St. Cloud State wrestling mourns passing of first coach Jack Gause

St. Cloud State University mourns the recent passing of Jack Gause, who helped establish the Huskies’ wrestling program as the team’s first head coach in 1949-50.

A U.S. Navy veteran, commercial diver and a longtime wrestling coach and official, Gause was born in 1930 in Portland, Oregon. He moved to Minneapolis in 1931 and later moved to Robbinsdale in 1939. He attended St. Cloud State from 1949-50 and coached the Huskies’ first wrestling team that season. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and later returned to SCSU and obtained a master’s degree.

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Benjamin Keith Nix (1969-2018)

Big Ten Champion and NCAA finalist for The Gophers

Benjamin Keith Nix passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, after a brief illness. He was a 1988 Big Ten Champion for the University of Minnesota. He went on to place second at the NCAA Championships at 118 pounds that year.

A celebration of his life will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Turrentine- Jackson- Morrow in Allen, Texas.

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Former Minneapolis high school teacher, coach dies in Boundary Waters after canoe capsizes

A former Minneapolis high school football and wrestling coach died in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness after he attempted to right a capsized canoe.

Niles R. Schulz, 75, of Minneapolis was found dead Tuesday evening in Sawbill Lake near the portage to Kelso Lake, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. Schulz was on a trip with his grandson, a friend and the friend’s grandson, officials say.

Schulz was the head wrestling and football coach from the late 1960s into the 1980s for Edison High School, where he also taught English for nearly two decades. He was a board member of the Edison Community and Sports Foundation. Continue reading at

James Paul Morgan (1927-2018)

Jim Morgan formerly of Bloomington and Paynesville passed away on July 4th. He was 91 years old.

Jim was the patriarch of the Morgan family, recipient of the Greco-Roman Legacy Award at the 2011 Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions.

Jim and his wife Olive had 12 children. Sons John, Gordy and Marty won a combined ten national Greco-Roman titles and competed in nine World Championships. John competed in the 1988 Olympics, and Gordy competed in the 1996 Olympics. Marty was an NCAA National Champion for The Gophers in 1991. Marty was the top assistant under University of Minnesota Head Coach J Robinson for 13 seasons.

Visitation 5-7 PM TODAY, July 6, 2018, at Washburn-McReavy New Brighton Chapel, 706 4th Ave. NW, and also one hour before the service at the church. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Saturday, July 7, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 835 2nd Ave. NW, New Brighton. Interment 9 AM Monday, July 9, 2018, at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, meet at Assembly Area #5.

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