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Wrestling success is about total package

Schwanz, Spiegel rewrite record book.

The trophies and medals are nice.

That’s why the 2010-11 Swede wrestlers endured grueling conditioning, two-a-day practices and long over-night bus trips.

But Swede coach Eric Manstedt hopes his wrestlers take more than awards away from the mats.

“In the long run, I think what’s far more important than the trophies is the character and discipline each one of these kids has developed,” Manstedt said. “It’s all about the total package.”

So while the team trophies and weight class medals prominently display the Swedes’ power on the mat this season, the work ethic and dedication are what Manstedt hopes to bring out in each of them.

“These kids were phenomenal to coach,” he said. “They may not have gotten out of it what they wanted in terms of hardware but it was a very successful season all the way around.”

Gothenburg sent five kids to state and brought home two medals, a sixth place by Tanner Schwanz and a fifth place by Mitch Spiegel.

The duo has rewritten the school’s record board.

Schwanz, Manstedt said, is in the mix of the best wrestlers in school history.

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