Simley’s Jake Short could be the best in a long family line

Jake Short is on the verge of having bragging rights in Minnesota’s First Family of Wrestling.

The 145-pound junior advanced to the state high school championship match for the third consecutive season with a 4-2 victory in overtime over Scott West’s Gabe Fogarty in the Class 2A semifinals today at the Xcel Energy Center. Continue reading at

Big 10: Minnesota sits in Third after Morning Session

The Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team sits in third place after the morning session of the 2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Minnesota tallied 59 points inside Mackey Arena while Iowa sits in second place with 69 points and defending champion Penn State leads the field with 78.5 points. Continue reading at

High School Milestones – Friday, March 2, 2012

  • 200th Win – Sam Haas, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley, 12th 160 lbs
  • 188th Win (school record) – Adam Hammer, Osseo, 12th 138 lbs
  • 150th Win – Jordan Chouanard, Aitkin, 12th, 152 lbs
  • 150th Win – John Weeding, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley, 12th, 126 lbs
  • 150th Win – Chase Austvold, New London-Spicer, 12th, 132 lbs
  • 90th Pin (school record) – Adam Josephson, Minneota, 12th, 195 lbs
  • 125th Win – Jake Hanson, Rochester Mayo, 11th, 138 lbs
  • 100th Win – Matt Lloyd, Montgomery-Lonsdale/Le Center, 12th, 138 lbs
  • 100th Win – Tejay Wojchowski, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River, 12th, 170 lbs
  • 100th Win – Drey Loge, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus, 11th, 138 lbs
  • 100th Win – Ben Brancale, Eden Prairie, 9th, 120 lbs
  • 75th Win – Jakob Berthiaume, Monticello, 10th, 138 lbs
  • 75th Win – Brad Schmidt, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove, 12th, 195 lbs
  • 75th Win – Isaac Josephson, Minneota, 11th, 170 lbs
  • 60th Win – Kyle Schoenecker, Chisago Lakes, 8th, 106 lbs

Should the individual tournament be seeded?

The prospect of seeding the individual portion of the state wrestling tournament stirred its annual debate today at the Xcel Energy Center.

Longtime tournament manager Byron Olson, the former activities director at Lakeville North, said a seeding process is long overdue. Opponents of the idea say seeding won’t work fairly and that the current system isn’t broken. Continue reading at

Gophers wrestling team leaning on its big three

For much of this season, the Gophers’ biggest wrestlers have also been their best. And that power trio — Kevin Steinhaus, Sonny Yohn and Tony Nelson — relish the chance to prove it starting Saturday at the Big Ten meet at Purdue.

Steinhaus (184 pounds), Yohn (197) and Nelson (heavyweight) are Minnesota’s three No. 1 seeds in the tournament. They also happen to wrestle at the three heaviest weights, which often gives Minnesota an edge down the stretch in dual meets and could create the same late edge this weekend. Continue reading at


Jackson County Central pins first loss on Kimball

Jackson County Central spoiled Kimball’s bid for an undefeated season with a 35-28 victory in the Class A championship match Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center.

The Huskies (25-3), who shared the small-school title last season with Frazee, get this one to themselves after rallying to win their fourth small-school title in the past five years and sixth since 1999. Continue reading at