Five storylines to watch at MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament

The 35th MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament gets underway Friday in Rochester, Minn.

The MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament is Minnesota’s premier in-season high school wrestling event. The tournament has a rich history, with many past participants going on to achieve success at the highest levels of college and international wrestling.

Brandon Paulson (Anoka), a 1996 Olympic silver medalist in Greco-Roman, won titles in 1989 and 1990. Olympic champion Gable Steveson claimed three Minnesota Christmas Tournament titles. Mark Hall (Apple Valley), a three-time NCAA finalist and 2017 NCAA champion for Penn State, holds the record for the most Minnesota Christmas Tournament titles with six. Brady Berge (Kasson-Mantorville), a three-time NCAA qualifier for Penn State, captured five titles.

Twin brothers Troy and Terry Steiner (Century, N.D.), both NCAA champions at the University of Iowa, competed in the inaugural event in 1987 and won titles at 119 pounds and 126 pounds, respectively.

Two collegiate wrestlers from Penn State currently ranked No. 1 by The Open Mat, Roman Bravo-Young (Sunnyside) and Greg Kerkvliet (Simley), are past Minnesota Christmas Tournament champions. Continue reading at →