Episode 698 of the Short Time Wrestling Podcast is just that. With some new wireless devices used to record audio, I hit record on Augsburg co-head coach Tony Valek during the annual Battle of the Burgs dual on January 27 in Minneapolis. What this episode highlights is Valek’s coaching style just as the meet begins, during the competition and how he gets athletes ready during the moments before competing, during injury time and some interactions with the staff as they go through a heated dual meet.
Part 2 in a series about the discontinuation of St. Olaf wrestling.
The fitting representation of the Axe of St. Olaf
What’s the most notable sports story that’s involved St. Olaf in the past 18 months outside of its announcement to drop wrestling?
The answer, known to the entire sporting world, is the school’s place in the fight to kick out Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference juggernaut St. Thomas out of the conference.
The story wasn’t just prominent in the Star Tribune here in Minnesota, but it made the AP and even ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt noted the boot. If you scratch the surface of the St. Thomas story, you find St. Olaf. So when wrestling gets cut, what are the optics?
This is part one of a series on the news surrounding the drop of St. Olaf wrestling.
What level of a responsibility should a college have to take care of its students? That’s the question Florida’s Melissa McGlynn has for the entire St. Olaf College administration.
By now, the Minnesota wrestling community knows that St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota announced it would discontinue wrestling at the end of the 2019-20 season. This announcement was released after business hours on Friday, October 18.
We’ll head over to Augsburg College and talk with Augsburg assistant coach Chad Johnson, Southwest Minnesota State’s Jesse Nelson and Rochester’s Randy Rager on Episode 21 of The Guillotine Grapevine.
We’ll also start the show with a quick rundown of the weekend’s action at Augsburg and the University of Minnesota, but this episode showcases Division II, Division III and the Junior College wrestling scene in Minnesota.