Greg Schwartz Memorial Wrestling Camp Awards

The 28th Annual Greg Schwartz Memorial Wrestling Camp at Morris, Minn. wrapped up on June 20th. This year’s camp attracted 72 wrestlers from Border West, MAHACA, Minnewaska, Benson, Rocori, Osakis, Paynesville, Sisseton, Ortonville, and Granite Falls. Camp clinicians included Hunter Burnett, Keaten Schorr, Roger Kish, Cam Sykora, Bruce Moe, and Kris Nelson.

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Mcniff’s Riffs: Former Gopher Grapplers Help Young Athletes Reach Their Peak, Both On And Off The Mat

Jared Lawrence and Brandon Paulson are helping Minnesota wrestlers reach the next level through the Pinnacle Wrestling School.

While Minnesota has a well-earned reputation and a perennial marketing plan touting it as the ‘State of Hockey’, we are witnessing considerable growth in other winter sports. One sport where Minnesota is particularly on the rise is wrestling.

“We’re not one of the top states” said former U of M wrestler Jared Lawrence. “I mean, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma, those guys are ahead of us, but we’re definitely top eight for sure and climbing.”

“The last three years are the best we’ve ever had come out of the state,” said fellow former Gopher Brandon Paulson. “We have more division one wrestlers than we’ve ever had, and the greatest international success we’ve ever had as far as the age groups, so I think wrestling is in a good spot as far as interest.” Continue reading at www.kare11.com

How To Maintain Proper Hygiene

Tom Kuisle has watched a lot of wrestling matches in his 44-year career as an official.

Kuisle, who also coached high school wrestling for 35 years and is the current Mat Officials Director for Minnesota USA Wrestling, knows teams and traditions well. He’s officiated some of the top tournaments, dual meets, and individual matches for years.

When he heads to a tournament, enters the gym or gets on the mat, there are other patterns he sees too.

Some much more serious. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

TakeDown Cancer Surpasses a Quarter Million

Having surpassed a quarter of a million dollars in proceeds, TakeDown Cancer kicks off its 6th season at the November 25th Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits dual. Match time 1 pm at the Pavilion.

All funds raised go directly to the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, a charity that maintains an extraordinarily high 92% efficiency rating. The funding is directed toward the best and brightest cancer researchers in the world as they advance on a wide array of new cancer treatments. Their work is making a difference and saving lives.

TakeDown Cancer is an all-volunteer organization that pays no salaries. Visit www.TakeDownCancer.org to start your own fundraiser or make a donation. Join us as we take down Cancer! No One Fights Alone!

Swensen named OW at InterMat Classic, 3 schools crown multiple champs

EDINA, Minn. — The ninth edition of the InterMat Classic was held for the first time at Edina High School in suburban Minneapolis. As has been the case in the previous eight events, it had a very strong in-state flavor. This year saw 12 of 15 champions won by Minnesota wrestlers.

Two of the three out-of-state champions came from national power St. Paris Graham in Ohio. Sophomore Nick Moore and senior Jeffrey Thomas, both state finalists as freshmen, earned titles on Saturday afternoon at 138 and 145 pounds respectively.

Moore, the nation’s No. 49 sophomore, upended 2017 state champion Blake Legred (United South Central, Minn.) by 4-2 decision in the finals after surviving a pair of 3-1 overtime victories earlier in the tournament, most notably in the semifinals against two-time state placewinner Tanner Kroells (Delano, Minn.). Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com