May 012015

Bloomington, Minn., native and 2010 NCAA Division I champion Jayson Ness will make his return to competition this weekend at the USA Wrestling Northeast Regional Championships in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Ness, the 2010 Dan Hodge Trophy winner, will be competing for the first time since his come-from-behind victory over Iowa’s Daniel Dennis in the finals of the NCAA championship at 133 pounds. Continue reading at

May 012015

MANKATO, Minn. – Minnesota State wrestling celebrated the 2014-15 season with its annual award banquet on Thursday. The MSU wrestling coaching staff handed out six awards and recognized other awards handed out throughout the season.

Top Newcomer – Corey Abernathy (Fr., 184 lbs.) earned his award with a 17-10 record. The Waverly, Iowa native finished 5-3 in conference duals and 9-5 versus Division II opponents. He placed first at the Yellowjacket Open and fourth at the Buena Vista Open this season. Continue reading »

Apr 302015

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland – United World Wrestling has announced several rule modifications for Greco-Roman wrestling. The decision to implement the reforms comes after several months of testing at the international level. The changes will take effect immediately.

The recent rule revisions are highlighted by increased penalties for illegal actions, clarifications on awarding of points for “push-outs,” the elimination of one-point exposure, and the return of the popular five-point throw. Continue reading at

Apr 282015

Gagne set a standard for excellence in Minnesota wrestling that few have been able to match

It’s a sad day for Gopher Athletics with news of the passing of Gopher Wrestling great Verne Gagne. Gagne passed away Tuesday after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

“Verne represents what’s great about the University of Minnesota and our wrestling program,” said Director of Athletics Norwood Teague. “He was an incredible athlete — Big Ten champ, national champ, Olympian — but he also selflessly served his country, took academics seriously and used the opportunity provided through college athletics to lead a successful life and give back to his alma mater. Verne’s legacy is a lasting example our student-athletes can all aspire to achieve.” Continue reading »

Apr 282015

Late on Monday, the world of wrestling mourned the death of one of its greatest figures: Verne Gagne. The iconic babyface, who died in Minnesota at age 89, began his pro career in 1950 and wrestled into the 1980s, also working as a major promoter and helping to shape the careers of some of sports entertainment’s biggest stars. Continue reading at

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