The Guillotine – April 11, 2024

The April 11, 2024 issue of The Guillotine. In the headlines: Sticking With The Program – Trevor Mahlum and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg | Wrestling Against Adversity, One Surgery at a Time – Rock Ridge’s Grant Benz | Lace ‘Em Up – Minnesota College All-Americans | Walter and Braun named Ms. and Mr. MN Wrestlers of the Year | Ask The Doc | View From The Matbird Seat | Where Have They Gone? – Austin Scarset | Performance Nutrition – Our Bodies Are Amazing | Camps, Clinics, and Training | MWCA Awards

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Sticking With The Program

Trevor Mahlum and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg

By Brian Jerzak

It doesn’t matter the activity – wrestling, basketball, choir, one-act play – the more people invested in a program, the better chance of sustained success. People love to get involved when times are good. What allows programs to sustain is continued support when times are tough.

“With smaller programs, you go up and down, and it is easy to get frustrated and walk away,” Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg head wrestling coach Trevor Mahlum said. “The past wrestlers and coaches at KMS have not given up on the program. These guys have stuck with it. They embedded that in me.”

One of those guys who has stuck with the program and come back is Mahlum.

A 2011 grad of KMS, Mahlum was coming up through the wrestling program right behind some all-time great Fighting Saints wrestlers.

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BBE is area’s best state bet

Willmar, United, Paynesville and KMS also are serious state tournament contenders as teams gear up for section meets

In just a month, the field will be set for the state wrestling tournament.

Section meets get underway in mid-February, with team tournaments kicking things off, followed by the individual tournaments.

In the Jan. 12 rankings from The Guillotine, only one West Central Tribune area team is ranked, with Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa coming in fifth in Class A. But, there’s plenty of teams on the cusp of being ranked with Willmar in Class AAA, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley/Montevideo in AA, and Paynesville and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in A. Twenty-six area wrestlers are currently ranked, but that could change Thursday when new rankings are released.

The season comes to a head at the Xcel Energy Center, with the team tournament on March 2 and the individual tournament on March 3-4. Continue reading at wctrib.com →

The Guillotine – February 26, 2010

The February 26, 2010 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: State Team Brackets | Golden Gophers gear up for tournament time | Lace ‘Em Up | MWCA Report | Minnesota College Connection | Open Tournament Calendar | Milestones | Ask the Doc | High School Ratings | The Simley Spartans, the Shorts and Success | Officially Speaking | Fastest Falls | Auggies advance 9 at Great Lakes Regional | Mike Thorn Profile | Camps, Clinics, and Training | Sixty Club Form | College Post-Season Tournament Calendar | Wrestler Profiles | Not Your Typical Two-Time State Entrant – Grant Olson | View From The Matbird Seat | Girls Wrestle Too! | Where Have They Gone? – Gary Neist | Academic All-State Info | Dedication and Re-dedication – Joel Bauman | High School Team Section Results | Years Ago | Through the Eyes of Mom | College Results.

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The Guillotine – March 20, 2009

The March 20, 2009 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Eagles, Spartans, and Fighting Saints come to Saint Paul ranked number one – leave number one, Thorn wins 4th title; Steinhaus wins 3rd; Skillings, Fleming, LaValle, Fisher, and Lehmann repeat, Lace ‘Em Up, Auggies 2nd at NCAA DIII Tournament with one champ, Gophers 5th at Big Ten Tournament, College Tournament Time, Feature – Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, HS State results and awards photos, State Tournament Action, Open Tournament Calendar, Fastest Falls.

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