Anoka’s Gigi Bragg continues to set the bar for girls wrestling

ROCHESTER — As Gigi Bragg looked around the field at this year’s MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament, the Anoka sophomore couldn’t help but smile.

“I see more girls around this year,” she said. “It’s really cool to see.”

Bragg knows firsthand the power of one girl seeing another girl do a sport that has been commonly misconstrued as ‘male-only.’

She was just six years old when she wanted to join her brother on the wrestling mat. In fact, her and her sibling started wrestling to pass some of the free time they had while on a United States military base in Germany where their father was stationed as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. Continue reading at →

Expectations, endured and then embraced, weigh no longer on wrestler Eli Paulson

The Anoka junior, son of Olympic medalist Brandon Paulson and grandson of Hall of Fame coach Doug Paulson, overcame youthful disinterest to make a name for himself.

Being the only son of an icon comes with baggage. Anoka junior wrestler Eli Paulson knows. He’s spent a lifetime carrying that baggage.

His father, Brandon, is a Minnesota wrestling legend: a three-time high school state champion for Anoka, NCAA All-America, Olympic silver medalist, co-owner of one of the premier wrestling clubs in the metro and coach of a top club team. The name Brandon Paulson carries cache in regional and national wrestling circles.

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Wagner, Hellman, and Springer are MWCA Coaches of the Year

Every spring at tournament time coaches from each high school section vote for their respective Section Head and Assistant Coach of the Year. Head coach selections are then put on a ballot to be voted on by all coaches at the State Tournament for Class AAA, AA, and A Coach of the Year.

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Eischens goes 1-1 at Junior World Championships

Former Anoka wrestler Tyler Eischens went 1-1 at the UWW Junior World Championships on August 17th in Tallinn, Estonia.

Eischens, who wrestled Greco-Roman at 72 kg (158 lbs.), defeated Deividas Subotkevic of Lithuania 9-0 in his first match. He then lost to Ihor Bychkov of Ukraine 5-2 in the next round. Eischens was eliminated from competition when Bychkov lost in the semifinals.

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