Ponce Trained – In Wrestling and In Life

Before high school, Orlando Ponce wasn’t going down the best path. When introduced to wrestling, his path started going in a positive direction. After high school, when he thought wrestling was out of his life, Ponce began to go down some troubling roads again. Wrestling would get re-introduced into his life, and he has never looked back.

“My high school coach and the people who influenced me through wrestling,” Ponce said, “if not for them, I would be in a much different situation.”

Now, Ponce has devoted his life to influencing kids through his faith and through wrestling.

Ponce didn’t grow up in a wrestling hotbed.

“I was born in Nicaragua and was raised in South Florida. It was not a big wrestling community. I got a later start in wrestling. My brother started wrestling but dropped out of high school. He encouraged one of my other brothers to wrestle. This brother was a state champion and went on to wrestle for Lock Haven in Pennsylvania. I was a ninth-grader when he was a senior. My brother encouraged me to wrestle.”

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An Evolving Culture of Wrestling – Kasson-Mantorville

Regardless of the sport, coaches understand the importance of developing a culture for their particular activity. The wrestling program in Kasson-Mantorville is no different. Although the wrestling culture was growing when future head coach Jamie Heidt joined the staff, he helped accelerate that culture. Now, the KoMets are one of the best programs in Minnesota.

Heidt grew up in a state rich in wrestling culture - Iowa.

The sport of wrestling was first introduced to Heidt by one of his middle school teachers, who happened to be the high school coach at the time.

“He was a great promoter of wrestling. He would see us in the hallway and encouraged us to come out for wrestling. From youth wrestling to high school, I had great coaches that made wrestling fun, and it was a great sport to be part of,” Heidt said.

Success on the mat didn’t come early for Heidt, but he was in a good atmosphere to develop his love for the sport. He grew up in a small town – Humboldt, Iowa. The town was rich in wrestling history and was the hometown of Frank Gotch – a true pioneer in the sport of wrestling. Heidt continued to develop as a wrestler in a community and state that has a deep passion for this sport.

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St. Cloud State wrestling golf outing canceled for 2020

The 2020 Huskies Wrestling 15th Annual Golf Classic tournament fundraiser, which was scheduled for Friday, August 28, has been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.

An announcement on a future date is being determined. This was a very difficult decision for us, but we strongly believe this course of action is in the best interest of our friends, families, and our staff. The health and safety of our friends and families take precedence over anything else.

Until next time, please stay safe and healthy as we look forward to future Huskies Wrestling events!

Please reach out to us at sscostanzo@stcloudstate.edu for any questions and/or concerns.

Former Adrian wrestler and son of Adrian wrestling coach dies in boating crash on Lake Shetek

CURRIE – An Adrian man died over the weekend after a pleasure craft was hit by a fishing boat on Lake Shetek Saturday evening.

According to the Murray County Sheriff’s Office, 22-year-old Logan Nelson’s body was found shortly before noon Sunday. Nelson, of Adrian, was one of 11 occupants of a boat that was struck shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday by a fishing boat piloted by Brian Bergling, who was the only occupant of the 2018 Tracker. Continue reading at www.myradioworks.net

College Recruiting: Fuenffinger transferring from Rochester CTC to Minnesota State

Francis Fuenffinger is transferring from Rochester Community and Technical College to Minnesota State University Mankato next season. He was a three-time state qualifier for Hibbing, graduating in 2019.

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Becker wrestler Brayden Weber doing well — and hopes to play football and wrestle again — after heart procedure

Brayden Weber sounded like a typical teenager on summer break when he answered the phone Sunday night.

“I was at the beach all day with my friends today,” he said.

Hard to believe only three days earlier he underwent a heart procedure at Mayo Clinic to fix a defect that caused Weber to collapse and lose consciousness after his semifinal match at the wrestling state championships at Xcel Energy Center in early March.

The rising senior and two-sport standout at Becker High School says he feels “totally normal.” Doctors cleared him to resume physical activity with no restrictions starting next Thursday. His family experienced a wave of relief knowing what caused that frightening moment when he collapsed while walking off the mat. Continue reading at startribune.com

Return to the Mat Guidelines updated to reflect how local health requirements are being instituted

USA Wrestling has updated its “Return to the Mat Guidelines” document, which are guidelines and recommendations for the wrestling community as it makes decisions on a local level regarding when and how to safely resume wrestling activity.

Updated USA Wrestling Return to the Mat Guidelines

The reason for the update is to make the guidelines better align with the ways that state and local governments and public health departments are implementing their requirements concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

The changes appear in the Phase 3 portion of the document (pages 10-14), a period when public health authorities allow small group activities.

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St. Cloud State 2020-21 recruit class ranked #1 in the nation

St. Cloud State University head coach Steve Costanzo has announced the addition of nine student-wrestlers for the 2020-21 class, which includes Jared Head (Washington, Ill.), Cade Linn (Elysburg, Penn.), Corbin Okeson (Minot, N.D.), Gavin Osterhaus (Burnsville, Minn.), Jimmy Pierandozzi (Plainfield, Ill.), Tommy Russell (Brookfield, Ill.), Samuel Spencer (Huntley, Ill), Nolan Throne (Milan, Ill) and Holton Truax (Bertha, Minn.).

This past November, the Huskies had previously announced the additions of: Owen Bjerga (Staples, Minn.), Paxton Creese (Shakopee, Minn.), Bryce Fitzpatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn.), Caleb Haase (Morton, Minn.), Cody Minor (Green Bay, Wisc.), Shaeden Scheidt (Canton, S.D.), Blake Thomsen (Underwood, Iowa), and Daniel Valeria (Crystal Lake, Ill.).

SCSU was recently recognized by the The Open Mat has having the top rated recruit class among NCAA Division II programs for the upcoming 2020-21 season. The Huskies finished ahead of #2 West Liberty, #3 Central Oklahoma, #4 Fort Hays State and #5 Indianapolis in the poll. No other NSIC schools were ranked among the TOM’s top 10 poll this season. Complete TOM Recruit Poll Story

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