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Warriors Athlete of Week: Brainerd's Kubesh grinds way to unbeaten record

Cole Kubesh Sport: Wrestling Weight: 113 Year: Sophomore Age: 15 Height: 5-7 Career highlight: Winning Mound-Westonka & Blue Earth tournaments this season Other sports: Baseball Favorite class: Aquatics Favorite food: Spaghetti Favorite movie...

Brainerd’s Cole Kubesh pins Aitkin’s Caine Owens in 1:03 Tuesday. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)
Brainerd’s Cole Kubesh pins Aitkin’s Caine Owens in 1:03 Tuesday. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)

Cole Kubesh

Sport: Wrestling

Weight: 113

Year: Sophomore

Age: 15

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Height: 5-7

Career highlight: Winning Mound-Westonka & Blue Earth tournaments this season

Other sports: Baseball

Favorite class: Aquatics

Favorite food: Spaghetti

Favorite movie: "Miracle"

Favorite TV network: "Big Ten"

Hobbies: Wrestling, working out

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Future plans: Possibly become physical therapist

Favorite wrestlers: Jake Deitchler & Tony Ramos

Parents: Jason and Rebecca Kubesh

Cole Kubesh isn't flashy. He's just a grinder who tries to wear out his wrestling opponents.

Through seven matches this season, Kubesh has worn down all of his opponents. He's 7-0 and was champion at 113 pounds in the Turkey Burn Invite at Mound-Westonka and won the Dick Maher Invite at Blue Earth. The Guillotine has ranked him No. 7 in Class 3A at 113.

"He has had a really good start to the season," Warriors co-head coach Jim Kath said. "He's definitely one of the hardest-working kids we have in the room. He works hard in practice. He's a kid who isn't flashy in a lot of his wins. He's just a good, hard-nosed, tough kid. He's done a great job so far.
"I think the biggest thing is his ability to grind out wins. He wears guys down. He just keeps going after them. He's aggressive. Guys just kind of concede to him."

Kubesh said he just practices and grinds as hard as he can.

"I try to keep good position," he said. "When the points come, they come."

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At the Turkey Burn, Kubesh opened with an 18-second fall against Collin Grandstand of Mahtomedi. In the semis, he scored an 8-0 major decision against Anoka's Colby Njos. He then decisioned Mitchell Wilson of St. Francis 8-4 for the title.

"The first match was pretty even," Kubesh said. "He shot in, I sprawled and caught him. The second match I just wrestled hard. I kept good position and scored the points that I usually score. In the final, he was a pretty decent wrestler. I just happened to come out on top."

In a dual meet Dec. 4 against Sauk Rapids, Kubesh decisioned Hunter Rajkowski of Sauk Rapids 3-1. Against Aitkin on Tuesday he pinned Caine Owens in 1:03.

Last weekend, he won the Dick Maher Invite. After a bye, he pinned Dillon Schmidt of Maple River at 3:43 in the semis. He then decisioned Adam Legred of Blue Earth 7-1 for the title, the same wrestler he beat 7-0 for the title in Blue Earth in 2013.

Kath said he and Kubesh talked after the Mound-Westonka tournament about needing to sharpen his technique.

"He did a nice job at Blue Earth," Kath said. "He wrestled very tough but was a little more technically sound in his wrestling, which is what he needs to do to move to the next level."

Other notable efforts:

• Braden Kramer, Drew Robinson and Drew Bruen, wrestling, won individual titles at the Blue Earth Invitational.

• Kylee Heurung, girls basketball, scored 28 points and had nine rebounds vs. Litchfield.

• Kobe Ahonen, boys basketball, scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds vs. Fergus Falls.

MIKE BIALKA may be reached at mike.bialka@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5861. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bertsballpark .

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