The end of an era: Longtime Albert Lea wrestling coach retires

(updated article)

Larry Goodnature has been a staple of Albert Lea wrestling for 42 years — four as a wrestler and 38 as a coach.

For the better part of two decades, Goodnature led the Tigers wrestling program as head coach.

Come this winter, there will be a new face to lead Albert Lea’s historic wrestling tradition as Goodnature steps aside and retires after 25 years at the helm.

He started his athletic career as a basketball player at Southwest Middle School in seventh grade. By eighth grade, though, wrestling had taken over and would eventually become a part of Goodnature’s life for the next 50 years. Continue reading at

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