SHELBY SHARES: Coach guides small town through big changes

St. James, Minn. — The flat farmland of Watonwan County stretches to the horizon. It is fertile earth. Things grow here. Lives and futures take root and flourish. St. James, the county seat, has a remarkable story to tell about how one man has tended and nurtured two generations of his community’s young men. I want to tell you about Coach Gene Hildebrandt.

You should know, first, this is not a sports story. Twenty years ago, there was only one Latino family in this town of about 5,000 people. Today, 30% of the population and 50% of the students in the district are Latino. That’s a challenge. Coach Hildebrandt never blinked. Continue reading at bringmethenews.com

Moving on

After four years of starting for the Albert Lea wrestling team, the end has come for the high school careers of Trey Hable and Dalton Westerlund.

On Thursday, the pair signed their letters of intent to continue wrestling at the college level. Continue reading at albertleatribune.com

Where are they going in 2012-13? http://mnguillotine.com/highsch/wheregoing/wherego2012.htm

Legendary Apple Valley wrestling coach retires

A wise man once spoke about how to be successful.

“You have to have a passion,” he said. “You have to be enthusiastic about what you do. The way you are will rub off on your kids. They’ll see that you’re enthusiastic. They’ll see that you have passion and that it’s important to you. That’s extremely important in anything you do if you want to have success.”

This man knows what he is talking about. He knows what it is like to be passionate and enthusiastic about a job and a sport you love. He knows about winning with pride and losing with dignity. He knows what it’s like to watch a teenager pour his heart and soul into months of working toward accomplishing one final goal at the end of a season. He knows what it’s like to watch boys grow into men — men that win both state and national championships. Continue reading at foxsportsnorth.com

St. Cloud State Wrestling Enjoys Strong Showing in Classroom

St. Cloud, Minn. – St. Cloud State University wrestling recently released its 2012 spring grades for the second semester of the academic year.

“I am very proud of the way our young men have performed in the classroom this semester,” said Brady Wilson, SCSU Head Assistant Wrestling Coach. “Our conversation with our student-athletes is always academics first. We have emphasized to our young men all semester about finishing the academic year strong.” Continue reading