Hanson, Becker, McDonald, and Joriman are MWCA Coaches of the Year

Every spring at tournament time coaches from each high school section vote for their respective Section Head and Assistant Coach of the Year. Head coach selections are then put on a ballot to be voted on by all coaches at the State Tournament for Class AAA, AA, and A Coach of the Year.

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The Guillotine – May 13, 2021

The May 13, 2021 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: If It Ain't Broke - Jackson County Central Wrestling | A Family Legacy - Kenyon-Wanamingo | Lace 'Em Up | MWCA Report | Camps-Clinics-Training | View From The Matbird Seat | The Guillotine Academic All-State | Performance Nutrition - Next Season’s Weight Goal | Where Have They Gone? - Pete Dickinson | Ask The Doc.

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If It Ain’t Broke

Jackson County Central Wrestling

By Brian Jerzak

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That is a saying often heard when transitions are made in successful situations from business to athletics and everything in between. When Jackson County Central head coach Randy Baker decided to step down after twenty-nine years at the helm of the Huskies' program, long-time Huskies' assistant coach Nathan Hanson took over a program he had been involved with almost his entire life.

Hanson wasn't looking to make any drastic changes.

"It is the vision that Randy Baker built," Hanson said. "I am just trying to keep it going."

Baker's vision started about the same time Hanson began wrestling.

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Paw, Wagner to join Minnesota West program

WORTHINGTON — New Minnesota West wrestling coach Randy Baker introduced two fresh recruits on Tuesday, and both hail from southwest Minnesota.

Worthington High School graduate Lay K Paw and Jackson County Central standout Dalton Wagner signed letters of intent at the Center for Health and Wellness.

“It’s good to get a local kid with Lay Paw. I watched him a few times when he was in high school. He’s good on his feet. He’s just got to eliminate some mistakes. I think he can be real competitive,” said Baker.

Wagner was an undefeated 195-pound high school champion in 2018 who placed second in the state his previous year as a junior. He hasn’t wrestled competitively since high school, however, when Baker was his coach. Continue reading at dglobe.com

Jackson County Central’s Baker announces retirement

Randy Baker, one of the most successful and longest-serving high school wrestling coaches in Minnesota, has announced his retirement from Jackson County Central High School, the Jackson County Pilot reported Tuesday.

Baker presented a three-page, handwritten letter to the Jackson County Central school board Monday night which opened with a simple-but-direct statement: “I am stepping down as head wrestling coach.”

Baker began his prep coaching career in 1984 at a succession of schools that eventually became Jackson County Central High — first at what was then Lakefield High School, which then combined with Heron Lake-Okabena in 1987. Then there was a co-op arrangement with Jackson High from 1994 to 1997 which then led to an official merger, creating what is now Jackson Central County 21 years ago. All those different school names — each with their own team name — all with one constant: Randy Baker was head wrestling coach, and incredibly good at it.

Since taking the helm of what eventually became the JCCHS mat program in southwestern Minnesota in 1984, coach Baker has racked up some serious statistics. He has coached 39 individual high school champions, which ranks him second on the all-time Minnesota list… with 93 state placers, third in the state. Baker led his teams to seven state championships. And, during his 33 years as coach, he tallied 510 wins. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com