The Best Is Yet To Come

Mounds View Wrestling

By Brian Jerzak

Minnesota wrestling fans are used to seeing some of the blue blood programs with a zero in the loss column late into the season. Programs like Simley, Kasson-Mantorville, Shakopee, and St. Michael-Albertville routinely post outstanding regular-season records. One team that stayed undefeated late into the regular season this year might surprise you. The Mounds View Mustangs won their first seventeen dual meets. The season is shaping up to be their most successful since the Mustangs took fourth place at the state tournament in 2007. The best thing for head coach Dan Engebretson – if they make it to State this year or not – is the best is yet to come.

“We are a young team,” Engebretson said. “We have three ninth graders and three eighth-graders starting on varsity. We didn’t know what to expect, and they are overproducing. They are performing great. Different wrestlers have been stepping up every week. It has been a fun ride so far.”

The team is wrestling with confidence beyond their years.

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Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: The future is here as Augsburg women win home opener

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The snow couldn’t prevent Augsburg from winning the first women’s dual in school history on Sunday, January 19 at Si Melby Hall. Originally scheduled for Saturday night, Augsburg beat UW-Stevens Point 30-12 in the lone home dual of the year. The win ushered in a new era of women’s wrestling in the midwest and in Minnesota.

Episode 65 of The Guillotine Grapevine talks with Augsburg women’s head wrestling coach Max Mejia and Athletic Director Jeff Swenson on their reaction on the outcome and how the future of women’s wrestling is here before us today.

GG09: Augsburg’s Jeff Swenson, Donny Wichmann, Donny Longendyke and UW-La Crosse’s Dave Malecek talk Minnesota wrestling and recruiting

grapevine-augsOn Episode 9 of the Guillotine Grapevine, the focus comes back to Minnesota wrestling and what makes it great at the Division III level. Jeff Swenson, current Athletics Director at Augsburg and the architect for 10 of the 12 Auggie national championships joins the program.

Swenson talks about his two separate runs as the program’s head coach, what he learned from coaching high school at Rosemount prior to coming back to the program as well as a number of things that Minnesota has offered to help make the program one of the crown jewels of college wrestling.

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The Guillotine – April 13, 2007

The April 13, 2007 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Gophers Golden in Auburn Hills | Lace ‘em up | Mavericks finish 4th at Nationals | Ask The Doc | Camps, Clinics, and Training | Coaching change for Augsburg | The View From the Matbird Seat | NCAA DI Championships | Rosemount Wrestling – It gets in your blood | One Career Ends, Another Begins – Bob Dettmer | Where Have They Gone? | Officially Speaking | Team MN at NHSCA Championships | MWCA Awards | Through the Eyes of Mom.

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