‘I was very close to dying’: Dover-Eyota’s Aidan Gasper thankful to be back with teammates after broken neck

Gasper’s life was nearly altered forever on that Saturday, but he is positive he will make a full recovery and the response from the wrestling community has been an uplifting one.

ROCHESTER — The headlock.

A move synonymous with the sport of wrestling and one that has been a pinnacle for 13 years of Aidan Gasper’s wrestling career.

But on this fateful Saturday, Feb. 4, a move the Dover-Eyota junior had grown so accustomed to, nearly changed his life forever.

That day Gasper was wrestling at 195 at a tournament in Janesville and was in pursuit of a takedown to make up some points. He went with his signature move. Yet, as he was lifting his opponent up, his arm got caught behind him. Soon as the two wrestlers were heading to the ground, Gasper had no way to stop his fall. His head smashed into the mat at full force, similar to a diver hitting the bottom of the pool.

Gasper still remembers the sound. Continue reading at postbulletin.com →

Dover-Eyota’s Gust, Kellen ready to make good on vision they’ve had for years

Two Dover-Eyota senior wrestlers have always envisioned they would be the best by the time they were seniors. They’re both now ranked No. 1 in the state in their respective weight classes.

EYOTA — The talk of winning state titles began in middle school for Gavin Gust and Brodie Kellen.

That’s when the two good friends and wrestling partners since kindergarten day-dreamed together of winning not one, but multiple state wrestling championships by the time their high school careers representing Dover-Eyota came to an end.

“As kids, we would always talk about how by our senior year, we were going to have four or five state championships,” Kellen said with a bit of a chuckle. “So I mean, we kind of expected it or had high expectations I guess.”

“We always said, by senior year we all would win state, as a team and individuals,” Gust recalled. “Definitely be the best by senior year.” Continue reading at postbulletin.com →

Dover-Eyota no longer the underdog

Last year was a magical one for the Dover-Eyota wrestling team.

The Eagles won their first section title since 2007 after Jackson Duellman won the deciding match at heavyweight for a 33-30 victory against rival Chatfield.

D-E went on to place fourth in the state in Class A, upsetting No. 2 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the quarterfinals, before dropping its next two matches by a combined five points.

Nine section placewinners and seven with 20-plus wins return from that team, including state champion Gavin Gust — who claimed the 152-pound Class A individual title a year ago — as well as two-time state medalist Brodie Kellen and the clutch Duellman.

It brings with it heightened expectations for this season. Continue reading at postbulletin.com →

The Guillotine – May 6, 2016

The May 6, 2016 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: A Wrestling Life – Griffin Parriott, Developing Wrestlers, Developing Coaches – Dover-Eyota, The Guillotine Academic All-State Teams, and High School Class Rankings.

More content in this issue: Olympic Team Trials Action, Lace ‘Em Up, Officially Speaking, The National Wrestling Hall of Fame, The Mat Grinder, Where Have They Gone? – Brad Gibson, Camps, Clinics, & Training, Ask The Doc, MWCA Bartelma Hall of Fame.

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