A big change is coming down the line for Sleepy Eye athletes in the 2017-18 school year. After a few years of not having an active wrestling program in Sleepy Eye, both St. Mary’s and Sleepy Eye Public will be joining a coop with New Ulm area schools.

A big change is coming down the line for Sleepy Eye athletes in the 2017-18 school year. After a few years of not having an active wrestling program in Sleepy Eye, both St. Mary’s and Sleepy Eye Public will be joining a coop with New Ulm area schools.

The school began talks of bringing the schools together in the spring of 2016. Elementary-age wrestlers from Sleepy Eye have participated in the Rolling Thunder wrestling program in New Ulm for several years. This cooperative program gives them an opportunity to continue with the sport at the varsity level.

“We were in a coop with Springfield—River Valley Wrestling—for a while. When our numbers dwindled down, they had to look for a different school to partner with,” said Sleepy Eye Public Activities Director Cory Haala. “This gives the younger kids who are interested a chance to see this sport through to high school.”

“We pursued this because we knew we had kids who participate in New Ulm (Rolling Thunder),” said St. Mary’s Activities Director Bruce Woitas. 

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