Mounds View wins 2023 MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament in convincing fashion

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Going into the 2023 MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament, the team race was expected to come down to a battle between nationally-ranked Michael-Albertville and defending champion Simley.

Mounds View had other ideas.

The Mustangs, ranked No. 2 in Class AAA by The Guillotine, won the team title on Saturday at the Mayo Civic Center in convincing fashion, outdistancing runner-up Simley by 25 points. STMA finished in third place.

Mounds View broke the 300-point mark, concluding the tournament with 300.5 points on the strength of three finalists, including two champions, and 10 placewinners.

Winning titles for Mounds View were Brett Swenson at 114 pounds and Quin Morgan at 215 pounds. Continue reading at matboss.com →

Mounds View leads 2023 MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament after Day 1, six returning champs advance to semifinals

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mounds View, on the strength of four semifinalists, leads the 2023 MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament after Day 1 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. The Mustangs finished the day with 181.5 points, 13 points ahead of second-place Kasson-Mantorville. Nationally ranked St. Michael-Albertville sits in third place with 160.5 points.

Mounds View’s four semifinalists are Owen LaRose at 107 pounds, Brett Swenson at 114 pounds, Joseph Muhlstein at 189 pounds and Quin Morgan at 215 pounds.

Kasson-Mantorville has three semifinalists, while STMA has four.

Shakopee, ranked fifth in Class AAA by The Guillotine, enters Saturday in fourth place with 158 points and three semifinalists. Defending champion Simley finished the opening day in fifth place with 153.5 points and three semifinalists. Continue reading at matboss.com →

Five storylines to watch at 2023 MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament

The 36th annual MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament, Minnesota’s premier high school wrestling invitational, takes place Friday and Saturday at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Forty schools from three states, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota, will compete in the two-day event. Wrestling begins on Friday at noon. The finals are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The event is hosted by the Gopher Wrestling Club, with proceeds directly supporting GWC athletes.

The MatBoss Minnesota Christmas Tournament will be streamed live on FloWrestling.com. Results will be available on Trackwrestling.com.

Below are five storylines to watch at this year’s event. Continue reading at matboss.com →

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 postbulletin.com →

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 matboss.com →