“Dirty and Done”– Teenage Wrestler Springs Back After Aggressive Cancer Treatment

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

Skylar Little Soldier makes Hastings wrestling history

Hastings wrestling has a rich history, but it had been lacking until the end of December when seventh-grader Skyler Little Soldier became the first Hastings female wrestler to record a varsity takedown, pin and win in the history of the program.

Little Soldier wrestled at the Bi-State Classic Dec. 28-29 in the 113-pound weight class and went 1-2 in the tournament. All three of the records she set came in her second match against Gabe Weiks of Athens when she got a takedown and then pinned Weiks 44 seconds into the third period.

Little Soldier did not find out she had made history until after the fact.

“Coach Vaith told me after my match,” she said. “He told me after the match ‘you’re the first girl in Hastings to ever win a varsity match’ and I was like ‘oh my god really?’ I did not see that coming, I thought there were more girls at least.” Continue reading at www.hastingsstargazette.com

Hastings wrestling coach investigated for misappropriation of funds

The Hastings School Board held a special session Nov. 26 to discuss an investigation into alleged misappropriation of funds by assistant principal and head wrestling coach Josh McLay. On Wednesday during its normally scheduled meeting, the board summarized the investigation’s findings and announced its decision regarding McLay’s employment with the school district. Continue reading at www.hastingsstargazette.com

Vaith and McLay: Nearly three decades of excellence

State champions in 1996. Runners-up in 1998 and 2007. Three third-place finishes and three consolation championships. Twelve team state appearances. Eighteen conference championships. Numerous all-state wrestlers and countless all-conference. All of those numbers help encapsulate, but come nowhere near defining, the last three decades of excellence by the Hastings Raiders wrestling program. With the exception of one season, the program has been led by two men during that time, both of whom immediately come to mind when Raiders wrestling is brought up: Paul Vaith and Josh McLay. Vaith has coached McLay, McLay has coached under Vaith and now their relationship has come full circle as McLay leads the Raiders with Vaith’s help. Continue reading at www.hastingsstargazette.com