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Being a Spartan is about family, Spartans wrestling coach Tom Minkel tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Executive Associate Athletic Director Shelley Appelbaum on MSU Today.

Minkel is retiring at the end of the coming season after leading MSU wrestling for 25 years.

“I’ve got great memories and great relationship with the university.”

Minkel began wrestling 50 years ago. He was an All-American at CMU and then went into the music business and toured the country for five years with his wife.

Minkel recounts how seeing an opponent he’d beaten before compete on the U. S. Olympic Team inspired him to get back into wrestling.

He says wrestling is more sophisticated now due primarily to video.

“You can watch all the best wrestlers in the world now and evaluate their technique.”

Minkel discusses his seven principles wrestlers should follow to be successful.

“Winning is important, he says, “but what’s really important is the process and challenging yourself and learning to be more disciplined.”

Minkel closes by talking about his next chapter in life, playing poker professionally.

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