Trinity School at River Ridge, Delano, and Willmar are top MWCA Academic Teams

Every year coaches prepare for the postseason and have to limit their team roster from their full squad down to 19 guys for the team postseason from the competitive side of things. From the academic side, coaches will take those 19 guys and whittle down to the top ten members of that team from an academic standpoint as well. Coaches will then average each of those ten athletes cumulative grade point average to see if they have earned the MWCA Silver Academic award (3.0-3.49) or the MWCA Gold Academic award (3.50+).

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2019 MWCA All-State Academic Wrestling Team Named

The 2019 edition of the MWCA All-State Academic Wrestling Team is a group of great wrestlers that consists of 22 seniors and six juniors. “The MWCA gives this award to the state’s best wrestlers who also excel in the classroom. These young wrestlers are not only dedicated on the mat but also exemplify what it means to be a student-athlete. Coaches should be striving to develop young adults like the wrestlers recognized for the award,” commented Joe Puncochar, MWCA All-State Academic Chairperson.

On this year’s team, four student-athletes carry a perfect 4.0 GPA: Ben Lunn of Shakopee, Sebas Swiggum of Apple Valley, Kellen Schauer of Grand Rapids, and Garson Schorr of Kasson-Mantorville. Overall, this year’s squad carried a 3.59 combined GPA. These student-athletes are not only getting it done on the mat, but they are also getting it done in the classroom! The 28 selected to be recognized were among 134 applicants statewide. The dedicated coaches of the MWCA has increased the number of nominations over each of the past three seasons.

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MWCA Fall Clinic set for October 27th in Inver Grove Heights

The 2018 Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Fall Clinic will feature University of Minnesota Coach Brandon Eggum, South Dakota State Coach Damion Hahn, and Orlando Ponce. The Clinic will take place on Saturday, October 27th at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights. Continue reading

11 inducted into the 2018 Bartelma Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame

Benson, Minn. — Eleven new members were inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association (MWCA) Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 28th in Benson, Minn.

The new inductees honored were Larry Goodnature, Mark Jensen, Ed Kane, Paul Kuznik, Pat McNamara, Chris Nelson, Jim Williams, and Roger Wilson. Also inducted as Pioneers of Minnesota Wrestling were Glenn Gerdes, Merv Jensen, and Fred Stoeker.

Over 250 people, including many past Hall of Fame inductees, were in attendance. Continue reading