Getting Stronger, One Wrestler at a Time

St. Peter Wrestling

By Brian Jerzak

When Keith Hanson took over as the head coach of the St. Peter Saints' wrestling program in 2002, the program was low on numbers and struggling. Without much in the way of assistant coaches, Hanson slowly started re-building the program. About the same time Hanson took over, young Ryan Timmerman would start his St. Peter’s wrestling career. Along the way, Timmerman would become one of the Saints' most accomplished wrestlers.

Shortly after graduating from college, Timmerman got a call from his former head coach, asking if he would be interested in re-joining the program as an assistant coach. Hanson moved the program from one struggling to win a half dozen duals to a program that was on the way up. When Timmerman joined, he brought new ideas from his college experiences, and combined; the two coaches have made the St. Peter’s wrestling program stronger – in part – by making St. Peter’s wrestlers stronger.

Hanson's wrestling career started under the guidance of a name well known to all subscribers to The Guillotine.

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Gerry Bakke 1950-2021

Hall of Famer Gerry Bakke passed away on September 25, 2021. He was 71 years old. A native of Albert Lea, Minn., Bakke was a long-time coach at Buffalo High School in Buffalo, Minn. He was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 20218.

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Reinvigorated and Wrestling for Championships

Katerina Lange

By Brian Jerzak

When Martin County West's Katerina Lange finished up her freshman year of high school, she had been wrestling for ten years. Although she enjoyed the sport, something was missing for her. Wrestling had been such a big part of her life that she needed to find out more about herself outside of wrestling. Two years later, Lange's love of wrestling was reinvigorated. Now, she has a Pan-Am title to her name and national titles and world team aspirations in her future.

"My sophomore year, I took a break from wrestling to explore myself outside of the sport," Lange said. "I had been in wrestling my entire life. It had become too much of me. I came back last year. I realized I still had a lot of wrestling in me. I felt good, and from there, I decided I still had a passion for it."

During her time away from wrestling – among other things, she played on the basketball team for two years.

"When I came back, I felt like I had a new perspective with wrestling," Lange explained. "Before I took the break, I felt like it was a win/lose game, and there was nothing else in it for me. Taking the break gave me a new mindset. It was something I needed."

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