The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association has awarded six $1,000 scholarships this year. Any senior who has wrestled at a Minnesota high school and is college-bound were eligible to apply.
The March 18, 2021 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: The Best Is Yet To Come - Mounds View Wrestling | Overcoming Adversity and Near Misses Together - Rob Ullyott and Detroit Lakes Wrestling | Lace 'Em Up | Camps-Clinics-Training | MWCA Report | High School Rankings | Ask The Doc | View From The Matbird Seat | The Secret Weapon - Garrett Nelson | Officially Speaking | Where Have They Gone? - Steve Carr | Performance Nutrition - Power-Up With Produce.
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Detroit Lakes' Garrett Nelson
By Brian Jerzak
If anyone ever tells you one guy can't make a difference on a wrestling team or any team, don't believe them. Detroit Lakes' senior Garrett Nelson proved one guy could make all the difference.
Coming into the 2019-20 season, the Detroit Lakes Lakers' wrestling team had not won a section tournament in over ten years. They had won just two in their history. Coming into the 2019 football season, things were looking great for the Lakers' wrestling team – then, not so much.
Two-time state champion Isiah Thompson injured his knee during the football season – ending his football season and his wrestling season. Before Detroit Lakes could wrestle a match, another starter from two seasons ago – Nelson – would not be able to wrestle.
Rob Ullyott and Detroit Lakes Wrestling
By Brian Jerzak
When the Detroit Lakes Lakers' wrestling team won back-to-back section championships during the 2003-04 and the 2004-05 season, it was the first and second time in program history to win a section championship. Detroit Lakes had been wrestling – outside of a three-year period where they disbanded the program – since the '50s. Before head coach Rob Ullyott took the head job, the Lakers had only had one dual season in which they finished over the .500 mark. After taking the head job in 1996, the program has had only one losing season. Last season, the Lakers made it back to State for the third time. In between, the Lakers were forced to endure several near misses.
"We were there in 2004 and 2005; those were the first years we had been there," head coach Rob Ullyott said. "We had been in the section finals a number of years, but we weren't good enough to win. A lot of years, it was Perham, of course."
"We were in the section finals the past five years," Ullyott said about the Lakers' most recent run to State. "We had been in the hunt. We were young and had a really good team two years ago. Perham was just so good that year, but we knew we had an opportunity last year. Our weight classes filled in nicely and had most of our kids back. Then we had a terrible football injury. Isaiah Thompson was a two-time state champ, and he missed the season. We didn't know what to expect going into the season. He is a great kid and a leader – how was the team going to adjust? They just picked up and went. Nobody dwelled on it. They worked hard all year and had a great year."
One of the many reasons the program was able to overcome such a devastating start and still make it to State and to place third was because the program has laid a solid foundation where results are significant, but not the most important.