Paul Nelson

  Elk River coach Paul Nelson comes from a prominent wrestling family, and there’s no question who their crown jewel is. That would be Tony Nelson, Paul’s nephew, two-time national heavyweight champion for the Minnesota Gophers. The senior from Cambridge-Isanti won NCAA titles his sophomore and junior years and is currently ranked No. 2. His […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Elk River wrestlers were on the verge of ending a 39-year streak of sending at least one kid to “state” every season. Then Evan Caldon saved the day. The Elks’ 126-pound junior won a true-second match in overtime, 2-1, on an escape with five seconds left, to beat […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Mitch Beaudry’s junior year in Elk River football and wrestling was not at all what he had hoped, but this brawny  5-foot-8 athlete redoubled his efforts and his resolve and has filled his senior year with what will be great memories. After the 0-9 football season in 2010 following a […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor As a cross country runner, Eric Stevens trekked hundred of miles each fall with modest success to show for it. But all that roadwork really pays off when he’s wrestling. “The third period, that’s when I get most of my points,” said Stevens. “A lot of guys get tired in the […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports edit0r The Elk River wrestlers won another match but lost another senior leader on Thursday evening. The Elks rolled 39-22 over the Blaine Bengals in Blaine, improving to 5-1 in the Northwest Suburban. Austin Stevens was leading his 160-pound match 9-4 and riding his man when somehow his ankle got painfully […]

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