Skylar Little Soldier of Hastings has committed to wrestling for the new Grand Valley State University Program following her upcoming senior season.
The April 13, 2023 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Rockin' the Xcel Energy Center | A Special Moment, A Special Place - Hastings Wrestling | Lace ‘Em Up - College Postseason| Performance Nutrition - Routine | Makem and McEnelly named Ms. and Mr. MN Wrestlers of the Year | Ask The Doc - Mental Health | View From The Matbird Seat | Officially Speaking | Camps, Clinics, and Training | Where Have They Gone? Trent Hatlevig | MWCA Awards.
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By Brian Jerzak
If you follow wrestling in Minnesota, unless your WiFi has been out the last few weeks, you know about the drama that unfolded on day one of the 2023 state wrestling tournament. In the Class AAA team finals, the Hastings Raiders were down 32-9 against the number one ranked St. Michael-Albertville Knights with five matches to go. The Raiders had already lost to the Knights twice in the regular season – by 25 points and then by 29 points. What happened over the next thirty minutes shocked the world – at least the Minnesota wrestling world.
"Ian Pepple led our pre-match prayer before that match," Hastings head coach Tim Haneberg said. "He said, 'we are about to shock the world.' Thinking about it still gives me chills."
Pepple would start the improbable comeback by winning 3-1 – over a guy who majored him twice in the regular season. Two matches later, Derrick Steinke – who was pinned by his man at The Clash – turned the tables on another match by getting a second-period fall.
The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association annually recognizes an MWCA Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year. This year the MWCA is excited to announce Tim Haneberg of Hastings as Head Coach of the Year and Mark Krier of Zumbrota-Mazeppa as Assistant Coach of the Year.
The February 16, 2023, issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: No Longer The Hunter - Zach Hanson | Thinking Globally - Skylar Little Soldier | Lace ‘Em Up | Camps, Clinics, and Training | High School Rankings | Just Do It - Essay by Logan Ash | Following In The Footsteps - Koy Buesgens | MWCA Report | View From The Matbird Seat | Officially Speaking | Where Have They Gone? Dave Carlsrud | MSHSL State Tournament Schedule | Performance Nutrition - Artificial Sweeteners | Ask The Doc.
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By Brian Jerzak
Well before Hastings' junior Skylar Little Soldier knew there would be a state championship to be had at the Xcel Energy Center, Little Soldier had her sights set high. She wasn't thinking of dominating at the state level; she was thinking globally.
"Ever since I was a kid, I would tell my parents I was going to win an Olympic gold medal. That has always been the goal."
The seed was planted for her Olympic goal because of her little brother.
Like a lot of teens with cancer, Lynden Wilson of Hastings High School in Hastings, Minnesota is navigating the difficulties of getting treatment while staying involved in his active high school life. A wrestling star before cancer, he’s found his way back to his beloved sport after an unusually intense course of treatment.
Wilson was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkins lymphoma the summer before his freshman year and the diagnosis quickly progressed to Stage 4. His doctors at the Children’s Hospital in St. Paul treated him with surgery and an aggressive course of chemotherapy. They called the treatment “dirty and done,” and felt it was the best course of action because Wilson was young enough and strong enough to handle it.
Unlike leukemia, which is a disease that results from too many white blood cells, lymphomas are white blood cell cancers that form tumors in the lymphatic system. “Quite literally, lymph is lymphatic system -phoma means tumors, so lymphoma is white blood cell cancer that forms tumors in the lymphatic system,” Dr. Peter Martin at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian, told SurvivorNet. “This is opposed to leukemia, which is too many white blood cells, typically in the bone marrow or blood stream. Lymphomas, specifically, are white blood cell cancers that form tumors in the lymphatic system.” Dr. Martin was not referring specifically to Wilson’s case. Continue reading at www.survivornet.com