Mavericks Travel to St. Cloud for NCAA Super Region 3 Tournament

Mankato, Minn. — The Maverick wrestling team will be back in action this weekend taking part in the NCAA Division II Super Regional 3 Tournament in St. Cloud, Minn., on Friday and Saturday.

The regional tournament will serve as a qualifier for the 2018 NCAA Division II Championships hosted by Upper Iowa in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 9-10. The top-four finishers from each weight class will advance to the national championships.

Minnesota State enters the regional tournament as the No. 11 rated team in the nation. The Mavericks are the third-highest rated Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference team in the rankings, following No. 1 St. Cloud and No. 6 Upper Iowa. Out of the 15 teams competing in St. Cloud over the weekend, six are ranked in the NWCA Top-25 poll, while four others are receiving votes in that poll. Continue reading

NWCA releases Mid-Major Top 20 Poll

anheim, Pennsylvania — The National Wrestling Coaches Association released its only Mid-Major Top 20 of the season on Wednesday. Formulated last season, the Mid-Major Top 20 concentrates on the programs that fall outside of the traditional “Power 5” conferences.

“Last year, we launched this initiative with the National Duals Selection Committee, but the response was so overwhelmingly positive, we decided to keep releasing a mid-major poll,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. Continue reading

Lock Haven’s Kyle Shoop climbs in latest updated NCAA wrestling award standings

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March at the respective Division I, II and III Wrestling Championships.

The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 wrestling championships. The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons.

For falls and tech falls to be counted they must come against opponents in the same division. Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time. Continue reading

Augustana Set for the Super Region 3 Championships

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana wrestling team embarks on its postseason journey, traveling to St. Cloud, Minn. for the Super Region 3 Championships on Feb. 23-24.

The regional will be held at Halenbeck Hall on the campus of St. Cloud State and there will be two sessions on each day of the tournament. On Feb. 23, Session I will begin at 10 a.m. and Session II will start at 4 p.m. On Feb. 24, Session III will start at 11 a.m. and Session IV will begin at 4 p.m.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the national tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 9-10. Continue reading

Chase O’Connor, Gophers’ go-getter

Chase O’Connor could have played it safe. He could have gone the conventional route.

But that wouldn’t have been the O’Connor way.

This a guy who loves a challenge. It didn’t bother him that he’d never been a state champion, or been on everybody’s recruiting list while wrestling at Kasson-Mantorville.

“I’d gone around and looked at some smaller (colleges),” O’Connor said. “I’d rolled around the mat with some of those guys on my visits, and I felt like I was as good as them or maybe even better. Plus, I knew my ability would keep growing.”

So, O’Connor went big. He chose the University of Minnesota and its tradition-rich wrestling program. Continue reading at www.postbulletin.com

Zack Bigboy (1987-2018)

Zack Bigboy, 30, of Apple Valley, Minn., passed away, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Minneapolis. He was born Feb. 28, 1987 in Grand Rapids, Minn., the son of Mary Pero and Patrick Bigboy.

Zack graduated from Bloomington Kennedy High School in 2004. He wrestled all four years for the high school and was a three-time MN State Champion. He also won the MN-WI tournament all four years. He continued wrestling three more years for the University of California State – Bakersfield. Zack moved back to Minneapolis area where he worked as a floor installer for his business, Bigboy Enterprise. Continue reading at www.apg-wi.com/ashland_daily_press

Dragons Set for Super Region 3 Tournament

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team will compete this weekend at the Super Region 3 Tournament hosted by St. Cloud State. Competition will begin at 10 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Live results and video will be available on TrackWrestling. The top four finishers at each weight will advance to the national tournament. Continue reading