Training Schools and Camps Wrestling With COVID-19

By Brian Jerzak

Businesses around the nation have all had to deal with several changes during the last six months. The business of wrestling has had to adjust too. While high school and college programs have had many challenges, so have wrestling training facilities. How are these training facilities dealing with our new reality, and how are they planning for an uncertain future?

I talked with four wrestling training school owners and one wrestling camp director/coach to find out their thoughts on wrestling with COVID-19.

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Eischens goes 1-1 at Junior World Championships

Former Anoka wrestler Tyler Eischens went 1-1 at the UWW Junior World Championships on August 17th in Tallinn, Estonia.

Eischens, who wrestled Greco-Roman at 72 kg (158 lbs.), defeated Deividas Subotkevic of Lithuania 9-0 in his first match. He then lost to Ihor Bychkov of Ukraine 5-2 in the next round. Eischens was eliminated from competition when Bychkov lost in the semifinals.

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Sokol goes 1-1 at Cadet World Championships

Simley wrestler Ryan Sokol went 1-1 at the UWW Cadet World Championships on July 29th in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Sokol, who wrestled Freestyle at 65 kg (143.3 lbs.), defeated Ionut Vintila of Moldova 10-0 in the round of 32. He then lost to Davit Patsinashvili of Georgia 12-0 in the Round of 16. Sokol was eliminated from competition when Patsinashvili lost in the semifinals.

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Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Brandon Paulson and PINnacle’s busy summer on the mats

Brandon Paulson is set to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this weekend in Stillwater, Oklahoma. But even though Paulson has that important moment forthcoming, he’s had a number of moments with the PINnacle School of Wrestling this summer.

Paulson comes by the studio to give his perspective on the Gopher wrestling season, the season of freestyle and Greco and how well represented the club is on the USA world teams.

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Mcniff’s Riffs: Former Gopher Grapplers Help Young Athletes Reach Their Peak, Both On And Off The Mat

Jared Lawrence and Brandon Paulson are helping Minnesota wrestlers reach the next level through the Pinnacle Wrestling School.

While Minnesota has a well-earned reputation and a perennial marketing plan touting it as the ‘State of Hockey’, we are witnessing considerable growth in other winter sports. One sport where Minnesota is particularly on the rise is wrestling.

“We’re not one of the top states” said former U of M wrestler Jared Lawrence. “I mean, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma, those guys are ahead of us, but we’re definitely top eight for sure and climbing.”

“The last three years are the best we’ve ever had come out of the state,” said fellow former Gopher Brandon Paulson. “We have more division one wrestlers than we’ve ever had, and the greatest international success we’ve ever had as far as the age groups, so I think wrestling is in a good spot as far as interest.” Continue reading at www.kare11.com

Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Jared Lawrence on the foundations and national relevance of the PINnacle Wrestling School

The PINnacle Wrestling School has been one of the nation’s most successful in recent years. Co-founded by Jared Lawrence and a handful of former University of Minnesota wrestlers, PINnacle has evolved over the last 10 years into a program college coaches notice.

Lawrence talks about the foundations of the club, the new location in Roseville, how college coaches trust he and fellow club runner Brandon Paulson and what the club opts to service and promote.

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The Guillotine – October 13, 2017

The October 13, 2017 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: A Short Wrestling Story, One-On-One with Pat Smith, Love The Fight - Pinnacle Wrestling, and Two Towns, Two Schools, Two Practices, One Family - Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena.

More content in this issue: Fargo Champs Action, Lace ‘Em Up, MWCA Report, Open Tournament Calendar, Officially Speaking, Coaching Changes for 2017-18, Things I Find Interesting, Camps-Clinics-Training, Ask the Doc.

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The Guillotine – November 29, 2013

The November 29, 2013 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: When No One Is Looking - Barnesville | Clash XII New Team Introductions | Courage, Hard Work, and Service - Centennial | College Previews | High School Season Previews and Rankings | The Mat Grinder - Introducing Pinnacle Wrestling School.

More content in this issue: Lace ‘Em Up | MWCA Report | Officially Speaking | Ask The Doc | Division I Rankings | College Events | Open Tournament Calendar | Upcoming Camps, Clinics, and Training | Crossword Puzzle | Alan and Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions photo.

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