An Unexpected Offseason

Park’s Gunnar Mullen

By Brian Jerzak

It should have been an exciting time for Park freshman Gunnar Mullen. He was coming off a successful wrestling season – capping it off with his first individual section title and his first trip to the state tournament. Less than a month later, Mullen was preparing for Iowa Nationals, and his wrestling off-season took a turn no one could have seen coming.

“I came back from wrestling at a one-on-one wrestling session, and a couple of days later, I couldn’t get out of bed,” Mullen said. “My hip hurt so bad. I had to use a cane to get around the house because I couldn’t walk.”

Nine months later, Mullen is not only back on the mat but is excelling. When I talked to Gunnar, he was 24-4 and the 4th-ranked 145-pounder in AAA. Before he was ranked or won section titles, he was just a young kid who looked up to his older brother.

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A golden memory: Park’s Zach Silvis looks back at a gold medal trip with Team USA

Zach Silvis isn’t a fan of showing excitement after winning a wrestling match.

The majority of the time he’s calm, cool and collected.

Once Silvis won the gold medal match at the U15 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on June 19, he had a different reaction.

He used both of his hands to fist pump, shouting his excitement on winning the gold medal for Team USA. After shaking hands with his opponent, he grabbed the American flag from his coaches and ran around the mat. Continue reading at

The world team: A goal and dream achieved for Park’s Zach Silvis

There’s always a new goal for Park’s Zach Silvis.

At the beginning of his wrestling career, it was learning the different techniques and movements to become the best wrestler possible.

Then, he focused on bigger things. Much bigger things, including a 44-kilogram Greco championship that placed Silvis on the United States U15 Greco World Team.

“It just seems so unreal,” Silvis said. “When I was younger, my goal was to make it to state. Then, it was to win state. Then, eventually, it was to win nationals which I did last year. And then my goal was to make a world team, and I’m doing it.” Continue reading at

The Guillotine – February 22, 2006

The February 22, 2006 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: 18 Champions back for more | Lace ‘em up | Letters to the Editor | Class AAA Ratings | Class AA Ratings | Class A Ratings | Officially Speaking | MWCA President‘s Report | Years Ago | Open Tournament Calendar | Ask the Doc | Yura Malamura | Park Wrestling – What goes around | View From the Matbird Seat | Where Have They Gone? | State Tournament Schedule | Up on My Soap Box | Fastest Falls | RPW: World Wrestling Vision | Milestones | Team Section Results | Through the Eyes of Mom | Gophers stop Cowboys again | UNO halts MSU | Great Lakes Regional | MN 9th Grade and Under State | MN Area College Results.

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