Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic Results

The annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic took place on Saturday at Peters Township High School, pitting a Pennsylvania all-star team against a national all-star team.

Woodbury’s Alex Braun, wrestling at 145 pounds for Team USA, picked up the only pin of the dual, topping #1 Jack Consiglio in the first period.

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Nasvik, Bears wrestling coach for 35 years, retires

Craig Nasvik, who has coached and mentored White Bear Lake wrestlers for 39 years, 35 as head coach, announced after the recent season that he is retiring.

“I have seven grandchildren that I want to enjoy,” said Nasvik. “And my wife has just retired. I want to spend quality time with her. It’s time.”

Dave Meuwissen, a former assistant for 21 years, said, “Naz has a heart of gold. He always put his athletes first and made everyone feel welcome.”

Nasvik, who wrestled for Hudson (WI) High School and Minnesota-Duluth, is also the boys and girls golf coach and will continue in that post. He previously retired from teaching physical education. Continue reading at presspubs.com →

National Girls High School Rankings Feature Three New No. 1 Wrestlers

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling and FloWrestling have published the March 2024 rankings for high school girls wrestlers for the 2023-24 season. This national ranking evaluates all girls enrolled in grades 8-12, and athletes from all 50 states are eligible for selection.

The high school regular season has ended. All of the official and unofficial girls state high school championships have been held, finishing off in March with the Ohio and Pennsylvania state meets. This ranking was heavily influenced by the results of those state championship events, which led to considerable changes in every weight class.

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Sticking With The Program

Trevor Mahlum and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg

By Brian Jerzak

It doesn’t matter the activity – wrestling, basketball, choir, one-act play – the more people invested in a program, the better chance of sustained success. People love to get involved when times are good. What allows programs to sustain is continued support when times are tough.

“With smaller programs, you go up and down, and it is easy to get frustrated and walk away,” Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg head wrestling coach Trevor Mahlum said. “The past wrestlers and coaches at KMS have not given up on the program. These guys have stuck with it. They embedded that in me.”

One of those guys who has stuck with the program and come back is Mahlum.

A 2011 grad of KMS, Mahlum was coming up through the wrestling program right behind some all-time great Fighting Saints wrestlers.

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Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic Matchups

Lineup includes one Minnesota State Champion and two University of Minnesota recruits

One of high school wrestling’s showcase events will take place this Saturday at the AHN Arena at Peters Township High School in Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic features some of the country’s best high school seniors vs. some of Pennsylvania’s best high school seniors.

Minnesota connections include two-time state champion Alex Braun of Woodbury competing at 145 pounds, as well as Gopher recruits Charlie Millard at 160 pounds and Koy Hopke at heavyweight.

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Wrestling Against Adversity, One Surgery at a Time

By Brian Jerzak

I have been writing – in some form – for The Guillotine since 1999. Eventually, that helped pave the way for other opportunities – including writing about Minnesota high school football – which I have done for another website since roughly 2002. Since then, I have written about hundreds of kids and wrestling or football programs. In all those years, I have never talked to an athlete like Rock Ridge’s Grant Benz.

Benz just wrapped up his junior season. He has never been to the state tournament or even a section final. Benz had a respectable season with a 26-19 record, but the fact that he is on the mat at all makes him – in my twenty-five years writing about high school and college sports – the most remarkable athlete I have ever had the chance to talk with. Despite what I have learned when talking to Grant and people close to him, to his family and friends, he is just Grant.

“The last time I counted, I was at 43 surgeries,” Benz said, “but it might be closer to 50 now.”

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