Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Report

With relief and optimism, I write this to inform you that we will have a wrestling season. On October 1st, the MSHSL Board of Directors passed a motion for the wrestling season to begin on November 30th. The efforts of many and the positive dialog promoting a safe return to wrestling were a significant factor in working with the MSHSL. A special thanks go out to all those who passionately support student-athletes and their opportunity to participate this season.

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MWCA Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame Honors Five at Banquet

On Saturday, October 3rd the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association held their Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame Banquet. The celebration, originally scheduled for May 2nd, was held in Benson, Minn. Attendance was considerably less than normal because of the current pandemic.

2020 inductees Dave Droegemueller, Loren Hacker, Dan Jinks, Don Kuusinen, and Brian “Buck” Lindberg were present and participated in the inductions. 2020 inductees who have opted to be part of the 2021 induction acceptance speeches are Brian Bakke, Tom Campanaro, Mark Costello, and Bob Mueller.

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2020 Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on track for October 3rd

The 2020 Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association David Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, originally scheduled for May 2nd, is on track to take place October 3rd in Benson, Minn. Inductees will be Dave Droegemuller, Loren Hacker, Dan Jinks, Don Kussinen, and Brian “Buck” Lindberg. Brian Bakke, Tom Campanaro, Mark Costello, and Bob Mueller have elected to be inducted next spring at the 2021 banquet.

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2020 MWCA Fall Clinic Will Be A Virtual Conference

Due to the uncertainty around Covid-19 and crowd sizes, the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Advisory Committee has decided to make the 2020 Fall Clinic on Saturday, October 31st a Virtual Conference.

The MWCA will be collaborating with Coaches Insider to provide a collection of live and recorded sessions throughout the day on the 31st. The cost for MWCA Members will be $5. Non-members will pay $40 and receive a 2020-2021 MWCA Membership.

Details about the clinic schedule and registration links will come out shortly.

2020 Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Dinner postponed to October 3rd

The 2020 Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association David Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, originally scheduled for May 2nd, has been rescheduled to take place October 3rd in Benson, Minn. Inductees will be Brian Bakke, Tom Campanaro, Mark Costello, Dave Droegemuller, Loren Hacker, Dan Jinks, Don Kuusinen, Brian “Buck” Lindberg, and Bob Mueller.

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MWCA Recognizes 2020 State Individual Team Champions

Since 2013, the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association has recognized the Team Champions from the MSHSL Individual State Tournament. The winning team and runner-up from each class (A, AA, and AAA) earn a plaque to display at their respective schools.

This year the MWCA is proud to recognize Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove as the Class A Champion, Simley as the Class AA Champion, and Stillwater as the Class AAA Champion.

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Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie’s Craig Orlando Chosen as 2020 Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler

The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association (MWCA) is excited to announce the 2020 Mr. Minnesota Wrestler as Craig Orlando from Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie (BHVPP). The three-time state champion displays the character of a champion on and off the mat. The Mr. MN committee was impressed with Craig’s wrestling talent and his volunteer activities within his community.

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