Northland Wrestling to host Big Cat Youth Open Saturday

The Big Cat Open is moving to a new location. After being held at Lincoln High School for most of the previous 25 years, the event is moving to Northland Community & Technical College for year 26.

The 26th Annual Big Cat Open will be held Saturday, March 17 in the Northland Gym. The event is open to all youth wrestlers in pre-K through grade six. Wrestlers will compete in four-man brackets, with trophies awarded to the top-four finishers in each bracket. Continue reading

J Robinson and Saint Thomas Academy Host New Youth Wrestling Tournament Preceding MNUSA State Tournament

Proceeds from tournament for PreK- 8th graders will benefit United Heroes League

MINNEAPOLIS/MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn – J Robinson, founder of JROB Intensive Wrestling Camps and three-time NCAA National Champion wrestling coach, and all-boys, college-preparatory Saint Thomas Academy, are partnering to host the inaugural J Robinson Wrestling Classic on Sunday, March 4, the final tournament before the MNUSA State Youth Wrestling Tournament, March 9-11, in Rochester, Minn. The tournament is open to boys and girls in PreK through 8th grades, with all proceeds benefitting Minnesota-based United Heroes League (UHL), a charity that makes it financially possible for children in military families to participate in and experience athletic competition.

Robinson, a former Army Ranger and Vietnam veteran, and Saint Thomas Academy see the tournament as an opportunity to contribute to the growth of wrestling in Minnesota and encourage athletes to further their athletic potential. “Providing young wrestlers with access to great tournaments is the best way to help them stay involved in the sport long-term,” Robinson said. “The success of our sport depends on it, and I am honored to partner with such a respected school as Saint Thomas Academy to help grow the sport of wrestling.” Continue reading

JJ Classic Clinic set for October 21st at 8:30 am

The 2017 JJ Classic Clinic is set for Saturday, Oct. 21, in Rochester, Minn. The clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the UCR Regional Sports Center before the JJ Classic, which begins at 10 a.m.

The JJ Classic Clinic is open to wrestlers ages 5-18 who attend the JJ Classic ($7 admission) or compete in the event. There is no pre-registration. Doors open at 8 a.m. Continue reading

Valley Elite wrestlers have national-level coaching, potential

On a dreary Thursday afternoon, the Valley Elite Wrestling Club was getting expert advice.

The off-season freestyle wrestling club is comprised of athletes fourth grade and up from all around the Minnesota River Valley, stretching out to Waterville and St. Peter as well as to students from the Le Sueur-Henderson and Tri-City United School districts.

Coach Dave Pfarr said the club is essential to developing top-tier wrestlers, partially because they get top-tier coaching. While Pfarr leads the team, three others help the athletes fine tune their skills. Continue reading at

J Robinson Intensive Camps and USA Wrestling partner to expand freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling

MINNEAPOLIS – J Robinson Intensive Camps announced that beginning in the summer of 2017, its Competition Camps will feature senior-level athletes from USA Wrestling in an effort to expose young wrestlers to Freestyle and Greco-Roman (GR) wrestling, the two disciplines competed in the Olympics. In this partnership, USA Wrestling will send one Freestyle wrestler and one Greco-Roman wrestler to each Competition Camp, which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia; River Falls, Wisconsin; and Chico, California. Continue reading

Registration open for the new U of M Wrestling Camps

The new series of summer camps – hosted by head coach Brandon Eggum – will teach a variety of skills to wrestlers of all ages for two weeks in late June

Registration opens today for this summer’s University of Minnesota Wrestling Camps, which will feature five unique, multi-day camps over the course of two weeks in late June. One set of camps is opening to wrestlers age six to 12, the other set is focused on wrestlers age 12 to 18. Continue reading