Catching up with Dr. Tuomo Karilla!

By Chad Otterness

Tuomo Karilla was a foreign exchange student in 1985-86, attending Canby High School via Finland. One of the best “recruits” to ever come to Minnesota. After high school, he went on to become a two-time Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestler.

Karila’s host brother, Anthony Birk, shared some recollections from that time:

Tuomo was an experienced wrestler when he came to Canby as an exchange student in 1985 at the age of 17. The previous year he had taken the Bronze Medal wrestling Greco-Roman in the Finnish National Championships and also wrestled Freestyle. However, he had never wrestled folkstyle.

Our family had a wrestling mat in the basement, and from the time he arrived until the start of the wrestling season, Tuomo practiced and studied the rules of folkstyle wrestling. By the time the season started, he had begun to adapt quite well but still used a lot of Greco-Roman techniques.

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The Guillotine – October 13, 2006

The October 13, 2006 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Open Tournament Calendar | Lace ‘em up | Summer Wrestling in Review | MWCA President‘s Report | Ask the Doc | There is no ‘I‘ in TEAM... or in Canby | Junior/Cadet Nationals Results and Photos | Officially Speaking | Where are they going in 2006-07? | Through the Eyes of Mom | Coaching changes | Olympic Champion headlines clinic | Gophers picked first by RevWrestling | MN/USA Wrestling Awards Banquet.

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