ESPN profiles South Dakota native, ultimate fighter Brock Lesnar

Wrestling — the real kind — is pretty popular in South Dakota. A significant portion of high schools in the state offer it as an official sport, and several of the state’s colleges do, too. The state has produced many wrestling greats, including Olympians Lincoln McIlravy, Randy Lewis, Duane and Dennis Koslowski, and Bill and Jim Scherr, to name a few.

Perhaps the most famous wrestler from South Dakota, though, is Brock Lesnar. He excelled in wrestling at Webster High School and went on to win a junior college championship and later a Division I college championship. He got famous when he went "professional" with the WWE, and now he seems to be getting even more famous as a mixed martial artist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

The video below is a profile of Lesnar by ESPN that I happened to see recently on television.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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