The Guillotine – November 3, 2022

The November 3, 2022 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: College Previews | Lineup Battles Loom For Golden Gophers | Jackrabbits Continue Moving Up As Excitement Builds | Lace ‘Em Up | Camps, Clinics, and Training | Johnnies Are A Hard-Working Bunch | Count on the Bison to Give Maximum Effort | Cobbers Return a Combination of Experience and Talent | Ask The Doc | Huskies are in the Hunt for another National Title | Yellowjackets Have Very High Expectations | It’s A New Era For The Pioneers | Performance Nutrition - What Is Your Weight? | Auggies Eye A Return To The Top | Trust The Process – Alan Koehler | Officially Speaking | Mustangs Are Primed To Fire | Vikings Are Looking to Achieve Great Things | Doing A Little Extra – Basically; Jacob Oyster and United North Central Wrestling | Bluejays Hope To Build On Last Year | Auggies Women Can Compete with Any Team in the Country | Vikings Look For New and Returning Wrestlers to Step Up | Mavericks Are Hard-Working And Talented | Dragons Look For Leadership From Returning Starters | Warriors Are Looking To Do Some Great Things.

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Bluejays Hope To Build On Last Year

Minnesota West Community & Technical College - more talent, more competitive

By Matt Krumrie

Randy Baker enters his fourth season as head coach of the Minnesota West Community & Technical College wrestling program excited and optimistic. Despite some unexpected challenges last season - a few wrestlers leaving the team, health challenges, and the dreaded winter storm forcing meet and tournament cancellations, several team members rallied when it mattered most, and the Blue Jays finished 25th in the nation at the 20222 NJCAA national tournament in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

"We hope to build on our national finish each year," said Baker. "We had an All-American last year we want to have multiple All-Americans and continue to move up the standings at nationals."

Last year's top-25 team was bolstered by the performance of three national qualifiers, including 165-pounder Damon Ashworth, who earned All-American honors by finishing sixth in the nation at 165. Ashworth, an academic All-American with a 4.0 GPA, has now moved on to compete at the University of Central Missouri, a Division II school in Warrensburg, MO.

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NWCA Announces the 2022 NJCAA Men’s Scholar All-America Awards

Manheim, PA – On Tuesday, the NWCA announced the full slate of 2021-2022 Scholar All-America Team and Individual honorees for the NJCAA Men’s division with awards going to 73 individuals representing 22 institutions.

“On behalf of the NWCA Board of Directors, It is my honor to recognize these exceptional athletes and teams,” NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer said. “Wrestling takes much focus and sacrifice and we are proud to honor these wrestlers for their obvious commitment to their academic pursuits!”

In the team race, Pratt Community College finished atop of the field with a 3.654 GPA followed by Western Wyoming’s 3.52, and Itasca’s 3.5.

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Minnesota West wrestlers headed to the nationals


WORTHINGTON — On some levels, it’s been a rough year of wrestling at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. But now, with three Bluejay freshmen ready to rumble in the national NJCAA tournament Friday and Saturday in Council Bluffs, Iowa, it’s all worth it.

Damon Ashworth, a state high school champion from Missouri, won a regional championship last week in Willmar at 165 pounds and brings a 19-8 record to the year’s biggest tournament. Jacob Vogel, another state prep champ from Dell Rapids, S.D., placed second in the region at 141 pounds and sports a 16-11 record. Kyler Grems, from northwest Iowa’s West Lyon High School, is the regional runner-up at 149 pounds. He’s 3-11 on the season, but his struggles to get to where he is today is as inspiring as any of them.

Grems, who is a National Guardsman, took a year off from wrestling a season ago. He worked hard to get back into wrestling shape, then suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to miss about a month of college wrestling. His high school career did not result in a state tournament berth, let alone a title like Ashworth and Vogel have accomplished. But through hard work and a growing confidence, he’ll be in Council Bluffs like his teammates.

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