Aug 262016

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota State University Moorhead head wrestling coach Kris Nelson has announced the Dragons’ 2016-17 season schedule. MSUM will have seven events at home this season, highlighted by hosting the Super Region 3 meet on Feb. 24-25.

The Dragons open the regular season on Nov. 12 at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D. Four days later, they will travel a few blocks west to face rival Concordia College at Memorial Auditorium. Continue reading »

Aug 242016

The University of Minnesota’s erstwhile wrestling coach is proving difficult to pin. The problem for J Robinson is that he can’t win on escape points.

John ShipleyAs negotiations between Robinson and the U near an end, it’s difficult to envision a scenario in which the NCAA title-winning coach keeps the job he has held since 1986. The drug scandal that tore apart his team last semester, and the surfeit of bad publicity since, seems too much for any coach to survive.

On paid leave since June 1, Robinson’s quest to keep his job now appears to be a fight to leave with some vindication and a buyout from a school run by people who never liked him much in the first place. Continue reading at

Aug 222016

This message is for anyone who cares.

No matter how many times we hear certain words, phrases or instructions in life, we/they need to be subjected to constant renewal. Just because we have seen or heard something, does not mean we know it or more importantly do it. Anything worthwhile must be reviewed, studied and put into action, again and again, a constant renewal of focus and stimulation. Take praying for example, would or do you not pray anymore or today because you already know the prayer and you prayed two weeks ago? Do you refrain from telling loved ones today that you love them because you already told them a week ago? Athletes, are you not running, lifting, and working on skills because you already did a week ago and you already know them? Students, are you done studying and reviewing because you already have done plenty of that? No!! Continue reading »

Aug 222016

J Robinson and the University of Minnesota have reached an impasse in discussions over the longtime wrestling coach’s exit and potential buyout, sources close to the talks told the Star Tribune.

The sources also said the university’s internal investigation into Robinson’s handling of the alleged use and sale of the prescription sedative Xanax by Gophers wrestlers is complete, with a report on the matter expected to be released to the public as soon as Tuesday.

It has been nearly three months since the first reports of an alleged drug problem permeating Robinson’s team earlier this year. Continue reading at

Aug 212016

RIO DE JANEIRO – Last September Kyle Snyder shocked the world and became the youngest World champion in U.S. wrestling history. Today he leaves Rio with Olympic gold.

Snyder’s legend grew on Sunday afternoon inside Carioca Arena 2 as he became the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in U.S. history at age 20 with a 2-1 victory over eight-time World and Olympic medalist Khetag Goziumov of Azerbaijan.

Scoring opened in the gold medal match with Snyder securing a single leg and driving Goziumov out of bounds for one point. The two traded points off shot clock violations in the second. Snyder was able to fend off every Goziumov attack throughout the match and secure the U.S. its 50th Olympic gold in men’s freestyle.

“It was a tough match. I wrestled that guy like a month ago and he beat me, so I’m happy that I’ve been able to improve on that performance, and, I keep saying it, I’m really thankful and grateful that I’ve even had this opportunity wrestle and my family and friends have been down here, to share it with them,” said Snyder. Continue reading at

Aug 212016

RIO DE JANEIRO – Both U.S. wrestlers are still in medal contention on the final day of the Olympic Games with 2015 World champion Kyle Snyder wrestling for gold and Frank Molinaro still in the hunt for bronze.

Snyder, the youngest World champion in U.S. history, brutalized his side of the 97 kg bracket to earn a spot in the gold medal match against seven-time World and Olympic medalist Khetag Goziumov of Azerbaijan.

“I am ready to go,” Snyder said. “I am excited. There will be a little break and then I will be ready to wrestle.”

The two behemoths met at the Grand Prix of Germany last month with Goziumov edging Snyder, 2-1. Continue reading at

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