Minnesota wrestling coaches pleased with high school league’s tricky-to-plan state tournament

Where it will be held is still unknown, but the March 25-27 event will crown team and individual champions, something that had been much in doubt two months ago.

Two months ago, Will Short was worried.

The highly successful head wrestling coach at Simley, where he also serves as athletic director, was convinced there wouldn’t be a wrestling state tournament this year.Wrestling presented perhaps the most vexing challenge to the Minnesota State High School League’s goal of holding state tournaments for winter sports this year.

Trying to reconcile the need to be safe and take the necessary COVID-19 precautions with a tournament that featured more than 650 wrestlers pursuing individual state titles — along with coaches, teammates, parents and fans — seemed more than daunting. It seemed impossible.

“Two months ago, things were in bad shape and it looked like we weren’t going to have a tournament,” Short said. Continue reading at startribune.com →

Simley wrestling just wants time on the mat

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (BVM) — Simley High School wrestling is coming off a season that to many looked like one of its best ever.

The Spartans went 22-0 during the 2019-20 season, winning the MSHSL 2A team state championship as well as having five wrestlers win individual state championships. The team also won prestigious tournaments during the regular season like the Cheesehead, Cliff King and Minnesota Christmas tournament.

“You just don’t have seasons like that very often,” Simley head coach Will Short said.

However, as Short looked towards this season, he was excited at all the talent he was bringing back.

“I never didn’t have my eye on it,” Short said. “I do believe we have a special group this year and obviously their accomplishments speak for themselves.” Continue reading at bvmsports.com →

The Guillotine – December 30, 2011

The December 30, 2011 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Minnesota Christmas Tourn. Action | Lace ‘Em Up | Open Tournament Calendar | Milestones | Class AA Ratings | Class AAA Ratings | MWCA President‘s Report | Class A Ratings | Officially Speaking | Big Bear Tournament | Minnesota Christmas Tournament | The Clash 10 Top Teams Profiles | Minnesota College Connection | College Results | One-on-One with Will Short | Ask The Doc | The View From The Matbird Seat | Kimball Wrestling: A Community Project | Fastest Falls | Redwood River Riot | Years Ago.

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The Guillotine – February 26, 2010

The February 26, 2010 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: State Team Brackets | Golden Gophers gear up for tournament time | Lace ‘Em Up | MWCA Report | Minnesota College Connection | Open Tournament Calendar | Milestones | Ask the Doc | High School Ratings | The Simley Spartans, the Shorts and Success | Officially Speaking | Fastest Falls | Auggies advance 9 at Great Lakes Regional | Mike Thorn Profile | Camps, Clinics, and Training | Sixty Club Form | College Post-Season Tournament Calendar | Wrestler Profiles | Not Your Typical Two-Time State Entrant - Grant Olson | View From The Matbird Seat | Girls Wrestle Too! | Where Have They Gone? - Gary Neist | Academic All-State Info | Dedication and Re-dedication - Joel Bauman | High School Team Section Results | Years Ago | Through the Eyes of Mom | College Results.

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