The Clash XV Coldwell Banker Burnet Hall of Fame
Tony Ramos – Glenbard North Panthers
Ramos was 24 – 0 for his career at The Clash and was the only wrestler to defeat McCauley at The Clash. Ramos was a 2- time ATT member Ramos was a three-time Illinois State Champion at Glenbard North After completing his storied high school career, Ramos committed to attend the University of Iowa under head coach Tom Brands. While at Iowa Ramos competed at 133 pounds and was the NCAA titlist 2014 and a 3-time All-American. On July 19, 2014, he married Megan (Eskew) Ramos, whom he met while at the University of Iowa. On April 25, 2015, the couple welcomed their son Anthony Joseph (AJ) Ramos Jr. into the world.
Destin McCauley - Apple Valley Eagles
McCauley held the record for most wins at The Clash with a 34-1 record, until last year. Was a 4-time All-Tournament Team member, led his team to the Clash VII, VIII and IX Titles McCauley was a 5 time Minnesota State champion and 6 time place winner. Destin is Wrestling his senior season at Nebraska – Kearney under Coach Dalton Jensen 2016 national champion 157 lbs Nebraska – Kearney and 2-time All-American ... two-time region champ ... 2016 MIAA champ
Cyler Sanderson – Wasatch Wasps
Sanderson was a 2-time ATT member with a 12-0 career record at the Clash Sanderson was a 3-time Utah State Champion Cyler was a Big 12 and Big 10 Champion 2 -time NCAA All-American at Iowa State University and Penn State where he wrestled for his Brother Cael Sanderson. He currently works in the Financial management industry, runs the Sanderson Wrestling Academy in Utah and is an Artist for fun! Cyler and his newlywed bride, McKenzie have been married 6 months.
Mike Thorn – Saint Michael Albertville
Thorn was a 2-time ATT member with a 12-0 career record at the Clash Thorn was a 3-time Minnesota State Champion Big- 10 Champion and 2-time NCAA All-American at the University of Minnesota Mike and his wife , and son still reside in the Saint Michael area.
Coach Mark Hahn – Glenbard North Panthers
Was the head coach of the Champions of Clash I Coach Hahn’s Glenbard North team Record at The Clash 46 -26 With 14 All-Tournament Team selections. The Panthers have won one Illinois State Dual Team Championship and placed in the top 4 or better 15 under his direction. Coach Hahn is the undisputed leader of the Glenbard North Wrestling program, where they are affectionately known as The Gold Dot Nation. His teams are always prepared and battle for every point. Coach Hahn is well respected by the referees and always appreciated by the fans. Coach Hahn is more comfortable with a pen and paper than computers, sitting behind the wheel of a tractor than behind a desk. And will always be remembered for his cowboy boots and the “Whistle”
Contributors Randy Cirksena -
First National team recruiter and member of the board of directors. Randy continues to serve as The Region 5 representative for the NWCA: MN,ND,SD,NE,KS and MO. Randy was being modest when he wrote, “I simply had the easy privilege of inviting teams to The Clash, to enjoy all of the hard work the rest of the committee did and continues to do. It’s not hard to extend an invite to the Grandest high school athletic event in the country!” Randy’s family includes his wife Wendy (director of special education with Owatonna School District) Their sons Jason Cirksena (wrestled for Owatonna and Kasson - Mantorville high schools at The Clash. Jason also wrestled at Minnesota State University -Mankato before concussions forced him to retire. Randy’s two other sons are Seth Marbry (wrestled for Rochester Mayo and Owatonna high schools at The Clash) And Chase Marbry. Randy is the proud grandfather to 5 grandchildren. Owner of his State Farm agency, and serving the Ellendale United Methodist Church, and he complete his theological doctoral program with Emory University and Asbury Theological Seminary.
Steve Patton – Was involved from the very inception of The Clash. He served as the Tournament Director from 2004 to 2013. He and his wife Dr. Bonita Patton (Associates in Psychiatry Psychology) had been married 34 years. Their sons, Blake, Devon (who continues to wrestle with the Winona State University Wrestling club & Miles (currently a red-shirt freshman this season this season with The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Wrestling squad) Steve works in Information Technology for the Mayo Clinic Steve and his family own and operate Patton Family Vineyard and Post Town Winery in Rochester, MN Steve is an Alumni from Iowa State University where he was a Division 1 wrestler for the Cyclones. Steve also served as the President of the Southeastern Minnesota Wrestling Coalition, which supported the re-investment of approximately $400,000 back into the wrestling community. He also has been a USA Freestyle wrestling official since 1982 and has coached at various levels over the years. “The Moment” We go all the way back to The Clash I. One of the original intents of the tournament was to bring in top teams from around the country to wrestle each other … and a byproduct of that, is sometimes you get individual matchups that steal the show.
This match was one of those moments!
Trevor Laws – Apple Valley, MN vs Kyle Devan Vacaville, CA. On the far end of the fieldhouse the Northeast mat, two nationally regarded heavyweights and Future NFL pro football athletes, squared off. It felt like the whole building; fans, other wrestlers and referees stopped what they were doing to find their way down to crowd around the mat to watch this battle take place. Devan and Laws moved like lightweights, despite their size. Rich Penaluna, head coach at Vacaville at the time, recalls being joined at mat side by the tournament director, who was informed that J Robinson Head Coach at The University of Minnesota was looking for him – to which Penaluna replied, “J will have to wait.” Despite a last second flurry in which Devan was in deep on a shot, Laws eventually prevailed with a hard-fought narrow victory, 5 - 4. The two would later face each other again twice on a college football field, and once in the NFL.