Minnesota Prepared for Oklahoma State Dual

The Gophers head down to Stillwater, Oklahoma, for the program’s rivalry dual against No. 11 Oklahoma State.

The Gophers are coming off a weekend that featured both a dual against Rider as well as the Daktronics Open. Seven Maroon and Gold grapplers found themselves at the top of their weight classes at Sunday’s open with Pat McKee, Mitch McKee, Baylor Fernandes, Bailee O’Reilly, Owen Webster, and Bobby Steveson all winning their brackets while Devin Skatzka won the 174-pound round-robin.

Scouting the Cowboys
A perennial Big 12 and NCAA contender, the Cowboys are once again a force this season. Coach John Smith’s squad enters the dual ranked 11 by FloWrestling after a surprising loss to No. 10 Lehigh last weekend.

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MSUM Set for Auggie Invitational

MOORHEAD, Minn.—The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., on Saturday for the Auggie Invitational, hosted by Augsburg University. The tournament begins at 9 a.m.

Last Saturday, the Dragons went to Concordia-Moorhead for the Finn Grinaker Open. Sophomore Braydon Ortloff and sophomore Evan Foster led the way for MSUM with runner-up finishes. Ortloff went 3-1 at 157 pounds. He opened the first championship round by pinning Northern State’s Bryan Burnett in 3:13. Ortloff’s only loss came against UMary’s Braydon Huber in the finals. Foster also went 3-1 at 174 pounds.

Foster also opened round one by pinning his opponent, Minot State’s Isaac Bertalotto, in 4:19. Foster’s only loss was in the finals against St. Cloud State’s Devin Donovan.

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Kevin Simonson 1958-2019

2019 Section 2AA Assistant Coach of the Year

Kevin Sherman Simonson, 61 of Glencoe, MN died at GlenFields Living With Care on November 10, 2019, after a 28 month battle with a cancerous brain tumor. Kevin was born to Beverly (Gieser) and Sherman Simonson at Rapid City, SD on August 2, 1958, and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church at Rapid City on August 23rd. He was confirmed at Evanger Lutheran Church on May 6, 1973.

Kevin graduated from Hayfield High School in 1976, and graduated from the University of Minnesota, Crookston in 1979. He worked as a sports reporter for the Hayfield Herald, and was a reporter for The Guillotine (a wrestling magazine). Kevin and Linda owned and published The Hancock Record at Hancock, MN.

Since 1987, Kevin managed Hardees and Burger King restaurants in Minnesota and South Dakota. He was named “Manager of the Year” for them several times.

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St. Cloud State wrestling to open NSIC campaign vs. SMSU

Nov. 20 – Military Appreciation Night/Youth Night

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team (3-0, 0-0 NSIC) will open its 2019-20 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual match season on Wednesday, Nov. 20 with a 7:00 p.m. match against Southwest Minnesota State University. The match will take place in SCSU’s Halenbeck Hall and tickets may be purchased at the gate.

The match has been designated as Military Appreciation Night and Youth Night. As a show of appreciation to all those who serve and those who have served our country, St. Cloud State University will admit all active military and veterans along with a guest into the match for FREE. Just show your military ID and/or DD214 at the gate to receive this offer.

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Virginia Tech’s win over Ohio State vaults Hokies into top five; Rider enters Top 20 after win at Minnesota

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Several upsets sparked a shake-up in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.
Virginia Tech (3-0) made a significant jump, rising seven spots to come in tied at No. 4 this week after the Hokies defeated then-No. 3 Ohio State 21-15 in Columbus. Rider (2-0) entered the Top 25 this week at No. 20 after beating then-No. 6 Minnesota (1-1) in Minneapolis on Friday. The loss dropped the Golden Gophers six spots to No. 12, tied with Pittsburgh (1-1).

Penn State (1-0) remained No. 1 for the 36th straight poll, while No. 2 Iowa (1-0) opened up its dual meet schedule with a 39-0 win over Chattanooga, witnessed by 10,466 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Nebraska comes in No. 3, the highest that program has been ranked since February 17, 2009. Tied at No. 4 with Virginia Tech, Wisconsin (5-0) was last ranked in the top five on February 1, 2011, when the Badgers were ranked sixth. The Badgers peaked at No. 3 during the 2010-11 season.

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SMSU opens conference season at St. Cloud State

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team will open the dual conference season traveling to St. Cloud State (3-0) on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. start time in Halenbeck Hall.

Wednesday’s dual against St. Cloud is the dual opener for SMSU while SCSU has earned three dual victories over non-conference opponents at the 2019 Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. on Nov. 9.

SMSU NOTES: SMSU competed in two opens prior to the conference opener in which SMSU placed four at the RCTC Yellowjacket Open and Cole Hennen led the way at the Dakota Wesleyan Open, placing first and was one of seven SMSU wrestlers to place.

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