Q&A with South Dakota State wrestling coach Damion Hahn

After 12 years as an assistant coach at Cornell, Damion Hahn was tabbed to replace Chris Bono as the wrestling coach at South Dakota State on April 9.

Bono led the Jackrabbits out of the dregs of Division I into the Big 12 and national relevance before taking over as coach of the Wisconsin Badgers in March. In his final season in Brookings, Bono guided SDSU to a 12th place finish at the Division I nationals, with Seth Gross winning the program’s first-ever national championship at 133 pounds.

So Hahn has big shoes to fill. But the 38-year-old New Jersey native and two-time national champion as a wrestler at Minnesota was considered a shrewd hire in the wrestling community, and he’s anxious to build on the foundation Bono installed. Continue reading at www.argusleader.com

Minnesota adds transfer Russell, a 2017 All-American

Sean Russell, a three-time EWL champion and 2017 All-American, announced on Twitter that he is transferring from Edinboro to Minnesota.

“Psyched to announce I will be finishing my academic and athletic career at the University of Minnesota!” Russell tweeted. “Thank you so much to my support system for all you have done for me. I would also like to thank @edinborou for a great 4 years.”

Russell’s head coach at Edinboro, Tim Flynn, accepted the head coaching position at West Virginia University on April 10. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com

Zillmer, Nelson Compete in World Team Trial Finals

Rochester, Minn. – There were two Minnesota wrestlers who battled in the best-of-three finals today at the World Team Trials with Hayden Zillmer, who hails from Minneapolis, earning a Final X birth at 92-kilograms.

University of Minnesota alum Tony Nelson, who was fresh off his victory over Gable Steveson yesterday, dropped his finals series with, now former, Michigan wrestler Adam Coon.

Zillmer took on Deron Winn, who wrestled for a junior college in the past, also fought and won in a Bellator fight just recently. Zillmer patiently wrestled his way to an 8-2 win in the first bout. It was the second bout that Zillmer brought the fireworks. Continue reading

Fix tops Ramos in two, Valencia upsets Dieringer as Final X field in men’s freestyle is completed

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The remaining 10 spots for Final X have been determined after an action-packed afternoon at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament best-of-three finals in Rochester, Minn., on Sunday.

In the headlining series of the day, Daton Fix, who just wrapped up his freshman season at Oklahoma State, avenged his U.S. Open loss to two-time World Team member Tony Ramos, taking the finals in two matches at 57 kg.

Fix won a tight 4-1 bout in the first match before opening it up in the second with 10-3 win, which included an inside trip for four and an immediate gut wrench.

With the win, 2017 Junior World champion Fix punched his ticket to Final X in Lincoln, Neb., on June 9 to take on 2017 Senior World silver medalist Thomas Gilman for the World Team spot at 57 kg. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Senior Freestyle World Team Trials Brackets/Results on arena.flowrestling.org