Saints go marching to state

HOLDINGFORD — KMS’ Ryan Torkelson won two matches on Friday in the Section 5A tournament, but his first win of the day was perhaps the biggest of the tournament.

Torkelson’s 7-5 decision over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville’s Levi Line at 195 pounds provided the winning points in the Saints’ semifinals victory, and KMS then defeated BBE 43-23 to win the section championship and a spot in the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament.

The Saints will be making their fourth Class A state tournament appearance when the team championships commence on March 2 at the Xcel Energy Center. Continue reading at www.wctrib.com

Apple Valley makes it 35 straight trips to state with victory over Shakopee

With 34 consecutive years of state tournament appearances as a foundation, Apple Valley showed Shakopee just how hard it is to knock the Eagles off their throne.

In one of the most highly anticipated Minnesota wrestling matches in recent memory, Apple Valley avenged a one-point early-season loss to Shakopee with a gritty defensive effort and a few surprising victories to defeat the Sabers 28-19 in the Class 3A, Section 2 finals.

The victory Friday at Rosemount High School extends Apple Valley’s state tournament streak started in the 1982-83 season. The Eagles have won 24 state titles, including a current streak of 11 in a row.

“That’s what Apple Valley wrestling is all about,” Eagles coach Dalen Wasmund said. “We battle, we don’t go down easily. In the end, that’s what we expect. My hat’s off to every guy on this team.” Continue reading at www.mnwrestlinghub.com

Augsburg 40, Wisconsin-Stevens Point 6

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Winning nine of 10 bouts, including seven by bonus-point margins, the No. 2-ranked Augsburg College wrestling team capped its regular season with a dominating performance in a 40-6 dual-meet triumph over the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Friday evening.

Augsburg, ranked No. 2 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national poll, used two pins, two technical falls and three major decisions among its nine victories to claim the win in impressive fashion. The win was Augsburg’s 22nd in its 23 all-time dual meets against the Pointers.

Augsburg claimed the first 15 points of the match, as No. 5-ranked 141-pounder Dave Flynn (FY, Jordan, Minn./Scott West) opened with a first-period pin, No. 8-ranked 149-pounder Ryan Epps (FY, Cannon Falls, Minn.) claimed a 17-2 technical fall, and 157-pounder Grant Parker (SR, Onalaska, Wis.) scored an 11-3 major decision. Continue reading

Purdue 20, South Dakota State 19

Jacks edged by Purdue in National Duals

Purdue won the final three matches to defeat 17th-ranked South Dakota State, 20-19, in action at the NWCA National Duals Championship Series Friday night before a crowd of 1,122 at Frost Arena.

The unranked Boilermakers improved to 9-7 overall, while SDSU dropped its second dual in a row to fall to 13-5 on the season. The dual was tied at 19 at the conclusion of the 10 bouts, but Purdue earned the decisive team point based on recording the only fall of the dual in the opening match of the night.

Trailing 19-9, Tanner Lynde started the Purdue comeback with a 13-3 major decision over Martin Mueller in the 184-pound weight class. Continue reading

Coach’s Corner With Brandon Eggum – February 16, 2017

After celebrating Senior Day at the Sports Pavilion last Sunday, the Gophers close out the regular season as the visitors for Iowa State’s Senior Day this coming Sunday. In this week’s Coach’s Corner, Brandon Eggum looks back at his team’s performance in its last home dual and offers a preview of the regular season finale this weekend.

The Gophers split 10 matches against fourth-ranked Ohio State, but bonus points tipped the score in the Buckeyes’ favor. A pin from No. 8 Jake Short at 157 pounds and a tech fall for No. 8 Michael Kroells at heavyweight put extra points on the board for Minnesota, while ranked wins for No. 2 Brett Pfarr and No. 11 Tommy Thorn, at 197 and 141 pounds, respectively, and a decision for No. 18 Nick Wanzek rounded out the scoring. Four bonus wins for Ohio State proved too much to overcome in a tight, 24-20 loss. Eggum highlights those five winning performances and also discusses a tough loss at 125 pounds. Continue reading

Gophers Wrap Regular Season In Ames

Minnesota (6-5, 5-4) wraps up its 2016-17 regular season with its shortest road trip of the season, a three-hour drive down I-35 to Ames, where the Gophers will take on Iowa State (1-7, 1-6). The Gophers will look to extend their winning streak against the Cyclones to five in a row and, in the process, completed an undefeated season on the road (5-0), something the program last achieved in 2012-13.

Sunday’s dual will begin at 2 p.m. Central from the Hilton Coliseum in Ames. A live stream of the dual will be available in the premium area of Cyclones.com. Free options to keep tabs on the action include live stats via TrackWrestling.com or following Gopher Wrestling on Twitter (@GopherWrestling). For updates throughout the match

Minnesota completed the most challenging home schedule in the nation last weekend with a tight loss to Ohio State, a dual in which the teams split the bouts and bonus points broke the tie. That came on the heels of a loss to Iowa that followed 21- and 17-point wins over Indiana and Purdue on the road, respectively. During its three-match homestand in early January, Minnesota picked up a victory over No. 21 Wisconsin between losses to No. 3 Penn State and No. 5 Nebraska. In the previous calendar year, Minnesota swept road matches in Michigan after splitting non-conference duals in November against No. 1 Oklahoma State and No. 20 South Dakota State. Continue reading