New elbow surgery technique developed at Mayo Clinic helps wrestler get back on the mat

Tommy John surgery is not just for baseball pitchers. Ask Kylie Donat of Bemidji, Minnesota.

Kylie is an 18-year-old high school swimmer, track and field athlete, and wrestler. She has been wrestling since 2021, the first year that girls’ wrestling was a sanctioned high school sport in Minnesota. By 2023, Kylie was favored to win her weight class at the state championship.

Then came the practice that changed everything.

In January 2023, her wrestling partner threw her down on the mat. Kylie tried to catch herself, but her left elbow bent awkwardly, and she heard popping sounds. A week later, she used the Heimlich technique on a teammate who was choking on her food. The maneuver worked, fortunately, but it made Kylie’s injury – to her medial ulnar collateral ligament – worse. Continue reading at →

MWCA 2024 Lifetime Achievement Coaches

Each year, the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association recognizes coaches who are at or near retirement from coaching. This year’s Lifetime Achievement coaches are Dennis Benz of Rock Ridge High School, Brian Bos of Pipestone Area High School, Mark Madigan of Simley High School, and Craig Nasvik of White Bear Lake Area High School.

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MSHSL approves two out of three proposed wrestling changes

The Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors met today, and several winter activity proposals, including three for wrestling, were on the agenda.

The Board of Directors approved a proposal to increase the number of girls-only wrestling events that do not count toward the team limit of 16, from four to eight. They also approved a proposal to codify the required format used for section individual tournaments. The proposal requires sections with 10 or more teams to administer a two-day tournament. A proposal seeking the addition of full wrestlebacks for the individual state tournament was not approved.

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