Wade Short: A Dance of Dedication and Dominance

A 1991 graduate of Simley High School, Wade etched his legacy with multiple state championships in wrestling while showcasing exemplary prowess in football and tennis. His post-school accolades include national dance titles, renowned ballet intensives, and a profound impact as an educator and entrepreneur in Inver Grove Heights. Wade’s multifaceted success in arts and athletics rightly earns him a revered spot in the Simley Hall of Fame.

Wade Short appeared on the popular show Dance Fever in 1983. In 1984 he competed on Star Search, a national TV talent show.

After that, he continued to succeed in dance, football, tennis, and wrestling, where he earned multiple state championships and was a part of three Simley High School state championship wrestling teams.

Because of these accomplishments, Short will be inducted into the Simley Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at halftime of the Simley football game Friday, September 1, when the defending state champion Spartans host Winona High School at 7 p.m. Continue reading at medium.com/@krumriematt →

SMSU Wrestling to host annual golf fundraiser on Sept. 16

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling program will be hosting its fourth annual SMSU Wrestling Golf Outing on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Countryside Golf Course in Minneota, Minn.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun starting at 10 a.m. Click HERE to register or help support the tournament.

The four-person scramble tournament costs $100 per person or $400 for a team registration. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, burger basket, and drink tickets. There will be prizes awarded throughout the day to individuals and a silent auction for items. Hole sponsorships are also available at $200.

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2023 Hengstler-Ranweiler Award: An emotional time for Benson star

Benson’s Thomas Dineen gets emotional about high school experience as he heads to South Dakota State

Thomas Dineen was packing up to go off to college on Thursday. It’s about a two-hour drive from Benson to Brookings, South Dakota, where Dineen will wrestle for South Dakota State.

He admitted to getting a little choked up about it.

Benson is a place he loves.

“It kind of made me emotional there,” he said. “I realized I was going away to college.” Continue reading at wctrib.com →

Berge brings home Bronze from U20 Worlds

AMMAN, Jordan – South Dakota State wrestler Bennett Berge earned his second career individual medal at the United World Wrestling U20 World Championships, claiming bronze as competition wrapped up Wednesday.

Competing in the 86-kilogram freestyle division, Berge compiled a 3-1 record over two days of wrestling. He began the tournament Tuesday with back-to-back victories over Ivan Chornohuz, Ukraine (9-5, VPO1) and Slavi Stamenov, Bulgaria (11-0, VSU 1:49), but dropped his semifinal match later in the day to France’s Rakhim Madmadov by a 9-4 (VPO1) score.

In his final match of the competition on Wednesday, Berge wasted little time in posting an 11-0 (VSU 2:09) victory over Shakjir Bislimi of North Macedonia.

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Eastview High School Welcomes Melissa Jacobs as the First Female Wrestling Coach

Apple Valley, MN – Eastview High School is proud to announce the appointment of Melissa Jacobs as a new coach of the wrestling team. A trailblazer in her own right, Melissa is set to make history as the first female wrestling coach in the school’s storied sports legacy. With a remarkable background as both an accomplished wrestler and experienced coach, Melissa is poised to lead the team to new heights.

Born to Chuck and Sarah Jacobs, Melissa brings a strong foundation of values and determination to her coaching role. She will graduate from Augsburg University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Religion and Management Information Systems.

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NDSU Announces Class of 2023 for Bison Athletic Hall of Fame

Wrestler Paul Carlson among the inductees

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University will induct seven individuals and one team into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 29. This year’s honorees will comprise the 51st annual class to be inducted.

The 2023 inductees are 16-time All-American track & field sprinter Tamara Brudy, national champion wrestler Paul Carlson, national champion softball center fielder Jess (Christensen) Hodgson, six-time track All-American and football team captain Jared Essler, three-time All-NCC and All-Region volleyball middle hitter Jeni (Jost) Gunderson, two-time NCC Track & Field Championships MVP Lisa Kresky-Griffin, All-American football receiver Tim Strehlow, and the 1983 national champion Bison football team.

The event will be held on campus in the Nodak Insurance Basketball Performance Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the induction ceremony to start at noon.

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Berge prepares for U20 World Championships

AMMAN, Jordan — South Dakota State wrestler Bennett Berge returns to international competition Tuesday at the United World Wrestling U20 World Championships.

Berge is one of 26 wrestlers entered in the freestyle competition for the 86-kilogram weight class. Matches begin at 2 a.m. Central Time, with the semifinals starting at 8:45 a.m. On Wednesday, repechage matches are slated for 2 a.m., with medal matches beginning at 10 a.m.

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