Roy A. Minter (1936-2019)

Hall of Fame Coach Roy A. Minter died Sunday, September 1st at Carris Health Rice Hospital in Willmar. He was 83 years old.

Minter was a state champion wrestler for Owatonna High School in 1954. He went on to wrestle at Mankato State where he was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American. Minter coached wrestling at Worthington High School and Willmar Community College, retiring in 1992. He was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1979 and was a Charter Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Minnesota Chapter, inducted in 2003.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 am, Thursday, September 5th at Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm, Wednesday at the church and continue one hour prior to his service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Ridgewater qualifies two individuals to national tournament

The warrior wrestling team competed last weekend in Worthington at the North District national qualifying tournament. The lone champion was Jacob Backlund (Jordan, MN) at 165 pounds. Backlund advanced to the finals with a first period fall. In the finals, he won with a 4-2 decision. Jacob Revier (Olivia, MN) also qualified with a fourth place finish at 157 pounds. He began with a technical fall before dropping a 3-0 loss in the semi-finals. In the third place bout, Revier lost 8-3 but still earned the opportunity to advance to the NJCAA National Championships in Council Bluffs, Iowa on March 1-2.

Others competing for Ridgewater Wrestling were Carston Toedter (Atwater, MN) at 174 pounds, Tristen Todd (Granite Falls, MN) at 184 pounds, and Nick Compton (Albert Lea, MN) at 197 pounds.