Gross selected for All-Star Classic

PRINCETON, N.J. — South Dakota State’s Seth Gross has been selected to compete at next month’s 52nd annual NWCA All-Star Classic.

A junior from Apple Valley, Minnesota, Gross is scheduled to square off against Michigan’s Stevan Micic in the 133-pound bout. Both wrestlers earned All-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, with Gross finishing as runner-up with a 34-2 record, and Micic ending the year 29-7 overall after a fourth-place finish. The two did not wrestle last season. Continue reading

Apple Valley Coach Rudy James Wins Silver Medal at Veterans World Championships

PLOVDIV, Bulgaria – The United States won five medals on the first day of men’s freestyle at the Veterans World Championships on Friday.

There were four silver medal performances, by Rudy James of St. Paul, Minn. (Div. A at 78 kg), Hedj Nelson of Colville, Wash. (Div. E at 62 kg), John Hanrahan of Milton, Ga. (Div. E at 88 kg) and Daniel Studenic of Alpharetta, Ga. (Div. E at 100 kg).

Nelson was attempting to win a Veterans World double title after he also won the Greco-Roman gold on Tuesday. He was defeated in the gold-medal finals by Zhora Hovhannisyan of Armenia, 9-1. To reach the finals, Nelson beat Hendrik Bekker of South Africa and Michael Osborne of the USA.

This was Nelson’s fifth Veterans World medal in the last three years. He also won a freestyle silver medal in 2016, a freestyle silver medal in 2015 and a Greco-Roman bronze medal in 2015. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

SDSU single-match wrestling tickets on sale Oct. 16

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Single-match tickets for South Dakota State’s 2017-18 wrestling season will go on sale Monday (Oct. 16) through the Jackrabbit Ticket Office.

Ticket orders for eight home dates will be processed starting at 9 a.m., either in person, online at JackrabbitTickets.com or over the phone by calling (605) 688-5422. This season’s home schedule kicks off Nov. 5 with the season-opening Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open, with the home dual slate getting underway Nov. 17, when the Jackrabbits host Minnesota. Continue reading

One-on-One with Pat Smith

Greco-Roman wrestler Pat Smith competed at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France, at 71 kilograms, going 1-1. Smith, who wrestled collegiately at the University of Minnesota, finished runner-up at the U.S. Open three straight years (2014-16) before winning his first U.S. Open title this year. He is also a two-time World Team Trials runner-up, Olympic Team Trials runner-up, three-time Pan American champion and University world silver medalist.

InterMat recently caught up with the 26-year-old Smith. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com

Minnesota Wrestling Welcomes Fans to Open Practice

Fans who are eager for wrestling season will have an opportunity to come have an early look at the 2017-18 University of Minnesota wrestling team when the team hosts an open-doors practice on Oct. 28 at Maturi Pavilion. The practice is set to begin at 9 a.m. with weigh-ins and then wrestling will begin at 10 a.m.

The Saturday morning practice will include the weigh-in at 9 a.m., with typical warm-ups and drills afterward. The open practice will include more live action than a typical workout to help fans check out their favorite wrestlers before the season begins. Each wrestler will be able to be seen in three matches with different people around their weight to simulate a tournament. Continue reading