Senior Tribute: NDSU Wrestling’s Cam Sykora

Sykora reflects on his four years at NDSU

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State Wrestling tied a program record for having six wrestlers qualify for the NCAA championships that never happened due to the cancellation of the event because of coronavirus.

One of those six qualifiers was senior Cam Sykora, who was going to making his fourth consecutive appearance in the championships.

“All the work we put in, we didn’t get to showcase,” Sykora said. “It kind of just comes down to march for what people mostly look at for a season so that kind of sucked at first but then you look at all the success we had this season and it makes you feel better.”

Sykora will go down as one of the most successful wrestlers in the program’s history. After transferring from South Dakota State his freshman year, Sykora racked up 87 wins and spent most of the last two seasons ranked in the 133 pound weight class. View/continue reading at

Derrick Cardinal is the Star Tribune Metro Wrestler of the Year

The last thing Derrick Cardinal needed was added motivation.

The Forest Lake junior had grown up idolizing the big names in the program’s history, wrestlers such as Troy Marr and Ben Morgan, whose names headed an Honor Roll of Forest Lake wrestling.

“Since I was 3 or 4 years old, I would look up and see those pictures on the wall and I always wanted to be up there,” Cardinal said.

He is now, particularly after being the first wrestler in school history to win three individual state championships. He picked up his third at the 2020 state meet, defeating Joey Novak of New Prague for the Class 3A 126-pound title. The victory improved his season record to 50-0. In the quarterfinals, Cardinal picked up the 200th victory of his career. Continue reading at

MNUSA Mic’d Up – Will Short

Minnesota/USA Wrestling Marketing Director Jamie Nelson talks with Simley Coach Will Short.

Topics discussed include dual meets vs. individual tournaments, coaching elite high school athletes, junior high inclusion, how wrestling has changed over the years, women’s wrestling, building a successful program, and more.

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Putting Your Toe On The Line – Maple River

The program was a consistent winner before Dan Robbins became the head coach of the Maple River wrestling program. When Robbins took the head job before the 2013 season, he kept the program rolling. They have only had one losing season since Robbins took over. In the last two seasons, the program has won a total of 37 dual meets. How have the Eagles done it? They have done it by being ready to go the second they put their toe on the line.

Robbins was raised in a wrestling hotbed and was exposed to the sport by a young man placed in charge of the future coach.

“I grew up in Blue Earth, and we had a good wrestling following,” Robbins said. “I had a babysitter who was a wrestler, and he got me into it when I was five or six years old. We went to the same church also; he would talk to me about it. When he was baby-sitting, sometimes he would show me a double leg or a stand-up or something. I kept going from there.”

With the help of his babysitter, Robbins started in on a life-long career in wrestling.

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