GG33: Joseph Dashou – The Canadian Lone Wolf in Minnesota

Episode 33 of the Guillotine Grapevine visits with “Canadian Joe” Joseph Dashou, a new wrestler training with the Minnesota Storm in Greco-Roman.

Dashou, originally from London, Ontario, was living in British Columbia before deciding to make the move to Minnesota to get Greco-Roman training full-time. Despite only wrestling since his 12th grade year in Canada, Dashou has hopes to represent Canada in what some believe has been a forgotten style. The Canadians have a strong women’s freestyle program and have seen success in men’s freestyle as well. Greco-Roman competitors have been sparse over the past decade.

Dashou explains how he came to live with some current Gopher wrestlers while training with the Storm and what the experience has been like with one of the nation’s finest and most respected wrestling clubs.

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Guillotine Grapevine: Chad Shilson on growing women’s wrestling in Minnesota and beyond

Centennial High junior Emily Shilson is representing Team USA at the Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece this week. Her father Chad is part of the coaching staff with Team USA and is one of the active people within Wrestle Like A Girl trying to get state high school associations to start sponsoring girls wrestling at the high school level.

On Episode 32 of The Guillotine Grapevine, Shilson talks about his own wrestling background, the relationship between Emily and her older brother Tyler, who is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, and the growth and acceptance of women’s wrestling in Minnesota. Continue reading

Guillotine Grapevine: World Champion Andrzej Supron of Poland recalls his time training in Minnesota

In the 1970s, Minnesota was the center of Greco-Roman wrestling in the United States. With the Minnesota Wrestling Club continually developing talent with the aid of international coaches, athletes and training partners, the club that become the Minnesota Storm always had an international flare.

While in Tampere, Finland at the 2017 Junior World Wrestling Championships, Jason Bryant talked with 1979 World champion and 1980 Olympic silver medalist Andrzej Supron about his trips to the United States and what it was like for him to come to the U.S. in a time where the foundations of Greco-Roman in the country were being founded. Continue reading

J Robinson to go ‘On the Mat’ this week

The Wednesday, August 2nd edition of ‘On the Mat’ radio show will feature 1972 Greco-Roman Olympian and iconic former Minnesota head wrestling coach J Robinson.

‘On the Mat’ is a presentation of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. The show can be heard live on the Internet at 1650thefan.com or locally in Northeast Iowa each Wednesday at 5 p.m. Central on AM 1650, The Fan. Continue reading