The Guillotine – December 1, 2022

The December 1, 2022 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Pin To Win - Ryder Rogotzke | High School Class Previews | High School Rankings | Lace 'Em Up | Camps, Clinics, and Training | Officially Speaking | Performance Nutrition - What Do You Have With Your Eggs? | View From The Matbird Seat | Where Have They Gone? Craig Halvorson | Ask The Doc.
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Pin To Win – Ryder Rogotzke

By Brian Jerzak

During the 2021-22 wrestling season, Stillwater senior Ryder Rogotzke had one of the most dominant seasons a wrestler can have. He lost just one match all season and won his first state championship. In doing so, he pinned his way through the state tournament. During the season, Rogotzke only went the full six minutes twice. He finished with 44 falls – tying the state record for most pins in a season.

"Instead of teaching me how to win, my dad taught me how to pin," Rogotzke said. "That is the easiest way to win. You can be down by ten. If you get the pin, you win. My mentality of pinning everyone was there in the first year. I would go for headlocks, three-quarters, cow catchers, and no one really knew pinning defense. There is not as much strength when you are little. That got me through to now."

Rogotzke found enjoyment and success in two sports as a kid.

"I remember trying t-ball, football, and wrestling," Rogotzke said. "Football and wrestling stuck."

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Junior Schalles winner Rogotzke learned to pin at an early age

By Mike Finn

Ryder Rogotzke said he first saw himself as a pinner about the same time his father, Perry, first introduced the sport to this current high school junior from Stillwater Area High School in Minnesota.

“The one quote he built into my head was: ‘Send a message,’” said Rogotzke, who captured the 182-pound state championship this year by recording a state-record 44th pin in the state final. “Well, the best way to send a message for me has been to pin everyone.”

And that’s about what the future Naval Academy wrestler accomplished this past winter in a season that saw him also win a Super 32 championship last October and go 56-1. Ten of those victories came via a forfeit and only two of his victims lasted an entire match against Rogotzke, who learned to overcome any new defense used by his opponents, aware of his pinning reputation. Continue reading at win-magazine.com →

Fun-Loving Hunter Lyden Isn’t Joking About Earning Stillwater A Team Wrestling Title

STILLWATER, Minn. (WCCO) — Stillwater wrestling has gotten very close the past few years but they’re still looking for the program’s first-ever team state title.

“If they can crack through and do it, they’ll be the first and only ever to do it first. So I think they’re excited about it,” said Stillwater head coach Timothy Hartung.

The Ponies’ leader on the mat is fun-loving Hunter Lyden.

“We will occasionally say, ‘Hey let’s get a little bit more serious,’” said Hartung. “But the fun side that he brings to the sport, and keeping things pretty loose does effect the kids around him in a positive way, especially in these environments.” Watch/continue reading at minnesota.cbslocal.com →