Dragon’s Jones Chasing His Ultimate Goal

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota State University Moorhead junior wrestler Cole Jones makes no secret about what his goal is for this week’s NCAA Championships.

“My goal is to be a national champion,” said Jones, who opens national competition on Friday in St. Louis. “I earned All-American status my sophomore year…I know I have some much more in me. I know I’ve done the right things and put in the work to be a national champion.”

Jones (5-2) will face Christian Mejia (8-1) of McKendree in Friday morning’s opening round.

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Jones Headed Back to Nationals After Runner-Up Finish at Super Region V Meet

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Minnesota State University Moorhead junior wrestler Cole Jones is headed back to the national tournament. Jones finished second at 125 pounds at the Super Region V tournament on Saturday in Aberdeen, S.D.

The top two finishers in each weight class qualified for nationals.

Jones, who missed 2019-20 recovering from an injury, was All-American at 125 in 2018-19. This will be his second trip to nationals.

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Grappling Gravalin wasn’t destined to be a Gretzky

By Jeff Bro Olsen

In the early 1960s, the kid was a rink rat in Moorhead. Oh, he could make things happen out on the ice.

Tom Gravalin is 71, long retired from coaching, but he remembers how his young hockey career got zapped.

“I grew up in Moorhead. I’m a city kid and lived across the street from a hockey rink, and I played hockey up until the seventh grade.”

He was having a blast, a skinny kid with thick eyeglasses. Kids back then didn’t wear face masks.

If they had, his high school career would have been different.

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Sticking To The Basics – Moorhead Spuds

Moorhead head wrestling coach Skip Toops’ path toward helping bring the Spuds wrestling program back to the glory days of the late ’70s and early '80s did not go in a straight line. Many times his path started to lead him in a different direction from the wrestling room. In the end, his path became clear. Since he became the head coach for the Spuds, Moorhead wrestling has had its best stretch of results in more than thirty years – in large part because the program became a reflection of its coach. It has stuck to the basics.

Toops grew up in New London and wrestled for New London-Spicer. He is from a family full of athletes and coaches, but none of them were wrestlers. Toops would be the first to pursue the sport past the early youth levels.

“My mom put me in wrestling when I was five years old because I was an overly active and aggressive kid,” Toops said. “My dad had been the head basketball coach at my school until I was born, and my brothers were basketball players, but wrestling just fit with who I was.”

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The Guillotine – December 11, 2015

The December 11, 2015 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: Sticking to the Basics - Moorhead Wrestling, One-on-One with Micah Barnes, From 3rd in the State to 3rd in the World - Andy Bisek, Built on the Past, and Focused on the Future - Barnesville Wrestling.

More content in this issue: InterMat JJ Classic Tournament Action, Lace ‘Em Up, MWCA Report, High School Rankings, Officially Speaking, View From The Matbird Seat, The Mat Grinder, Open Tournament Calendar, Ask The Doc, Upcoming Camps-Clinics-Training.

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