Pipestone Area’s Suda is super-talented in wrestling

PIPESTONE — Michael Suda arrived in the United States from Ethiopia as a grade schooler, and upon enrolling in the Pipestone Area public school system he soon learned that he could wrestle other kids and be applauded for it.

“To be fighting other kids is something I kind of like,” said the Arrow senior recently. “To be able to do it without getting in trouble makes me feel even better.”

Before organized wrestling beckoned to him, young Suda enjoyed wrestling with his friends. But it was the usual roughhousing that kids do. But in Pipestone, he learned to win titles. Years later, when he entered high school, he won more titles.

Suda, who also is a state-caliber cross country runner, won state wrestling championships in both his sophomore and junior seasons at PAHS, right alongside his teammate and friend, Hunter Burnett, another two-time state titleist. This year, as a senior, Suda is rated No. 1 in Class A in the 126-pound weight class, and Burnett is rated No. 2 at 132. View/continue reading at www.dglobe.com

Two state champs keep Pipestone Area dangerous

An extended football season, which culminated in a Minnesota state Class AA championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium, might mean the Pipestone Area wrestling program could start slowly this year. But not to worry: The Arrows are still mighty dangerous.

“I think it’s going to take a while to get our bearings and get our lineups set. But I think by the end of the year we’ll be hard to beat,” said PA head coach Brian Bos, who led the 2016-17 squad to a state Class A team tournament berth.

In looking at area team’s prospects for 2017-18, the Arrows are certainly at or near the top of the list. Bos returns two 2-time state champions — both who waded through last season with unblemished records.

Both are seniors this year. Hunter Burnett, who won the 120-pound Class A title last season, is penciled in at the 132/138-pound range now. Michael Suda, the 126-pound state champ, may wrestle early at 132 pounds before moving down to 126. Continue reading at www.dglobe.com