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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Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville wins Class 1A wrestling title for second straight year

Levi Line clinched the title for the Wolves with a pin at 220 pounds.

This wasn’t unexpected, yet, in a way, it was.

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville knew its Class 1A championship match against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (ACGC) would be tighter than their first meeting. But Wolves coach Jacob Lorentz said the early hole they found themselves in was worrisome.

ACGC led 12-0 after three weights. “Of course we were concerned,” Lorentz said. “This is a game of momentum.”

The Wolves, seeking their second consecutive title, brushed off the tough start and set to work on closing the gap and winning another title. And when senior Levi Line pinned ACGC’s Logan Sherwood at 220 pounds, the title once again belonged to the Wolves, who won 30-27. Continue reading at mnwrestlinghub.com

Small school LPGEB hopes to make big splash at The Clash

Jacob Lorentz likes to downplay just how powerful his Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville wrestling program has become.

“We’re just a small community from central Minnesota that’s trying to represent our area well,” Lorentz said. “I’m not going to lie to you. We relish the underdog role.”

Now go ahead and turn “relish” into “relished.” That’s because “underdog” doesn’t fit the Wolves anymore. Invitations to the national-renowned Clash wrestling tournament in Rochester don’t come unless you’re special, and he got one this last offseason.

LPGEB has transformed from a program that had 16 wrestlers total when Lorentz took over in 2014, to one that now boasts 40. And the Wolves don’t just have quantity, they have quality, which allowed them to reach the state tournament the last two years, including winning it last season (beating Kenyon-Wanamingo in the finals). The Wolves finished 27-1 overall. Continue reading at www.postbulletin.com

The Guillotine – December 7, 2018

The December 7, 2018 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: One-on-One with Jim Makovsky, Building A Program From The Communities Up – LPGE-Browerville Wrestling, Things I Find interesting – A Wrestling Story, and Just Get The Next Point – Watertown-Mayer Wrestling.

More content in this issue: Lace ‘Em Up, MWCA Report, High School Rankings, Ask The Doc, Officially Speaking, Open Tournament Calendar, Upcoming Camps-Clinics-Training, Performance Nutrition – Tips to not be like Old Saint Nick, View From The Matbird Seat.

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