MNUSA Mic’d Up – Will Short

Minnesota/USA Wrestling Marketing Director Jamie Nelson talks with Simley Coach Will Short.

Topics discussed include dual meets vs. individual tournaments, coaching elite high school athletes, junior high inclusion, how wrestling has changed over the years, women’s wrestling, building a successful program, and more.

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MWCA Recognizes 2020 State Individual Team Champions

Since 2013, the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association has recognized the Team Champions from the MSHSL Individual State Tournament. The winning team and runner-up from each class (A, AA, and AAA) earn a plaque to display at their respective schools.

This year the MWCA is proud to recognize Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove as the Class A Champion, Simley as the Class AA Champion, and Stillwater as the Class AAA Champion.

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Simley captures another 2A crown to cap convincing year

Spartans crushed Fairmont/Martin County West in the final to cap a dominant season.

After a decisive victory over Marshall in last year’s state title match, Simley entered this season as the unquestioned top team in Class 2A.

A 48-10 victory over Fairmont/Martin County West in the state final Thursday at Xcel Energy Center assured it will stay that way until next year.

It’s Simley’s eighth title in the past 13 years and 13th overall.

“They knew when they wrestled their best, they were the best team,” Simley coach Will Short said of his athletes. “[Thursday] they were. They worked extremely hard.” Continue reading at mnwrestlinghub.com

Kerkvliet announces intention to wrestle at Penn State

What many assumed would happen since the day he left Ohio State’s wrestling program has finally happened: former cadet world freestyle champion Daniel Kerkvliet announced Thursday that he intends to wrestle at Penn State.

Kerkvliet announced his plans to transfer away from Ohio State just days before the start of the season, fresh after spending a week in Budapest at the U23 World Freestyle Championships with Penn State wrestlers Bo Nickal and Brady Berge, along with members of the Penn State coaching staff traveling to support their athletes on the U23 team.

It was apparently a fruitful recruiting trip for the Nittany Lions, as the trip appeared to precipitate the former No. 1 overall recruit’s decision to leave Ohio State and ultimately wrestle for Cael Sanderson. Ohio State alumnus Kyle Snyder is currently training at the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club in search of another Olympic title, and will be one of several world-class heavyweight training partners in the room with Kerkvliet. Continue reading at www.elevenwarriors.com

Kerkvliet places fifth, Berge goes 0-2 at U23 World Championships

Former Simley wrestler Daniel Kerkvliet went 2-2 and placed fifth at the UWW U23 World Championships competing on October 29th-30th in Budapest, Hungary.

Kerkvliet, who wrestled freestyle at 125 kg (275.5 lbs.), defeated Lior Altshuler of Israel 10-0 in his first match. He then pinned Salim Ercan of Turkey at 2:34 in the quarterfinals.

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