A Program and Community on the Rise – Stillwater Wrestling

High school wrestling is a sport of numbers. Get that last takedown, extend the margin of victory, work hard for the pin, fight off your back; it all helps your team win. All those numbers lead to team victories. Numbers drive youth, middle school, and varsity success as well. The more wrestlers that try the sport, the better chance of finding the right kids to help the team. Stillwater head coach Tim Hartung has numbers in all the right places. Possibly the most important number is his number of community members that have gotten involved in Stillwater’s rising program.

Growing up in Wisconsin, Hartung’s start in the sport was an escape, an escape from doing his daily chores.

“We grew up on a dairy farm, and my uncle asked us if we wanted to come with our cousins to a local tournament,” Hartung said. “My brother and I looked at each other – anything to get us out of chores, and we are in.”

It didn’t take long before Hartung was hooked.

“We were strong farm kids, so we did well right away, and my love of wrestling grew from there. I liked the physicality and the sense of individual accomplishment. Being out there all by yourself and beating another competitor – it was a feeling that was so different and rewarding from other sports.”

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The Guillotine – May 15, 2020

The May 15, 2020 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: A Program and Community on the Rise - Stillwater Wrestling | Ponce Trained - In Wrestling and In Life | The Guillotine Academic All-State Wrestlers | Where Have They Gone? - Wayne Lexvold | An Evolving Culture of Wrestling - Kasson-Mantorville.

More content in this issue: Lace ‘Em Up - Academic All-State and Recruiting News | Camps and Training Opportunities | MWCA Report | Ask The Doc - Waiting for the Pandemic to Pass | Officially Speaking - New Rules.

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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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Unbeaten Shakopee repeats as 3A wrestling champ

The Sabers’ Tommy Johnson edged unbeaten foe Josh Piechowski at 220 to clinch the win — and a perfect 41-0 season.

Having coached more teams with high expectation that he cares to count, Shakopee coach Jim Jackson knows the best way to deal with them: play dumb.

More like, unaware. As in, when you have a team of athletes with state championship expectations, how do you address them?

“We don’t really talk about them,” Jackson said. “We just focus on learning and improving every day. We don’t talk about rankings or anything like that. We just go out there and do our job.”

The Sabers did their jobs exceedingly well this season, winning all 41 dual meets they had. The 41st was the most important, facing a finally healthy and immensely talented Stillwater in the Class 3A final on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. Continue reading at mnwrestlinghub.com