Pre-seeds released for U.S. Olympic Team Trials Wrestling

The USA Wrestling National Coaching Staff has finalized the pre-seeds for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the respective disciplines ahead of this week’s much-anticipated event in State College, Pa.

There are 13 athletes who sit out to the best-of-three Championship Finals Series (based upon specific criteria) and six athletes who advance to the semifinals of the Challenge Tournament based upon winning a 2023 World medal in a non-Olympic weight class.

Seeding criteria considered in building these seeds include the USA Wrestling Performance Index (PIN), head-to-head results, common opponents, and tournament placements at national and international events.

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Tommy Askey to Join Gopher Wrestling Program

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota wrestling has added transfer Tommy Askey to the program, head coach Brandon Eggum announced Monday.

A native of Pine Bush, N.Y., Askey spent the past four seasons at Appalachian State, where he was a two-time SoCon champion and automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championships at 157 pounds. He finished with a record of 74-35 for the Mountaineers, including an unbeaten 15-0 mark in league duals the past two seasons, and was a two-time all-conference honoree.

“Tommy brings a fierce determination and a style perfectly suited for Minnesota Wrestling,” Eggum said. “His passion for the sport and eagerness to compete against the best are exactly what we look for in our athletes. We are excited to welcome him as a Golden Gopher.”

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Noel Bailey 1941-2024

Hall of Famer Noel Bailey passed away on April 9, 2024. He was 82 years old. A native of Aitkin, Minn., Bailey was a long-time coach at Aitkin High School. He was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2011.

Bailey served as the wrestling coach at Aitkin from 1972 to 1996 and returned for two additional seasons in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. His career coaching record stands at 269-149-1. His 1988 team won the Section 8 title, and his teams secured eleven District titles and three Mid-State Conference titles. Additionally, he coached 29 individual place winners at the state level, including one state champion, Jason Math, in 1985.

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Vance VomBaur goes from injury to victory

Vance VomBaur consistently failed before he finally reached an NCAA All-American title.

Vance VomBaur’s teammates were not supposed to be down on the mat watching him in the blood round at the 2024 NCAA wrestling tournament. He did not know how some of them even got there.

The feeling he had when he ran off the mat to his teammates after he defeated Josh Edmond from the University of Missouri, 8-5 in overtime, is one he said he will remember forever. VomBaur walked away from the mat as an NCAA All-American in the 141-pound weight class with a bloody mouth to prove it.

At the start of the season, VomBaur’s chances of being among the top eight wrestlers in the nation were minuscule. He underwent shoulder surgery and rehab entering the season before falling short in the finals to Gavin Drexler of North Dakota State University (NDSU) at the Bison Open, the Gophers’ season-opening tournament.

After the match, VomBaur said he called his dad – who offered words of encouragement – but VomBaur was more afraid of what his coaches were going to say. Continue reading at →

The Guillotine – April 11, 2024

The April 11, 2024 issue of The Guillotine. In the headlines: Sticking With The Program – Trevor Mahlum and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg | Wrestling Against Adversity, One Surgery at a Time – Rock Ridge’s Grant Benz | Lace ‘Em Up – Minnesota College All-Americans | Walter and Braun named Ms. and Mr. MN Wrestlers of the Year | Ask The Doc | View From The Matbird Seat | Where Have They Gone? – Austin Scarset | Performance Nutrition – Our Bodies Are Amazing | Camps, Clinics, and Training | MWCA Awards

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11 Huskies Named NWCA Scholarship All-Americans

Program produces 11+ Scholarship All-Americans for fourth consecutive season

MANHEIM, Pa. – 11 St. Cloud State wrestlers have been named 2023-24 Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association as announced by the NWCA last week. The 11 Huskies Scholar All-Americans matches the program’s second-highest total and is the fourth consecutive season where St. Cloud State has produced 11+ Scholar All-Americans.

Wyatt Abele, Colton Bornholdt, Augustus Donovan, Dominic Ducato, Nathan Fury, Cole Glazier, Ethan Hendrickson, Anthony Herrera, Phillip Kue, Dominic Murphy, and Nick Novak all earned the Scholar All-American status. Bornholdt, Ducato, Fury, Glazier, and Hendrickson are all first-time recipients, Abele and Kue are second-time honorees, and Donovan, Herrera, Murphy, and Novak earned the honor for the third time in their careers.

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