By PATRICK SLACK
Little Falls senior Josh Wenzel signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Friday.
Wenzel, a three-sport athlete and four-year starter for the Flyers baseball team, made his final decision a month ago on his first visit to the Mankato campus.
“When I got on campus, I knew it was the place for me,” Wenzel said. “I could see myself being there for four years.”
He started his college search with four final schools, Mankato, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota and North Dakota, until a broken foot last spring wiped out his junior baseball season.
“After the injury some schools died down, but Mankato’s interest picked up,” he said.
After trimming the list down to Mankato and St. Cloud, Wenzel’s visit sealed the deal.
“At first it was really fun,” Wenzel said. “Then I was losing sleep over it, knowing this would be my life for the next four years.”
“I was glad to get it out of the way,” he said. “I didn’t want to stress out so I could enjoy senior year.”
Wenzel reinjured the foot with a fracture in October, but expects to make a full recovery in time for spring.
“I should be 100 percent by baseball season,” Wenzel said. “That’s the goal, and hopefully to be able to play a little bit of basketball.”
Wenzel will join the following Little Falls High School alumni who also played baseball at Minnesota State University, Mankato: Todd Robinson, Jeremy Stadum, Craig Bauman, Chad Stadum, Rusty Gwost, Dave Sorenson, Eric Johnson and Doug Ploof.