The Guillotine – May 11, 2023

The May 11, 2023 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: The Fun of Creating a Wrestling School – Joe Puncochar and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Wrestling | Eli Paulson – Finding The Fun | Lace ‘Em Up | Camps, Clinics, and Training | Girls Academic All-State | Boys Academic All-State | Officially Speaking | Performance Nutrition – Healthy Grilling | Ask The Doc.

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Eli Paulson – Finding The Fun

By Brian Jerzak

If you are Anoka’s Eli Paulson, you were almost pre-determined to be a wrestler. His dad – Brandon Paulson – is an Olympic Greco Silver medalist, and his grandfather – Doug Paulson – is a long-time wrestling coach. Eli was never pressured by anyone, despite his family connections, into athletics. When he needed time off, he got it. When deciding what to do in college, he was encouraged to look outside the family business and go his own way. Now, he is a state wrestling champion and a future Division I football player.

“I was first in wrestling rooms when I was two years old when my dad would go into Anoka or something to run a practice or Augsburg to run a team camp,” Paulson said. “When I was three or four years old, I was in what Pinnacle calls the ‘tough guy group.’ It was a bit of a rough start because we were all about five, just trying to learn wrestling and not knowing what we were doing. I was just trying to get to dodgeball at the end of practice.”

Before ever competing, Eli would go with his dad once or twice a week to work out at PINnacle Wrestling School, which his father co-owns.

“It wasn’t all wrestling,” Paulson explained. “We did a lot of agility and gymnastics – cartwheels and round-offs. When you are four years old, you don’t have a lot of life experience and don’t know what toughness means. I did a lot of crying and had to learn how to deal with it.”

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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.

It left Eli carrying baggage. Continue reading at →

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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