Tom Gravalin is Inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame

Tom Gravalin is Inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame

November 4, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By: Mary Balstad

Fosston, MN – On Saturday, October 30th, Tom Gravalin was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the Benson Inn in Benson, Minnesota with Coach Al “Swede” Olson as a speaker and the person who introduced the longtime Fosston wrestling coach. Gravalin’s history with the sport goes back to his high school days where he competed at Moorhead High School. First coaching wrestling in Erskine, Gravalin taught there for two years before moving to Fosston. There he led a successful coaching career for the next 23 years with a record of 136-121-4. This includes 35 state entries, 7 state winners, and bringing the 1990 team to the State Class A Dual Tournament. Gravalin recalls these victories and losses that his team experienced.

Gravalin recognized those who helped him garnar this achievement in his speech. This included his father and brothers, who were also involved in sports, and how their achievements inspired him.

These familial inspirations appeared to have affected Gravalin for the better as he says getting students to the state tournament is the highlight of his coaching career. “There are still quite a few wrestlers out there that still pat me on the back and thank me for all they have done,” Gravalin reminisces. He then jokingly concludes, “I’ve raised the graduation rate as well [in order] to keep them eligible!”