Brandon Paulson goes On The Mat

Anoka, Minnesota native Brandon Paulson is a wrestling-lifer. One of the brains behind one of the most successful youth and high school wrestling clubs in the country (PINnacle Wrestling School) along with Jared Lawrence, Paulson hasn’t spent much time away from wrestling mats during his life. An All-American at Minnesota and a 1996 Olympic silver medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, Paulson is versed in every aspect of wrestling. He’s also watching his own kids excel on the football field and on the college gymnastics world.

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Rogotzke wins Super 32 title

Buesgens, Hanson, Han-Lindemyer, Novak, and Robideau place

Stillwater wrestler Ryder Rogotzke won a title at the Super 32 Challenge held on October 15-16 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Rogotzke, who also won this prestigious tournament at 182-pounds a year ago, entered the tournament ranked #7 in the nation at 182 pounds by Flowrestling. He won the 182-pound bracket with a 6-4 decision over #6 Tate Naaktgeboren of Iowa in the finals. To reach the finals, Rogotzke had wins over #19 CJ Walrath in the quarterfinals and #5 AJ Heeg in the semifinals.

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Greg Schwartz Wrestling Camp a success

63 wrestlers attended the 31st Annual Greg Schwartz Memorial Wrestling Camp in Paynesville, Minn., on June 13-15.

Wrestlers came from the communities of Paynesville, Brooten, Belgrade, Elrosa, Osakis, New London-Spicer, Starbuck, Pennock, Forest Lake, Sauk Centre, Beardsley, Graceville, Kensington, and Dallas, TX.

Camp Clinicians were Hunter Burnett, Roger Kish, Kris Nelson, and Cam Sykora.

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Minnesota Wrestling Round Table

Listen to the latest episode of the Minnesota Wrestling Round Table Podcast brought to you by KNUJ Radio out of New Ulm, Minn. Join Jim Bartels, and his guests, Larry ‘The Sodbuster’ Baumgardt, Chad Johnson, Cathy Koob, Chuck Albrecht, and Adam Bartels.

Topics discussed in this episode include MWCA Hall of Fame inductees, high school rankings and state preview, interview with NYWA’s Curt Olson, college wrestling, girls high school state tournament, and an interview with St. Cloud State Steve Costanzo.

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J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camps, founded in 1978, announces the permanent closure of all of its camps

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Today, J Robinson Intensive Camps, the largest wrestling camp system in the nation, announced the permanent closure of all summer camps. The COVID-19 virus and ensuing pandemic forced business operations to halt in 2020 and 2021, resulting in a devastating financial impact on the company’s ability to relaunch.

Founded in 1978 by National Wrestling Hall of Fame member J Robinson, the legendary camps trained over 60,000 wrestlers with a unique philosophy focusing on physical preparation, mental toughness, and life skills development.

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Donny Wichmann Foundation Gives Back

By Jeff Beshey

When Donny Wichmann passed away in July 2019 at the age of 53, it left a void in the Minnesota wrestling community. He touched the lives of the many people he met in a special way – whether as a family member, a teammate, a coach, a friend, or even just an acquaintance.

At Donny’s funeral, a group of Augsburg Wrestling alumni came together to celebrate his life, and that’s when the idea of a Donny Wichmann Foundation came into being.

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Minnesota Wrestling Round Table

Listen to the latest episode of the Minnesota Wrestling Round Table Podcast brought to you by KNUJ Radio out of New Ulm, Minn. The Round Table includes Larry Baumgardt, Chuck Albrecht, and Host Jim Bartels.

Check out interviews with Minnesota State Coach Jim Makovsky and NYWA’s Curt Olson.

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