East’s Dierks stays home to develop students and athletes

By Jim Rueda, Free Press Staff Writer

MANKATO — Some of you may have noticed a brief in Wednesday’s paper announcing Jon Dierks as the new head wrestling coach at Mankato East High School.

When coaches are hired at the high school level I usually don’t comment, preferring to defer to the athletic directors and administrators who selected them to make the right choices. In this case, however, I have to believe East has made an excellent choice. Continue reading at mankatofreepress.com

NBCOlympics.com to webcast preliminary sessions of Olympic Wrestling Trials, April 21-22

NBC Sports Network to Present 6 Hours of Trials Coverage, April 22-23

USA Wrestling will partner with NBCOlympics.com to provide a live webcast of all four mats of the Challenge Tournament of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday April 21 and Sunday, April 22 beginning at 9 a.m. CT each day. Continue reading

Olympic Trials: New faces, same game: The younger look of USA Wrestling

Jesse Thielke has a look about him — a solemn, pensive facial expression.

He carries it with him into every wrestling match, and it never changes during his time on the mat. He’s strictly business during his bouts.

“You have to get over being nervous in this sport,” he said. “I know when I go out there, I have the advantage. Only I can take myself out.”

This is normal for a weathered veteran in the sport — but Thielke, 19, showcased it at his state championship match a year ago. Continue reading at dailyiowan.com