On Feb. 1, Cooper and Cobe Siebrecht headed to Sioux Falls, SD to weigh in for an AAU National Wrestling Tournament. There were 660 wrestlers, from 14 states in grades K-8 that competed in the two-day national tournament on Feb. 2-3.
Cooper, a second grader at Alta Elementary, competed in the 50 lb. Midget division, for wrestlers born in 1998 and 1999 (primarily second and third graders). There were 15 wrestlers in this division. Cooper won his first two matches on Saturday to advanced to the semi-finals on Sunday, where he was defeated. Cooper placed sixth at the tournament, and advanced his overall record is 22-5 for the season.
Cobe Siebrecht, a first grader at Alta Elementary, competed in the 50 lb. Bantum division, for wrestlers born in 2000 and 2001 (primarily first and second graders). There were 19 wrestlers in this division. Cobe was able to win three matches on Saturday, and two matches on Sunday to earn first place and be crowned a National Champion. In the championship match, Cobe came back from a 6-7 deficit in the third period to win by a score of 9-7. With the 5-0 tournament record, Cobe's overall record for the season improved to 23-3.
The brothers qualified for the AAU Grand Nationals in July which will be held in Denver, Colo. This is the first time they have participated in this tournament.
Copper and Cobe are the sons of Jamie and Tracy Siebrecht.
Cooper has been wrestling for four years, and Cobe for three years. They belong to the Aurelia's Junk Yard Dog Wrestling Club, where their coaches are Bob Mikos, Colby Entrekin, Keith Gaes and Ryan Koplin. Dad Jamie coaches them at tournaments.
When asked what they like most about wrestling - Cobe likes "double legs, single legs, and head locks." Cooper's favorite thing about wrestling is "throwing someone to the mat."