Nevills Set To Join SDSU

Two-time NCAA qualifier AJ Nevills will join the South Dakota State wrestling program as a graduate transfer for the 2021-22 season, Jackrabbit head coach Damion Hahn announced Tuesday.

“AJ brings a tremendous amount of talent with him to Brookings,” Hahn said. “He is a great addition to our team and we are excited to have him join us next season.”

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The Mavericks are on the Cusp of an Outstanding Season

By Matt Krumrie

Jim Makovsky enters his 28th season as head coach of the MSU-Mankato wrestling team with a deep and talented lineup bolstered by a group of talented junior college transfers and talented newcomers.

Makovsky and head coach Ty Eustice, now in his fourth season with the Mavericks, are excited about a lineup led by Kyle Rathman of Apple Valley (Apple Valley HS), a 2019 NCAA All-American at 149 who will open the season ranked No.1 in the nation in the NCAA Division II rankings.

"Kyle has been so steady in our program since he’s got here," says Eustice. "He’s made jumps every year, and he has physically matured even more. We love watching him compete; he is aggressive and makes things happen."

Five other regulars are back, including Trent McManus (125/2020 national qualifier), Cooper Siebrecht (157/2020 region place winner), Trevor Turriff (184/2020 national qualifier), Matt Blome (197/2020 region place winner), and David Griffet (285/2020 region place winner).

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Michael Blockhus, a 2020 NCAA qualifier, to transfer from Northern Iowa to Minnesota

It did not take long for Michael Blockhus to find a new home.

One week after announcing his intent to transfer from Northern Iowa, Blockhus announced that he plans to join the Minnesota wrestling program. The sophomore will join the Gophers next semester, and plans to wrestle 149 pounds.

“Blessed to say I’m going to be going to the U of Minnesota as a gopher this next semester,” Blockhus said in a Tweet, announcing his decision. “Ready to go to work. Thank you to all of my friends and family for all of their support throughout this process.

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Jackrabbits Are Hungry to Take the Next Step

By Matt Krumrie

A strong group of returning wrestlers and the potential impact of a couple of transfers ready to step into the lineup has head coach Damion Hahn excited about the upcoming wrestling season.

Eight starters return for the Jackrabbits, and four with Minnesota ties look to continue to make an impact. Those four include Clay Carlson (141/Willmar), Colten Carlson (149/Willmar), Cade King (174/Waseca/Owatonna HS), and Blake Wolters (285/Pipestone).

"Although we will still be a relatively young team, we return up to eight starters and have good depth," says Damion Hahn, now in his third season as head coach. "There are still a lot of unknowns in regards to our schedule and how the season will play out, but our preparation and expectations haven’t changed."

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Ridgewater and Northland Pull The Plug on 2020-2021

By Matt Krumrie

It's not the type of start new Ridgewater College wrestling coach Joey Brown expected when he took over the wrestling program in May of 2020. But, it's still 2020, and things are far from normal. So nothing is a surprise.

In mid-November, Ridgewater College and Northland Community and Technical College announced that all winter athletics programs, including wrestling, would be suspended due to growing concerns over the Coronavirus. Ridgewater also canceled spring sports for this season.

"Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it presents, our season has been suspended," said Brown. "We would have had a very young team that had one returning wrestler from last year (285-pound national qualifier Charlie Farhat of Willmar). I came on in late May to take over the rebuild of our program, and we got off to a great start adding 12 first-year guys to the roster. We were excited because we would have filled a full varsity lineup for the upcoming season. Once we got word the season was not going to happen for us, we met with our guys and supported them in the option to move on. About half of the guys decided to move on, and one is going to graduate in the spring."

Northland had a strong team ready to compete in the MCAC and NJCAA this season. "I respect the fact that this was a difficult decision for our institution to cancel winter sports," said Northland wrestling coach Scott DCamp. "I don't agree with it, however, because I feel like we had a plan in place that would have allowed us to attend classes, practice, and compete in a safe manner."

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Can the Mustangs Take It to the Next Level?

By Matt Krumrie

The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team heads into the 2020-2021 season with youthful experience. That is an odd combination for many teams, but that's what you get when you have a team that returns eight regulars with only one senior in the group. Of those eight returnees, five are sophomores, and two are juniors.

"We are a young but experienced team," said head coach Jesse Nelson, now in his 14th season as head coach of the Mustangs. "This team has great leadership as well. If we can stay healthy, it should be an exciting year."

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Despite Losing A Lot, Auggies Have High Expectations For 2021

By Matt Krumrie

It was another outstanding season on the mat for the Augsburg University wrestling team in 2019-2020. The Auggies dominated the Upper Midwest Regional and qualified eight wrestlers for the NCAA Division III national championships.

The Auggies entered DIII nationals ranked No. 1 in the nation, but there was no storybook ending to this Augsburg wrestling season, as the coronavirus led to the cancellation of the DIII NCAA championships, leaving many questions unanswered and several wrestlers without an opportunity to finish out their careers with a run at another team or individual championships.

Despite the heartbreaking end to the season, eight Augsburg wrestlers earned NWCA All-American honors. Because there was no national tournament, the NWCA named an 80-member NWCA All-America First Team, with eight individuals named in each weight class. All 80 were among the top eight seeds in each weight class that was scheduled to wrestle at the NCAA Division III National Championships in March before it was canceled. An additional 50 wrestlers were named to the NWCA All-America Second Team, and 50 more were named to the NWCA All-America Third Team. Traditionally, the top eight finishers in each weight class earn All-America honors at NCAA wrestling championships.

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The Guillotine – November 19, 2020

The November 19, 2020 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Lace ‘Em Up - 50 Years of The Guillotine | High School Class Previews | High School Rankings | Camps-Clinics-Training | MWCA Report | Officially Speaking - Covid and Non-Covid Rules | Performance Nutrition - Resetting Habits | View From The Matbird Seat | Ask The Doc - Guidelines for This Season | Where Have They Gone? - Jim Harstad.

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