2018 Marine Corps U.S. Open Wrestling Preview

A majority of the best freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers in the country will head to Las Vegas starting on April 26 at 9:00 a.m. for the 2018 Marine Corps U.S. Open. Both current, past and future Gophers will be competing in the event that will aim to finish in the top seven to qualify for the 2018 Senior World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in May.

Starting at the junior level, the Gophers will have one current wrestler and two future wrestlers that will compete. Soon-to-be redshirt sophomore Dylan Anderson will head out to Las Vegas to wrestle in the 86-kilogram bracket that is comprised of 36 wrestlers. Anderson finished last season with a record of 23-15, which gave him the third most wins on the team.

Future Gophers Brayton Lee and Patrick McKee will also compete at the junior level. Lee will wrestle at 70-kilograms while McKee will compete in the 57-kilogram division. Lee has a background in freestyle wrestling, placing in last year’s UWW junior trials. Lee committed to the Gophers from Brownsburg, Ind. where he was a three-time state champion and finished his career 165-1. McKee, who is the younger brother of current Gopher Wrestler Mitch McKee, was the 2017 Fargo freestyle champion at 120-pounds. Continue reading

NDSU Wrestlers Headed to UWW Junior Nationals/US Open Tournament

FARGO, N.D. – Fifteen wrestlers with North Dakota State University ties will participate at the 2018 United World Wrestling (UWW) Junior Nationals/Marine Corps US Open tournament scheduled for April 26-28 at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas. Live coverage of the event will be provided by Flowrestling.org.

Former NDSU All-American Hayden Zillmer will compete in the US Open Senior Freestyle 92 KG (202.8 pounds). Zillmer defeated India’s Deepak Punia 7-0 to help Team USA defeat India 10-0 on April 7 in the first round of the 2018 Freestyle World Cup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Continue reading

National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter Inducts 9

On Saturday, April 21st the NWHOF Minnesota Chapter held their 16th annual ceremony and inducted nine distinguished members who have contributed significantly to Minnesota Wrestling. The Awards Ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn Austin, Minn.

Inductees/honorees were Tim Penny as Outstanding American from Minnesota. Donny Wichmann received the State Medal of Courage Award from Minnesota. Honorees for the Lifetime Service Award were Gerry Bakke, Dale Benjamin, Gary Hindt, Ted Lelwica, Marty Morgan, John Oxton, and J Robinson. Continue reading

Girls wrestling readying for takeoff

Jason Elsmore has evolved.

One of the better high school wrestlers in the state in his day, the 1998 Lake City High School graduate was narrow-minded. At least when it came to girls participating in his favorite sport of wrestling.

But Elsmore’s days of thinking wrestling should be for boys only are gone.

“I grew up saying offensive things about girls who wrestled,” Elsmore said. “But girls are knocking down doors now and doing it in all phases of life. They don’t deserve people talking (offensively) about them. Why not give a girl an opportunity to do whatever she wants to do?” Continue reading at www.postbulletin.com