Maple Grove Wrestler Wins The Quintuple Crown

By Nick Fornicoia
Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Publicity Chairperson

Winning the ‘Triple Crown’ in Minnesota wrestling is an extraordinary accomplishment. To win the triple crown an athlete must win each of the three styles of wrestling all in the same year. The three types are Folkstyle (collegiate or high school style), Greco Roman (Olympic style) and Freestyle (Olympic style).

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Pioneer wrestler grapples with gender taboos

Her seven brothers and a family history in wrestling helped Chandell Knox break new ground for women in sports and break into the movies as well. She is one of 11 females featured in Grappling Girls, a 2008 documentary on women wrestling.

“I thought it was very well put together,” she observed after seeing herself on film for the first time during a brief showing at the U of M Tucker Center Film Festival in February. “I really don’t remember doing it, because it was about six years ago. I was at a tournament and the lady who is doing the movie came up and asked questions. She heard that I was the first [female] wrestler for a high school team in Minnesota.” Continue reading at

The story behind the NYWA wrestling tournament

March 29-April 1 will mark the 17th year of the Northland Youth Wrestling Association’s (NYWA) state folk style tournament. The Mayo Civic Center’s Taylor Arena will again be the site of all the exciting action over a four-day period starting this Thursday. Over 1,500 wrestlers from kindergarten-8th grade will participate with state champions being crowned in 70 weight divisions. Continue reading at