Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award State Winners Announced

The Minnesota award goes to Nolan Ambrose of Jackson County Central

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Thursday announced the state winners of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award (DSHSEA).

The DSHSEA was established in 1996 to honor Olympic and World champion Dave Schultz, whose career was cut short when he was murdered in January 1996. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 1997 and as a member of the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016.

The DSHSEA recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior male wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

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The Guillotine – January 18, 2024

The January 18, 2024 issue of The Guillotine. In the headlines: Childhood Bouts to Coaching Showdowns: The Unique Wrestling Journey of the Timmerman Brothers | From Undersized Eighth Grader to Three-Time State Champion: The Inspiring Transformation of Nolan Ambrose | Lace ‘Em Up | Camps, Clinics, and Training | MWCA Report | View From The Matbird Seat | High School Rankings | Ask The Doc | Where Have They Gone? – Chuck Marks | Performance Nutrition – Proper Hydration

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From Undersized Eighth Grader to Three-Time State Champion: The Inspiring Transformation of Nolan Ambrose

By Brian Jerzak

Jackson County Central three-time state champion Nolan Ambrose didn’t walk into the JCC wrestling room and immediately dominate. He only got a handful of varsity matches in seventh grade and was an undersized 106-pounder as an eighth grader. Although the results weren’t there, Ambrose knew he was better than he was showing. For Minnesota high school wrestling fans, it was worth the wait.

“It was rough,” Ambrose said about his eighth-grade year. “I was 95 pounds. I think my record was around .500. I remember knowing I was better than most of the guys I was wrestling, but I was losing because I was lighter than them.”

“That off-season, I grew physically,” Ambrose continued. “I made big jumps in my technique and mentally. Something clicked. I found a new love for wrestling that summer. I knew I was right there – that pushed me.”

Ambrose focused on excelling in a different sport as a young kid.

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JCC wrestling team is aiming for the top again

The Jackson County Central wrestling team is top-ranked in the state, and it’s gunning for another state team championship

A typical game is played within the game of competitive sports. Teams with legitimate cravings for high post-season honors are supposed to temper their expectations. If it’s a high school program, coaches and athletes like to say they don’t talk about winning a state high school championship at the beginning of the season.

The idea may be in the back of their minds, and maybe they DO talk about such things privately. But such talk isn’t for public consumption. It’s considered bad form, an embarrassing display of chutzpah that is best kept under wraps.

Things are not like that this year for the Jackson County Central Huskies wrestling team. Yes, the Huskies talk about winning a state championship. Head coach Nate Hanson freely admits it.

And, to be honest, it would only be embarrassing if he and the Huskies pretended differently. Continue reading at dglobe.com →