The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association is kicking-off their 2021-2022 Membership Drive.
Four new members were inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association (MWCA) Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 in Benson, Minn.
The new inductees honored were Jeff Becker, Troy Haglund, Bob Mueller, and Chris Steele.
Joseph and Vaith named MWCA Coaches of the Year
Derrick Cardinal of Forest Lake is this year’s Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Mr. Minnesota of Wrestling.
The MWCA annually presents the Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler award to the senior that best exemplifies the highest ideals of high school wrestling in Minnesota. Judging is based on past performances, citizenship, academics, leadership, and adherence to MSHSL rules.
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) earns a trophy/plaque to display at their respective schools. This year the MWCA is proud to recognize Jackson County Central as the Class A Champion, Simley as the Class AA Champion, and St. Michael-Albertville as the Class AAA Champion. The top 10 teams per class are shared below.
The 2021 Fall Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association David Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will take place October 30th in Benson, Minn. Inductees will be Tom Campanaro, Mark Costello, Tom Gravalin, Gary Heydt, Don Krusemark, and Joel Skillings.
Every spring at tournament time coaches from each high school section vote for their respective Section Head and Assistant Coach of the Year. Head coach selections are then put on a ballot to be voted on by all coaches at the State Tournament for Class AAA, AA, and A Coach of the Year.