The Clash XI field includes 13 InterMat Fab 50 teams

The Clash XI National High School Wrestling Duals represent a truly unique event in high school wrestling. It is a tournament of dual meets where nationally elite squads will have at least three, and possibly even five, competitive dual meets over a two-day period. Day 1 is three dual meets for each squad using an eight-man bracket team advancement concept, while the second day is three dual meets in a round-robin setting based on their position in Day 1 (i.e. the four first-place teams are in one pool, those that take second in another, etc.). Continue reading at

AWN Preview: The Clash XI

That time of the year is upon us and that means the Clash XI is just about here. Last year the road to the mythical national championship went through Rochester, Minn. Although this year’s event may not decide the national champion, it is sure live up to expectations.

On Dec. 28-29, 2012 teams from around the country will converge on the University Center Rochester Field House on the campus of Rochester Technical & Community College, a venue synonymous with hosting big wrestling events across all levels. Continue reading at

Zumbrota-Mazeppa returns to The Clash

The last time the Zumbrota-Mazeppa wrestling team attended The Clash National High School Wrestling Duals, the Cougars saved the tournament.

At Clash VIII in January of 2010, a powerful blizzard hammered the Midwest just a day before the national event was to begin. That left teams scrambling to make it to Rochester.

Five teams simply weren’t able to make it. Continue reading at

The Clash New Team Previews

By Steven B. Patton

The Clash National High School Wrestling Duals XI is right around the corner and once again more than a third of the field will be comprised of nationally ranked teams. This year’s line-up will include perennial Minnesota powerhouses Apple Valley, St Michael-Albertville, Kasson-Mantorville, and Simley along with out-of-state Clash veterans like Montini Catholic, Carl Sandburg, and Marist from Illinois, Brandon from Florida, Vacaville from California, and Blue Springs from Missouri. Along with these elite programs will be some new top notch programs that will start the season ranked among the best teams in the country. Continue reading