Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: The relevance and importance of The Clash

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The 18th Clash National High School Wrestling Duals got going on January 3 at Rochester Community & Technical College’s Regional Sports Center. Today on The Guillotine Grapevine, we get an insight into the relevance of the tournament, its impact on Minnesota and the Rochester area as well as get insight from sponsors, visiting coaches and locals familiar with the event.

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Small school LPGEB hopes to make big splash at The Clash

Jacob Lorentz likes to downplay just how powerful his Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville wrestling program has become.

“We’re just a small community from central Minnesota that’s trying to represent our area well,” Lorentz said. “I’m not going to lie to you. We relish the underdog role.”

Now go ahead and turn “relish” into “relished.” That’s because “underdog” doesn’t fit the Wolves anymore. Invitations to the national-renowned Clash wrestling tournament in Rochester don’t come unless you’re special, and he got one this last offseason.

LPGEB has transformed from a program that had 16 wrestlers total when Lorentz took over in 2014, to one that now boasts 40. And the Wolves don’t just have quantity, they have quality, which allowed them to reach the state tournament the last two years, including winning it last season (beating Kenyon-Wanamingo in the finals). The Wolves finished 27-1 overall. Continue reading at www.postbulletin.com

Clash XVI field full of elite talent

Every year, the Clash National Wrestling Duals brings many of the top high school wrestling teams in the country to Rochester. This year is no different.

Clash XVI is set to start at 9 a.m. Friday and runs through Saturday night at UCR Regional Sports Center. This year, 29 teams will venture to Rochester from as far away as California and as close as Mayo High School to square up against that elite competition.

There are challenges that come with putting together the nation’s best dual-format high school wrestling tournament. But this year was more difficult than most.

After committing, paying a deposit and signing a contract, several teams backed out leading up to Clash XVI. With new rules in place limiting Minnesota teams to just 16 total events, that handcuffed the Clash board as far as finding replacements for those teams that dropped out. Continue reading at www.postbulletin.com