The Guillotine – February 15, 2024

The February 15, 2024 issue of The Guillotine. In the headlines: The North Shore Pin Machine – Zak McPhee | Teamwork Triumphs: The Story Behind St. Francis Wrestling’s Turnaround | Lace ‘Em Up | Camps, Clinics, and Training | MWCA Report | View From The Matbird Seat | High School Rankings | Performance Nutrition – Wrestler Hydration | Ask The Doc | Officially Speaking | Where Have They Gone? – Max LeClair

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Teamwork Triumphs: The Story Behind St. Francis Wrestling’s Turnaround

By Brian Jerzak

When St. Francis head wrestling coach Kurt Werk took over as the head coach of the Saints wrestling program, he knew getting the program on track toward a team state title berth would not be a one-man show. He knew it would take time, and more importantly, he knew he would need help from the community. When Werk took over, the program was in a good place, but after some initial success, the results would fall off.

In the last two seasons, the program has returned to where Werk thinks it should be. Although they have yet to make that team state tournament appearance, the program is on the upswing. The reason starts with the kids, but behind those kids is a dedicated group of alumni and community members making sure the St. Francis wrestling program is community-built.

Werk wanted to start building his wrestling career before he was even able to get into a youth program.

“I started wrestling in first grade,” Werk said. “I was itching to get into it because my brother wrestled, but my parents wouldn’t let me start until first grade. I have been a part of wrestling ever since.”

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The Guillotine – November 14, 2008

The November 14, 2008 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Lace ‘em up, Class AAA Ratings, Class AA Ratings, Class A Ratings, Open Tournament Calendar, MWCA Report, All-Star Classic, Officially Speaking, Division I Previews, One-on-One with Bill Demaray, Division II Previews, Years Ago, Ask the Doc, Saint Francis Wrestling, Where Have They Gone?, Division III Previews, Ten Things to Watch in Minnesota College Wrestling, Up on My Soapbox, Junior College Previews, Class A Season Preview, Class AA Season Preview, Class AAA Season Preview, Through the Eyes of Mom, Clash 7 Notes, College Events.

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