This year’s The Clash wrestling tournament moving from RCTC to La Crosse

This year’s The Clash wrestling tournament scheduled for Jan. 7 and 8 will not be held at Rochester Community and Technical College as originally planned, but instead at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wis.

The Clash made the announcement on their Facebook page Wednesday citing “unforeseen circumstances”.

The event will still be held on the same dates, but just not in Rochester.

“I hate to point fingers or place blame, but to be honest, the college kind of canceled our event,” The Clash Vice President Brian Mix said. “We tried to get a hold of them for a whole week over Christmas, of course. We had to move forward obviously. They did eventually come back and talk to us. And they had a bunch of stipulations and stuff they wanted to do and we were already too far down the other path. Continue reading at →

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