Aug 292015

Shakopee’s Owen Webster wins bronze medal at UWW Cadet World Championships

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzogovina – Yianni Diakomihalis of New York won a gold medal at 58 kg/127.75 at the UWW Cadet World Championships on Saturday.

Diakomihalis, a three-time New York state high school champion, defeated Jintaro Motoyama of Japan in the gold-medal match, 6-3.

Motoyama opened with a double leg takedown to lead 2-0, but Diakomihalis stormed back with a takedown and a turn late in the first period to take a 4-2 lead into the break. Diakomihalis scored a clutch spin-behind takedown midway through the second period for a 6-2 lead. Officials hit Diakomihalis with a fleeing the hold penalty late in the period to make the final score 6-3. Continue reading at

Aug 242015

South Dakota State hosts seven duals, one tournament in first season as Big 12 Conference member.

South Dakota State University wrestling team will host one tournament and seven home duals during the upcoming 2015-16 season, including two duals against squads that finished in the top 10 at last year’s NCAA Championships.

“With our inclusion in the Big 12 Conference we have been able to put together the best home schedule in our program’s history,” Jackrabbit head coach Chris Bono. “Night in and night out we will challenge some of the top teams and individuals in college wrestling on our home mat.” Continue reading »

The Guillotine, Mat Talk Online launch The Guillotine Grapevine, the Podcast for the Land of 10,000 Wrestlers

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Aug 232015

guillotine-grapevine-350Welcome to the introductory episode of The Guillotine Grapevine, The Podcast for the Land of 10,000 Wrestlers.

The Guillotine, Minnesota’s oldest and most respected wrestling publication, will partner with Mat Talk Online, a leader in wrestling promotion, podcasting, and broadcasting to create a podcast to educate, entertain and inform the Minnesota wrestling community.

The first episode will promo the entire show with Jeff Beshey, the publisher of The Guillotine.
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Aug 202015

Unfamiliar foes, renewed rivalries and a challenging Big Ten highlight this year’s slate for Minnesota

Gopher Wrestling today released its schedule for the upcoming 2015-16 season. The 18-dual slate will bring nine opponents to Minneapolis this winter, three of which will be making their first-ever visit to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. In addition to the firsts on this year’s schedule, Minnesota will be returning to events and reigniting rivalries that were not as part of last season’s lineup.

“This year’s schedule is a good schedule for us. Every year it changes based on our needs,” said head coach J Robinson, who enters his 30th season as the leader of the Gopher Wrestling program this winter. “We’re going to have a younger team this year. Our schedule is going to allow our guys to get some early competition, which I think is important. That will allow us to see where our kids really are against national competition and what we have to do to get where we need to be by the end of the season.” Continue reading »

Aug 202015

Most met him through his many years as a wrestling coach and a Golden Gopher wrestling fan. Some met him as an instructor of golf, tennis, bowling or other physical education class at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Others met him as their landlord or realtor. Regardless of how you met him, once one met him, one did not forget him. He had a presence. He lived life unapologetically with thick skin and a soft heart. His exterior was rough yet his character was fair and caring. He was loyal to his friends and always true blue!

Since his passing, however, his color has become purple–purple represents hope in the hell that is pancreatic cancer. Continue reading »

Aug 192015

Grown men wept when Brock Lesnar pinned The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 in April 2014.

The Superdome in New Orleans settled on a stunned silence as a collective response. After 21 straight victories, professional wrestling’s version of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak was finally over. The Undertaker was 21-1.

Sixteen months later—an eternity, given the frenetic pace the WWE sets in order to fill five hours of prime-time television every week—the two behemoths will meet again Sunday at SummerSlam. But despite the long absence, based on recent appearances, feelings among fans are still very raw. This match matters, in a way wrestling matches in 2015 rarely do. Continue reading at

Aug 152015

Mark Hall eliminated at 74 kg/163 lbs. with a 2-1 record

SALVADOR, Brazil – 2014 UWW Cadet World champion Spencer Lee (Murraysville, Pa./Young Guns) will be wrestling for a gold medal tonight at 50 kg/110 lbs. on the first day of men’s freestyle at the UWW Junior World Championships.

He powered through four opponents on Saturday morning, winning all four by technical fall. He has drawn 2014 Cadet World champion Ali Reza Goodarzi of Iran in the finals. At last year’s Cadet Worlds, Goodarzi won the gold at 46 kg, while Lee won the gold at 50 kg. Continue reading at

Aug 142015

Manheim, Pennsylvania – For half a century, the NWCA All-Star Classic has been showcasing the nation’s best collegiate wrestlers at venues around the country. For the event’s golden anniversary, it will make a trip down south for the first time in 20 years.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association and the Wrestlers in Business Network are pleased to announce the 50th annual NWCA All-Star Classic will take place at 8,600-seat Hank McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia on November 1, 2015. Continue reading »

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