Reilly Brothers: Athlete of the Week

Goodhue State Qualifier T-shirt orders

Congratulations to our qualifiers: John Altendorf, Kelby O’Reilly, Bailee O’Reilly, and Mason Huemann!

State Qualifier T-shirts are available to pre-order today by 11:00 a.m. Extras will be ordered in some sizes if you didn’t make the deadline, so still send your order in when you can, first-come first-serve. Shirts will be in Thursday. Click on the order form PDF below to see what they look like.

State Qualifer Order Form 2017


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Individual Sections: First Round and 1/4 Final Update

Wrestling is underway at the Mayo Civic Center. This morning is in the books. Here are the results so far.

FR = First Round QF = Quarter Final

106 – FR: Maddox pinned Jacob Cripps. QF: Maddox lost to #1 seed Taylor DeFrang of DE. Now in Consolation QF’s.

113 – QF: John won 3-0 over Jack Williams of PI.

120 – FR: Bjorn won by tech fall. QF: Bjorn lost to #2 seed D. Fallon of PI.

126 – FR: Baxter pinned by Triton’s Rasmussen. Consolation: Baxter won by pin over Lake City’s Schumacher.

132 – FR: Travis lost to Lake City. Consolation: Travis pinned Jack Smothers of ZM.

138 – FR: Sven pinned by #1 seed Brenn Olson.

145 – FR: Kaleb won by fall over Triton. QF: Kaleb won by fall over WK.

152 – QF: Kelby won by fall over Derek Meincke of Lake City.

160 – FR: Bailee won by pin over Tyler Soltau of ZM. QF: Bailee pinned a competitor from GMLOS.

170 – QF: Mason pinned Spencer Stemper of Caledonia.

182 – QF: Kodee won 5-0 over Isaac Bushman of DE.

220 – QF: Matthew was pinned by Jarret Haglund of ZM.

285 – QF: Ryan won 4-3 over Clayton Luthe of GMLOS.

Wrestlers that have a loss are in consolation QF’s or semis. Undefeated wrestlers so far are in the semifinals. Semifinalists are John, Kaleb, Kelby, Bailee, Mason, Kodee, and Ryan. Everyone will be wrestling in the next round, which is slated to start at approximately 1:30.

John Altendorf and Bailee O’Reilly Snag MWCA Senior Scholarship Awards

We have two senior wrestlers in our 2017 season. Amazingly, both managed to earn $1,000 Scholarship Awards from the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association (MWCA). Only 6 scholarships were available to all state senior wrestlers who are college-bound.

Here is a link to the announcement and biographies of the 2017 MWCA Scholarship Recipients.

Congratulations John and Bailee! We are so proud to see all of your effort on the mat and in the classroom pay off!

Individual Sections 2017: Saturday only

The 2017 Individual Section Tournament has been moved to a one day format on Saturday. Here is a link to a PDF file of the new Individual Section Tournament Schedule. The wrestlers left Thursday night ahead of the storm and are currently hunkered in hotel rooms in downtown Rochester. Coach Lexvold and Mason (pictured below) were two of many that had to ride snowmobiles to get to school in the 2014 blizzard so we could get to Sections. A four wheel drive tractor with blade had fortunately cleared a path on Hwy. 58 that allowed two Suburbans to haul us to the Civic Center, because the bus wasn’t able to go and Hwy 52 was shut down.
If you’re unable to make it to the Mayo Civic Center on Saturday, you can follow our progress via our Twitter account as well as Track Wrestling, where you can find brackets and live scoring dashboard. To access the brackets at any time, or to follow the live scoring while the tourney is in action, go to Follow these steps: click on “Browse” at the top, then click on “Tournaments”, then “Search Events” and type in “MSHSL”  in ‘Event Name’ box and click ‘Search’ at the bottom. The Section 1A tournament is/should be at the top. Nine of our 13 athletes are seeded. All will be competing hard to pursue their goals and reach the Section 1A podium!