Ali Bernard to represent Minn. in women’s Olympic wrestling tryouts

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — An Olympic athlete from New Ulm resumes her quest for a gold medal this weekend.

Ali Bernard, 26, is the only woman from Minnesota to qualify for the U.S. women’s wrestling team tryouts in Iowa City Saturday and Sunday. She hopes to make it to the summer games in London and improve on her fifth-place showing at the 2008 Olympics.

The U.S. Olympic hopefuls — both men and women — will wrestle in front of near sell-out crowds of 14,000 plus fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Continue reading at

Young and old, Cloquet female wrestlers head to nationals

Geneveve Fonoti may only be an 8-year-old, but don’t let that fool you. She weighs 93 pounds and is tougher than most her age.

Most kids above her age, too.

Fonoti, a second-grader at Cloquet’s Churchill Elementary, recently competed at the Minnesota USA Girls Wrestling Tournament in Rochester, Minn., where she defeated opponents in fourth and fifth grade. Continue reading at

2011 USA Wrestling Junior and Cadet National Championships

Saturday, July 16-Saturday, July 23 at the FargoDome in Fargo, ND

Event Information

The Guillotine Forum – National Championships message board thread  |  |  |  Flowrestling  |  TheOpenMat

Brackets/Results on

Team Minnesota Results:

USA Wrestling Junior and Cadet National Championships Results:
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Minnesota Cadet and Junior All-Americans

Minnesota High School Wrestler Files

Competition Schedule

Saturday, July 16th
2:00-5:00 – Cadet WM: Session I
7:00-9:00 – Cadet WM: Session II
Medal Matches and Awards

Sunday, July 17th
9:00-1:00 – Cadet GR: Session I
3:00-7:00 – Cadet GR: Session II

Monday, July 18th
9:00-1:00 – Cadet GR Session III
9:00-1:00 – Junior GR: Session I
2:00-5:00 – Cadet GR: Session IV
Medal Matches and Awards
6:00-9:00 – Junior GR: Session II

Tuesday, July 19th
9:00-12:00 – Junior WM: Session I
9:00-12:00 – Junior GR: Session III
2:00-5:00 – Junior GR: Session IV
Medal Matches and Awards
5:30-7:30 – Junior WM: Session II
Medal Matches and Awards

Wednesday, July 20th
9:30-1:30 – Cadet FS: Session I
3:30-7:30 – Cadet FS: Session II
3:30-8:00 – Junior WM Duals: Session I

Thursday, July 21st
9:30-1:30 – Junior FS: Session I
9:30-1:00 – Junior WM Duals: Session II
(if necessary)
3:30-7:30 – Junior FS: Session II
3:30-7:30 – Cadet FS: Session III

Friday, July 22nd
9:00-1:00 – Cadet FS: Session IV
9:00-1:00 – Junior FS: Session III
2:00-5:00 – Cadet FS: Session V
Medal Matches and Awards
6:00-8:00 – Junior FS: Session IV

Saturday, July 23rd
10:00-1:00 – Junior FS: Session V
Medal Matches and Awards

Sessions and schedule subject to change.
Schedule at

Minnesota claims two champions and two runners-up at USAW Girls Folkstyle Nationals

By Chad Shilson, MN/USA Wrestling – Girls’/Womens’ Director and Coach

Minnesota recently sent sixteen girls to the 2011 USAW Girls Folkstyle Nationals, held at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, OK. It was the largest contingency of girls ever sent to the tournament from Minnesota. The previous two years saw eight (2010) and four (2009) Minnesota girls making the trip. This year’s group represented ten different wrestling clubs throughout the state.

In all, Minnesota earned 14 medals of the 16 girls that competed throughout the Friday and Saturday event. The tournament continues to grow in popularity. Although the numbers are relatively low compared to the Kids Folkstyle Nationals, which is held in Cedar Falls each year, competition has improved from year to year, making it a must for all female athletes.

Makayla Welch, Rum River Wrestling, 80 pounds Girls Div II, won her first ever girls national title with a bye in the first round, a pin in the semi finals and another pin in the finals.

Emily Shilson, PINnacle, 60 pounds Girls Div II, won her third straight girls national title with a pin in the first round followed by another pin in the second round.

Sarah Tison, Osseo Youth Wrestling, 110 pounds Girls Div II and Haylie Bonham, Hawley Wrestling, 60 pounds Girls Div II, both concluded the tournament with runner-up finishes.

Minnesota’s National Tournament Team

  • Sarah Tison – Osseo Youth Wrestling
  • Natalia Schack – Osseo Youth Wrestling
  • Brooke Powell – Osseo Youth Wrestling
  • Emily Shilson – PINnacle
  • Makayla Welch – Rum River Wrestling
  • Summer Rockstroh – Pine City
  • Mackenzie Sloan – North St. Paul
  • Madelynn Sloan – North St. Paul
  • Devyn Johnson – Osakis
  • Kristina Erickson – Cloquet
  • Jolynne Denman – Cloquet
  • Julia Carlson – Buffalo
  • Megan Line – Coon Rapids Mat Bandits
  • Aubrie Klink – Coon Rapids Mat Bandits
  • Savannah Westerberg – Coon Rapids Mat Bandits
  • Haylie Bonham – Hawley Wrestling

For more information about Girls’/Womens’ Wrestling in Minnesota, please contact Chad Shilson at or 612-791-1120