Competition team

95% of our members are coming in to better themselves and have no interest in being competitive athletes.  We do however have options for athletes wanting to compete in CrossFit. Here is a little bio on our competition team and our competition history.

The team came together in the fall of 2013, and competed in the CrossFit Open for the first time in 2014. Qualifying for the North Central Regionals in 2014, the team finished in 1st place which qualified for a spot at the CrossFit Games at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.  Once the team got to the CrossFit Games they took 1st place in 2 events including the final event to come in at in 4th place overall. Returning once again to the 2015 CrossFit Regionals, The team had bad run of luck with injuries and mistakes at the 2015 Regionals and just missed qualifying for the games. At the 2016 Regionals they managed to come back and take a qualifying spot again at the games and once again headed out to Carson, California to compete in the games. 2017 brings another year with a lot of fresh new faces. With new athletes on the team they qualified again of the games taking 8th place worldwide.

2017 Team Members:

 

Kelly Wild –

Age: 26
Height: 5’2”
Weight: 130
Team member: 2014 – Current

Occupation: Trainer and Coach

Background:
I grew up in St. Paul, MN playing competitive hockey and soccer. Prior to CrossFit, I played Division I hockey at The Ohio State University from 2008-2012, and I also competed on the Under-18 and Under-22 US National Women’s Hockey teams. In 2012 I started Crossfit in Columbus, OH training under Graham Holmberg at Crossfit Grandview. I continued to train there until 2013 when I moved back Minnesota to start Dental School at the University of Minnesota. In 2013, I competed in my first Crossfit competition at the Central East Regionals on Crossfit Grandview’s Team.

 

 

 

Andrea Nissler – 

Age: 27
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 148lbs
Team member: 2014 – Current

Background: Andrea played softball, volleyball and swam in college. Following college she go into CrossFit and never looked back. In 2014 Andrea took 14th in the CrossFit open in the North Central region but chose to compete on the team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paige Semenza –

Age: 25
Height: 5’4″
Weight: 140lbs
Team Member: 2017

Occupation: CrossFit coach and athlete

Born and raised in Pittston, Pennsylvania. At the age of 8, I began playing ice hockey at my local rink. I loved all sports but hockey stuck with me for life. I played D-I ice hockey for The Ohio State University from 2009-2013 where I graduated with a B.S. in Education & Human Ecology. Elected as assistant captain both junior and senior year. Being nominated for the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award (2013) & Seventh Player Award (2011) are two of the biggest highlights during my career.

Prior to CrossFit I dabbled in the sport of powerlifting. I competed at USAPL Raw Nationals in 2015 where I finished 18th of 55 women in the 72kg weight class.

I began CrossFit in January of 2015 at CrossFit Vertex and completed my first Open “just for fun”. Exactly one year later, I received my Level 1 Certification (CF-L1) and began coaching at CFV. I qualified for Regionals in 2016 after placing 462nd worldwide and 29th in my region. I finished Regionals 14th of 39 talented women.

2017 has brought a whole new twist to my CrossFit journey. I have relocated from PA to MN to train under Timberwolf CrossFit and be apart of their team. I finished this year’s Open 78th worldwide and 13th in our region (both 384th & 16th place improvements from 2016). As a team, we finished 9th in the world and 2nd in our region. I look forward to what the rest of what this 2017 season will bring

 


Tony Koens –

Age: 34
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 205

Occupation: Coach/Box owner

Background:
I grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota not playing any sports except softball. Prior to CrossFit I was personal trainer and then a Sports performance coach. In 2009 I started CrossFit with Tommy Hackunbruck shortly after he opened his gym in Salt lake City. I continued to train there until 2011 when I moved to Minnesota to open Timberwolf CrossFit. I started competing in 2012 after the gym was set up. In 2012 I qualified for Regionals placing 50th. In 2013 I qualified again placing 49th, In 2014 I improved and placed 24th in the region qualifying again but competed on the team.

 

Anthony Davis (AJ) –

Age:22
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 205-215
Team Member: 2017

Occupation: CrossFit coach/USAW sports performance coach

Background:
I was born in Key West, Florida (Fun Fact) after 8 years of living there I wound up in Plainwell, MI. I played just about every sport growing up. From age 3-18 I played: Football, basketball, Golf (4 year varsity), soccer, rollerhockey, baseball, and even dabbled in some action sports like snowboarding and skateboarding. I would say the peak of my athletic career growing up was Ping Pong champ of my friends garage for 4 weekends in a row. After High School I found myself sort of lost, not playing any sports and separating myself from friends. After 1 semester of college, almost leaving I ended up joining the GVSU Strength club where I was introduced to CrossFit. That following summer I joined a box, CrossFit Lake Effect, In Holland, MI. Over the years I developed from a normal class attendee to training as much as I was in class and also began coaching. In 2014, my first Open I was 25,000 something in the world. Over the year I have made big jumps, 2015: 1600 something, 2016: 183 and individual regional qualifier, to 5th in the world and winner of the North Central in 2017. For the 2017 season, I have forgone being individual for a year and moved to Saint Paul, MN to join the TimberWolf CrossFit team in hopes of making a run at the CrossFit games. I love this sport and being apart of this amazing community.

 

Roderick Holloway –

Age: 30
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 205

Occupation: Crossfit Coach specializing in Gymnastics

Background: I grew up in St. Louis Missouri doing gymnastics from the age of 5 -18 years old. I also played some soccer and baseball in my elementary ages. After retiring from gymnastics I began lifting weights, did some Martial arts, and did some Strong man work. I moved to Springfield Missouri where I earned a degree in Construction Management. I started Coaching Gymnastics full time at 20 and always had the desire to compete again in something. I lived in Springfield for 7 years till I moved back home. That’s when I found Crossfit. Crossfit filled my Void of wanting to compete again. I began Crossfit at 25 and my first 2 years of participating in the open I qualified for Regionals. Placing 21st in the open and 18th at regionals in 2014 then 18th in the open and 16th at regionals in 2015. 2016 I unfortunately missed because of an injury I sustained 1 month before the open. This year I am excited to be on a team with an amazing group of athletes as we make our run for the games.

 

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