The Guillotine Grapevine: A tale of two stories in Section 5AA

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A trip to Totino-Grace High School in Fridley had one goal in mind, profile the private Catholic school and its accomplished wrestling program. What happened was what makes sports great – kids doing great things to create great results. Totino-Grace wouldn’t hoist the Section 5AA trophy on Saturday, it’d be a group of kids from Orono who came into the sectional tournament with a 6-12 dual record. 

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Jake Svihel, Star Tribune Metro Wrestler of the Year

The Totino-Grace senior finished the season 57-0, a state record for individual victories in a season, to win a state title after three runner-up finishes.

It’s been a month, yet to Totino-Grace senior wrestler Jake Svihel, it feels just as good as it did when it happened.

Svihel, the Star Tribune’s Metro Wrestler of the Year, capped a perfect season with an equally perfect ending, defeating Byron’s Mitchel Peterson 7-3 in the Class 2A 126-pound final. He finished the season 57-0, a state record for individual victories in a season, and broke a number of school records, including takedowns in a season and in a career.

But it wasn’t about setting records. It was about finally winning a title. He’d finished second at his weight for three consecutive years. This past season, however, nothing was keeping him from going out on top. Continue reading at

Totino-Grace wrestler Jake Svihel aims to shed runner-up finish for champion

Jake Svihel grew up around the wrestling mat with his dad, Doug Svihel, the longtime coach of the Totino-Grace wrestling team.

The younger Svihel has since developed into one of the top high school wrestlers in Minnesota, one with a chance to win an individual state title this winter.

Svihel, a junior, is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A at 113 pounds by the Guillotine website, after two years of finishing as a state runner-up. He said he’s motivated by those finishes, adding that he’s hoping to help Totino-Grace to a top-six finish as a team.

“There’s a lot of top teams there,” he said, “but I think we can beat them.” Continue reading at

The Guillotine – January 23, 2015

The January 23, 2015 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: Totino-Grace - Changing The Culture, Irondale - Little Victories, Big Expectations, and Inner Drive - Not Just A Name On A Wall.

More content in this issue: Mid-Season College Action, Lace ‘Em Up, MWCA Report, High School Rankings, Officially Speaking, Clash XIII Action, View From The Matbird Seat, Minnesota College Connection, Section Tournament Calendar, The Mat Grinder, Ask The Doc, Where Have They Gone? - Tom Caron, Open Tournament Calendar, Upcoming Camps-Clinics-Training, Word Search.

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