Cardinal named MWCA Mr. Minnesota of Wrestling

Joseph and Vaith named MWCA Coaches of the Year

Derrick Cardinal of Forest Lake is this year’s Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Mr. Minnesota of Wrestling.

The MWCA annually presents the Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler award to the senior that best exemplifies the highest ideals of high school wrestling in Minnesota. Judging is based on past performances, citizenship, academics, leadership, and adherence to MSHSL rules.

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Vaith and McLay: Nearly three decades of excellence

State champions in 1996. Runners-up in 1998 and 2007. Three third-place finishes and three consolation championships. Twelve team state appearances. Eighteen conference championships. Numerous all-state wrestlers and countless all-conference. All of those numbers help encapsulate, but come nowhere near defining, the last three decades of excellence by the Hastings Raiders wrestling program. With the exception of one season, the program has been led by two men during that time, both of whom immediately come to mind when Raiders wrestling is brought up: Paul Vaith and Josh McLay. Vaith has coached McLay, McLay has coached under Vaith and now their relationship has come full circle as McLay leads the Raiders with Vaith’s help. Continue reading at