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Schorr and Benrud: Gridiron Grapplers

January 25, 2011

By Dan Tracy
BRCFootball.com

If there is any sport that rivals the physicality of being in the trenches of a high school football game, it’s good-old freestyle wrestling. No other sport gives you the opportunity to outmuscle, outwork and outperform your opponent in attempt to bring them to the ground.

Cole Schorr and Jimmy Benrud know all about both the trenches and the mat.

Offensive All-BRC 1st teamers on the football field, both Superior offensive lineman Cole Schorr and Menomonie tight end Jimmy Benrud have transitioned from blocking defensive lineman to grappling with opposing wrestlers. Schorr, a captain for the Spartans, now wrestles at 189 pounds and Benrud wrestled at 152 pounds before his senior season ended a few weeks ago due to injury.

Another transition that both are now preparing for is the transition to college. Schorr will attend the College of St. Scholastica to play football and study nursing while Benrud will head to UW-Lacrosse for solely academic purposes.

Cole Schorr

The 5’10 205 lb. Schorr started each of his varsity football seasons at a different position. However, by the last game of each season, Schorr’s reliability as a blocker landed him back on the offensive line each season.

Schorr started his senior season at fullback and at linebacker for the Spartans, accruing 43 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving on three catches in non-conference losses to Stevens Point and D.C. Everest. The highlight of Schorr’s season came against Stevens Point as he caught a screen pass and rumbled his way down the field for an 80-yard receiving touchdown. Schorr was moved to the offensive line as they opened up BRC play, but continued to switch in from time to time at defense and finished the season with eight total tackles. The Spartans were never able to recover from key injuries to senior starters Cody Kitch at center and Rob Dembroski at quarterback as they finished the season 0-9 for the first time since 2005.

“Every game we wanted a win more than anything but we just couldn’t pull it together,” Schorr said.

Despite the winless season, Schorr achieved two individual goals that he had aspired for since starting his career with Superior.

“Ever since I was a freshman I wanted to be a captain of the football team, and also be on the first team All-Conference list,” Schorr said. “I achieved both of those goals this year.”

Schorr will now take a path often traveled by former Spartans as he will continue his football career at Division III St. Scholastica. The Saints currently have seven former Spartans on their roster along with former Eau Claire Memorial kicker Taylor McGinnis.

“I want to earn a starting spot as soon as possible as a defensive starter and be a captain on that team along with being an all-league player,” Schorr said. “Academically, I want to achieve my bachelor’s degree in nursing.”

Schorr visited the campus on Nov. 6 when the Saints beat Northwestern College (MN) 10-7 in their home finale. Schorr is expecting to play linebacker for the Saints.

As a wrestler, Schorr has dealt with two season-ending injuries. He dislocated his shoulder three matches into his sophomore year and just recently tore his MCL in his fourth match on the mat for the Spartans. Schorr, a captain on this year’s squad, finishes his high school career with 30 wins.

Name: Cole Schorr
Height: 5″10
Weight: 205 lbs.
High School Position (s): LB
Potential College Position (s): LB
40 Time: 4.80 sec.
Max Bench Press: 240 lbs.
Max Parallel Squat: 350 lbs.
Max Power Clean: 245 lbs.
Greatest High School Football Accomplishment: First team All-BRC offensive linemen.
Best BRC Player that you played against: Rice Lake DE Eric Elwood.
Personal Motto/Favorite Quote: “Pain is just weakness leaving the body.”
One word that describes you: Driven.

Jimmy Benrud

Even after the triple-threat of Kasey Kruse, Austin Berend and Levi Kraft graduated in 2009, the Menomonie offense still managed to light up the scoreboard in 2010. They led the BRC in scoring for the second consecutive season and finished as the 63rd highest scoring team in the state. Year in and year out Joe Labuda and his staff are able to put together a balanced offensive attack that can explode on any given night. The funny thing is, for some of those players, football isn’t even their best sport.

A perfect example is Menomonie tight end Jimmy Benrud.

The 1st Team All-BRC tight end in 2010 flourished in Labuda’s offense this season as he hauled in 11 catches for 248 yards and two touchdowns as well as rushing 11 times for 33 yards and a pair of touchdowns. As good as he was on the football field, the 180 lb. Benrud was most dangerous when he weighed 30 pounds less and he was in a singlet.

Benrud compiled 90 wins in his career to go along with two regional titles and twice being named 1st team All-BRC in wrestling. He was recruited by Division III schools for both football and wrestling but a recent injury will most likely keep him off the mat and off the field throughout college.

“I recently injured my back and am done for this season,” Benrud said. “I broke a vertebra so I will most likely not be doing a sport in college.”

Benrud has narrowed down his college search to UW-Lacrosse where he believes he’ll find a great academic atmosphere. Despite his injury, Benrud has still received interest for football via mail from Division III St. Thomas, visits by coaches from Augsburg and UW-Platteville and on Jan. 18 he received a call from a coach at UW-Lacrosse.

Name: Jimmy Benrud
Nickname (s): Jimbo
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 180 lbs.
High School Position (s): TE/WR
Potential College Position (s): WR/TE/FB
40 Time: 4.70 sec.
Max Bench Press: 265 lbs.
Max Parallel Squat: 365 lbs.
Max Power Clean: 190 lbs.
Greatest High School Football Accomplishment: Solo BRC champs in 2010 (thanks River Falls!).
Best BRC player that you played against: Rice Lake DE Eric Elwood.
Personal Motto/Favorite Quote: “Confidence is contagious, so is lack of confidence.”
One word that describes you: Tough.

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