Trust The Process – Alan Koehler

By Brian Jerzak

Most repeat state champions start their varsity careers before high school. They don't all make trips to State in those first few years, but most have cracked the varsity lineup and are making noise – at least – in section tournaments. That was not the case for Prior Lake's two-time state champion Alan Koehler. It is not that he didn't have the talent; he didn't have the physical size.

Prior Lake Head Coach Joe Block and his staff struggled with how to handle their talented but undersized athlete.

"We had a few kids before Alan that came up through the middle school program that we thought could help us," Block said. "They were right around the minimum weight limit for 106, and it was hard on them. I think we did more damage to some of those kids than we did good. There is a huge jump between middle school and high school. As coaches, we thought we had something special with Alan. Let's not rush it and give him one more year to grow and get stronger."

Even when he finally met the varsity weight minimum as a freshman, Koehler didn't get the chance to compete for a state championship. He ended the season short of not only a state title but short of the state tournament.

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Bill Schmidt to enter Winona High Athletic Hall of Fame

Long-time Winona Coach Bill Schmidt is being inducted into the Winona High School Athletic Hall of fame on October 8th, 2022. Other inductees are Al Nordsving, Joe Alexander, and Abby Staats.

Schmidt is already a Hall of Famer having been inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2019 and the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2020.

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A Coaching Legend With A Rather Peculiar Start

By Jeff Bro Olsen

Robert “Thors” Thorson has to be one the most unlikely wrestling coaches in the entire state.

He never wrestled in either high school or college.

Eventually, he became a renowned practice room wrestler after he arrived in Fertile in 1965 to teach elementary school.

Now retired, Thors, as he is called, turned 80 on August 16.

“I graduated from Halstad High School, which is about 70 miles north of Moorhead.

Play basketball in high school?

“Yeah, I did. I wasn’t worth a damn. I sat on the bench the whole damn time except my senior year. I think I scored a total of one point, but I could guard really well.”

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2022 MWCA Fall Clinic Will Be A Virtual Conference

The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Presidents’ Committee has decided to make the 2022 Fall Clinic on Saturday, October 29th a Recorded Virtual Conference. There will be no live sessions this year. The MWCA will be collaborating with Rules Officials, College Coaches, Clinicians, and other vendors to create recorded videos that will be shared with MWCA members to watch when it is convenient for the members.

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WCAABE Wrestler loses his life in automobile accident

GRANT COUNTY – The name of a person who died in a head-on collision on Sunday, Sept. 11 in Grant County has been released.

He is Tyler David Stone of Hoffman, 18, according to a Minnesota State Patrol accident report.

The fatal crash happened at Highway 79 and County Road 21 near Sanford Township at 4:29 p.m. Continue reading at →