Concordia 19, MSU-Moorhead 18

Cobbers Edge MSUM Wrestling Team, 19-18

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team lost a tough 19-18 dual to crosstown rival Concordia on Tuesday night at Memorial Auditorium on the Concordia campus. The Dragons won five of the matches on the night but a win by fall at 133 proved to be the difference.

Sophomore Cole Jones started the night at 125 pounds with a major decision win over Jake Nohre, 12-1, to put MSUM up 4-0. Benjamin Bogart pinned Seth Hutchison in 5:58 at 133 to give the Cobbers the lead that they never relinquished. Continue reading

Jacks back on the Mat in Minnesota

The South Dakota State University wrestling team wraps up a string of three consecutive duals against ranked opponents, traveling Sunday afternoon to Minnesota.

Action is slated to begin at 1 p.m. at Maturi Pavilion on the U of M campus in Minneapolis. The dual will be available for viewing through and subscription services.

The Jackrabbits enter the matchup in search of their first dual win of the season after falling to then-No. 11 Arizona State (L, 9-30) and No. 4 Oklahoma State (L, 6-45) the past two weeks. Continue reading

Dietz named NSIC Wrestler of the Week

BURNSVILLE, MINN. – It was quite the week for St. Cloud State University wrestler Vince Dietz (Homer Glenn, Ill. / Lockport Township). The senior captain showed why he’s the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class, with a perfect 5-0 record and three falls to boot. For his performances, Dietz was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon.

Dietz was instrumental in St. Cloud State’s success over the week, helping the No. 1 team in the nation defeat No. 21 Chadron State College on Thursday, November 15 before dominating at the Finn Grinaker Open in Moorhead, Minnesota on Saturday. The senior opened his week with a 2:40 fall victory over Chadron State’s Aspen Naylor, helping the Huskies cruise to a 36-9 dual victory over the No. 21 Eagles. Continue reading

Gable Steveson Named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

After his first dual, Steveson is already earning the honor

Gopher wrestling’s freshman heavyweight Gable Steveson has been named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference announced this afternoon. The Apple Valley, Minn. native took down then-No.3 Derek White of Oklahoma State in his first home dual at Maturi Pavilion.

Steveson got a takedown and a nearfall within the first minute of the match to take a commanding six-point advantage. Steveson energized the home crowd with an exciting performance and a demonstrative celebration. Continue reading

Pittsburgh moves into Top 25; Missouri extends dual meet win streak with win over Virginia Tech

Manheim, Pennsylvania – A couple of falls by Micky Phillippi and Taleb Rahmani and a win at heavyweight by transfer Demetrius Thomas were crucial on Saturday as unranked Pittsburgh upended then-No. 14 Northern Iowa at home in a battle of Panthers. The victory was noticeable enough as second-year head coach Keith Gavin’s squad improved to 2-0 and moved into the Theraworx NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll at No. 24 this week.

With 30 dual meets involving Division I teams over the past week, there was enough action to see the rankings jumbled, but the top five teams remained steady. No. 2 Ohio State (3-0) headed west and topped transitional Division I member Cal Baptist 42-0 before getting past then-No. 11 Arizona State in Tempe 22-18. The Buckeyes accomplished the feat without All-Americans Myles Martin and Kollin Moore, who were both representing Team USA in Bucharest, Romania at the U23 World Championships. Moore will come back to Columbus with a silver medal. Continue reading

State Champs and All-Americans Highlight Gopher’s Recruiting Class

MINNEAPOLIS – A year after signing its largest recruiting class in a decade, the Gopher Wrestling program announced the addition of eight talented student-athletes who will arrive on campus for the 2019-20 campaign.

Three local products and champions from Illinois, Montana, and California highlight the class for head coach Brandon Eggum and his staff. Cael Carlson of Willmar, Sebas Swiggum of Apple Valley, and Rowan Morgan of Mounds View will represent their home state when they don the Maroon & Gold next season. The class also includes Lockport, Illinois standouts Baylor Fernandes and Matt Ramos, three-time Montana State Champion Martin Wilkie, Wisconsin state champion Kevin Meicher, and California native Marcos Polanco. Continue reading