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.

It left Eli carrying baggage. Continue reading at mnwrestlinghub.com →

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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Anoka State Champion Wrestler Preparing To Study Chemistry At Stanford

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For most high school athletes, their goal is a state championship — but there’s a young man in Anoka who’s thinking far beyond that.

Perhaps it helps when you’ve already won one.

“I’d always known it was, like, a super prestigious school, and I’d always been interested in going somewhere for academics, not just wrestling,” Tyler Eischens said.

If they gave out trophies for making good decisions about your future, Eischens would have to make some room in his trophy case. The three-time state finalist and defending state champion at 138 pounds is headed to Stanford next year — not just to wrestle, but to major in chemistry. View/continue reading at minnesota.cbslocal.com