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Edina Middle School Wrestling Wraps Season

Wrestling coach with athletes on mat.

After many years without a program, the Edina Wrestling program was re-established here in Edina five years ago and continues to grow into a committed and energized team of pre-K through 12th grade wrestlers in Edina.

While the high school team may have the most visibility, you may not know that Edina also offers opportunities for younger students to grow their skills. The Middle School Wrestling team (grades 6-8) wraps its 2018 season with a final meet at Wayzata Middle School East on December 20. This part of the program is run through Edina Community Education.

As a coach, Rick Julkowski brings all the life lessons he learned from wrestling and shares that passion, specifically with the Edina Middle School team.

“Edina is unique in that we have just rebuilt the program here,” says Julkowski. “It is amazing the strides the program and wrestlers have made in that short time.”

Every year, the Edina Wrestling program gains momentum with membership and interest.  With incredible team-to-team support, each group trains independent from each other (pre-K – 5th grade, 6-8th grade, and 9th – 12th grade), but when a group needs support for tournaments and or fundraisers, all the wrestlers and parents come together to help each other out.

With a lifetime of wrestling background himself, Coach Luis Nuis knows first-hand the benefits.

“Wrestling is a unique sport,” says Nuis. “The lessons learned, without a doubt, positively impact our wrestlers’ lives in multiple ways. Wrestling emphasizes self-confidence, mental and physical strength and most importantly, respect for yourself and others,” he says. “It taught me how to always strive for excellence, even when you face adversity and how a positive attitude creates confidence and clear vision towards a goal.”

If you’d like to learn more about the Edina Wrestling program, click here.

For more information on programs Edina Community Education offers, click here to see all Winter 2019 classes and programs.