Bob Purcell retiring after 20 years of Minnesota West wrestling memories

WORTHINGTON — A wrestling coach has to have a tough side. He needs to be a disciplinarian in a sport populated with rough characters who can only become successful in their craft by beating up the other guy.

Bob Purcell, as nice a guy as you’d ever want to meet, has dealt with more than his share of tough characters during his 20 years of coaching at Minnesota West Technical and Community College. And more than a few of the stories he has accumulated deal with the abrasive side of wrestling.

There was a devoted Iowan in the wrestling room one year, Purcell recalls, who was easily agitated when the Minnesota kids spoke ill of his beloved Iowa Hawkeyes. Cuss words flew in a stream from the Iowan’s lips whenever his Minnesota teammates teased him. Continue reading at

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