This year’s Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic includes two Minnesota standouts

A pair of three-time Minnesota state champions are on the national all-star team taking on a Pennsylvania all-star team tonight at Peters Township High School outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. New Prague’s Koy Buesgens and Simley’s Gavin Nelson are set to compete at 145 and 215 pounds, respectively at the annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic.

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The Guillotine – February 16, 2023

The February 16, 2023, issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: No Longer The Hunter – Zach Hanson | Thinking Globally – Skylar Little Soldier | Lace ‘Em Up | Camps, Clinics, and Training | High School Rankings | Just Do It – Essay by Logan Ash | Following In The Footsteps – Koy Buesgens | MWCA Report | View From The Matbird Seat | Officially Speaking | Where Have They Gone? Dave Carlsrud | MSHSL State Tournament Schedule | Performance Nutrition – Artificial Sweeteners | Ask The Doc.

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Following In The Footsteps – Koy Buesgens

By Brian Jerzak

New Prague senior Koy Buesgens has a chance to enter some rare air when it comes to high school wrestling in Minnesota. He has an opportunity to become a three-time state champion. Like most successful wrestlers, Buesgens’ parents have played a huge role in his success. For Koy – his dad – unintentionally gave his son even more motivation to become one of Minnesota’s best.

“Winning a state championship was always one of my goals,” Buesgens said. “One, because winning a state championship is awesome, but two, my dad took second at State, and I always have wanted to one-up him.”

The former state finalist introduced his son to the sport early.

“I was born in Tennessee, and when I was four years old, my dad introduced me to wrestling,” Buesgens said. “He was a wrestler at Belle Plaine high school. So, I just wrestled in the little community program. Then we moved to Minnesota, and it continued from there.”

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