MWCA 2024 Lifetime Achievement Coaches

Each year, the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association recognizes coaches who are at or near retirement from coaching. This year’s Lifetime Achievement coaches are Dennis Benz of Rock Ridge High School, Brian Bos of Pipestone Area High School, Mark Madigan of Simley High School, and Craig Nasvik of White Bear Lake Area High School.

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Huskies to hold annual Golf Classic on August 23

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – St. Cloud State Wrestling has announced its 18th Annual SCSU Wrestling Golf Classic will be held Friday, August 23, at the Wapicada Golf Club in Sauk Rapids.

The event is a four/five-person scramble with a shotgun start at noon, with all processed benefitting the St. Cloud State Wrestling program. The cost to play is $120 per person (groups of five will be charged an additional $25 for the extra cart). The registration covers green fees, golf cart, meal, door gift, and more. Additional meals may be purchased for $20.

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MSHSL approves two out of three proposed wrestling changes

The Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors met today, and several winter activity proposals, including three for wrestling, were on the agenda.

The Board of Directors approved a proposal to increase the number of girls-only wrestling events that do not count toward the team limit of 16, from four to eight. They also approved a proposal to codify the required format used for section individual tournaments. The proposal requires sections with 10 or more teams to administer a two-day tournament. A proposal seeking the addition of full wrestlebacks for the individual state tournament was not approved.

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Pair of Gophers Reach Challenge Finals at U23 Nationals and U20 World Team Trials

MINNEAPOLIS – All five Minnesota wrestlers made at least the semifinals, with two advancing to the finals, this past weekend at the 2024 U23 Nationals and U20 World Team Trials in Geneva, Ohio.

The Golden Gopher representatives competed in the Challenge aspect of the tournament, hoping to earn a berth in a best-of-three championship matchup.

Minnesota redshirt freshman Max McEnelly was one of two Gophers to reach the Challenge Finals. He had no problem in his opening match as he cruised past Lars Michaelson (Nwwc) in the U20 World Team Trials 86kg quarterfinals, 10-0, in just 1:49. McEnelly then moved on to the Challenge finals thanks to an 11-0 win at 4:35 over Tate Naaktgeboren (Cyclone Regional Training Center C-RTC). A hard-fought contest in the finals saw McEnelly go down to Joshua Barr (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club), 4-1.

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Swensen finishes second at U23 Nationals

GENEVA, Ohio —South Dakota State wrestler Cael Swensen recorded a runner-up finish in the 74-kilogram division in freestyle competition over the weekend at the 2024 U23 Nationals held at SPIRE Institute.

A native of Plymouth, Minnesota, and a two-time NCAA qualifier, the fourth-seeded Swensen moved into the championship round with five consecutive victories during competition on Saturday. After winning his first four matches by a combined total of 40-0, Swensen knocked off top-seeded Matthew Bianchi of the Arkansas Regional Training Centers, 3-2, in semifinal action.

That set a best-of-three series Sunday against Hunter Garvin of Iowa, in which the second-seeded Garvin recorded a sweep by claiming the first bout, 10-9, followed by a 14-1 (VSU1) victory in 2 minutes and 45 seconds.

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