Augsburg Cancels 2020 Wrestling Camps

The 2020 Augsburg Wrestling Camps have been canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. They plan on resuming camps in 2021

Augsburg Wrestling Camps statement:

“After 34 years of Augsburg Wrestling Camps, we are very sad to announce that we have decided to cancel our 2020 Camps due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Although Minnesota Governor Walz has authorized small group gatherings again, social distancing is nearly impossible in the sport of wrestling. This was a tough decision to make but it is the best one given our current circumstances. The health and safety of our campers, their families and our staff have always been a top priority, which is why we have to make this decision.

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USA Wrestling releases Return to the Mat Guidelines to assist wrestling community in making local decisions

USA Wrestling has released the “Return to the Mat Guidelines” document, which are guidelines and recommendations for the wrestling community as it makes decisions on a local level regarding when and how to safely resume wrestling activity.

The document was initially drafted by one of USA Wrestling’s special committees created during the pandemic, the Return to Practice and Competition Committee, which includes medical experts and event operations professionals. It has been reviewed by USA Wrestling’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee, a group of experts who advise the organization on medical, scientific and government matters pertaining to the novel coronavirus.

This document includes recommendations from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and numerous other sources, including public health agencies and other sports organizations.

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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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NYWA Cancels Events

Statement posted on the NYWA website:

It comes with great disappointment that it has come to this, but NYWA is canceling all district and regional events, both team and individual. As you’re all aware, it is a decision that is out of our control as schools are canceling as is everything else. The state tournament could potentially take place as an open event if things subside but we cannot bank on anything at this point. This is not how we saw the 25th year of NYWA being played out but thank you all for your support and participation.


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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 – the old Sodbuster from Sleepy Eye, Chad Johnson of Nicollet, Paul Dunn of Springfield, Cathy Koob from New Ulm, and host Jim Bartels.

Check out interviews with Springfield Coach Todd Bertram – talking about their new ‘unpaired’ team and NYWA’s Dean Swanson who covers several items including their new team ratings.

Other topics discussed include an update of all three classes in Minnesota High School wrestling action, the collegiate scene including U of M, St Cloud State University’s national dual meet title, and Augsburg, the MWCA proposal for adding girls wrestling as a separate sport, NCAA tournaments, and more.

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Pickell named OW at InterMat Classic, Noble repeats

EDINA, Minn. — On Saturday, Charlie Pickell made a statement at the InterMat Classic, dominating a weight class that included three state champions, along with a state finalist.

Pickell, a two-time state champion and four-time state finalist, cruised to the title at 132 pounds, picking up a technical fall in the finals over Charlie Dojan (Irondale, Minn.), 18-3. Dojan defeated a pair of state finalists on his run to the finals before losing to Pickell, who finished his tournament with three first-period pins and a technical fall.

Pickell was named the event’s Outstanding Wrestler.

Christian Noble (Big Lake, Minn.) was the lone repeat champion at the InterMat Classic. Noble pinned every opponent he faced in the tournament for the second straight year. He pinned Colton Bornholdt (New Prague, Minn.) in the first period in the championship match at 113 pounds. Noble, a state third-place finisher last season, jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after a takedown and two-point nearfall. He built his lead to 6-1 before securing the pin. Continue reading at