Changing The Game – Gavin Nelson

By Brian Jerzak

After moving to Wisconsin as a baby, Gavin Nelson put together a stellar youth record wrestling and training in Wisconsin. When he entered junior high, Gavin and his family decided to move back to Minnesota – in part – to try to further Gavin's wrestling career. When Nelson first stepped into the Simley wrestling room as a 7th grader, the coaching staff threw him right in with the varsity. The new Spartans' first practice did not go well.

"My first Simley practice in 7th grade," Nelson said, "I got right into it with all the varsity guys. In my first practice, I threw up so much because I was not ready for that level of practice. Coach (Will) Short got me into shape quickly. I was not ready for that grind, but once I got used to it, it was a huge game-changer for me."

The game changed to the tune of becoming a three-time state place winner, a one-time state champion, and a member of the 2021 U.S. Cadet World Championships team.

Long before entering the Spartans' wrestling room, Nelson was playing youth soccer.

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Team USA finishes second at the Men’s Freestyle Cadet World Championships

Simley’s Gavin Nelson places fifth

Budapest, Hungary – The men’s freestyle portion of the Cadet World Championships drew to a close this evening. It was a three-horse race between Team USA, India, and Russia for the team title, and it came down to the very last match of the night. When the dust settled, India came out on top, winning their first Cadet team title in history. The U.S. claimed second and Russia settled for third.

While finishing runner-up after a stellar performance was bittersweet, the U.S. contingent had plenty to celebrate. At 45 kg, Bo Bassett became the second American to claim a Cadet World title this week. Bassett, who earned two pins and a technical fall en route to the finals, was the youngest competitor in his bracket at only 14 years old.

For gold, he squared off with Russia’s Alikhan Ashinov in a battle that was pivotal to the team race. Ashinov was the third wrestler to score the first takedown on Bassett in this tournament. Similarly to the others, he faired poorly. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

10 Wrestlers Claim Spots on the Men’s Freestyle Cadet World Team

Simley’s Gavin Nelson earns 92 KG spot

Wisconsin Dells, Wis. – The U15 and UWW Cadet Nationals concluded this afternoon with the best-of-three Cadet Men’s Freestyle World Team Trials finals. The winners will compete at the Cadet World Championship in Budapest, Hungary this July.

At 55 kg, Pennsylvania’s Bo Bassett made his second World Team of the weekend in impressive fashion, downing Idaho’s Mack Mauger in two-straight matches. Basset recorded a 10-0 technical fall in match one and followed it up with a pin in match two. Mauger finished runner-up in the Greco-Roman tournament as well. In nine matches across both styles, Basset recorded seven technical falls and two pins.

Another wrestler to make World Teams in both styles was New Jersey’s Jim Mullen, who skipped his high school state tournament to compete this weekend. In the best-of-three finals, Mullen defeated Iowa’s Bradley Hill in two-straight matches, 18-5 and 9-7. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Simley wins 2A title with nine pins to bolster its case for national wrestling greatness

Coach Will Short calls his squad, undefeated for two seasons, “the best team public school team in the country.’’

The word throughout the wrestling community all season was that Simley was running out not only the best team in program history, but perhaps the best high school team Minnesota has produced.

After the Spartans (28-0) thoroughly whipped Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield in the Class 2A team championship match Friday, racking up nine pins in a 68-6 victory, it would be hard to argue the point.

Spartans coach Will Short went a step further.

“I believe we’re the best public school team in the country,” he said. “We just had to make sure we finished out the perfect seasons, two in a row. I think we’ve won something like 64, 65 dual meets in a row.” Continue reading at mnwrestlinghub.com →

The Guillotine – February 11, 2021

The February 11, 2021 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Wrestling For Family - Derrick Cardinal | Driven to Win by a Hatred of Losing - Chase DeBlaere | The Natural - Dominik Vacura | Lace ‘Em Up - Heartbreak and Uncertainty | Camps-Clinics-Training | MWCA Report | High School Rankings | Officially Speaking - Officiating Challenges | Performance Nutrition - Supplements | Culture Starts In The Room - Wes Hanson and Crookston Wrestling | Ask The Doc - Following Guidelines | Where Have They Gone? - Rick Ties.

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