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Kimball Area Wrestling

By Brian Jerzak

When Kimball Area Cubs' wrestling coach David Joseph was a senior wrestling for the Cubs, he helped the team get a section title. It was the program's first section title in years and started a string of some of the best years in Cubs' wrestling history. The future head coach had no idea how his time as a wrestler in the program would affect a second run of success – and the school's first state title ten years later.

"I got involved in wrestling at an early age," Joseph said. "My dad was a wrestler and wrestling kind of runs in the blood. My first practice was a Hi-Flyers practice – it was trial by fire. I was about five years old at the time. I think Brandon Paulson was running the practice, and I don't think I had run so many sprints in my life. I have been addicted ever since."

Joseph was a three-sport athlete for the Cubs, but wrestling had a certain appeal.

"You get to control a lot of the variables," Joseph explained. "I played football and baseball, and there is a lot more chance in other sports. In wrestling, you get out of it what you put into it. The harder I worked, the more success I had; I think that connected me to the sport."

Joseph was a one-time state entrant – taking fifth as a senior.

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Cardinal named MWCA Mr. Minnesota of Wrestling

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Derrick Cardinal of Forest Lake is this year’s Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Mr. Minnesota of Wrestling.

The MWCA annually presents the Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler award to the senior that best exemplifies the highest ideals of high school wrestling in Minnesota. Judging is based on past performances, citizenship, academics, leadership, and adherence to MSHSL rules.

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