A Team From Top to Bottom – Minneota Wrestling

Minneota head wrestling coach Matt Myrvik has been involved in Minneota athletics his entire life. He grew up wrestling under long-time Minneota wrestling coach Joel Skillings. Before he graduated from high school, he started the transition into coaching. This year, he took on the task of replacing a Minnesota coaching legend – Skillings. How does ... Read more
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Committed to Football, With a Little Help from Wrestling

More and more, elite athletes specialize in one sport. Even those that don’t just participate in one sport, they have a sport that is obviously primary and secondary. For Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie senior Craig Orlando – the sport he considers his secondary sport – wrestling – is possibly his best. Although football is his passion, wrestling ... Read more
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Uncommon Passion, Uncommon Results – Patrick Kennedy

Wrestlers are some of the most passionate athletes on Earth. So much work goes into just being an average wrestler that it is almost impossible for a wrestler to have that passion. To become an elite wrestler, most ratchet that passion up to another level. Then you have Kasson-Mantorville’s Patrick Kennedy. Even for an elite ... Read more
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Crossing Rivalry Lines – Lakeville South

Since Lakeville High School split into two schools in 2005, Lakeville North and Lakeville South have been natural rivals. With kids growing up together and training in the same youth programs, the two wrestling teams add to the community rivalry. In 1997, Paul Donner started working with Lakeville wrestling. Over the years, he held coaching ... Read more
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Keep Grinding – Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa

When Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa head wrestling coach Jack Mueller took over the Jaguars’ wrestling program, he brought with him the career of a wrestling grinder. From his days fighting for varsity time in high school to his time at multiple assistant coaching stops, Mueller brought a grinder mentality to the BBE program. Now, the Jaguars are in ... Read more
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Giving Back and Giving Confidence… For Over Forty Years – St. Paul Central Wrestling

The St. Paul Central Minutemen wrestling team has not always had success in the win column. Off the mat, head coach Wardell Warren has had successes that have gone well beyond his over 400 career victories. Brought up in the program, Warren wanted to give back to what gave him so much early in his ... Read more
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No Going Back – Orono Wrestling

When Orono wrestling coach Joe McPherson first joined the Spartans’ staff, the program was struggling. A few years later, when he walked into the Orono wrestling room for the first time as the head wrestling coach, things had gotten even worse. “When I came on as a volunteer assistant, we had 18-20 kids in the ... Read more
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Making The Jump – Sartell-St. Stephen Wrestling

When Sartell-St. Stephen head wrestling coach Cody Olson took over the job before the 2009-10 season, the program was struggling. “The program was down,” Olson recalled. “They were talking about a possible co-op. The numbers were down – I think they had about 20 guys – 7th to 12th grade – in the room. They ... Read more
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