May 142015

MINNEAPOLIS — Six Gophers were recognized for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom on Thursday as the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Teams were announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Hannah Brandt (women’s hockey), Jessica Flakne (rowing), Mathieu Froment (men’s tennis), Michael Kroells (wrestling), Lindsay Mable (women’s gymnastics) and Jessica Plant (women’s swimming & diving) were named to this year’s Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team with the University of Minnesota now boasting 14 total Academic All-District honorees this year. The six honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America accolades in June and will look to join Maxx Williams (football) as 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-Americans. Continue reading »

May 142015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana College senior wrestler Jayd Docken has been named to the 10-member Capital One Academic All-District VII At-Large team. The announcement was made by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.

The Academic All-District team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for the combined performances academically and athletically. Continue reading »

May 142015

Now is a great time to get off the bench and back into the game by becoming an official. In conjunction with its 100-year celebration, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) is launching an initiative to recruit and retain sports officials.

The theme of this program is “100 Years – Honoring the Past by Ensuring the Future.”

Officials have been an integral part of the first century of service for the MSHSL. There is a need for more officials in many activities, and more importantly, there is a need to train and prepare officials to ensure quality officiating for the next century. Continue reading »

May 132015

Mark Hall is on a roll. In February, as a junior, he won his fifth straight individual wrestling championship for Apple Valley High School. He hasn’t lost a high school match since his freshman year.

Last weekend, Hall went to Las Vegas for the United World Wrestling Junior Freestyle National Championships for 17- to 20-year-olds. He won his weight class at 163 pounds and was selected the tournament’s outstanding wrestling. Next year for Apple Valley, Hall will attempt to become Minnesota’s first six-time state champion. Hall left Apple Valley about a week after winning his fifth state title to work out at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Continue reading at

May 132015

Team USA will feature Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs, Olympic medalists Clarissa Chun and Randi Miller and World medalists Tervel Dlagnev, Helen Maroulis, Andy Bisek and Jake Herbert

NEW YORK, May 13, 2015 –Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. and USA Wrestling today announced the U.S. lineup and the match pairings for the “Salsa in the Square,” as top competitors for Team USA and the Cuban National Team will compete in a dual meet featuring all three Olympic wrestling styles.

The USA vs. Cuba Dual meet will be held in historic Times Square on Thursday, May 21, this time back in the Duffy Square location at 46th Street in Manhattan. It is one of the most impressive and iconic settings in the history of Olympic wrestling.

It is the first time that a Cuban wrestling team will compete in New York City in a dozen years, since the successful 2003 World Freestyle Wrestling Championships were held at Madison Square Garden. Continue reading »

May 122015

Robert (Bob) L. Hanson, age 76, of Lindstrom, Minnesota, died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Hanson was the head wrestling coach at Chisago Lakes for 25 years beginning in 1967.

He coached three teams to the state tournament (1976, 1983, 1984) under the two-class system, as well as 60 individual state qualifiers. His sons Chris (’82) and Joel (’89) wrestled for him.

Hanson was inducted into the Chisago Lakes Hall of Fame (article) in 2011.

A celebration of Bob’s life took place on May 8th in Lindstrom, Minn. Many of the wrestlers he coached and mentored attended his wake and funeral. Obituary at

May 122015

A new, but recognizable face in the world of wrestling will now lead the Shakopee Sabers program next year. The Shakopee Activities Office is thrilled to announce that Jim Jackson will be the new head wrestling coach.

Jackson is a well-known name in Minnesota wrestling. He previously lead Apple Valley High School’s program as head coach. In 17 years in the position he won 2 National Championships, 14 Team State Championships, 60 Individual State Champs and had an overall record of 618-27-3 (95%). “His record, experience and background speak for itself,” said John Janke, Shakopee’s Activities Director. Continue reading at

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