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

Trackwrestling Podcast: Clash XV preview with Lance Hughes

Andy Hamilton talks with Lance Hughes, one of the main figures behind the nation’s top high school dual meet tournament, The Clash, which gets going December 30-31 in Rochester, Minnesota.

It’s yet another great way to end the year in Rochester!

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Grappling gauntlet: OHS wrestling to compete against some of the nation’s best team at The Clash

Thirty-two teams from 16 states will be flocking to Rochester Community and Technical College Friday and Saturday for one of the nation’s truly premier wrestling tournaments: The Clash XV.

The field contains an abundance of state and nationally-ranked teams boasting countless college-bound athletes.

For reference to the depth and elite talent at the event, consider this: Last season’s Class AAA Minnesota state champion, Apple Valley, finished fifth. Continue reading at