Breaking Records, On and Off the Mat

Minnewaska Area's Tyson Meyer

By Brian Jerzak

Breaking a school record is an amazing feat. It is rare to come across someone who – during a high school career – ended a career, a season, or an individual contest holding a school record. Breaking multiple school records in more than one sport is in another category altogether. Minnewaska Area senior Tyson Meyer is a rare athlete. He breaks school records on and off the mat.

Meyer started wrestling at a young age.

“I have been in wrestling since pre-school. My mom asked me if I wanted to go out for wrestling, and I said yeah. I started wrestling and just kept doing it.”

Success on the mat came quickly for Meyer.

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Tyson Meyer, Minnewaska’s two-time state champ

The 2020 Minnesota State wrestling tournament finished up on February 29. It was one of the last sports to actually complete its season and postseason. Minnewaska’s Tyson Meyer became the Lakers first two-time wrestling champion at this year’s state meet. Meyer, a junior, still has one more season ahead and he will be the favorite to three-peat in his senior year.

Tyson is the son of Cole and Mindy Meyer. Cole is a 1993 graduate of Minnewaska while Mindy went to West Central Area, graduating in 1994.

“All Tyson has wanted to do is wrestle since he was two years old. We were excited when he was finally old enough to actually join in preschool, to burn off some energy,” Mindy recalled.

Cole played a part in Tyson getting interested in wrestling. The father and son would wrestle with each other, which Tyson had fun doing, so his parents decided to get him involved at the youth level. Tyson took to it like a duck to water, never tiring of the sport as he got older, right to this day. Some early success came Tyson’s way, helping to inspire him to continue to work at it and improve. When Tyson was in fourth grade he won his first NYWA Championship in Rochester. Continue reading at