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Fail your way to the top


Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot

Wrestling Hall of Famer Wade Schalles teaching a wrestling camp in Petersburg last week.

Wrestling Hall of Fame member Wade Schalles taught a wrestling camp in Petersburg last week. Schalles won four NCAA Championships, is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the most pins and wins of any wrestler and won 15 national championships in five different disciplines.

And according to Schalles, he would not have earned those accolades if he hadn’t failed. He just never failed twice. Schalles related an anecdotal conversation between himself and a student. We’ll call him Johnny.

“How many times did you get taken down,” Coach Schalles asked.

“12 times,...

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