Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award Regional Winners Announced

Kasson-Mantorville’s Patrick Kennedy Named Midwest Region Winner

STILLWATER, Okla. – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Thursday announced the regional winners of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award (DSHSEA).

The DSHSEA was established in 1996 to honor Olympic and World champion Dave Schultz, whose career was cut short when he was murdered in January 1996. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 1997 and as a member of the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016.

The award recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior male wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

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Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award State Winners Announced

STILLWATER, Okla. – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Thursday announced the state winners of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award (DSHSEA).

The DSHSEA was established in 1996 to honor Olympic and World champion Dave Schultz, whose career was cut short when he was murdered in January 1996. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 1997 and as a member of the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016.

The award recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior male wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

Winners are evaluated and selected on the basis of three criteria: success and standout performances and sportsmanship in wrestling; review of GPA and class rank, academic honors and distinctions; and participation in activities that demonstrate commitment to character and community.

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Uncommon Passion, Uncommon Results – Patrick Kennedy

Wrestlers are some of the most passionate athletes on Earth. So much work goes into just being an average wrestler that it is almost impossible for a wrestler to have that passion. To become an elite wrestler, most ratchet that passion up to another level. Then you have Kasson-Mantorville’s Patrick Kennedy. Even for an elite wrestler, the four-time state champion has an uncommon passion for wrestling.

“I wrote a goal on October 8th, 2017, on a piece of paper that is on the wall that I am going to be an Olympic champion,” Kennedy said. “I am not going to do anything that I can control with my effort that would jeopardize anything that would make me not become an Olympic champion. I have become obsessed with it. (The goal) is on my phone. I write it on my assignments at school, I just want the end goal, and I am prepared to do a lot for it.”

Kennedy’s passion didn’t come from a long line of Kennedy wrestlers.

“My dad was the first person in my family to wrestle,” Kennedy explained. “My grandpa and uncle played basketball.”

Despite his lack of wrestling genes, Kennedy started early, and as soon as his family moved, his wrestling career took off.

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The Guillotine – April 17, 2020

The April 17, 2020 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: Committed to Football, With a Little Help from Wrestling - Craig Orlando | Uncommon Passion, Uncommon Results - Patrick Kennedy | One-on-One with Andrew Sparks | The Guillotine High School Pound-For-Pound Class Rankings | Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Awards | A Team From Top to Bottom - Minneota Wrestling.

More content in this issue: Lace 'Em Up - The Pandemic Experience | MWCA Report | Camps and Training Opportunities | Ask The Doc | Performance Nutrition - Staying fit during COVID 19.

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Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Wrapping up #Fargo2019 freestyle with Jayson Ness and Junior National Champion Patrick Kennedy

Minnesota USA Wrestling head freestyle coach Jayson Ness talks about the performances of the team in freestyle. We’ll also talk with Junior freestyle national champion Patrick Kennedy.

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