U of M wrestlers visit 8 y.o. wrestler grappling with burns

Tyler Schultz’ wrestling teammates in South Dakota are pulling for his speedy recovery – but a little extra “muscle” can’t hurt!

On Monday, Jumeetingne 15, four members of the University of Minnesota’s Golden Gopher Wrestling Team stopped by to meet Tyler and offer encouragement as he receives treatment for 3rd degree burns in Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Burn Center.

Sam Brancale, Josh Shupe, Zane Zeman and Nate Thomas brought Tyler a poster signed by the entire team and visited with the young wrestler and his parents. The event was covered by WCCO 4 News sports reporter Dave McCoy and aired Tuesday, June 16.

Tyler and Gopher Group
Sam Brancale, Josh Shupe, Zane Zeman, Tyler Schultz, Nate Thomas
Angie Whitley and Tyler
Angie Whitley and Tyler

“He’s such a strong kid and he’s made remarkable progress,” explains Angie Whitley, RN, one of the many nurses Tyler has won over during his 45-day stay at HCMC. “Having these wrestlers take time out of their busy schedules to stop by and visit Tyler is so very much appreciated – and I think they enjoyed it, too! Encouragement and hope is a vital part of the healing process for patients recovering from burns.”

In a few weeks, Tyler (who wrestles at 50 pounds) heads back to his hometown near Aberdeen, SD soon where he’ll continue therapy on an outpatient basis.

Eden Prairie’s Sam Brancale (junior) wrestles at 125 and 133 lbs. Josh Shupe (senior) from Marshfield, WI, wrestles at 141 lbs. Nate Thomas (sophomore) is from Mantorville, MN and wrestles at 133 lbs. Zane Zeman (junior) is from Avon, Ohio and wrestles at 157 lbs.
(Left to right) Nate Thomas (sophomore) is from Mantorville, MN and wrestles at 133 lbs. Josh Shupe (senior) from Marshfield, WI, wrestles at 141 lbs. Eden Prairie’s Sam Brancale (junior) wrestles at 125 and 133 lbs. Zane Zeman (junior) is from Avon, Ohio and wrestles at 157 lbs.

Hearts in the right place at TC Marathon

When Dr. Carl Dean entered the Twin Cities Marathon, he wasn’t expecting to come in first place, but hoped to at least have a decent time. That changed when he caught up to a runner who had collapsed.

“I heard someone say, ‘I can’t feel a pulse.’ So I went over to the collapsed runner and with the help of another runner who had stopped, we started chest compressions,” explained Dr. Dean.  “It was clear that this guy was in trouble.”

After performing two rounds of CPR, someone arrived with an AED and EMS professionals took over. The patient was revived, so Dr. Dean resumed the race. When asked if he finished, he said, “Yes, but my time was awful.”

But others might agree that his timing was perfect. Well done, Dr. Dean!

See the story that aired on Fox 9 News 10/8/12