Grunwald’s historic wrestling career leaves lasting impact on girl’s sports

The history of high school wrestling in the state of Minnesota has been changed forever, and current Owatonna High School senior Rian Grunwald will forever be cemented into the history books as being the first of her kind.

As she leaped into the arms of Owatonna’s head wrestling coach Derek Johnson, she signaled No. 1 with her left hand — directly after making not just Owatonna High School history, but Minnesota high school history while she sported the Owatonna royal blue.

“It means a lot to me to represent Owatonna,” said Grunwald after her championship match. “I’ve been a part of this program for so long, and they just sanctioned girls wrestling this year, so I haven’t been able to support my team that way until this year, so it feels good to be able to get my name out there for the team.”

After years and years of petitions and pleas from wrestlers, parents and coaches, the Minnesota State High School League took to a vote in early May 2021 to determine if girls wrestling would be an officially sanctioned sport in Minnesota. Continue reading at →

Owatonna’s Trailblazer: Rian Grunwald’s college commitment paves the way for girls wrestling in Owatonna

The walls of inside Owatonna’s wrestling room are scattered with names, pictures and accolades from some of the best wrestlers that have built up the legacy that is Owatonna wrestling.

But through all of the greats to wrestle in a Huskies singlet, Owatonna senior captain Rian Grunwald is leaving behind a legacy that’s blown the door of opportunity open for those that follow in her footsteps. She’s best described as ‘the trailblazer’ for girls wrestling in Owatonna.

Once her senior campaign with the Huskies comes to an end, she’ll be trading out her Owatonna singlet for the purple and gold of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and help build up a Pointers women’s wrestling program after doing at the high school level.

Grunwald landed on the Pointers after she and her family went to UWSP in August and were able to meet the coaching staff and tour the campus that’d eventually be waiting for her. While she did tour with other schools, the feeling of home that UWSP offered her was too much to pass up. Continue reading at →