The Guillotine – October 14, 2016

The October 14, 2016 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: Finishing Strong - South St. Paul Wrestling, One-on-One with Brandon Paulson, Believe - Park Center Wrestling, Three Decades of Success at the U - J Robinson, and Speaking From Experience - John Sullivan.

More content in this issue: Fargo Champs Action, Lace ‘Em Up, MWCA Report, Open Tournament Calendar, Officially Speaking, MN/USA Wrestling Annual Awards, Camps-Clinics-Training, Ask the Doc, Coaching Changes for 2016-17, Things I Find Interesting, Where Have They Gone? - Gary Smith.

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Speaking From Experience

Former Vikings’ center Sullivan encourages kids to wrestle, play multiple sports

By Brian Jerzak

As a freshman in Connecticut, a young John Sullivan watched from the stands as his high school lost a dual meet to one of his school's rivals. One of the matches Greenwich High School lost that night was at heavyweight. Sullivan felt if he went out for wrestling he could help his school beat that rival next time they faced off. Soon after filing out of the gym that night, the future Minnesota Vikings center joined the wrestling program. What he got out of just over three years of wrestling helped shape him into the athlete he has become. Competing in multiple sports is a path he encourages other kids who want to reach a high level in athletics or life to experience.

"We were wrestling a high school called Danbury High School that had been the dominant team there for a long time," Sullivan recalled. "I watched their heavyweight beat ours, and I thought ‘I think I can beat that kid.' I ended up going out for the wrestling team that year."

While watching his high school team lose might have been the spark to get him interested, the future Notre Dame football star's competitiveness added fuel to the fire.

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