MSHSL Hall of Fame Spotlight: Trevor Laws

It was 2003 and the Xcel Energy Center was electric with the excitement of a matchup for the ages during the Minnesota State High School League’s Wrestling State Tournament. In what many still believe is the biggest match in state tournament history, Apple Valley’s Trevor Laws and Hutchinson’s Jon May squared off in the Class AAA heavyweight semifinals.

Laws was the defending Class AAA state champion and the top-ranked heavyweight in the nation. May, who lost the season before to Laws in the championship match, was ranked No. 2 nationally. Seeding didn’t exist and seasonal state tournament matchups were determined on a rotational basis. The two seniors were in the upper bracket. Their friendship, nurtured through wrestling and competition, was put on hold.

The drama unfolded like never before. As match time approached, everyone stopped. Time stood still as the two heavyweights approached the mat like prize fighters. Referees, finished with their matches on adjacent mats, hustled over. Tournament personnel crowded in a little closer. Fans raced from the concession stand line so they wouldn’t miss a moment.

“I thought I was ready to dominate, but when I saw him walk out in a backward Randy Moss jersey, my confidence was shaken a little,” Laws recalls. “Amazing memories.” Continue reading at →

MSHSL votes for 13 weights for boys and girls wrestling

Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors Meeting Release 

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — Participation in Girls and Boys Wrestling will be across 13 weight divisions each beginning with the 2023-2024 season following approval of the Minnesota State High School League’s Board of Directors at its scheduled meeting at League headquarters.

The newly-approved weight divisions come as a result of an NFHS wrestling rules modification that requires each state association to select the number of weight classes for their state at 12, 13 or 14.

The board used information from a survey of member schools and a recommendation from the League’s Wrestling Advisory Committee in making their decision. The approval brings alignment in the weight divisions between both genders of participants when enacted next school year.

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Officially, a Hall of Famer – Fridley ref Ron Ackerman to join MSHSL Hall of Fame

As the saying goes, the best officials are the ones you don’t notice.

Try as he might, though, Ron Ackerman couldn’t escape recognition forever.

Long seen as one of Minnesota’s top referees, later taking on leadership roles in teaching and supporting officials across the state, the Fridley native’s near six decades in the sport has had a visible impact at every level of wrestling.

Already a member of the Dave Bartelma National Wrestling Hall of Fame, at the start of October, Ackerman’s work earned another prestigious honor as he was named one of the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame Class of 2022 inductees.

Ackerman’s wrestling career began largely due to circumstance — and genetics. Only 5-foot-2 and 90 pounds as a freshman, size proved a hindrance to playing basketball. It also proved perfect to filling a spot in the Pipestone High School wrestling lineup. Continue reading at →

MSHSL Representative Assembly to vote on adding boys volleyball, girls wrestling

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — The 48-member Representative Assembly legislative body of the Minnesota State High School League is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 11 in a virtual format at 9 a.m. Included in its agenda is the consideration of proposed amendments to add the sport of Boys Volleyball and a Girls Wrestling postseason division to the League’s programming of co-curricular opportunities.

A two-thirds majority vote is required for approval. If approved, the activities will be enacted for the 2021-2022 school year.

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