National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter Inducts 9

On Saturday, April 27th, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter, held its annual Honors Banquet at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Austin, Minn. The banquet room was packed, and many former Hall of Fame inductees attended.

Brad Huckle was the 2024 Outstanding American Inductee. John Barrett, Dan Lefebvre, Steve Johnson, Ray Miller, Jeff “Bro” Olsen, Jim Richardson, Howie Schultz, and Pat Short were inducted for the Lifetime Service Award.

State chapter inductees are permanently honored at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma. View all National Wrestling Hall of Fame – Minnesota Chapter inductees online at nwhof.org/state-chapters/minnesota.

Read the program biographies of the latest inductees below.

Photos by Jeff Beshey

Inductee biographies by Bill Schmidt

John Barrett – Annandale

John Barrett, son of Byron and Dolores Barrett, was born and raised on a small dairy farm near Annandale, Minnesota along with six sisters and five brothers. In addition to farming, Byron worked as a machinist while Delores tried to keep her twelve kids fed, clothed and teach them to be good and decent citizens.

John was #11 out of 12 and the other five boys all wrestled. Oldest brother Mike went to State in 1965 when John was three years old. Brother Paul wrestled at the High School and Junior College level, and brothers Tom and Dan also wrestled in High School. John enjoyed going to their matches and remembers thinking, “That looks like fun.”

John Barrett
John Barrett

John’s first opportunity to wrestle came in sixth grade when he and his little brother Doug were allowed to join the elementary program under Coach Mike Jasper. John and his younger brother were the first in his family allowed to go out for more sports than wrestling. John was not very big in 8th grade, but played football up through his sophomore year, then decided to go out for Cross-Country as a Junior to get in better shape for Wrestling. He went back out for Football as a Senior, as he was quite a bit bigger by then, and was a two-way starter at offensive guard and linebacker and led his Annandale team in tackles.

John also decided to go out for Track and Field as there was a female sprinter who caught his eye. She was quite a bit faster than John, but he kept chasing her till he caught her.

In wrestling, Barrett made the varsity team as an 8th grader at 98# and wrestled at 105# as a Freshman, losing by one point in the Section Finals and again by one point in the true second match. It was very disappointing at the time but spurred John into wanting to get better in all facets of his technique. As a Sophomore, John started the season at 119# and cut down to 112# for the Section Tournament. He breezed through Sections and went on to win the State Title at 112#. Barrett had a growth spurt, shooting up to 138# as a Junior and cutting to 132# for Sections where he ran into a tough hombre from Albany by the name of Mark Woitalla. John lost to Woitalla in the Section finals but made it to the semifinals of the State Tournament before falling to Joe Pilgrim of Verndale in overtime. He came back strong in the wrestle-backs to take third place. John started his Senior Year at 155#, then went to 145#, and finally to 138# for Sections. John debated staying at 145# for sections because he knew Woitalla was at 138#, but coach Bruce Bartels felt he needed to be at 138# to have his best chance of placing at State. Barrett lost again to Woitalla in a hard-fought Section Final match, but Woitalla got knocked off at State as he was fighting an injury that John thought might have been aggravated in their Section final match, and Barrett went on to win the State Tournament at 138#.

Barrett credits much of his success in High School to outstanding coaching from Bruce Bartels, Larry Stroh, and Ron Remington, as well as great practice partners and mentors in Dan and Charlie Hellwig and Gary Kalla. John wanted to wrestle at the college level, but his mom was battling cancer, and John felt he needed to stay close to home, so he enrolled at St. Cloud State, Majoring in Physical Education and Health with a Recreation Minor.

John was blessed to have phenomenal coaching at St. Cloud with John Oxton, grad assistant Dennis Stoks, and the rest of the staff, along with great mentors like Steve Wenker, Jerry Schmitz, and a number of other outstanding wrestlers to learn from. Barrett started out at 150# as a Freshman and had a fantastic first year, except for one wrestler who was a thorn in his side. John lost to Phil Sowers from Duluth in the dual meet, then beat him in two other tournaments, but ended up losing to him in the FIRST ROUND of the National Tournament.

Barrett moved up to 158# as a Sophomore and a Junior, making it all the way to the NCAA Division II Finals both years. Barrett lost to the same wrestler from Morgan State both years, causing John to have flashbacks of Mark Woitalla, who had defeated John in the Section Finals in both his Junior and Senior Seasons. In his Senior year at St. Cloud, Barrett wrestled all season at 167# and thought about cutting to 158# for the National Tournament, but was wrestling well at 167# and felt the team was stronger if he stayed up. Turned out 167# was also a tough weight, with Barrett going down in the semifinals to an outstanding wrestler from SIU by the name of Mark Kristoff. John came back through the wrestle-backs for third place, defeating John Morgan from NDSU in the 3rd place match. Barrett wrestled Morgan in the dual meet, in the Conference Finals, and then for third at the National Tournament. It is hard to beat a good wrestler three times, but Barrett managed to pull out three hard-fought victories for a bit of role reversal.

John did his student teaching at Sartell, coaching 8th grade football and serving as an assistant coach in Wrestling and Track & Field. Barrett stayed on as Head Wrestling Coach at Sartell for three more years. Teaching jobs were hard to come by at that time, and John’s mother continued to fight colon cancer, so John really wanted to stay in the area. After a few years working construction, a teaching position opened up at Annandale. John taught Physical Education and served as an Assistant Wrestling Coach alongside Bruce Bartels, his High School coach, for a few years before starting his own construction company. Barrett had done some officiating right out of college and picked it back up as he wanted to continue giving back to the sport. He officiated at both the High School and College levels for a number of years but enjoyed refereeing at the High School level a bit more. After 30+ years of officiating, including around 15 State Wrestling Tournaments, Barrett hung up his whistle in 2016. John really enjoyed being with his grandkids, loved to hunt and fish, and “It was time.” John feels indebted to his beautiful wife, Julie, who he describes as an awesome mother and supportive wife, raising two tremendous daughters. Julie was a State Champion Sprinter and is in the Annandale High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Both of John and Julie’s daughters were very athletic, participating in Volleyball, Basketball, Track & Field, and Softball (in the summer). Older daughter, Lindsey, was a fireball, playing basketball at the guard position and serving as a setter and libero in Volleyball, both at the High School and at the College level. Brianna was a little taller, participating in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track & Field at the High School and College level. She was fast (like her mom), finishing as State Runner-up in the 100-yard dash, and was a 1000-point scorer in basketball at both the High School and College level. John is also proud of his two great sons-in-law, Justin and John, as well as his six bright, beautiful, and athletic grandchildren. John continues to have a sincere desire to give back to the sport that has shaped his life in so many wonderful ways.

Brad Huckle – Appleton

Brad Huckle, son of Richard and Bev Huckle, grew up in Appleton, Minnesota, along with older brother Rick and younger sister Lyn. Richard was a career Marine Corps Pilot, and after retiring, he bought the Chevrolet Dealership from his father in Appleton.

Brad decided to go out for wrestling in 7th grade at the urging of cousins Randy, Larry, and Rick Vogt, who happened to be Brad’s first cousins and outstanding wrestlers for Rick Kelvington at Olivia. Brad weighed about 85 pounds, and it wasn’t until his Freshman year that he was able to wrestle at 98#. He made the varsity team with his brother at 126# and learned a lot, but he was not a very big 98-pounder until the following year.

Brad Huckle
Brad Huckle

Huckle wrestled at 105# for most of the season as a Sophomore, cutting down to 98# for the District Tournament. After winning the District Title, he advanced to the Region 3 Tournament and won in the semifinals over Lynn Plumley from BOLD in overtime on a referee’s decision. He then went on to win (again in overtime) in the Region Finals. Brad won his first match at State—also in overtime (referee’s decision)—before getting knocked off in the Quarterfinals by the eventual State Champion.

As a Junior, Huckle won close matches in the Finals of the District and Region Tournaments, then ran into a buzz-saw at State by the name of Rick Kriewall from Blue Earth. Kriewall defeated Huckle in a wild 8-7 match, but Brad won four straight matches, including another overtime, in the wrestle-backs to take 3rd place.

The following year, Huckle dominated the competition at Districts and Regions. After another overtime win in the State Semifinals, he met Kriewall again in the State Finals and came out on top by a score of 11-8 to win the 1977 State Title at 105#.

Huckle and Kriewall were to meet one last time, years later, in the Bison Open, and Brad won the battle in another wide-open, high-scoring affair that Brad says may have been the all-time favorite match of his wrestling career.

After graduating from Appleton, Huckle enrolled at the University of Minnesota, where he majored in Liberal Arts with a focus on Business and Economics and wrestled for the Golden Gophers. Brad redshirted his first season as the 118# weight class was full of great wrestlers. The following year Brad, wrestled behind Vic Martinez from Osseo, who won the State AA title the same year Brad won the Class A Title at 105#. The following summer, Brad and Jim Martinez traveled to the Olympic Training Camp in Colorado Springs (uninvited) and spent three months wrestling as training partners for Olympic hopefuls. The experience gained was monumental.

Huckle came back the next year at 118# and beat that year’s NCAA Runner-up in the second match of the season. He went on to win the Bison Open, made it to the semifinals of the Midlands, and was ranked as high as #3 in the country that season.

As a Junior, Huckle started out at 126# with Gary Lefebvre at 134#, with both wrestlers going down a weight before Nationals. Brad was wrestling well but suffered a season-ending injury in his match against All-American Joe McFarland.

In his Senior season, Brad started at 126# again, with Freshman Ed Giese wrestling at 118#. However, when it came to the end of the season, Brad was unable to cut to 118#, and All­ Americans Gary Lefebvre, Dalen Wasmund, and Jim Martinez all cut down a weight and bumped Brad out of the Big Ten Lineup. Brad considered it a privilege and an honor to have been able to contribute to the success of the U of M Wrestling Program.

Furthermore, it was a close-knit team consisting primarily of Minnesotans, who remain lifelong friends to this day.

After college, Brad was hired by US Bank in Owatonna as an AG / Business Banker.

Three years later, Brad moved to the Twin Cities to join a community bank group in the suburbs, where he met his current banking partner, Mike Bilski. After a few years together, Brad and Mike founded the North American Banking Company in 1998. 25 years later, the Twin Cities-based Community Bank has six locations and is a 1.2 Billion Dollar Business. Brad explains, “This is a people business, and finding common ground in order to make a connection is the key to our success.” Brad finds great satisfaction in helping clients obtain financial solutions that allow them to overcome challenges or capitalize on opportunities and particularly enjoys working with former wrestlers.

Brad continued wrestling for a couple of years after college with the Norwood-Young America Old-timer’s Team and wrestled his last match in 2005 at the Elk River Old-timers Invitational.

Huckle’s love of competition led him to the world of Marathons and Triathlons. In addition to 40 shorter races, Brad completed 12 marathons and qualified for and competed in the 2005 Boston Marathon. Huckle also completed two dozen Triathlons of varying distances along with four Half lronman races and one Full lronman Competition in Wisconsin in 2006. He was a State Runner-up as well as a Season State Champion in the Minnesota Triathlon Series. Brad met his wife through a running club they belonged to and Brad Huckle and Melissa McCarthy were married in May of 2023.

Brad loves the comradery of wrestling forged by arduous training and one-on-one battles in the center of the mat. One of Brad’s most memorable moments in his wrestling career came in his very first State Tournament match. Brad was warming up, trying to get mentally prepared for his first match, when the legendary coach Ken Droegemueller (then at Worthington) took a moment to kneel down beside him as he rolled around by himself on the mat. He must have thought Brad looked a little scared because he reassured Brad that he belonged there and encouraged him to just relax and enjoy the experience. Huckle says, “Coach Droegemueller’s kindness and generosity lifted my spirits and made a lasting impression on me.”

Brad continues, “I have tremendous respect and appreciation for all of the coaches, officials, and wrestling supporters who provide young boys and girls with the opportunity, guidance, and support to become the best version of themselves in this great sport we call wrestling.”

Steve Johnson – Hector – Nicollet

Steve Johnson, son of Roland and Phyllis Johnson, was born and raised in Hector, Minnesota, along with older brothers Dennis and Galen and younger brother Jay. Dennis was a wrestler and talked Steve into going out for wrestling as a seventh grader instead of playing Junior High Basketball. It was a good move, as Steve made the varsity wrestling squad at 95 pounds. Even though Brother Galen was a basketball player, he wrote several letters to local newspapers pointing out the unfair disparity in coverage between basketball and wrestling. Galen went on to be an outstanding college baseball player. Younger brother Jay wrestled side by side with Steve at Hector as well as Morningside College and Mankato State. Both Steve and Jay served as Head Wrestling Coaches for more than 35 years.

Steve is indebted to a number of outstanding coaches throughout his wrestling career. Dean Means, Hector’s Head Wrestling Coach, was a big man with a bigger heart. Arnie Brandt at Morningside put together an undefeated season in 1968. The legendary Rummy Macias at Mankato State was a master teacher of wrestling technique. He would often conclude his technique sessions on the feet, knowing that Steve had two bad knees, with the qualifier, “Just don’t do it like Johnson does.”

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

Knee surgeries in High School curtailed some of Steve’s success, but when Steve gave up a defensive pin while cradling his opponent in his final match at Hector, he decided then and there that he was not going to finish his wrestling career that way, and college wrestling was a must. In addition to being a member of the 1968 undefeated Morningside Team, Johnson went on to be an NCC Conference Champion and an NCAA All-American at Mankato State in 1971.

After graduating from Mankato State with a Major in Mathematics, Johnson was hired to teach Mathematics and served as the Head Wrestling Coach at Ogilvie in their inaugural wrestling season. From there, Johnson was hired to teach Mathematics and coach Wrestling at Nicollet, where he remained for the next 34 years. Steve is indebted to a couple of great friends and fellow coaches who helped him get the Nicollet program going in the early days. Johnson cites Don Lawrence and Judd Hendryks as tremendous TEAM Coaches, helping with the Elementary, Junior High, and Varsity programs and, in Steve’s words, “covering my deficiencies.”

Sons Chad and Ross both wrestled for Steve at Nicollet and went on to wrestle at Mankato State. Both kids enjoyed considerable success and made their dad proud. Besides having the opportunity to coach both sons, Steve had the privilege of coaching beside both of his boys at Nicollet for a number of years. Steve is also blessed to have his wife, Judy, and daughter, Lori, who provided constant, abundant, and unwavering support for Steve, Chad, and Ross.

Looking back, Steve remembers having one of the area’s first elementary wrestling programs and hosting the first Valley Conference Elementary Wrestling Tournament in the early 1970s.

Johnson compiled an overall record of 323-204-6 with two undefeated seasons and over 50 tournament team championships at one of the smallest schools in the State of Minnesota. One of Steve’s season highlights was hosting the annual Johnson Pentangular (Math reference) featuring Teams coached by Steve, brother Jay, sons Chad and Ross, and St. Paul Johnson. The Johnson clan (Steve, Jay, Chad, and Ross) amassed over 1,000 coaching wins between them.

Johnson also has fond memories of the Southern Minnesota Adult Wrestling League that he helped establish and participated in as a wrestler in the ’70s and ’80s, proving that wrestling can be a lifetime sport. Johnson was a key member of the Mankato Team that won the Adult State Team Championship in 1979. Steve continued wrestling into his mid-fifties, bad knees and all.

As Steve reflects on his lifelong commitment to the sport of Wrestling, he is firmly convinced that there is no other sport on the planet that builds character like the sport of wrestling.

Dan Lefebvre – St. Michael-Albertville

Dan Lefebvre was born and raised on a dairy farm near Otsego, Minnesota. Dan had four brothers, three who wrestled, along with a sister who was a wrestling cheerleader. Dan started wrestling in kindergarten and graduated from St. Michael-Albertville in 1982. Lefebvre was a four-year varsity wrestler for three different head coaches – Dave Johnson, Scott Gehl, and Gregg Greeno. All three had a significant influence on Dan, along with Dick Pullen, who was the Head Coach at STMA when Dan was a kindie-beaner in the STMA Youth Wrestling program. Dan placed fourth at State as a Senior and was fortunate to have the opportunity to wrestle on a Minnesota Cultural Exchange Wrestling trip to Morocco, Africa, that summer on a Team of Minnesota Wrestlers coached by Brian and Bruce Aarvold.

After graduating from STMA, Lefebvre attended Willmar Community College and wrestled for one year under Roy Minter. After that year, Dan came back home to be a dairy farmer with his dad and two brothers. Lefebvre went back to school the following year and attended the University of Minnesota, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

Dan Lefebvre
Dan Lefebvre

After one year of assisting Ken Droegemueller at Osseo, Dan was hired to teach 6th Grade and coach Wrestling at St. Michael-Albertville in 1989. Lefebvre went back to get a Master’s Degree in Education at Hamline University, finishing up in 2000.

Lefebvre served as Gregg Greeno’s assistant for seventeen years, during which time STMA became a dominant program, qualifying for a slug of State Tournaments with many individual place-winners and six State Team Titles. Gregg and Dan served as Co-Head Coaches for two years before Dan took over the reins. In Dan’s twelve years at the helm, STMA had 67 State Place­ winners and 21 Individual Championships. The STMA Team placed all twelve years with 3 Team Titles and 5 Runner-up finishes. Lefebvre was named the MWCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2006 and garnered MWCA Head Coach of the Year honors in 2010 and 2013. Dan also had the honor of serving as the Head Coach for Team Minnesota in the 2016 Cliff Kean / USA Wrestling Dream Team Classic. Dan received the USA Wrestling Cliff Kean Master of Coaching Award in 2018 and was inducted into the “CLASH” Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2020. Lefebvre was inducted into the Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2022.

Lefebvre retired from teaching after 34 years in June of 2023. Dan has continued to coach wrestling and currently serves as the STMA Head Girl’s Wrestling Coach. In their inaugural season, the STMA Girls’ Wrestling Roster consisted of 21 girls with six State Qualifiers and

two State Place-winners. This year, Dan currently has 50 girls on his wrestling roster.

While in college, Dan and Karen were married. Karen was a wrestling cheerleader coming from the Becker wrestling family. All of her brothers wrestled with two of them (Jeff and Brian) winning State Titles. Karen, who Dan describes as the “rock” of the family has been a super support system for Dan and the family and works as an administrative assistant at a local law firm.

Dan and Karen have three children – Nathan, Rebecca, and Ross. Nathan was an All-State wrestler at STMA and wrestled for four years at St. John’s University, and serves as a wrestling official. Nathan and his wife, Amy, have two children – Helena and Zara. Daughter Rebecca served as a wrestling statistician throughout High School and currently teaches 6th Grade Science and coaches Tennis at STMA. Rebecca and husband Tim have three children – Charlotte, Bryce, and Vaughn. Bryce and Vaughn are both in their first year of Wrestling in the STMA Youth Program.

Son Ross was also an All-State Wrestler for STMA and wrestled at both UW-Eau Claire and St. Cloud State. Ross currently teaches Physical Education and Health in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Ray Miller – Sacred Heart

Ray Miller, son of Earl and Gladys Miller, was born in Huron, South Dakota, in June of 1940. Ray and older sister Mary Lea lived with their parents in Carpenter, South Dakota and moved to a farm just outside of Carpenter when Ray was six years old. Earl was a farmer and Gladys worked at the bank in Carpenter. Ray attended Willow Lake High School, where he played 6-man Football until his Junior Year. Willow Lake played 8-man Football during Miller’s final two years. Miller also competed at a high level in Track and Baseball and had a tryout with the Chicago White Sox who eventually cut him as they weren’t sure if they would be able to use a left-handed catcher.

Ray will always be grateful to his dad and his Uncle Will, who modeled the work ethic and outlook on life that he adopted throughout his career.

Ray Miller
Ray Miller

After graduating from Willow Lake in 1958, Miller attended Huron College, playing Football at 142 pounds and graduating with a Physical Education Degree in 1963. Ray was one of only three players in the State of South Dakota to play 6-man, 8-man, 9-man, and 11-man Football.

Miller was hired to teach Physical Education and serve as Head Football Coach at Roslyn, South Dakota, the following year. Ray took over a 9-man Football program that had not won a game in three years, and after Roslyn won their first three Football games under Ray’s guidance, the Roslyn School Board offered Ray the Head Wrestling Position for their inaugural season. Ray was young, ambitious, and totally oblivious to the techniques of Wrestling, so he accepted the challenge. The very first wrestling match that he witnessed was from the coach’s chair. Ray was learning the sport along with his wrestlers and opened the Rummy Macias book of wrestling technique right at practice and started at page one. It was tough sledding at first, but his wrestlers hung in there and started showing improvement match by match and season by season. During his time at Roslyn, Ray earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Education at South Dakota State University.

After five years at Roslyn, Ray was offered a teaching and Head Wrestling position at Sacred Heart High School in the infamous 212 Conference. Ray took the position and never looked back—taking another fledgling program and starting the process of building a wrestling team.

Sacred Heart was one of the smallest schools in the 212 Conference but held its own year after year. Ray never dodged any opponent, including the likes of Canby, Olivia, and a number of other strong programs in the area. Miller guided the program through a number of configurations, starting with the Sacred Heart Vikings, RSH (Renville-Sacred Heart) Raiders, BDRSH (Belview­ Danube-Renville-Sacred Heart) Jaguars, CDGRS (Clarkfield-Danube-Granite Falls-Renville-Sacred Heart) Wrestling Team, and finally ending his coaching career at Renville County West. Ray displayed the collaborative attitude necessary to bring communities together, and his wrestlers followed suit. Instead of “Respect Every Opponent – Fear None,” it was more like “Respect Every Opponent – because next year they may be your teammate!”

Ray Miller was the right man for the job. He enjoyed competition and fully understood the concepts of collaboration and comradery. Miller was selected as District 12, Region 3, and 212 Conference Coach of the Year numerous times throughout his career. When Ray retired in 1999, he turned the reins of a solid team over to Scott Fransen, who guided them to a 21-3 dual meet season record that first season.

Ray coached his charges to six individual state titles, four of those coming from his son, John, who lost one match in his last four years of wrestling and was the Mr. Minnesota MWCA Wrestler of the Year as a Senior. Ray and John were the first and only father-son combination to be inducted into the Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in the same year.

John’s older brother Rob, also tough as nails, garnered back-to-back third-place finishes at the State Wrestling Tournament and went on to be an alternate on the 1980 Olympic Freestyle Team. Ray felt his sons had a lot to do with changing the trajectory of the Sacred Heart Wrestling program and they will both tell you that it was a true pleasure wrestling for their dad.

Ray often thinks back to the early days at Roslyn and how the decision to coach Wrestling transformed his life. He remembers fondly all the boys who came into his program and left as men, becoming hardworking and productive citizens from Roslyn to Sacred Heart and beyond. He counts his former wrestlers as some of his closest friends. He also sometimes wonders how he was able to work full time as a teacher, coach three sports, and farm 480 acres all those years. With three children. But he knows It would never have happened without the hard work and continual support of his wife, Barb, whom he met in her hometown of Clark, South Dakota, at the Clark Dance Hall in 1961. They were married in 1962, headed out for Roslyn, and the rest is history.

In addition to sons Rob and John, Ray and Barb have a daughter, Leslie, who was a wrestling cheerleader and a tremendous support system for her brothers and her dad.

Daughter Leslie is married to Darrel Refsland, who wrestled for Ray and then coached with Ray for 33 years. Darrel continues to help with the wrestling program and especially enjoys coaching his grandson, Sawyer, alongside his son, Teddy, and Great-Grandpa Ray. Darrel and Leslie live in Sacred Heart and teach in Granite Falls. Darrel is an Agriculture Instructor and serves as FFA Advisor, and Leslie works as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher. Son Rob is retired and enjoys spending winters in Arkansas and traveling around the country.

John and Tara are longtime residents of Sacred Heart, where John works as a custom applicator for Farmward and loves going out to Carpenter, South Dakota, where he built a hunting shack out of an old wash-house. Tara works as Director of Human Resources / Payroll at Yellow Medicine East and serves on a number of committees and boards in the community. Tara, who is a calm, kind, and organized planner for the entire Miller family, embraces her role as “grandma” and is happiest when spending time with her three granddaughters.

Barb is a renowned seamstress who sewed all of Leslie’s clothes and for many people in the community. She sewed a number of leisure suits for Ray over the years which he wore proudly at wrestling meets. The leisure suits covered every color of the rainbow causing fellow coaches to coin him “Rainbow Ray.”

Ray continues to keep busy with endless interests and activities. He has been an active member of his church serving on the Church Council as well as a Luther League Advisor.

Ray has been a loyal member of the Lions Club since he came to Sacred Heart. He has also served as a first responder for many years and loves to participate in Community Projects. You will see him flipping his famous “Rayburgers” at the Lions Tent during the Sacred Heart Summerfest Celebration, making caramels for the locals, and lending a helping hand to members of the community whenever and wherever he is needed. Ray and Barb have been blessed with six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, all still in the Sacred Heart area.

Jeff ”Bro” Olsen – Roseau

Jeff “Bro” Olsen, the son of his late parents, Francis (Bob) and Marie (Fink) Olsen, was born in Minneapolis, along with his older sister Barb, older brother Rob, and younger sister Katie.

He attended Christ the King Catholic Grade School, where the nuns concluded that Bro did his best work when one of his ears was being twisted. He went on to attend Benilde High School from 1958-1962, where the Christian Brothers discovered that a good smack across the side of his head helped him concentrate.

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Jeff “Bro” Olsen

As a sophomore, Olsen decided that he needed to go out for wrestling just to survive in this hard-knock world. That first season was a learning year, but as a junior, Bro made the varsity team at 112. He made quite a bit of progress, but his season ended in January when he broke his collarbone. Olsen wrestled at 120 as a senior and had a good season. He suffered his first and only loss of the year to a wrestler from DeLaSalle in the Catholic State Wrestling Tourney, but he came back to earn third-place honors. He credits wrestling with giving him confidence as a scrawny little guy in a big world.

After high school, Bro enrolled at Mankato State University, pursuing a Major in Political Science and a Minor in History. While he had wrestled for three years at Benilde High School for coach Jim Joranger, Olsen didn’t really have to think too long about “walking on” for the great Rummy Macias as Coach Macias already had a number of throwing dummies in the corner of the wrestling room.

In January 1965, he transferred to the University of Minnesota and, that fall, worked at the Triangle Bar while attending classes. By January 1966, his GPA had left the tracks and was heading for a cliff. The Selective Service contacted Bro with an offer he could not refuse by drafting him into the U.S. Army on April 19, 1966, and sending him to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for his basic training. From there, he was sent to Fort Ord, California, for Infantry Training and then to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii before heading to Vietnam, where he served with the First Infantry Division in 1967-68.

Following his discharge from the Army, Bro finished up at the U of M while working as a swamper from 1:00 to 3:00 a.m. at the Viking Bar. He graduated in December 1969 with a degree in Political Science but remained underemployed. Will Steger, the polar explorer, Benilde’s classmate, and fellow wrestler, suggested a Master’s Degree Program at St. Thomas College in St. Paul.

With the G.I. Bill, he was able to afford Graduate School while interning at Oak Grove Junior High in Bloomington, and from 1970-71, he earned a Master’s Degree in Education at St. Thomas. Olsen was hired to teach 8th Grade at St. Agnes Catholic Grade School, but by the end of that year, he realized that he was not cut out to be a teacher.

In June of 1972, he and his wife, Autumn, along with their then three kids, packed up and moved to the Beltrami Island State Forest southeast of Roseau and started building their house. They had no power tools and never gave a thought to buying a generator. So, they built the house by hand for a total cost of $2,000. Bro later worked construction and also as a logger before being hired by Marvin Windows out of Warroad in May of 1976.

In September 1979, Bro was sitting on a pile of lumber during his lunch break and spotted a Roseau Times Region newspaper lying unattended. He picked it up and started paging through it when he saw an ad for the Head Wrestling Position at Roseau High School. He thought, “Why Not?” At the end of his shift at 3:15, he made the twenty-mile trip to Roseau, filled out an application form, and handed it to A.J. Kramer, the Athletic Director, who shook his hand and said, “Congratulations, you are our new Head Wrestling Coach.” Good thing they didn’t ask for a resume because Bro didn’t have one. Steve Furuseth, the former head coach, was willing to serve as his assistant, and it was a great partnership for several years before Dale Jaenicke(1982-1999) and Robert Hedlund, former Roseau Ram wrestlers, took over the assistant coaching duties. Dale and Robert worked for Polaris, and Bro was still at Marvin Windows. When asked about the strengths of his two assistants, Olsen explained that they were outstanding technicians, great workout partners, and wonderful characters.

In 1989, Roseau High School offered Bro an immediate teaching position if he would attend Bemidji State one night per week and be able to complete his Special Education Licensure by the Spring of 1992. It was a perfect fit for Bro, who describes himself as being Special Ed his entire life, and so he went for it. He worked as a Special Education Teacher and Case Manager for 18 years.

In 1988-89, Dean Housker came on board as Bro’s wrestling assistant and did a remarkable job as a technician, workout partner, and disciplinarian. Olsen recalls those years as “the best time of my life,” coaching hard-working kids and competing against equally amazing wrestlers and coaches around this great State of Minnesota.

Olsen tips his stocking cap to his wife, Autumn, a Wisconsin farm girl who picked up a whole lot of slack when he was coaching for all those years. She pumped water, hauled firewood, and kept the fire burning in the wood stove at 40 below weather.

Bro and Autumn are proud of their four children as well as their nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren – son Todd and his wife Lisa, son Kurt and his wife Nanette, with three children and a grand-daughter, son Shawn and his wife Carla, with four children and a grandson, and daughter April and her husband Jeff Reibestein, with two children. Shawn, nicknamed “Gump” after North Star Goalie Gump Worsley, was a Region Wrestling Champ and happens to have a grandson by the name of Forrest. One night at the supper table, April, the youngest and the only one still at home, remarked, “I think Dad cares more about his wrestlers than he does about us.” Bro’s wife Autumn looked at him, waiting for his reply before asking, “Is that true?” He thought hard for a minute, looked at his wife and daughter and said, ”Well, when was the last time either of you won a single match for me?” Instant smiles.

Olsen served as Roseau’s Head Wrestling Coach for 19 years, achieving a dual meet record of 146-79-5, and then finished his 20th year as an assistant before hanging up his coaching whistle and shoes after the 1998-1999 season. He served as a coach for 36 State Qualifiers with 12 Place-winners, including three State Champions and three State Runners-up. The Rams won a berth in the 1996 Minnesota Class 2A State Team Tournament, and Bro was the Section 8A/8AA Coach of the Year in 1988, 1994, and 1996. He stated that records, championships, and accolades are good things to help keep track of in terms of success in the athletic arena, but what really counts is how the discipline, sacrifice, and camaraderie of the sport made a big difference with his wrestlers. He feels very lucky to have coached wrestling for twenty years after coming in without any training or coaching experience. Even breaking half a dozen ribs and undergoing a couple of rotator cuff surgeries was a small price to pay for the satisfaction of being able to assist so many wrestlers to become successful in life and a credit to the community.

Bro singled out Donna Rose, the longtime Roseau cheerleading advisor, who could be heard loud and clear in the packed Xcel Energy Center at the State Wrestling Tournament with her famous WOO, WOO, WOO! as she cheered on the Roseau wrestlers. Donna was like an extra coach and just a huge morale booster.

Olsen has also enjoyed his 44-year side job – writing wrestling and feature articles for the Roseau Times Region as well as for The Guillotine, our wrestling pipeline. He has enjoyed doing write­ ups on some of our legendary coaches like Big Dan “Jinksie” Jinks from Grand Rapids, Jerry “JC” Cleveland, still coaching wrestling in Staples at 74 years old, and Grappling Tom Gravelin, the retired Fosston Wrestling Coach and the best ever Athletic Director in Section 8AA.

Bro is excited to see the expansion of our sport to include Girls Wrestling, a huge addition to our already unparalleled sport. In his final comments, Bro reflected on wrestling’s impact: “It’s an amazing sport, and I needed wrestling more than wrestling ever needed me. It changed my life. FOREVER! I’ve been blessed with lifelong friendships with old wrestlers and older coaches.”

Jim Richardson – Hayfield

Jim Richardson, son of Willy and Susan (Nelson) Richardson, was born in West Waterloo, Iowa (Gable Country) and moved to Hayfield, Minnesota, when Jim was five years old. Uncles Jim, Richard, and Jerry Nelson taught little Jimmy how to hunt, fish, and trap growing up. Uncle Jerry was tasked with babysitting little Jimmy on Saturday mornings and took him along to Youth Wrestling Practices. This is where Jim first met Dave Erickson, not realizing the impact this man would have on his life.

By the time Jim was seven, he was hooked on wrestling and one of the many kids Coach Erickson stuffed into the back of his 1972 Chevy Pickup Truck with a topper on it, going to wrestling tournaments all over the countryside in the Spring.

Jim Richardson
Jim Richardson

In the summer after his Sophomore year, after getting pinned by just about every kid in Southern Minnesota, Richardson went to a Summer Wrestling Camp under the direction of J Robinson and a little guy by the name of Dan Gable. After a month with Robinson and Gable, Jim returned to Hayfield with a whole different perspective on wrestling and life, setting him on a course that shaped him into the person he is today.

Richardson qualified for the State Tournament the next two seasons, placing fourth as a Senior. Jim planned on playing Football at the college level but went to a wrestling tournament in the Spring and ran into a guy by the name of Jim Short. Short talked Richardson into wrestling in the State Freestyle Tournament and then attending a training camp put on by the Minnesota Wrestling Club, where he met a few more fellas like Jim and Steve Martinez, Dan Chandler, Mike Houck, and John Morgan. Richardson will forever be indebted to the Morgans, his second family, who took him into their home and treated him like a brother. And once in a while, they gave him a few jabs and an occasional left hook when he got too big for his britches.

After getting pinned every time he turned around as a Sophomore in High School, Richardson was loving life, going 24-3 in his Senior Year in High School and wrestling every weekend in the Spring and Summer, sporting a sixty-match win streak, for an overall record of 90-6 as well as a second-place finish at Fargo, losing an 8-8 overtime match in the Finals. It was an eye-opening as well as a door-opening year for Richardson, allowing him to travel the world and meet even more tremendous athletes, coaches, and mentors.

Jim enrolled at NDSU, red-shirting his first year while going 10-10 in open tournaments, but got a little homesick as he was a self-proclaimed “Momma’s Boy.” Jim returned to Southern Minnesota and enrolled at Rochester Community College, qualifying for nationals twice and earning 4th place honors his second year. Richardson continued to train with the Minnesota Storm that Spring and Summer, winning the University World Greco-Roman Tournament, now called U23, at the age of 18 and then winning an Olympic Qualifier in Waterloo, Iowa, and going on to take 5th place at the 1988 Greco Trials in Pensacola, Florida.

While finishing his degree in Law Enforcement, Richardson was invited to move to the Twin Cities and train with the Kozlowski Twins at the University of Minnesota—another Mountaintop Experience.

During that time, Richardson was afforded the opportunity to coach under JRob, Jim’s childhood hero, at the U of M, as well as Gordy Morgan at St. Thomas and later under Paul Thein at Rochester Community College, where Jim had the privilege of coaching a National Runner-up Team. Jim also had the thrill of defeating NCAA Champion Dan Severn on his way to winning the 1992 Olympic Qualifier, but in spite of being a six-time U.S. Open All-American in Greco and defeating several Olympic Medalists over the years, Jim fell short of his goal of making the 1992 Olympic Greco-Roman Team.

Then, one February night in 1999, while investigating a burglary in progress, Jim engaged the suspect and, while taking him to the ground, felt some pain in his back that he thought may have been a pulled muscle. It turned out Jim had a tumor the size of a grapefruit in his chest. The next morning, the ”whistle blew” on a two-year, every day, intense battle with cancer. After beating the odds in what he calls his “Dance with the Devil,” Richardson developed a mindset he calls “Mental Aerobics” and hosted a Mental Aerobics Wrestling Tournament in Rochester, helping to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Jim was the founder of Mental Aerobics Charities and served as President from 1999 until 2016.

Richardson founded and ran the “Big Jim Classic,” a golf tournament that was recently retired after 18 years. The tournament supported the Hope Lodge in Rochester. Jim also started “Muddin’ in the Meadow,” a Mud Bog Racing event to help area children in need.

Richardson continued to coach and train with the Minnesota Storm and the U of M wrestlers, as well as two-time Div. II Champ Nick Severson from Hayfield, working out two to three times a day went on to win the FILA World Greco Title in Quebec as well as a silver medal at the Police and Fire World Games in 2003. In 2004, Richardson won the US Open in Freestyle and Greco in the veteran’s division. In 2005, Jim was a Police and Fire Olympic Gold Medalist in Freestyle and Greco. Richardson also gave back to his hometown, serving as assistant wrestling coach where he was honored as Assistant Coach of the Year at GMLOS in 2002 and 2007. Jim also served as Head Coach at GMLOS from 2014-2017. Richardson was inducted into the Dave Erickson Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002, and Jim went into the Region One Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2017.

Jim married Darcy, his prom date from Brownsdale, Minnesota, and has two children, Sydney and Wyatt. Darcy has a Master’s Degree and works as an Instructional Designer for Mayo. Sydney enlisted in the Marine Corps after High School and is currently earning her Master’s Degree in Project Design Management while working at the Mayo Clinic (like her mother). Wyatt was an All-State Football Player and Wrestler at Grand Meadow, went on to wrestle at Augsburg, and currently serves as a Mower County Deputy, following in his dad’s footsteps. Richardson has served as the Grand Meadow Chief of Police going on 30 years. Jim is also one of the founding fathers of the Rochester Regional Greco-Roman Training Center which was started in 1992 and continues to flourish. Richardson still has a current USA Wrestling card and trains area wrestlers in his TEAM UNIT Wrestling Club at a facility he built in his backyard in 2007 called the “Lean2”

When Jim looks back on his wrestling career, he remembers how disappointing it was to fall short of his Olympic goal and was feeling like a failure, but his bout with cancer cleared his mind and soul. Richardson’s recipe for life that has allowed him to keep teaching and coaching goes like this: “THERE IS NO BETTER REMINDER THAN FAILURE” – “FOCUS ON THE GOOD, CRUSH THE BAD, and SPREAD THE LOVE” by THE UNIT.

Howard Schultz – Chisholm – Bemidji

Howard Schultz was born and raised in his early years by his mother in Chisholm, Minnesota, and spent his High School years with his Uncle Fred and Aunt Elsie Nesler. Fred was an outstanding blacksmith and welder who taught Howie the value of hard work, honesty, and attention to detail.

Howie went out for wrestling in Chisholm in 1956. He describes himself as a portly but willing participant. He was getting tired of being made fun of and decided to do something about it. He was extremely fortunate to have an outstanding coach to wrestle for in Henry Staffaroni.

Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz

Schultz was a Region 7 Wrestling Champion at Heavyweight as well as an All­ Conference Football Player at Chisholm High School. After graduating from Chisholm, Schultz enrolled at Bemidji State College, majoring in English and participating in Football and Wrestling at Bemidji State under Chet Anderson. Howie had the honor of playing on a NIC Conference Champion Football Team as a Freshman, although not as a starter. He wrestled from 1959 to 1962 at Bemidji but was unable to compete as a Senior due to a severe head injury. Howie is indebted to Henry Staffaroni at Chisholm as well as Chet Anderson and Dwayne Martin at Bemidji State for their guidance and mentorship. Howie also will be eternally grateful to his wife, Darlene, whom he calls “Mert.” Without the sacrifice, support, and devotion from Mert, Howie knows he would never have been able to accomplish all the great things he was able to do with his life. There’s an adage that states, “Behind every successful man is an exhausted woman.” Howie will be the first to attest to that.

Howie served as an assistant wrestling coach at Bemidji High School during his Senior Year at Bemidji State and, the following year was hired to teach English and serve as an assistant wrestling coach under Ken Schmoker. During that time, Howie also officiated wrestling matches at both the High School and College levels. Howie also served as a Section 7 Wrestling Rep and had the opportunity to work with some outstanding wrestling people over the years, including Ken Schmoker, Chet Anderson, Don Meyers, John Grygelko, and Jeff Swenson.

After 20 years of teaching English and coaching Wrestling, Schultz moved to an Assistant Principal position at Bemidji High School. Howie retired from that position and went on to serve as a Beltrami County Undersheriff.

This past December, Howie and Bro Olsen from Roseau had a pre-induction social at Bemidji High School. Spencer Yohe and Jerry Cleveland wanted to make sure that Howie and Bro were properly recognized, knowing that many of the people from the Bemidji and Roseau area who would like to honor these gentlemen may not be able to make it to Austin, Minnesota, in April. I asked Bro if he could give me any information on Howie, as all I had was a short chronology of his career. Bro gave me Tom Ritchie’s contact information, and Tom sent some excerpts from his speech that night in Bemidji. I condensed a bit, but this is what Hall of Fame Wrestling Coach Tom Ritchie had to say about Howie Schultz.

“One of the happiest days of my life occurred when I found out that Howie Schultz was going into the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. I wanted to be there to be there to stand up and tell everyone about Coach Schultz. I contacted a few people to let them know about Howie’s celebration and get some thoughts for my talk. Testimonials came flooding in from all over the country from former students, wrestlers, parents and co-workers. There were too many humorous and epic stories to select just one, but there was a common theme among those stories. Many recalled Howie’s kindheartedness, humor, and array of skills, as well as his firm, fair, and forgiving nature. In the classroom as well as the wrestling room, Howie made every young person feel accepted, wanted and needed and, in turn, empowered. I know I can speak for many of my teammates as well as the multitude of students and wrestlers who were fortunate enough to be coached and/or taught Howie Schultz. The brotherhood of wrestling is eternally grateful for Coach Schultz, and the world is a better place because of Howie. Student-athletes, parents, and co-workers found that the three R’s of Education – Reading, Riting, and Rithmetic – were actually missing a fourth R, one that Howie Schultz epitomized – Relationships.”

Bill Schmidt recalls the first time he met Howie Schultz. It was at the Division Ill National Wrestling Tournament. Howie was sitting next to John Grygelko, Bill’s college wrestling coach at Augsburg. Howie was there supporting a young man who had been through a tough home life in Bemidji and was virtually adopted by Howie and Darlene. He was wrestling in the National Finals at Heavyweight, locked in a 1-1 tie match going into the third period. The action started getting a little rough as both wrestlers were trying to establish their tie-up and head position. Howie knew this young man well and began to call out, “POISE, POISE.” As the action picked up, Howie was starting to slide back and forth on the bleachers and people started to move away before they got side-swiped and knocked off the bleachers. Coach Grygelko caught him every time he slid over, trying to keep him from injuring himself or others. When the match ended in a Fall in favor of Howie’s young man, the Auggie crowd erupted, and a few of the Augsburg Wrestlers were laughing a bit as they got such a kick out of Howie’s antics. Coach Grygelko turned to us with a dead serious look in his eyes and stated, “Just so you know – that guy is one Hell of a Man.”

Tom Ritchie’s daughter, Jenna, had this to say about Mr. Schultz, the teacher: “Mr. Schultz, I am so excited for your induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. My father has been anxiously awaiting this day for many years. I want you to know that you were my favorite teacher and a special person in my life. When I first came to your classroom, I was going through a difficult time. Your compassion was immense. You always wanted to make sure I was OK – and filled so many days with jokes and laughter. You made learning interesting and fun. Through it all, you made one thing perfectly clear – You care! I may have forgotten some of the things I learned from you, but I will never forget how you made me feel.”

Tom Ritchie went on to explain, “Coach Schultz had a way of weaving the fabric of our wrestling team into a tapestry of COLLECTIVE WILL, where everyone was valued and inclusiveness prevailed. Coach Schultz, thank you for always being in our corner; you will always be in our hearts.”

Howie explains that wrestling is a microcosm of life, with many ups and downs along the way. But in the end, the sport of wrestling fosters a positive, dedicated pathway enabling people to make sound choices and good decisions in dealing with people, problems, and pitfalls. The mental toughness and discipline required to succeed in the Sport of Wrestling prepares you for LIFE.

Pat Short – Inver Grove Heights/Simley

Patricia Short, daughter of Glenn and Elaine Wahlin, was born and raised on Long Lake Road in Mounds View, Minnesota, along with younger siblings Joseph, Sari, and Marci.

As a little girl, Pat was extremely shy, hiding in the closet whenever company would come to the house and staying there until they left. But she loved to dance. Pat’s dad enrolled her in a dance class when she was three years old. She cried every time for the first half dozen times she went to the dance studio, but finally started to face her fears and became the best little dancer in the class. Pat became a student helper at age 12 and started teaching the class at 14. Pat spent her summers in Los Angeles and attended the Cyd Charisse School of Dance. She stayed at her (rich) uncle’s house in the Hollywood Hills. By the time Pat was 17 years old, she owned and operated her own dance studio (1965 to 1991). She was co-owner of the Symposium National Talent Contest, one of the first major talent contests in the Midwest.

Pat Short
Pat Short

Pat was a Mounds View Wrestling Cheerleader in her Junior and Senior years and started dating Jim as a Senior. They were married at 19 years of age and had John at 20, Chris at 21, Will at 23, and Wade at 26. With Jim and the kids immersed in wrestling, Pat figured she needed to either “get involved or get divorced.” Pat decided to get involved, as in heavily involved. She started pairing for Freestyle and Greco when John was about six years old, and Wade was just a baby, sleeping under the table, while Pat made matches. As time went on, Pat’s expertise in matchmaking transcended various wrestling levels and styles, encompassing State, National, and International Tournaments in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle through a host of wrestling organizations – AAU, Land O’ lakes, USWF, MN/USA, Minnesota Storm, and Ninth Grade League. Pat has also worked the annual Christmas Tournament (since its inception) for the past 35 years as well as the State Wrestling Tournament for 20+ years. Her extensive resume includes a crowning achievement as Head Pairer for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, underscoring her comprehensive proficiency in the world of wrestling.

Pat has been honored with several prestigious awards, including USA Master Pairer of the Year in 1999, USA Wrestling Woman of the Year in 2002, and the USA Wrestling Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Since 1970, Pat Short has been the esteemed voice of the Simley Spartan Wrestling Team, announcing all home meets and tournaments.

Pat joins her late husband, Jim, as only the third husband-and-wife duo acknowledged by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame – Minnesota Chapter. Their legacy extends to their four sons, who collectively captured seven Minnesota State Wrestling Titles. John – 1985, Chris – 1986, 1987, Will – 1988, 1989, and Wade – 1990, 1991. All four continue to enrich the sport of wrestling through coaching.

John and his wife, Jennifer, live in Ogema, Minnesota, where John teaches Science at Waubun High School and serves as head wrestling coach at Mahnomen-Waubun. John and Jennifer have four children – Alicia (Daniel), Andrew, Aaron (Marilla), and August – as well as three grandchildren – Gideon, Augustus, and Westley.

Chris and his wife, Barbara, live in Inver Grove Heights on the compound. The “compound” is a tract of land that Jim and Pat bought along with their home back in the “stone age” when it was not in the middle of the Metro Area. Now, it serves as a spacious area where Chris, Will, and Wade have built homes and have the blessing of being near their siblings and their mom. Chris owns his own commodities business and coaches the Simley Youth program along with his son Mack, who was a State Champion for Simley in 2014. Mack has three sisters, Sydney, Catherine, and Samantha. All three girls are into fitness and teach dance at one of Uncle Wade’s dance studios. Chris and Barbara have five grandchildren – James, MacKenna, Evie, Noah, and Ezekiel.

Will and his wife, Jodi, also live on the compound. Will serves as Simley’s Athletic Director and Head Wrestling Coach. Will and Jodi have two daughters, Morgan and Taylor, and a son, Jake. Jake, a four-time State Champion, served as Head Women’s Wrestling Coach at Augsburg for three years and is now the new Head Women’s Coach at Gand Valley State in Michigan. Jake and his wife Rachel have one son, William. Taylor and husband Sam have two girls, Isla Rose and Jovie James.

Son Wade and his wife Jessica own and operate two dance studios, one on the compound in Inver Grove and the other in New Richmond, Wisconsin. They also own and run the Triple S National Talent Contest. Wade and Jessica have four children. Son Quayin, who played football and wrestled, was a State Champ in 2021. He currently attends Wyoming University. Daughter Lilliqui, a phenomenal dancer, attends one of the top dance colleges in the Nation. Vristol, a Junior at Simley, also an exceptional dancer, plays varsity football and has wrestled on varsity since seventh grade. Seventh grader Drezden, an accomplished dancer as well, plays football and wrestles in the varsity wrestling room.

Jim and Pat have had many boys live with them over the years and loved every one like a son. Every young man had their own story. Calvin McKinney lived with the Short family for four years in High School and three years of College. Calvin and his wife Jamie live in Cottage Grove, where Cal works as a service technician. Cortez Arredondo lived with Jim and Pat for three years of High School. Cortez lives in Willmar, Minnesota, with his wife, Shelby, and their son, Creed. There, he works as a police officer.

Pat continues to follow her grandchildren in all of their endeavors and stays heavily involved in the sport of wrestling. The cheerleading dancer from Mounds View will be a Simley Spartan forever.

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