Two Old Matmen Share A Special Bond

By Jeff Bro Olsen

It was a given that Spencer Yohe and Tommy Grafstrom would team-up. They’re both characters with unique personalities and a knack for turning up far off the beaten path.

Spencer Yohe, Minnesota’s godfather of wrestling, is built like the late Bear Bryant, can spin tales like the late WCCO broadcaster Halsey Hall, and has a distinctive gravely voice like the late Redd Foxx.

He was reached in May shortly before flying to Alaska and was asked if he would be in Anchorage looking up Tommy Grafstrom, one of his former Dragon wrestlers from the days when Spence was an assistant coach at Moorhead State University.

Make that an affirmative.

When old Spence gets animated, there is no simple yes or no answer. He provides background information like an old beat cop remembering when he first booked some hooligan.

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Mayo Civic Center Region 1 Wrestling Hall of Fame 2018 Class

The Mayo Civic Center Region I Wrestling Hall of Fame honored inductees and area teams and wrestlers this past weekend at the Southeastern Minnesota Wrestling Seniors Banquet in Rochester, Minn.

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The Guillotine – January 2, 2009

The January 2, 2009 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Lace ‘em up, Class A Ratings, Class AA Ratings, Class AAA Ratings, Wrestling and Spencer Yohe, Officially Speaking, Milestones, RevWrestling Profile - Dylan Ness, Minnesota Christmas Tournament, Years Ago, Fastest Falls, Minnesota College Connection, Ask the Doc, Big Bear Tournament, Open Tournament Calendar, Through the Eyes of Mom, Where Have They Gone?, RevWrestling HS Rankings, Kids Wrestling for Kids in Need, High School Results, College Results.

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The Guillotine – May 10, 2006

The May 10, 2006 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Lace ‘em up | What makes a man great? | On track at Dakota County | Jake of all trades | Konrad qualifies for World Univ Championships | Through the Eyes of Mom | Officially Speaking | MWCA Mr. Minnesota | USA Wrestling Senior Nationals | What‘s best for Minnesota? | Schwartz Scholarship winners | Minnesota Christmas Tournament | Ask the Doc | 2006 Wrestling Camps, Clinics, and Training | RPW Vision Part 4 | National Wrestling Hall of Fame MN Chapter | Bartelma Hall of Fame | Years Ago | NYWA State Tournament | USA Wrestling Western Regional | USA Wrestling FILA Junior Nationals.

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