Ridgewater and Northland Pull The Plug on 2020-2021

By Matt Krumrie

It's not the type of start new Ridgewater College wrestling coach Joey Brown expected when he took over the wrestling program in May of 2020. But, it's still 2020, and things are far from normal. So nothing is a surprise.

In mid-November, Ridgewater College and Northland Community and Technical College announced that all winter athletics programs, including wrestling, would be suspended due to growing concerns over the Coronavirus. Ridgewater also canceled spring sports for this season.

"Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it presents, our season has been suspended," said Brown. "We would have had a very young team that had one returning wrestler from last year (285-pound national qualifier Charlie Farhat of Willmar). I came on in late May to take over the rebuild of our program, and we got off to a great start adding 12 first-year guys to the roster. We were excited because we would have filled a full varsity lineup for the upcoming season. Once we got word the season was not going to happen for us, we met with our guys and supported them in the option to move on. About half of the guys decided to move on, and one is going to graduate in the spring."

Northland had a strong team ready to compete in the MCAC and NJCAA this season. "I respect the fact that this was a difficult decision for our institution to cancel winter sports," said Northland wrestling coach Scott DCamp. "I don't agree with it, however, because I feel like we had a plan in place that would have allowed us to attend classes, practice, and compete in a safe manner."

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Can the Mustangs Take It to the Next Level?

By Matt Krumrie

The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team heads into the 2020-2021 season with youthful experience. That is an odd combination for many teams, but that's what you get when you have a team that returns eight regulars with only one senior in the group. Of those eight returnees, five are sophomores, and two are juniors.

"We are a young but experienced team," said head coach Jesse Nelson, now in his 14th season as head coach of the Mustangs. "This team has great leadership as well. If we can stay healthy, it should be an exciting year."

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Despite Losing A Lot, Auggies Have High Expectations For 2021

By Matt Krumrie

It was another outstanding season on the mat for the Augsburg University wrestling team in 2019-2020. The Auggies dominated the Upper Midwest Regional and qualified eight wrestlers for the NCAA Division III national championships.

The Auggies entered DIII nationals ranked No. 1 in the nation, but there was no storybook ending to this Augsburg wrestling season, as the coronavirus led to the cancellation of the DIII NCAA championships, leaving many questions unanswered and several wrestlers without an opportunity to finish out their careers with a run at another team or individual championships.

Despite the heartbreaking end to the season, eight Augsburg wrestlers earned NWCA All-American honors. Because there was no national tournament, the NWCA named an 80-member NWCA All-America First Team, with eight individuals named in each weight class. All 80 were among the top eight seeds in each weight class that was scheduled to wrestle at the NCAA Division III National Championships in March before it was canceled. An additional 50 wrestlers were named to the NWCA All-America Second Team, and 50 more were named to the NWCA All-America Third Team. Traditionally, the top eight finishers in each weight class earn All-America honors at NCAA wrestling championships.

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The Guillotine – November 19, 2020

The November 19, 2020 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Lace ‘Em Up - 50 Years of The Guillotine | High School Class Previews | High School Rankings | Camps-Clinics-Training | MWCA Report | Officially Speaking - Covid and Non-Covid Rules | Performance Nutrition - Resetting Habits | View From The Matbird Seat | Ask The Doc - Guidelines for This Season | Where Have They Gone? - Jim Harstad.

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MSHSL issues guidance following Executive Order 20-99

In accordance with Executive Order 20-99 issued tonight by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, the Minnesota State High School League is providing guidance and information to the League’s more than 500 member schools. The Executive Order is in effect from 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 through Friday, Dec. 18.

In preparation for the implementation of the restrictions included in the order, section football play must be completed by the end of Friday. The volleyball regular season will also end on Friday. In working with stakeholders including member schools, LEAD Liaisons, the Return to Participation Task Force and Region Secretaries, additional flexibility is provided in the guidance for football and volleyball to complete their competitions.

Dance, in its second week of the season, will also stop in-person practice and competitions, effective late Friday. Other winter sports will have the start of their seasons delayed by this order.

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St. Cloud State schedule announced for 2020-21 season

The St. Cloud State University wrestling schedule has been posted for the upcoming 2020-21 season. The Huskies will get the season underway on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m. with the annual Black/Red Classic intrasquad exhibition match in Halenbeck Hall.

This match will serve as a warm-up for the 2020-21 regular season, which will feature six Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual matches. The Huskies have won nine consecutive NSIC championships and they will open league action on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. with a dual match at the University of Mary.

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