Nov 252014
 

With a wild 19-18 criteria win over then No. 4 Ohio State at Cassell Coliseum on Sunday, Virginia Tech vaulted four spots to No. 6 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The Hokies (4-0) won by just a single point on the dual’s third tie-breaking criteria, most match points. The loss dropped Ohio State (4-1) three spots to No. 7. Continue reading »

Nov 252014
 

The Big Ten Network today announced its broadcast schedule for the 2014-15 wrestling season and it features three of top-ranked Minnesota’s Big Ten duals, all of which are home duals.

Minnesota’s first televised contest will be on Thursday, Dec. 18 when the Gophers host No. 6 Northwestern at the Sports Pavilion at 7 p.m. CT. The Gophers defeated the Wildcats 26-12 last season in Evanston and have won 12 straight duals against the Cats, lasting losing in January, 1996. Continue reading »

Nov 252014
 

Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota State junior Da’Wayne Robertson has been named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Wrestler of the Week.

Robertson, a Mesa, Ariz., native, placed first at the Auggie-Adidas Open Saturday in Minneapolis, Minn. Robertson had three wins en route to his first-place finish in the gold 125-pound bracket. After receiving a bye, Robertson got his day started with a decision win over Ryan Weinmann (Wisconsin-La Crosse) by a score of 12-8. His next match was against the No. 6 wrestler in NCAA Division III, Daniel Page (Central). Robertson claimed a 9-4 decision over Page and then, in the first place match, Robertson won 3-1 over the No. 1 wrestler in DIII and returning national champion, Mike Fuenffinger of Augsburg. Continue reading »

Nov 242014
 

CHICAGO — With the Big Ten seeking its ninth-straight national championship, BTN’s 2014-15 wrestling coverage, presented by returning sponsor Cliff Keen Athletic, will be the most extensive in network history.

“With Big Ten programs consistently among the nation’s best, fans will see a lot of high-quality wrestling on BTN,” said BTN President Mark Silverman. “Each week will feature an extremely competitive matchup.” Continue reading »

Nov 242014
 

MINNEAPOLIS — Southwest Minnesota State senior Jacob Beginplaced first in the gold division at 174 pounds at the Auggie-Adidas Open Saturday. A total of four Mustangs placed in the tournament.

Jacob Begin (Sr., 174, 8-1) earned a perfect 4-0 record on his way to a first-place finish in the gold 174 pound bracket. Begin started his title run with a first round 17-1 tech fall to Mathew Laugen of Eau Claire and followed it with a fall at 3:00 against David Kramer from Luther. Begin then won by a medical forfeit to Josh Willaert of St. John before taking down Darick Vancura from Minnesota State by major, 8-0 in the championship bout. Continue reading »

Nov 242014
 

17 Minnesota wrestlers competed unattached in the Finn Grinaker Open on Saturday. 12 Gophers placed among the top-six at their weights.

A contingent of 17 Gophers competed unattached in the Finn Grinaker Open, also affectionately known as the Cobber Open, last Saturday in Moorhead, Minn. Five of these wrestlers claimed titles at the event: Ethan Lizak (125), Ben Morgan (133), Tommy Thorn (141), Brandon Krone (165) and Jordon Rothers (174). Seven of their teammates placed among the top-six at the event as well, including three wrestlers placing at 157. A full listing of participants and how they placed at the tournament appears below.

Lizak looked particularly strong at 125, winning two of his four matches by technical fall, and taking a third by major decision. This is Lizak’s first career title, though he has placed in the top-five at all four of the open tournaments in which he’s competed to-date. Continue reading »

Nov 242014
 

MINNEAPOLIS — The movie Foxcatcher has finally arrived in the Twin Cities. It will be released in local theaters on Wednesday, November 26. The film tells the real-life story of Olympic wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz and their relationship with eccentric millionaire, John du Pont, that led to the tragic murder of Dave Schultz in January 1996.

The film was originally scheduled for release in December 2013. Oscar buzz surrounding the film may have contributed to its release being postponed until now. Sony Pictures has said the delay was so they “can have more time to finish the film.” Whatever the reason, people in the wrestling community who knew Dave Schultz hope the film captures the essence of what made him such a beloved friend and competitor. Continue reading at www.mtcstorm.com

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