4th Annual Mental Aerobics Wrestling Championships a success

By Jim Richardson

On March 19th, 2011 the 4th Annual Mental Aerobics Wrestling Championships (MAWC) had close to 200 wrestlers coming together from around the midwest to wrestle for kids in need.

The one day event called the “FREAK FEST” showcased wrestlers that had state and national championships under their belt all the way to wrestlers that placed fifth in their respective sections and just wanted to test themselves against kids from different states.

The Mental Aerobics Wrestling Championships is a non-profit charity event which is part of Mental Aerobics Charities (MAC). This is a one of a kind tournament that raised over $12,000 in one day that will help benefit wrestling families in need. The mission statement of this tournament includes “kids wrestling for kids in need” and they did just that.

This is a open tournament for any wrestler from 7th grade to 12th grade. It is a laid-back carnival style with that freestyle feel type event. The tournament has a halftime where we have a flip contest, handstand race contest and newly implemented “heavyweight roll” contest. The crowd absolutely loves the change of pace as do the wrestlers.

This year’s outstanding wrestler was a 135-pounder from Menusha, WI and the freak’s name is Thomas Allen. Thomas had a outstanding day of wrestling beating a host of state champs and state place winners. The wrestling officials (referees) vote on who they feel was the oustanding wrestler of the day – just another one-of-a-kind recipe that MAWC has, that sets this event apart from the rest.

MAC will be hosting a couple more events over the summer to help wrestling families in need. On June 25th there will be a 4×4 truck mud bog in Grand Meadow, MN and the 13th Annual Big Jim Classic Golf outing will take place on August 13th at the Oaks Golf course in Hayfield, MN.

If you have a family in mind and wish to donate directly to them, make your check out to “MAC” with a note and we will make it happen, we can get you your tax reciept ASAP!

If you have any information of a family or wrestler that could use our help please email me at gmchief@hotmail.com.

Yours in sport,

Jim “The Unit” Richardson

Outstanding Wrestler
The Official’s Outstanding Wrestler with some of the best Minnesota referees (L-R): Steve Graff, Jim Richardson of Mental Aerobics, Geln Hinze, Jerry Reker, O.W. Thomas Allen, Paul Fishbaugher, Kurt Nathe, Bill Olson, Mike Roff, Nick Severson of Mental Aerobics, and Nye McCarthy.

2011 Mental Aerobics Wrestling Championships Champions
98-Gannon Volk, AppleValley MN
103-Tanner Johnshoy, Prior Lake MN
112-Sean O’Neil Prior, Lake MN
119-Ryan McQuade, Appleton West WI
125-Haydon Rouser, ACGC MN
130-Brady Johnshoy, Prior Lake MN
135-OW-Thomas Allen, Menusha WI
140-Gabe Fogerty, Scott West MN
145-Curt Maas, Medford MN
152-Tyler Mergen, Monticello MN
160-Kegan Gennrich, Hortonville WI
171-Kyle Begin, Anoka MN
189-Coyte Kuefner, Owatonna MN
215-Michael Kroells, Scott West MN
Hwt-Sam Stoll, Kasson MN

Dragons Wrestling Endowment Dual

MSUM Dragons vs. Northern State Wolves
Thursday, February 10th at 7:00 pm

To help ensure the long-term future of the MSUM Wrestling program, money raised at this dual will raise money for the John Sterner Wrestling Endowment Fund.

  • $7 ticket – The entire cost of admission goes directly to the John Sterner Endowment Fund which helps MSU-Moorhead wrestling scholarships.
  • John Sterner was inducted into the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this past April.
  • Coach Sterner headed the Dragons wrestling program from 1988 until 2003.
  • During his 15 year tenure, Sterner coached the Dragons to a 137-92-1 record.

The Dragons OT will be held at the Moorhead Buffalo Wild Wings location at 2201 1st Ave. N. following the dual with Northern State. Come meet the Dragon wrestlers and coaching staff!

Please contact Head Coach Kris Nelson at 218.477.2309 for more information.

Kyle Malin Golf Scramble Benefit

Kyle Malin, 2002 Farmington graduate, was a three sport athlete in high school and qualified for the State Wrestling Tournament in 2000 and 2002. US Army Staff Sgt. Kyle Malin served three tours in Irag and was deployed to Afghanistan in June, 2010. On July 14, while on patrol, Staff Sgt Kyle Malin was severely injured by an IED, and lost both legs in the explosion. Kyle is in Walter Reed Hospital and has undergone many operations for his wounds, and still has many extensive surgeries before he can be fit with prosthetics and be released from the hospital. Kyle and his wife Alicia have two sons, ages 3 and 5.

Jon Malin, Kyle’s father and former Belle Plaine and UMD wrestler, is presently teaching and coaching football at Farmington High School. He was head wrestling coach at Farmington High School from 1985-2002. Jon and Deb Malin reside in Lakeville.

Friends of the family have arranged the Kyle Malin Golf Scramble Benefit to be held at Heritage Links Golf Course in Lakeville on Sept. 18, 2010 with a shotgun start at 11:30 am. (See flyer). Donations of money, silent auction items, and raffle prizes, are appreciated. Hole sponsorships are available and will include dinner and entertainment for two for each business sponsorship. Any questions, please call Byron Olson, (c) 763-300-5825 or (home) 952-469-3075.

Entry Form/Flyer (pdf)