McNiff’s Riffs: MN has a world champion wrestler, and she’s a beast

Tim McNiff catches up with 17-year-old world champion wrestler Emily Shilson.

Okay… don’t come at me because I just called a 17-year-old girl a “beast,” It’s cool. At least, I think it is.

As I explained to Emily Shilson, who just last week became the first girl from the U.S. to win a world championship since 2015 (teammate Macey Kilty from Wisconsin also won a world title the very next day), I meant it as nothing but a compliment, because Emily Shilson eats, drinks, lifts, sweats, dreams and breathes everything about wrestling.

“I can’t imagine doing any other sport. It just wouldn’t be the same,” says Emily. “I love every minute of wrestling. Whether it’s hard or not, it’s just fun and sometimes the funnest parts are the hard parts.” Continue reading

Former Minneapolis high school teacher, coach dies in Boundary Waters after canoe capsizes

A former Minneapolis high school football and wrestling coach died in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness after he attempted to right a capsized canoe.

Niles R. Schulz, 75, of Minneapolis was found dead Tuesday evening in Sawbill Lake near the portage to Kelso Lake, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. Schulz was on a trip with his grandson, a friend and the friend’s grandson, officials say.

Schulz was the head wrestling and football coach from the late 1960s into the 1980s for Edison High School, where he also taught English for nearly two decades. He was a board member of the Edison Community and Sports Foundation. Continue reading at www.twincities.com

Former Dragon wrestler Hendrickson enters the NSIC Hall of Fame

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Former Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling star Nate Hendrickson was inducted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame at a banquet Tuesday night in Burnsville, Minn.

Hendrickson is the 27th individual from Dragon Athletics to be inducted into the NSIC Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the NSIC Hall on Tuesday along with Donna Palivec, Bemidji State; James McNear III, Concordia- St. Paul; Ryan Miller, Northern State; Andrea (Schreier) Sawatzky, Southwest Minnesota State; Emily (Schroeder) Jones, Wayne State; and Cyndy (Schubbe) Jones, Winona State. Continue reading