Legendary Coach And Vietnam Vet Stands Tall

By Jeff Bro Olsen

Jerry “JC” Cleveland, who volunteered for the draft to honor a hometown Staples pal who was killed in Vietnam and later fought there himself as an infantryman and earned a Purple Heart, has done his share of fighting outside of at least one Bemidji establishment.

Additionally, he served as the dean of students at Cass Lake High School, where his car was stolen by two students who put some sizable dents in it before abandoning it.

Near daybreak, the two lads ran as fast as they could to surrender to the nearest cop once they spotted Mr. Cleveland approaching them after they came out of a swamp.

At 70, he has a great laugh, even better stories, and takes everything in stride.

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Kelvington Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

INDIANAPOLIS – Augustana wrestler Ben Kelvington has been awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship the NCAA recently announced.

The NCAA awards up to 126 postgraduate scholarships annually to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time $10,000 award is given three times a year, corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring).

Kelvington, the NCAA Elite 90 winner and NSIC Elite 18 winner for holding the highest GPA at each championship event, was nominated by Dr. Marcia Entwistle, the Augustana faculty athletics representative (FAR).

“Ben exemplifies what it means to be an Augustana student-athlete,” Dr. Entwistle said. “Ben is a gifted athlete, talented scientific researcher, and impactful leader.”

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Augsburg Cancels 2020 Wrestling Camps

The 2020 Augsburg Wrestling Camps have been canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. They plan on resuming camps in 2021

Augsburg Wrestling Camps statement:

“After 34 years of Augsburg Wrestling Camps, we are very sad to announce that we have decided to cancel our 2020 Camps due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Although Minnesota Governor Walz has authorized small group gatherings again, social distancing is nearly impossible in the sport of wrestling. This was a tough decision to make but it is the best one given our current circumstances. The health and safety of our campers, their families and our staff have always been a top priority, which is why we have to make this decision.

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The Guillotine 2020 Academic All-State Wrestlers

The 2020 edition of The Guillotine Academic All-State honorees features 30 first-team members, 30 second-team members, 30 third-team members, and 33 honorable mention wrestlers.

One hundred twenty-seven total wrestlers, representing 59 teams, were submitted this season. Points were tallied based on current varsity wins, current state tournament placement, and cumulative high school GPA. Each of the first team wrestlers receives two certificates and a letter of recognition.

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Dream delayed: Tony Nelson continues to prepare for Olympic challenge

This was supposed to be Tony Nelson’s final year as a competitive international wrestler.

And his plan for 2020 was simple: Earn a trip to Toyko as a member of the United States Olympic wrestling team, then retire in a blaze of glory on the Olympic stage.

“My original goal was to be done after this year,” Nelson said. “I have three kids, so that adds a factor to training. I had even given my wife a timeline. And then this happened.”

“This” is the COVID-19 pandemic that has put everyone’s life in stasis. For Nelson, his dreams have been deferred to 2021 as the Olympic Trials, the qualifying events for the U.S. Olympic team that were scheduled for early April, were postponed, as were the Tokyo Olympics.

Nelson, a 2009 graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School, won two state titles in high school as well as two NCAA titles at the University of Minnesota. Nelson had a 141-18 record with the Bluejackets and was 131-16 with the Golden Gophers. Continue reading at hometownsource.com

USA Wrestling releases Return to the Mat Guidelines to assist wrestling community in making local decisions

USA Wrestling has released the “Return to the Mat Guidelines” document, which are guidelines and recommendations for the wrestling community as it makes decisions on a local level regarding when and how to safely resume wrestling activity.

The document was initially drafted by one of USA Wrestling’s special committees created during the pandemic, the Return to Practice and Competition Committee, which includes medical experts and event operations professionals. It has been reviewed by USA Wrestling’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee, a group of experts who advise the organization on medical, scientific and government matters pertaining to the novel coronavirus.

This document includes recommendations from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and numerous other sources, including public health agencies and other sports organizations.

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Blooming Prairie’s Krell to wrestle at NDSU

BLOOMING PRAIRIE – Blooming Prairie senior Colton Krell thought he was having the best senior year he could imagine, but it got even better when he recently made his commitment to wrestle at Division I North Dakota State University next season.

Krell was pondering between wrestling at Rochester Community and Technical College or the University of Wisconsin when the Bison jumped in and captured his attention. Now he’ll be attending NDSU as a walk-on, with a chance to earn a scholarship in the future.

Krell is very familiar with NDSU’s roster and he used to wrestle with red-shirt freshman 174-pounder Michael Nelson, who is from Dover-Eyota.

“When NDSU called, I was instantly hooked,” Krell said. “I know who like half of the guys on the roster are and that’s a big pull for me. The North Dakota culture fits me better than any other school.” Continue reading at www.austindailyherald.com