Sep 242015

JACKSON — He is an excellent football player, but his name has been irrevocably identified with wrestling. It’s what he’s known for, both within Minnesota and without.

Keegan Moore is a two-time state high school wrestling champion with one more season still to go, and he has been called by Takedown Wrestling “one of the most successful wrestlers in the country in his age group.” He is, however, by his own admission, just a face in the crowd as a football player. So you may be surprised to know that his favorite sport is … Continue reading at

Sep 192015

WORTHINGTON — An Olympic wrestling champion and legendary coach, Dan Gable is still regarded by many as the greatest athlete to ever come out of the state of Iowa. The Waterloo native — today’s King Turkey Day speaker (Saturday, Sept. 19) — met admirers at Minnesota West Community and Technical College Friday night, signed copies of his book, “Dan Gable: A Wrestling Life” and later made a presentation in the gymnasium.

Gable, who earned his Olympic crown at the 1972 Olympiad in Munich, Germany, while not giving up a single point, was talkative with fans and was especially happy to talk about the obsession of his life — wrestling. Introduced to two Texas visitors before being escorted to a table to sign books, he quickly engaged the southerners in a discussion of Texas wrestling. Continue reading at

Sep 172015

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Former Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling standout Frank Mosier will be presented with the Outstanding American Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame at a banquet on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Westin hotel in Princeton, N.J.

Mosier was one of the co-founders of the New Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2000, serving as the chapter’s president for nine years. Continue reading »

Sep 172015

Dylan Ness became a fan favorite during his college wrestling career at Minnesota because of his wide-open, go-for-broke wrestling style and creativity on the mat. Ness finished his career as a four-time All-American and two-time NCAA finalist for the Gophers. His 37 career pins ranks him ninth in Gopher history.

Ness will now make the transition from college wrestling to Greco-Roman wrestling. InterMat recently caught up with Bloomington, Minnesota native. Continue reading at

Sep 172015

By Brian Jerzak

Former Minnesota Gophers’ wrestler and assistant coach Joe Russell has seen the extreme highs and lows that wrestling and life have to offer. His wrestling life has been a series of dreams and realities. Although personally not his greatest challenge, after helping to build Minnesota into a national power, Russell took a leap of faith four years ago and took over a struggling George Mason wrestling program. Like Russell’s career, when he talks to prospective George Mason recruits he alternates between showing young men his dreams for the Patriots’ program, but also the realities.

Russell’s father was a high school wrestling coach in Idaho before the family moved to Oregon, so the future Gopher was exposed to the sport right away. He started competing as a four-year-old. He had some success early, but when Russell and his older brother were exposed to television – things changed.

“My dad didn’t think kids should watch TV – we didn’t have a TV in the house. Before the Olympics in 1976 when I was eight years old he bought a TV so we could watch the Olympics. I got to watch Jon and Ben Peterson wrestle. My brother and I wanted to be like the Peterson brothers. We told our dad we wanted to do what the Peterson brothers did. Fortunately, our dad took it seriously. He set us down and explained to us what it would take to get to that level, and we still wanted to do it.” Continue reading »

Sep 162015

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — All Minnesota State High School League member schools are encouraged to participate in the League’s “Thank A Ref” campaign.

A kind word of thanks toward officials for all they do is the sole purpose of this endeavor.

Without officials, our games and contests cannot be held. Officials play an integral part in the events enjoyed by high school students, parents, and the entire community. While officials are paid for their service, they put in a lot of time in preparation, travel, and expenses. They perform an important job at a relatively low level of pay. Continue reading »

Sep 162015

FARGO, N.D.—Eight home appearances including the 45th annual Bison Open and seven dual matches, along with the first Big 12 Championships highlight North Dakota State University’s 2015-16 wrestling schedule released today by head coach Roger Kish.

“Our schedule is challenging, it’s going to be tough,” said Kish, who enters his fifth season at North Dakota State. The Bison return NCAA All-American 184-pound senior Hayden Zillmer, along with NCAA qualifiers 125-pound junior Josh Rodriguez, 141-pound sophomore Mitch Bengtson and 149-pound sophomore Clay Ream. Continue reading »

Sep 152015

NEWTON, Iowa–North Dakota State University wrestling is ranked No. 18 in Wrestler Insider News Magazine’s 2015-16 Preseason Tournament Power Index, the highest ranking achieved by NDSU in the WIN Magazine’s preseason rankings. In addition, three Bison wrestlers were ranked in the top 14 of their respective weight classes, as announced by WIN Magazine. The preseason rankings do not include freshmen or redshirt freshmen.

NDSU won its second straight NCAA West Region championship and second Western Wrestling Conference regular-season dual title over the past three years in 2015 under the direction of head coach Roger Kish. The Bison were 5-0 in the WWC and 9-4 overall including a 22-21 win by criteria over No. 18-ranked Wyoming. NDSU finished the season ranked 20th in the final USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll. Continue reading »

Sep 152015

The Southern Minnesota Wrestling Officials Association (SMWOA) has recently expanded into Southwest Minnesota.

The SMWOA started almost 35 years ago in southeast Minnesota. This organization is comprised of a group of independent contractor wrestling officials that work together to form a wrestling officials association to promote the sport of wrestling. The SMWOA does this by maintaining the original mandate to train younger officials and grow the wrestling officiating talent in Minnesota. Continue reading »

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