Taylor, Gray, Stieber, Velte, Dake and Clodgo make World Team with wins at Final X in State College

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Six more U.S. World Team members were determined with some great competition at Final X in State College in Rec Hall on the Penn State campus on Saturday night.

For the local wrestling fans, the evening was highlighted by the return of David Taylor of the Nittany Lion WC, a two-time NCAA champion and two-time Hodge Trophy winner for Penn State. In his first Rec Hall appearance since 2014, Taylor defeated NC State star Nick Reenan in two straight matches at 86 kg to make his first U.S. Senior World Team in men’s freestyle.

The crowd was fired up when Taylor entered for bout one, but Reenan quickly scored the first takedown to lead 2-0. A pair of spin-behind takedowns by Taylor gave him a 4-2 lead. A Reenan body lock was blocked by Taylor on the edge, with Taylor awarded four points. A Reenan protest was denied making it 9-2. Taylor scored a single leg takedown to make it 11-2. A counter turn ended it with a 13-2 technical fall.

The second match was all Magic Man. Taylor scored an early takedown. After a second takedown, he added two ankle lace turns to lead 8-0. A double leg takedown ended it for a 10-0 first-period fall. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

NDSU’s Ream a Repeat Selection on Google Cloud Academic All-America® At-Large First Team

AUSTIN, Texas — North Dakota State University 157-pounder Clay Ream was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Men’s At-Large first team for the second straight year. The team was announced Thursday, June 14, and selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A native of Wentzville, Mo., Ream maintained a 3.977 GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology and graduated this May. He was a three-time NCAA Elite 90 Award winner at the national tournament during his career.
Ream was a two-time Big 12 Conference Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year and three-time Academic All-Big 12 Wrestling first team selection. He was named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Academic team four straight years. Continue reading

St. Cloud State student-athletes gain Google Cloud Academic All-America honors

SCSU Wrestler Brett Velasquez recognized

St. Cloud State University placed three student-athletes on the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division II Men’s and Women’s At-Large teams. The SCSU student-athletes to win this elite award include First Team award winners senior swimmer Andrea Bryson (Appleton, Wis./North H.S.) and junior wrestler Brett Velasquez (Bennington, Neb./H.S.) and Third Team award winner senior tennis player Alexie Portz (St. Cloud, Minn./Tech H.S.)

The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division II Men’s and Women’s At-Large teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Continue reading

Auggies Gliva, Bennyhoff named Google Cloud Academic All-Americans (CoSIDA)

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University wrestlers Sam Bennyhoff (JR, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS) and Victor Gliva (SO, Farmington, Minn./Farmington HS) were named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III Men’s At-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced on Tuesday. Gliva and Bennyhoff earned Academic All-America honors for the first time, Gliva as a first-team selection and Bennyhoff as a second-team selection. The two also earned Google Cloud Academic All-District honors in May. Continue reading