Shakopee Coach Jim Jackson to Retire

After five seasons leading the Sabers, Jim Jackson has chosen to retire from the head wrestling coaching position for Shakopee High School. Jackson’s long career is well-known in Minnesota wrestling with numerous conference and state wrestling championships on his resume. In Shakopee, he led the Sabers to four conference championships, three section championships, one 2nd place state finish and two state championships.

In September (2020), Jackson started a new career in the private sector and since then has been splitting time between coaching and his new job. “Trying to juggle both is not fair to our student athletes or our entire program, nor is it fair to the company I work for,” said Jackson. “With this change in my life, I feel like it is the right time to focus on my next chapter.”

Taking over the wrestling program in an interim position for this season is assistant coach Marcus Levesseur. Levesseur has also been with the Sabers for five years and has been an integral supporter and mentor of the team. His dedication will allow him to seamlessly lead the present program. Continue reading at www.shakopee.k12.mn.us →

High School Coaches Wrestling With COVID-19

By Brian Jerzak

The 2019-20 high school wrestling season just got in under the wire before the sports world came to a screeching halt. Since that week in March – while we are nowhere near back to normal – the sports world has slowly come back. Some have been able to compete, while others wait – impatiently – for their time to get back to competition. Based on timing, the high school wrestling world has not lost any competitions, but as we have all seen, we do not know what is going to happen two days from now – much less two months from now. How have high school coaches approached an offseason like no other, and what – if any – plans have they made going forward?

I talked with the head coaches from four of Minnesota’s top high school wrestling teams to find out their thoughts on wrestling with COVID-19.

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Jackson’s rebirth

There’s not much Jim Jackson does on any given day that doesn’t draw criticism from someone, somewhere.

Those critics have followed Jackson throughout his coaching career, including his latest and likely last job at Shakopee High School, where he took over in 2015.

But, despite all the harsh words typed on wrestling message boards, Jackson has had a wildly successful career, and that fact can’t be argued by even his worst critics.

Jackson was the longtime coach at Apple Valley, taking over an already successful program and pushing it to new heights. He compiled a 618-27-3 record at Valley, helping the Eagles win two national titles and 14 team state titles before retiring in 2012. Continue reading at www.postbulletin.com

The Guillotine – June 8, 2012

The June 8, 2012 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: MN/USA Wrestling State Action | Lace ‘Em Up | MWCA Report | MN Chapter National Wrestling Hall of Fame | Jim Jackson - Beyond the Numbers | Ask The Doc | One-On-One With Brandon Eggum | Camps, Clinics, and Training | MN/USA Wrestling Kids and Cadets State Championships | Where Have They Gone? Karl Klug | Years Ago | Officially Speaking | Where are they going? MN HS Recruits | Records Are Made To Be Broken.

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The May 11, 2012 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Guillotine Academic All-State Teams | Lace ‘Em Up | MWCA Report | Betts and Johnson win U.S. Olympic Trials | U.S. Olympic Team Trials | Minnesota Wrestlers at the Trials | One-On-One with Chas Betts | Officially Speaking | MN/USA Wrestling Juniors State results | Apple Valley coach Jim Jackson retires | Minnetonka‘s Winning Combination | Eight inducted into Bartelma Hall of Fame | Kroells named MWCA Mr. MN of Wrestling | Bono named SDSU coach | Mayo Civic Center Region I Hall of Fame Inductees | Years Ago | Ask The Doc | Camps, Clinics, and Training | Olympic Team Trials Action.

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The February 22, 2008 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Wrestlers to watch | Lace ‘em up | Open Tournament Calendar | MWCA Report | Jim Jackson and Apple Valley | Class AAA Ratings | Class AA Ratings | Class A Ratings | One-on-one with Ty Eustice | Officially Speaking | Minnesota College Connection | Rutt breaks wins record | Ask the Doc | View From the Matbird Seat | National Wrestling Hall of Fame | Wabasso: Learning and Winning Together | Milestones | High School Team Section Results | Through the Eyes of Mom | Where Have They Gone? | Fastest Falls | Years Ago | College Results.

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