Gable Steveson goes into ‘hunter’ mode for NCAA tournament

When each Big Ten Conference wrestling champion reached the top of the awards podium at Williams Arena on March 10, the Gophers’ program had former U standouts partake in the trophy ceremony for each weight class.

For the heavyweight match, Minnesota had two former Big Ten and NCAA champions — Tony Nelson and Cole Konrad — in position for what was expected to be the crowning of the next great big man in the program’s history. Many Gophers fans and former national champion-winning coach J Robinson looked on at The Barn.

But with 20 seconds remaining in the final match, Gophers freshman Gable Steveson gave up the first takedown of his collegiate career, and it led to his first loss. Instead of the pomp and circumstance being showered on the Apple Valley native, Penn State’s Anthony Cassar received the goods from Nelson and Konrad.

After starting 30-0 and adding hype as him being hottest thing in college wrestling, Steveson was humbled by the defeat. Continue reading at

2018-19 Season In Review: Dragon Wrestling

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team wrapped up the 2018-19 season with two individuals qualifying for the national tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the 10th season under head coach Kris Nelson.

The Dragons finished the season with a 2-10 overall record and a 1-4 conference record with wins over Minot State and Northern State. The Dragons nearly knocked off two ranked teams late in the season, losing to No. 19 Upper Iowa 18-15 and No. 10 Minnesota State 18-16.

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Pohlmeyer makes return trip to NCAAs

PITTSBURGH – South Dakota State University wrestler Henry Pohlmeyer will make his second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, which begin Thursday at PPG Paints Arena.

A junior from Johnston, Iowa, Pohlmeyer is seeded 22nd in the 149-pound weight class and will face 11th-seeded Joshua Heil of Campbell (23-6 overall record) in the opening round. Pohlmeyer has compiled a 20-13 overall record this season and received an automatic bid to the double-elimination tournament with a fifth-place finish at hte Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championship earlier this month.

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Shilson named Ms. Minnesota – Wrestling

Emily Shilson of Mounds View High School has been awarded the Ms. Minnesota – Wrestling Award as the top senior female high school wrestler in the state.

Shilson finishes her high school career with a 139-64 record. She qualified for the MSHSL State Wrestling Tournament three times and twice competed in the State Team Tournament. Emily is a 2018 Cadet World Champion, 2018 Youth Olympic Games Champion, and a 2017 Cadet World Silver Medalist. She is the first six-time MN Girls High School Wrestling State champion.

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The Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Gopher Wrestling NCAA Preview with head coach Brandon Eggum

NCAA Division I Gopher Wrestling Preview from the floor of the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Minnesota head wrestling coach Brandon Eggum.

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NEVER QUIT: Brandon Moen had every excuse to walk away from wrestling, but he didn’t

Brandon Moen isn’t done wrestling. Not yet, at least.

Not after the university he originally committed to unexpectedly eliminated the sport from its athletic budget.

Not after transferring down from Division I to Division II and moving from Michigan hundreds of miles back to his home state of Minnesota.

Not even after suffering his second torn ACL in two-and-a-half years. Continue reading at