Clash XVI field full of elite talent

Every year, the Clash National Wrestling Duals brings many of the top high school wrestling teams in the country to Rochester. This year is no different.

Clash XVI is set to start at 9 a.m. Friday and runs through Saturday night at UCR Regional Sports Center. This year, 29 teams will venture to Rochester from as far away as California and as close as Mayo High School to square up against that elite competition.

There are challenges that come with putting together the nation’s best dual-format high school wrestling tournament. But this year was more difficult than most.

After committing, paying a deposit and signing a contract, several teams backed out leading up to Clash XVI. With new rules in place limiting Minnesota teams to just 16 total events, that handcuffed the Clash board as far as finding replacements for those teams that dropped out. Continue reading at

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