Gophers Take Their Talents to the South Beach Duals

The Gophers head south for the South Beach Duals just before the New Year to take part in four duals over the course of the two-day competition. Minnesota will wrestle Utah Valley, Lehigh, North Carolina, and Kent State over the weekend.

The Gophers first take on Lehigh on Saturday morning before dualing North Carolina in the afternoon. On the second day they will wrestle Kent State and finish off the event with Utah Valley.

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North Dakota State hosts Oregon State on Dec. 20 in Scheels Center

No. 20-ranked North Dakota State (4-1, 2-1 #Big12WR) is scheduled to face Oregon State (1-1, 1-0 Pac 12) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 in Scheels Center (5,700) … The Beavers lost 19-17 to South Dakota State on Dec. 16 … Oregon State opened with a 20-17 Pac 12 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 9.

Live scoring will be provided through TrackWrestling.com … BEK Broadcasting Network will televise the Oregon State dual with Jordan Hassler and Jack Maughan on the call … BEK is available on cable systems, DirecTV and DISH in Eastern and Western North Dakota (locations can be found here www.bektel.com/bbn/) … Live video of all NDSU home wrestling duals are available through GoBison.com/AllAccess and FloWrestling.com.

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Mavericks Win Two Out of Three at the Desert Duals

Las Vegas, NV. — Minnesota State wrestling won two out of three duals in Las Vegas on Monday at the Desert Duals.

The Mavericks lost their first dual to CSU-Pueblo 31-11 but rebounded to defeat Simon Fraser 41-6 and Colorado Mesa 24-13.

Minnesota State struggled early in the day against CSU-Pueblo, winning just three out of ten matches to fall 31-11. CSU-Pueblo won the first three matches until Kyle Rathman put the Mavericks on the board with a 10-7 decision in the 149-pound weight class. Shortly after, Logan Saltou and Zach Johnston cut the ThunderWolves’ lead to ten with major decisions of 18-4 and 14-5 at 165 and 174 pounds. The ThunderWolves then closed out the dual with three straight wins to halt the Mavericks comeback hopes.

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A Wrestling Story

By John Nalan

Sometimes wrestling surprises us.

It is like walking through the woods and seeing deer tracks in the snow. Unnaturally large tracks. Then the buck appears – for just a second – before disappearing off into the brush to the left, forever. The story will last a lifetime – the biggest buck you have ever seen. But, the moment passed in the blink of an eye. You could have easily missed it, this moment of a lifetime. Distracted by the path ahead.

As I mentioned at the beginning, wrestling can also surprise us.

It turns out that one of those surprises is Seth Gross. He is passing quickly in front of us. Let this be my effort to get you to look up and enjoy this moment before it is gone.

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