New gym receives favorable comments from coaches, fans

Twelve schools from across the region competed in the Heart O’ Lakes–MidState Conference Wrestling Tournament Jan. 28–hosted for the first time in Pelican Rapids.  

State-ranked wrestlers filled the brackets, for some of the most competitive wrestling under one roof anywhere in the state.

With more than 300 wrestlers, and fans numbering nearly 2,000, it was the largest sporting event yet in the new Pelican Al Siegle Activities Center.

“For our first time for this tournament, it’s going quite well,” said assistant coach Brian Dykhoff.  

More than three dozen volunteers, many wrestling parents, assisted behind the scenes at the tourney.

“The most stressful part is all the preparations,” said Pelican assistant coach Dylan Evenson. “Once they hit the mats and start wrestling, everything falls into place.” 

“You can’t beat this facility for an event like this,” said school board member Charlie Blixt, who is also a longtime wrestling enthusiast.  “This is one of the best facilities in the area, and we’re getting positive comments from coaches and fans.  They’re impressed with the whole thing.”

Louis Hoglund, managing editor