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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A Family Legacy

Nathan Lexvold and K-W Wrestling

By Brian Jerzak

Two years ago, Kenyon-Wanamingo head coach Matt Ryan stepped away from a position he had held for 21 years. Ryan had built the program from a team that was happy to get out of the pigtail match during sections to one of the best programs in the state. To replace someone synonymous with Knights' wrestling, the K-W athletic department didn't have to look far for a replacement. They hired Nathan Lexvold – someone who is also synonymous with Knights' wrestling and whose family might be more ingrained in the community than even their former coach.

"My dad (Wayne Lexvold) wrestled for Goodhue – one of our rivals. He moved to Kenyon, and once I started wrestling in elementary, he started coaching in the elementary program. As my brothers and I moved up to varsity, he moved with us as a volunteer assistant coach."

Wrestling and the future head coach was a good fit from the beginning.

"I am a competitive person," Lexvold said. "I like to win. I always tell people I hate losing more than I like winning. Wrestling is a competitive thing, and with it being a one-on-one thing, you can control it."

Lexvold and three of his younger brothers came through the wrestling program. When Nathan was a senior, the brothers may have set a state record.

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Ryan stepping down as K-W coach

The epiphany came to Matt Ryan this past Dec. 1.

It happened as Ryan, in his 21st year as the Kenyon-Wanamingo wrestling coach, was in the middle of devoting 12 hours of his Saturday to his team’s participation in a tournament in northern Twin Cities suburb Chisago Lakes.

Ryan’s son, Tyler, was with him, a senior wrestler on the team who next season will compete at St. Cloud State. His 10th-grade and seventh-grade daughters were elsewhere, competing separately in athletic competitions of their own.

It was during a break in that Saturday tournament that Ryan — one of most successful wrestling coaches in the state — came up with a big decision: This would be his final season directing the K-W program. Continue reading at

The Guillotine – June 9, 2017

The June 9, 2017 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: Things I Find Interesting - A Movie Review: "American Wrestler: The Wizard", Iron Sharpens Iron - Kenyon-Wanamingo vs. Zumbrota-Mazeppa, Where Have They Gone? - Jack Denholm, Pulling (and Not Pulling) It Off - A History of the NYWA, and The Unlikeliest Qualifier - Joe Rau‘s long strange trip to the Freestyle World Team Trials.

More content in this issue: MN/USA Wrestling Kids and Cadets State Championships, Lace ‘Em Up, Camps-Clinics-Training, Officially Speaking, Ask The Doc.

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