MWCA Fall Clinic set for October 26th in Inver Grove Heights

The 2019 Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Fall Clinic will feature University of Minnesota Coach Brandon Eggum, Southwest Minnesota State Coach Jesse Nelson, and Technique with Jared Lawrence. The Clinic will take place on Saturday, October 26th at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights.

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Seven Minutes with J Robinson

Seven Minutes is a series of interviews with top wrestling coaches and athletes. Most of the question-and-answer sessions last roughly seven minutes. Hence the name. J Robinson coached the University of Minnesota to three NCAA championships, including the 2001 team that had 10 All-Americans. The former Army Ranger was a 1972 Olympian in Greco-Roman and is the founder of J Robinson Camps.

If you could take what you know now and have a conversation with yourself at the age of 15, what advice would you give yourself?

I would give myself the advice of trying to find a philosophy that I could buy into that would help me get to the level I wanted to get into. Having someone give me a path and say this is what you need to get there so I had a clear way to get to where I wanted to go.

Let’s go back to when you were in high school. What do you remember about the recruiting process, if there was any, and why did you pick Oklahoma State being from California?

I graduated in 1964 so there wasn’t any recruiting per se in the state of California. I got a couple letters from California schools that asked me to come there and wrestle. My high school coach was Ned Blass who was a two-time NCAA champion for Oklahoma State. He came in my senior year and he’s one of those people who opens your eyes and will say, ‘The world is bigger than California and it’s bigger than San Diego.’ He basically said you’re good enough to go here and he basically sent me to Oklahoma State. I went and I was lucky enough to have someone to direct me in the path I needed to go. I was willing to go — I just didn’t know where to go. I think that’s the way it is for a lot of young people. Listen/Continue reading at

Chasing Professional Goals with Chase O’Connor

Gophers senior Chase O’Connor wakes up each morning and heads to his early morning class. From there he hits the mats at wrestling practice before heading upstairs at the Athlete’s Village to staff the desk in the administration office. Then it’s time for homework and recovery.

It’s a busy schedule for the Kasson, Minnesota, native, who has been an administrative student intern for nearly two years now, but it’s taught him a lot and has helped him see what his future career my hold.

“By working in the office I’ve created such great personal relationships with all of the senior staff and it’s just going to help my future career doing these things,” O’Connor said.

The sports management major dreams of one day climbing the ranks and becoming an Athletic Director himself. As a wrestler since his youth and now a member of a top-ranked program, O’Connor has seen firsthand how athletics have changed his life and he hopes to create those opportunities for future generations. Continue reading at