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Goals for the program

  • Grow the sport of Wrestling in the western suburbs
  • Introduce the sport to new athletes and families
  • Build a community of wrestling from youth to high school in Minnetonka
  • Promote multisport athletes
  • Build character.  Your son or daughter will be challenged by this sport. "Win with humility, lose with grace, and do both with dignity."

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Youth Registration Opens September 1, 2023
Free Pre Season Camp (Thurs only) October 26 to November 9
1st Practice November 14. 2023
Season 2 Begins January 16
Minnetonka vs Edina HS Meet January 25, 2024
Last Practice March 7, 2024

Tonka Wrestling will primarily use the SportsEngine app for all team communication and calendar updates.  

Additionally, coaches will send out weekly updates on upcoming events, notes from practices, and/or talking points for parents and athletes to work on or discuss at home.

Foundations of wrestling, basic positions, how to score, stance + motion, takedowns, and entry level top/bottom riding

Every Tuesday and Thursday
6pm to 7pm
Start date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
End date: Thursday, January 11, 2024

Optional Competition:
1-2 tournaments (Saturday mornings)
Goal of 3-6 live matches total

Building on Season 1's foundations, turns, higher level takedowns, focusing on competition vs practices.

Every Tuesday and Thursday
6pm to 7pm
Start date: Tuesday, January 16, 2024
End date: Thursday, March 7, 2024

Optional Competition:
2-3 tournaments (Saturday mornings)
Goal of 5-10 live matches total

Each season is $130 and includes a Tonka Wave Wrestling t-shirt.  If you opt for signing up for both seasons the fee is $250.
The season fee is for practices and training only.  Tournaments are an additional cost ($15-20 per tournament). Singlets are available to borrow for tournaments or you can purchase a singlet directly through a recommended online store.

All practices are held at
The Shop - Performance Training
15400 Minnetonka Industrial Rd
Minnetonka, MN 55345

  • "Tonka Wave is where I met lifelong friends and learned how to develop into a State Champion wrestler, I have so many good memories from my youth training and tournaments." Marco Christiansen, 2023 MN High School State Champion & USA Wrestling All-American


  • State Champion for Prior Lake High School
  • 2x All American for Luther College
  • Assistant coach in 2022-23
  • Married to Sarah and father to Logan and Griffin (PreK and 2nd Grade)
  • Vice President of Benefits Consulting at USI Insurance

Lonnie Welsh

  • State place winner for Apple Valley High School
  • Jr National Freestyle All-American
  • Assistant Coach in 2022-23
  • Married to Nickie and father to Adeline and George (PreK and 1st grade)
  • Strategic Sales Manager at When I Work

Christian DuLaney

Christian graduated from Benilde-St. Margaret's High School in 2014.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.  Christian’s high school wrestling accomplishments include 2x State Runner-up which led him to compete at the JUCO & D1 college level where he was a 2 yr starter for Southern Illinois.  Today he is training with the Minnesota Storm for the 2024 Olympics in the sport of Greco wrestling.  He is currently a member of the USA National Team.

Program Goals & Philosophy

We look to follow the Athlete Development Model and Coaching plans put out by USA Wrestling as much as possible.  We will present this information during the parent meeting, and throughout the season, but please check this out directly on the USA Wrestling website (links below).

This is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers and donations. We organized this team to support the sport and introduce it to new families.  If your athlete is going above and beyond our goal is to support them while we can and provide guidance towards their next steps in their wrestling career - be it with Tonka or with other programs more dedicated to training at a higher level.

The Registration "Tonka Youth" is not currently available.