Small school LPGEB hopes to make big splash at The Clash

Jacob Lorentz likes to downplay just how powerful his Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville wrestling program has become.

“We’re just a small community from central Minnesota that’s trying to represent our area well,” Lorentz said. “I’m not going to lie to you. We relish the underdog role.”

Now go ahead and turn “relish” into “relished.” That’s because “underdog” doesn’t fit the Wolves anymore. Invitations to the national-renowned Clash wrestling tournament in Rochester don’t come unless you’re special, and he got one this last offseason.

LPGEB has transformed from a program that had 16 wrestlers total when Lorentz took over in 2014, to one that now boasts 40. And the Wolves don’t just have quantity, they have quality, which allowed them to reach the state tournament the last two years, including winning it last season (beating Kenyon-Wanamingo in the finals). The Wolves finished 27-1 overall. Continue reading at www.postbulletin.com

SCSU announces new recruits for 2020-21

St. Cloud, Minn. ~ St. Cloud State University head coach Steve Costanzo has announced the addition of eight signees, who will join the Huskies’ roster in 2020-21.

“My staff and I are very excited to announce the newest additions to Huskies’ wrestling,” said head coach Steve Costanzo. “These guys embody the culture and standard we continue to build at SCSU and I believe they are inspired to be the best they can be in the classroom and on the mat.”

The group of new Huskies includes Blake Thomsen (Neola, Iowa), Bryan Fitzpatrick (Mahtomedi, Minn.), Cody Minor (Green Bay, Wisc.), Daniel Valeria (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Kaleb Haase (Morton, Minn.), Owen Bjerga (Motley, Minn.), Paxton Creese (Shakopee, Minn.) and Shaeden Scheidt (Canton, S.D.). Listed below is more information on each of the new SCSU recruits.

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Shakopee wrestling ready to defend

The defending state champions are back and looking to repeat.

The Shakopee wrestling team, fresh off winning its first Class 3A state championship, are once again the team to beat this season.

Shakopee returns 11 of the 14 wrestlers from the team that defeated Stillwater in the championship match last season.

With that much talent returning, Shakopee starts the season ranked No. 1 in Class 3A by the Guillotine. Continue reading at www.swnewsmedia.com

No. 21 Simley wins Minnesota Christmas Tournament

The showcase event of Minnesota’s regular season in high school wrestling happened the last two days in Rochester, as the Minnesota Christmas Tournament featured 40 teams. It includes the vast majority of Minnesota’s best teams, plus a few teams from out of state (Illinois, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma). After the two days of wrestling were completed, a mere five points (204.5-199.5) separated a pair of top 25 teams in the country.

Despite just having nine wrestlers (six in the quarters) remaining after day one, No. 21 Simley surged on day two to put a tournament-high eight on the podium. And that was with Greg Kerkvliet (285) and two-time state medalist Cael Berg (138) out of the lineup. The Spartans were led by weight class champion Ryan Sokol (132), who scored a 20-5 technical fall over state champion Noah Villarreal (Aurora Christian, Ill.) in the championship match.

Also placing for Simley were three third place finishers, including Cadet freestyle champion Quayin Short (182), whose lone loss was a 7-4 defeat against state champion Cade King (Owatonna). Other medalists were those taking fourth, fifth, seventh, and eight. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com