MWCA 2024 Lifetime Achievement Coaches

Each year, the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association recognizes coaches who are at or near retirement from coaching. This year’s Lifetime Achievement coaches are Dennis Benz of Rock Ridge High School, Brian Bos of Pipestone Area High School, Mark Madigan of Simley High School, and Craig Nasvik of White Bear Lake Area High School.

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MWCA/The Guillotine 2024 Girls Academic All-State Wrestlers

Congratulations to the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association and The Guillotine High School Girls Academic All-State honorees for 2024. Thanks to the coaches, administrators, and parents for helping to recognize these exceptional student-athletes.

Forty-three wrestlers, representing 23 teams, were submitted this season. Points were tallied based on cumulative high school GPA, current season state tournament placement, and current season section tournament placement.

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13 inducted into the 2024 Bartelma Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame

2024 MWCA Award Recipients Honored

Benson, Minn. – Thirteen new members were inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 4th, in Benson, Minn.

The new inductees honored were Luke Eustice, Ty Eustice, Wes Haglund, Mike Hendrickson, Chuck Marks, Jim Richardson, Dean Salo, Doug Salo, Ray Thorkildson, and Mike Thorn. Pioneer Inductees Ardell Knudsvig (who started the program in Ada, MN), Gary Brantl (who started the program in Plummer, MN), and Chuck Keogh (who started the program in Waubun, MN) were also honored. Those in attendance each gave a speech.

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Meet the 2024 Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductees

Learn about the latest Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association David Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductees. The 2024 Induction Dinner will take place on Saturday, May 4th, in Benson, Minn. Inductees will be Luke Eustice, Ty Eustice, Wes Haglund, Mike Hendrickson, Chuck Marks, Jim Richardson, Dean Salo, Doug Salo, Ray Thorkildson, Mike Thorn, Ardell Knudsvig, Gary Brantl, and Chuck Keogh.

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Walter and Braun Recognized as MWCA Ms. and Mr. MN Wrestlers of the Year

The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association annually presents the Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler award to the senior who 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 wrestling performance, citizenship, academics, leadership, and adherence to MSHSL rules.

This year, the committees are proud to recognize Sauk Centre-Melrose’s girls’ state champion, Lanna Walter, and Woodbury’s boys’ state champion, Alex Braun.

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Mauseth, Becker and McDonald, and Engebretson are MWCA Coaches of the Year

Every spring, at tournament time, coaches from each high school section vote for their respective Section Head and Assistant Coach of the Year. The 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.

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