EG wrestling tradition preserved at Eagle Grove Historical Museum

The 1957 - 1958 school year is one that went down in Eagle Grove history. It’s the year that the high school wrestling team went undefeated during regular season; took home the State Runner Up Title in team competition, saw one wrestler grab an individual second place title; and three others bring home individual State Championships - Dick Bernard at 95 pounds, Carrol Flatebo at 133 pounds, and Larry Schultz at 165 pounds.

Flatebo was a senior on the team. But tragedy struck when he separated his shoulder. Some thought that meant the end of the season for him, even his coach who Flatebo recalls very clearly saying “I really thought you could do something this year.”

The next day, Flatebo, with his arm in a sling, began running the steps of the high school.

“I was going to prove him wrong,” Flatebo said.

His mission was to get back on the wrestling match, and not only did he achieve his goal, but he also claimed the 133 pound State Championship. It was a day, and a time, he will never forget.

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