Paw, Wagner to join Minnesota West program

WORTHINGTON — New Minnesota West wrestling coach Randy Baker introduced two fresh recruits on Tuesday, and both hail from southwest Minnesota.

Worthington High School graduate Lay K Paw and Jackson County Central standout Dalton Wagner signed letters of intent at the Center for Health and Wellness.

“It’s good to get a local kid with Lay Paw. I watched him a few times when he was in high school. He’s good on his feet. He’s just got to eliminate some mistakes. I think he can be real competitive,” said Baker.

Wagner was an undefeated 195-pound high school champion in 2018 who placed second in the state his previous year as a junior. He hasn’t wrestled competitively since high school, however, when Baker was his coach. Continue reading at

Worthington Trojans win with tradition and condition

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Trojans wrestling team competed in the Minnesota state Class AA team tournament last March, proving once again that in arguably the toughest high school sport of all, it helps to be in great shape.

“We always focus really hard on our conditioning,” said senior Mason Byrne, who is hoping to make an individual trip to the state tilt this year. “We always focus on being the best conditioned team so we can win matches in the third period.”

It’s all part of veteran head coach Mark Prunty’s master plan.

“That’s a big part of our success the last two or three years, the conditioning,” he explained. Continue reading at