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

Lance Benick Named MWCA Mr. Minnesota Wrestler

The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association named Lance Benick of Totino-Grace High School as the 2015 Mr. Minnesota Wrestler. He is a four-time state champion, finishing his stellar career ranked as the #1-ranked high school wrestler in the nation at 195 lbs. Benick, who compiled a 173-4 record over the past four seasons, will attend Arizona State next year.

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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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