Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award State Winners Announced

STILLWATER, Okla. – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced the state winners of the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award (TSHSEA).

First presented in 2014, the TSHSEA is named for Tricia Saunders, a four-time World Champion and women’s wrestling pioneer. Saunders was the first woman to be inducted as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006 and was inducted into the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2011.

The award recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior female wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

For the third consecutive year, the Hall of Fame is recognizing a record number of state winners with 46, up from 35 winners in 2019 and 32 winners in 2018.

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Committed to Football, With a Little Help from Wrestling

More and more, elite athletes specialize in one sport. Even those that don’t just participate in one sport, they have a sport that is obviously primary and secondary. For Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie senior Craig Orlando – the sport he considers his secondary sport – wrestling – is possibly his best. Although football is his passion, wrestling ... Read more
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Uncommon Passion, Uncommon Results – Patrick Kennedy

Wrestlers are some of the most passionate athletes on Earth. So much work goes into just being an average wrestler that it is almost impossible for a wrestler to have that passion. To become an elite wrestler, most ratchet that passion up to another level. Then you have Kasson-Mantorville’s Patrick Kennedy. Even for an elite ... Read more
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Tyson Meyer, Minnewaska’s two-time state champ

The 2020 Minnesota State wrestling tournament finished up on February 29. It was one of the last sports to actually complete its season and postseason. Minnewaska’s Tyson Meyer became the Lakers first two-time wrestling champion at this year’s state meet. Meyer, a junior, still has one more season ahead and he will be the favorite to three-peat in his senior year.

Tyson is the son of Cole and Mindy Meyer. Cole is a 1993 graduate of Minnewaska while Mindy went to West Central Area, graduating in 1994.

“All Tyson has wanted to do is wrestle since he was two years old. We were excited when he was finally old enough to actually join in preschool, to burn off some energy,” Mindy recalled.

Cole played a part in Tyson getting interested in wrestling. The father and son would wrestle with each other, which Tyson had fun doing, so his parents decided to get him involved at the youth level. Tyson took to it like a duck to water, never tiring of the sport as he got older, right to this day. Some early success came Tyson’s way, helping to inspire him to continue to work at it and improve. When Tyson was in fourth grade he won his first NYWA Championship in Rochester. Continue reading at pctribune.com

St. Cloud State to cancel summer youth wrestling camps due to COVID-19 crisis

The 2020 St. Cloud State University Huskies Summer Wrestling Camps have been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.

“We will be resuming the SCSU wrestling summer camps in 2021 and an announcement on the dates is being determined,” SCSU head coach Steve Costanzo said. “This was a very difficult decision for us, but we strongly believe this course of action is in the best interest of our campers, their families, and our staff. The health and safety of our campers and families takes precedence over anything else.”

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