Glazier finally gets his elusive Santa hat with dominant effort

ROCHESTER — Cole Glazier finally has his Santa hat.

After years of coming so close, including a second-place finish at last year’s Minnesota Christmas Tournament, the Kasson-Mantorville senior snagged the long-awaited prize given out to the winners of the prestigious tournament with what assistant coach Jamie Heidt called a “dominant performance” in the title 170-pound title match.

Glazier controlled throughout, securing a quick takedown, before showing off his skills by riding out a 5-3 victory by decision over three-time state medalist Jed Wester of St. Michael-Albertville on Saturday at the Mayo Civic Center.

Although Glazier admits he would have loved for this to have been his second or third Minnesota Christmas Tournament title, he’s more than proud to bring home another Santa hat to the Glazier household. Continue reading at →

Five storylines to watch at MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament

The 35th MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament gets underway Friday in Rochester, Minn.

The MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament is Minnesota’s premier in-season high school wrestling event. The tournament has a rich history, with many past participants going on to achieve success at the highest levels of college and international wrestling.

Brandon Paulson (Anoka), a 1996 Olympic silver medalist in Greco-Roman, won titles in 1989 and 1990. Olympic champion Gable Steveson claimed three Minnesota Christmas Tournament titles. Mark Hall (Apple Valley), a three-time NCAA finalist and 2017 NCAA champion for Penn State, holds the record for the most Minnesota Christmas Tournament titles with six. Brady Berge (Kasson-Mantorville), a three-time NCAA qualifier for Penn State, captured five titles.

Twin brothers Troy and Terry Steiner (Century, N.D.), both NCAA champions at the University of Iowa, competed in the inaugural event in 1987 and won titles at 119 pounds and 126 pounds, respectively.

Two collegiate wrestlers from Penn State currently ranked No. 1 by The Open Mat, Roman Bravo-Young (Sunnyside) and Greg Kerkvliet (Simley), are past Minnesota Christmas Tournament champions. Continue reading at →

GWC Announces Changes to Minnesota Christmas Tournament

MINNEAPOLIS – The high school wrestling season is back in swing here in Minnesota, and with it comes new and improved changes to the state’s premier prep invitational as announced by the Gopher Wrestling Club on Friday.

Gopher Wrestling Club is happy to announce that MatBoss has signed to be the official title sponsor of the event starting in 2022, as the tournament will now formally be known as the MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament.

MatBoss is a wrestling stats digital app created by coaches for coaches that integrates wrestling stats directly into the video you record for each match. Developed in 2013, MatBoss was born with the vision to provide an all-inclusive tool for wrestling to aid coaches in creative more successful wrestling teams, working with thousands of high school and college programs across the country.

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Minnesota Christmas Tournament

December 20-21, 2019

Minnesota Christmas Tournament
1 Simley 232.0
2 Stillwater 230.0
3 Shakopee 167.0
4 St. Michael-Albertville 161.0
5 Kasson-Mantorville 142.0
6 New Prague 127.5
7 Owatonna 127.0
8 Aurora (A. Christian) 119.0
9 Edmond Memorial 115.0
10 Waconia 112.0
11 Forest Lake 110.5
12 Farmington 104.5
13 Kaukauna 99.5
14 Totino-Grace 90.5
15 Luxemburg-Casco 84.5
16 Wayzata 81.0
17 Lakeville North 78.5
18 Anoka 75.5
19 Coon Rapids 73.0
20 Scott West 71.5
21 Albert Lea Area 69.5
22 Park 67.0
23 Holmen 61.0
24 Ellsworth 56.0
25 Prior Lake 55.0
26 Plainview-Elgin-Millville 54.0
27 Maple River 49.5
28 Willmar 49.0
29 Lakeville South 48.5
30 Mounds View 48.0
31 Minnetonka 47.0
32 Byron 46.5
33 Hastings 39.0
33 Rochester Mayo 39.0
35 Apple Valley 38.0
36 Decorah 37.0
36 St. Francis 37.0
38 Westfield Razorbacks 36.5
39 Cambridge-Isanti 32.0
40 Wahlert, Dubuque 25.5
41 Eagan 21.0

Brackets/Results on

OW: Cruz Aguilar of Edmond Memorial, 113 pounds

Minnesota Christmas Tournament Action Photos

1st Place – Jore Volk of Lakeville North
2nd Place – Landon Robideau of St. Michael-Albertville
3rd Place – Koy Buesgens of New Prague
4th Place – Zach Tracy of Scott West
5th Place – Zachary Silvis of Park
6th Place – Greyson Clark of Kaukauna
7th Place – Jeremiah Vanacker of Forest Lake
8th Place – Parker Kratochvill of Holmen
1st: Jore Volk (Lakeville North) 11-0, So. over Landon Robideau (St. Michael-Albertville) 15-1, 7th. (Dec 2-0)
3rd: Koy Buesgens (New Prague) 11-1, Fr. over Zach Tracy (Scott West) 8-3, So. (MD 11-0)
5th: Zachary Silvis (Park) 11-4, So. over Greyson Clark (Kaukauna) 9-4, Fr. (Dec 7-0)
7th: Jeremiah Vanacker (Forest Lake) 9-3, Sr. over Parker Kratochvill (Holmen) 11-5, So. (Dec 9-4)
1st Place – Cruz Aguilar of Edmond Memorial
2nd Place – Blake West of Shakopee
3rd Place – Zach Hanson of Lakeville North
4th Place – Reid Nelson of Simley
5th Place – Parker Janssen of St. Michael-Albertville
6th Place – Hunter Frost of Farmington
7th Place – Chris Moore of Aurora (A. Christian)
8th Place – Jacob Aho of Forest Lake
1st: Cruz Aguilar (Edmond Memorial) 5-0, . over Blake West (Shakopee) 15-1, Jr. (MD 13-4)
3rd: Zach Hanson (Lakeville North) 13-1, Fr. over Reid Nelson (Simley) 13-4, Jr. (Dec 3-0)
5th: Parker Janssen (St. Michael-Albertville) 16-2, Fr. over Hunter Frost (Farmington) 15-6, So. (Dec 8-2)
7th: Chris Moore (Aurora (A. Christian)) 15-3, Fr. over Jacob Aho (Forest Lake) 11-4, Fr. (Fall 1:53)
1st Place – Joey Thompson of Totino-Grace
2nd Place – Maxwell Petersen of Byron
3rd Place – Matt Hogue of Stillwater
4th Place – Joel Mylin of Aurora (A. Christian)
5th Place – Jaden Verhagen of Kaukauna
6th Place – Colby Dunkel of New Prague
7th Place – Cal Lonnquist of Wayzata
8th Place – Yves Evillard of Owatonna
1st: Joey Thompson (Totino-Grace) 15-1, Sr. over Maxwell Petersen (Byron) 12-1, So. (Dec 10-6)
3rd: Matt Hogue (Stillwater) 12-1, Jr. over Joel Mylin (Aurora (A. Christian)) 14-4, Jr. (Fall 3:32)
5th: Jaden Verhagen (Kaukauna) 11-3, Sr. over Colby Dunkel (New Prague) 12-3, Sr. (Fall 5:19)
7th: Cal Lonnquist (Wayzata) 14-3, Fr. over Yves Evillard (Owatonna) 4-4, . (Fall 1:01)
1st Place – Derrick Cardinal of Forest Lake
2nd Place – Pierson Manville of Shakopee
3rd Place – Chase DeBlaere of Simley
4th Place – Javon Taschuk of Stillwater
5th Place – Kyler Wong of Wayzata
6th Place – Joey Novak of New Prague
7th Place – Brendan Howes of Anoka
8th Place – Mason Campshure of Kaukauna
1st: Derrick Cardinal (Forest Lake) 13-0, Jr. over Pierson Manville (Shakopee) 20-2, 8th. (Inj. 0:00)
3rd: Chase DeBlaere (Simley) 15-2, Jr. over Javon Taschuk (Stillwater) 11-3, Sr. (Dec 5-1)
5th: Kyler Wong (Wayzata) 14-2, Fr. over Joey Novak (New Prague) 12-3, Fr. (SV-1 6-4)
7th: Brendan Howes (Anoka) 14-2, So. over Mason Campshure (Kaukauna) 9-4, Sr. (Fall 3:26)
1st Place – Reid Ballantyne of Stillwater
2nd Place – Ben Lunn of Shakopee
3rd Place – Cameron Johnson of Aurora (A. Christian)
4th Place – Jager Eisch of Kaukauna
5th Place – Cameron Davis of Albert Lea Area
6th Place – Nick Lattery of Coon Rapids
7th Place – Bailey Poellinger of Ellsworth
8th Place – Dan Vanacker of Forest Lake
1st: Reid Ballantyne (Stillwater) 12-1, Jr. over Ben Lunn (Shakopee) 19-1, Sr. (Dec 6-5)
3rd: Cameron Johnson (Aurora (A. Christian)) 14-1, Sr. over Jager Eisch (Kaukauna) 12-2, Jr. (Dec 7-1)
5th: Cameron Davis (Albert Lea Area) 10-3, So. over Nick Lattery (Coon Rapids) 12-9, Jr. (Dec 10-5)
7th: Bailey Poellinger (Ellsworth) 14-4, Sr. over Dan Vanacker (Forest Lake) 8-4, So. (Dec 7-3)
1st Place – Ryan Sokol of Simley
2nd Place – Cael Swensen of Wayzata
3rd Place – Bam West of Edmond Memorial
4th Place – Nick Novak of New Prague
5th Place – Noah Villarreal of Aurora (A. Christian)
6th Place – Lucas Joniaux of Luxemburg-Casco
7th Place – Cole Becker of St. Michael-Albertville
8th Place – John Kendall of Hastings
1st: Ryan Sokol (Simley) 15-1, Jr. over Cael Swensen (Wayzata) 13-1, Jr. (Dec 7-3)
3rd: Bam West (Edmond Memorial) 6-1, . over Nick Novak (New Prague) 11-2, Jr. (Dec 6-0)
5th: Noah Villarreal (Aurora (A. Christian)) 15-3, Sr. over Lucas Joniaux (Luxemburg-Casco) 16-3, Sr. (MD 11-2)
7th: Cole Becker (St. Michael-Albertville) 15-3, Fr. over John Kendall (Hastings) 15-7, Sr. (TF-1.5 4:51 (17-2))
1st Place – Trey Kruse of Stillwater
2nd Place – Cael Berg of Simley
3rd Place – Luke Peterson of Farmington
4th Place – Cole Glazier of Albert Lea Area
5th Place – Cade Sheehan of Rochester Mayo
6th Place – Jerez Autridge of Owatonna
7th Place – Alex Kowalchyk of Coon Rapids
8th Place – Ryan Cripe of Lakeville South
1st: Trey Kruse (Stillwater) 13-0, Sr. over Cael Berg (Simley) 14-2, Jr. (Dec 3-0)
3rd: Luke Peterson (Farmington) 12-2, Sr. over Cole Glazier (Albert Lea Area) 11-2, Fr. (SV-1 3-1)
5th: Cade Sheehan (Rochester Mayo) 14-2, Sr. over Jerez Autridge (Owatonna) 12-5, Sr. (Dec 11-7)
7th: Alex Kowalchyk (Coon Rapids) 16-3, Jr. over Ryan Cripe (Lakeville South) 15-4, Sr. (Dec 3-1)
1st Place – Landen Johnson of Owatonna
2nd Place – Hunter Lyden of Stillwater
3rd Place – Willie Bastyr of Lakeville South
4th Place – Carlos Ruffo of Kasson-Mantorville
5th Place – Jonah Hayes of St. Michael-Albertville
6th Place – Chase Bloomquist of Prior Lake
7th Place – Carter Vetsch of Holmen
8th Place – Gavin Roy of Lakeville North
1st: Landen Johnson (Owatonna) 10-1, So. over Hunter Lyden (Stillwater) 12-1, So. (Dec 3-0)
3rd: Willie Bastyr (Lakeville South) 15-2, Sr. over Carlos Ruffo (Kasson-Mantorville) 4-2, Sr. (Dec 4-1)
5th: Jonah Hayes (St. Michael-Albertville) 13-4, Sr. over Chase Bloomquist (Prior Lake) 12-3, Sr. (Dec 14-7)
7th: Carter Vetsch (Holmen) 14-3, Jr. over Gavin Roy (Lakeville North) 10-6, Sr. (Dec 1-0)
1st Place – Adam Sylvester of Totino-Grace
2nd Place – Ryder Rogotzke of Stillwater
3rd Place – Brendan Dunagan of Mounds View
4th Place – Dylan Anderson of Apple Valley
5th Place – Kail Wynia of Kasson-Mantorville
6th Place – Tim Stapleton of Waconia
7th Place – Caleb Talamantes of Albert Lea Area
8th Place – Kaden Nelson of Owatonna
1st: Adam Sylvester (Totino-Grace) 14-1, Jr. over Ryder Rogotzke (Stillwater) 5-2, Fr. (Dec 13-7)
3rd: Brendan Dunagan (Mounds View) 14-2, Sr. over Dylan Anderson (Apple Valley) 8-3, Sr. (Dec 1-0)
5th: Kail Wynia (Kasson-Mantorville) 4-2, So. over Tim Stapleton (Waconia) 9-3, Sr. (Inj. 0:00)
7th: Caleb Talamantes (Albert Lea Area) 11-2, Jr. over Kaden Nelson (Owatonna) 5-3, Jr. (Inj. 2:00)
1st Place – Bennett Berge of Kasson-Mantorville
2nd Place – Max McEnelly of Waconia
3rd Place – Carl Leuer of St. Michael-Albertville
4th Place – Nolan Wanzek of Simley
5th Place – Tyler Raway of Forest Lake
6th Place – Antony Tuttle of Stillwater
7th Place – Jaden Dukes of Lakeville South
8th Place – Rowan Jungling of Anoka
1st: Bennett Berge (Kasson-Mantorville) 5-0, So. over Max McEnelly (Waconia) 19-1, Fr. (Dec 11-6)
3rd: Carl Leuer (St. Michael-Albertville) 15-2, Sr. over Nolan Wanzek (Simley) 14-3, Sr. (Dec 6-2)
5th: Tyler Raway (Forest Lake) 15-3, Jr. over Antony Tuttle (Stillwater) 10-4, So. (Inj. 0:00)
7th: Jaden Dukes (Lakeville South) 13-3, Sr. over Rowan Jungling (Anoka) 11-6, Sr. (Dec 7-5)
1st Place – Patrick Kennedy of Kasson-Mantorville
2nd Place – Reece Worachek of Luxemburg-Casco
3rd Place – Gavin Nelson of Simley
4th Place – Roman Rogotzke of Stillwater
5th Place – Wyatt Lidberg of St. Michael-Albertville
6th Place – Nathan Trio of Maple River
7th Place – Cayden Homme of Wayzata
8th Place – Joey Lipinski of St. Francis
1st: Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 5-0, Sr. over Reece Worachek (Luxemburg-Casco) 15-1, Sr. (TF-1.5 3:43 (18-3))
3rd: Gavin Nelson (Simley) 13-1, Fr. over Roman Rogotzke (Stillwater) 10-2, Jr. (MD 19-8)
5th: Wyatt Lidberg (St. Michael-Albertville) 15-3, Sr. over Nathan Trio (Maple River) 13-4, Sr. (Dec 11-5)
7th: Cayden Homme (Wayzata) 12-3, Jr. over Joey Lipinski (St. Francis) 10-3, Sr. (MD 12-3)
1st Place – Quayin Short of Simley
2nd Place – Joey Johnson of Shakopee
3rd Place – Parker Venz of Farmington
4th Place – Bram Fitzsimonds of Waconia
5th Place – Colton Krell of Westfield Razorbacks
6th Place – Josh Piechowski of Stillwater
7th Place – Drake Schams of Holmen
8th Place – Kaden Streed of Willmar
1st: Quayin Short (Simley) 15-0, Jr. over Joey Johnson (Shakopee) 19-2, Jr. (MD 10-1)
3rd: Parker Venz (Farmington) 10-2, Jr. over Bram Fitzsimonds (Waconia) 16-4, Sr. (Dec 4-0)
5th: Colton Krell (Westfield Razorbacks) 8-3, Sr. over Josh Piechowski (Stillwater) 10-3, Sr. (Inj. 0:00)
7th: Drake Schams (Holmen) 9-3, Sr. over Kaden Streed (Willmar) 9-3, Jr. (Fall 3:05)
1st Place – Bennett Tabor of Simley
2nd Place – Tommy Johnson of Shakopee
3rd Place – Antonio Davis of Park
4th Place – Logan Peterson of Ellsworth
5th Place – Angel Jaimes of Aurora (A. Christian)
6th Place – Hunter Struffert of Scott West
7th Place – Pedro Castillo of Forest Lake
8th Place – Travis LeGrave of Luxemburg-Casco
1st: Bennett Tabor (Simley) 14-0, Jr. over Tommy Johnson (Shakopee) 15-1, Jr. (TB-1 3-2)
3rd: Antonio Davis (Park) 12-2, Sr. over Logan Peterson (Ellsworth) 14-4, Sr. (Fall 5:44)
5th: Angel Jaimes (Aurora (A. Christian)) 11-4, Sr. over Hunter Struffert (Scott West) 10-3, Sr. (Fall 3:01)
7th: Pedro Castillo (Forest Lake) 12-3, Sr. over Travis LeGrave (Luxemburg-Casco) 10-7, Jr. (Dec 8-7)
1st Place – Gavin Layton of Coon Rapids
2nd Place – Bennett Weber of Waconia
3rd Place – Logan Wingert of Plainview-Elgin-Millville
4th Place – Tyler Nebelung of Anoka
5th Place – Diego Villeda of Eagan
6th Place – Evan Anderson of New Prague
7th Place – Kyle Kroll of Luxemburg-Casco
8th Place – Dylan Nirk of Westfield Razorbacks
1st: Gavin Layton (Coon Rapids) 17-0, Jr. over Bennett Weber (Waconia) 9-1, Sr. (MD 15-5)
3rd: Logan Wingert (Plainview-Elgin-Millville) 10-1, Sr. over Tyler Nebelung (Anoka) 15-3, So. (Fall 1:17)
5th: Diego Villeda (Eagan) 11-4, Jr. over Evan Anderson (New Prague) 11-4, So. (Dec 7-2)
7th: Kyle Kroll (Luxemburg-Casco) 14-4, Jr. over Dylan Nirk (Westfield Razorbacks) 12-4, Sr. (UTB 2-2)