The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association is kicking off its 2023-2024 Membership Drive.
Congratulations to the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association and The Guillotine High School Girls Academic All-State honorees for 2023. Thanks to the coaches, administrators, and parents for helping to recognize these exceptional student-athletes.
2023 MWCA Award Recipients Honored
Benson, Minn. – Eleven new members were inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 30th, in Benson, Minn.
The new inductees honored were Blaine Dravis, Greg Dravis, Jeff Dravis, Todd Fuller, Chad Kraft, Steve Ricard, Darren Ripley, Bob Ruedy, Joel Toedter, Dalen Wasmund, and Neal Hofland. Each new inductee gave a speech.
The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association annually presents the Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler award to the senior that best exemplifies the highest ideals of high school wrestling in Minnesota. Starting in 2022, the MWCA partnered with MN Women’s Wrestling to also recognize the Ms. Minnesota High School Wrestler award. Judging is based on past performances, citizenship, academics, leadership, and adherence to MSHSL rules. This year the committees are proud to recognize Shakopee’s two-time girls’ state champion Joel Makem Ratzinger and Waconia’s four-time boys state champion Max McEnelly.
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, AAA, and Girls) earns a trophy/plaque to display at their respective schools.
This year the MWCA is proud to recognize Apple Valley as the Girls Champion, Jackson County Central as the Class A Champion, Simley as the Class AA Champion, and Saint Michael-Albertville as the Class AAA Champion. The top 10 teams per class are shared below.
The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association annually recognizes an MWCA Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year. This year the MWCA is excited to announce Tim Haneberg of Hastings as Head Coach of the Year and Mark Krier of Zumbrota-Mazeppa as Assistant Coach of the Year.
Each year coaches look at their post-season roster and take ten of those individuals to compile their team GPA. These teams can either qualify for a Silver Award (3.00-3.49) or Gold Award (3.5+) cumulative GPA.
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.