Brandon Paulson

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Brandon Paulson is a former Olympic-caliber greco-roman wrestler and current wrestling coach. Paulson was born in 1973 in Coon Rapids, MN and is a 1992 graduate of Anoka High School. At Anoka High, Paulson was a three time state champion in his weight class and was named Mr. Minnesota Wrestling in his senior year after finishing with a career record of 155-12-1. Paulson was the first high school wrestler to earn a spot on the U.S. National Senior team when he qualified for the 1991-1992 team.[1][2][3] In 1993 he was a Junior World Silver Medalist. Overall, he earned 16 national titles in Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling, and was a 1996 Olympic silver medalist in the 114.5 lbs weight class in Greco-Roman wrestling.[4]

Following the Olympics, Paulson went on to earn All-American status in 1996 while attending the University of Minnesota and represented the United States in the World Championships in 2001, 2002, and 2003, winning a silver medal in 2001.[5] After retiring from wrestling, Paulson served as assistant coach for the Anoka High School wrestling team from 2005–08 (helping to produce seven individual championships at his alma mater) and was named USA Wrestling's Greco-Roman Coach Of The Year in 2008.[6] Paulson was also the trainer and personal mentor for greco-roman wrestler, and fellow Anoka alumni, Jake Deitchler as he prepared to compete in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.[7] Paulson went on to be a club coach for the Minnesota Storm and currently is the co-director of the Pinnacle Wrestling School in Shoreview, MN and continues to be a coach for USA Wrestling. In September, 2011, Paulson was named to the inaugural class of the Anoka High School Hall of Fame.[8][9]

Paulson, his wife Rochell, and his three children, Elijah, Abby, and Sydney reside in Anoka. Abby (13) is an elite gymnast training at Twin City Twisters. She qualified to the P&G Championships in 2013[10]

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