Paw, Wagner to join Minnesota West program

WORTHINGTON — New Minnesota West wrestling coach Randy Baker introduced two fresh recruits on Tuesday, and both hail from southwest Minnesota.

Worthington High School graduate Lay K Paw and Jackson County Central standout Dalton Wagner signed letters of intent at the Center for Health and Wellness.

“It’s good to get a local kid with Lay Paw. I watched him a few times when he was in high school. He’s good on his feet. He’s just got to eliminate some mistakes. I think he can be real competitive,” said Baker.

Wagner was an undefeated 195-pound high school champion in 2018 who placed second in the state his previous year as a junior. He hasn’t wrestled competitively since high school, however, when Baker was his coach. Continue reading at dglobe.com

NCAA Committee recommends women’s wrestling for Emerging Sports Status

The U.S. wrestling community, including its leading organizations, is celebrating today’s announcement from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) concerning women’s wrestling.

The NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) has “recommended that all three divisions of the NCAA governance structure add women’s wrestling as an NCAA emerging sport, effective August 1, 2020.”

Each NCAA division (Division I, Division II and Division III) will address this recommendation separately and will determine independently if women’s wrestling is added to the division’s Emerging Sports list.

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NDSU Adds Perham’s Rach to Newcomer List

FARGO, N.D.–North Dakota State University head wrestling coach Roger Kish announced that two-time Minnesota state place-winner Leighton Rach (Perham, Minn. / Perham H.S.) will be joining the wrestling program in the fall of 2019.

Rach joins Corey Gamet (Jackson, Mich. / Michigan Center H.S.); Riley Habisch (Buffalo, Minn. / Buffalo H.S.) Tyler Jones (Shakopee, Minn. / Shakopee H.S.); Ty Moser (Perham, Minn. / Perham H.S.); Michael Nelson (Dover, Minn. / Dover-Eota H.S.), Ryan Ripplinger (Bismarck, N.D. / Bismarck H.S.) and Michael Weber (Forsyth, Mont. / Forsyth H.S.) will be also joining the wrestling program in the fall of 2019.

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