Feb 062016

Devin Long’s blindness means he wrestles by feel, inspiring his Park teammates with his effort.

Devin Long is 2-38 in his past two seasons wrestling for Park of Cottage Grove High School, but his coaches only have glowing reviews.

Sometimes just stepping on the mat is cause for celebration.

Long has been legally blind since birth, due to scar tissue on his optic nerve. He is completely blind in his right eye and has 20/200 vision in his left, meaning anything more than 6 feet away is blurry. That hasn’t kept the junior from wrestling, though. He’s starting at 152 pounds for the Wolfpack this season. Continue reading at www.startribune.com

Feb 062016

The #2 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (14-1, 6-0 NSIC) continued its unbeaten run in league play with a big 30-5 victory over #15 Minnesota State University (8-4, 4-2 NSIC) on Saturday, Feb. 6 in Mankato, Minn.

The Huskies opened the day with a pin fall victory by #1 Austin Goergen at 285-pounds, which improved his record to 26-1 this winter. The victories continued at 125-pounds for the Huskies with a 12-4 win by #1 Tim Prescott over MSU’s Trevor Schultz and then Jared Oftedahl posted a 13-0 major win over MSU’s Paul Selman at 133. Continue reading »

Feb 062016

Fresh off a Friday night win over Northwestern in Evanston, No. 17 Minnesota (8-7, 4-3) heads up I-94 with a pit stop on the way back to the Twin Cities for a Super Bowl Sunday matinee at the UW Fieldhouse in Madison with border rival Wisconsin (2-5, 1-4).

After back-to-back wins to close out their home conference schedule, the Gophers began a four-match road swing last weekend with a loss at Iowa but rebounded this weekend with a 22-20 win over the Wildcats in which the Gophers won six of the night’s 10 matches. After falling behind 8-0 after two matches, the Gophers won three straight, including an upset at 149 pounds for No. 16 Jake Short over No. 4 Jason Tsirtsis and a pin in just 30 seconds for Brandon Kingsley at 157. The win was the third in the past four duals for Minnesota, building on home wins over Rutgers and Purdue in mid-January. Continue reading »

Feb 052016
Albert Lea Area 55 Rochester Mayo 12
Anoka 68 Champlin Park 9
Bemidji 51 Moorhead 13
Caledonia 38 Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson 32
Canby 42 Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie 32
Kasson-Mantorville 53, Goodhue 18
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 57 Benson 9
Little Falls 47 Rocori 25
Medford 42 New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 34
Milaca 41 Cambridge-Isanti 27
Rochester Century 45 Winona 27
St. Michael-Albertville 56 St. Francis 18
St. Thomas Academy 41 Cretin-Derham Hall 30
Willmar 34 St. Cloud Tech 30 Continue reading »
Feb 052016

Augustana sweeps Minot State in victory

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Augustana won all 10 matches in a 45-0 victory over Minot State on Friday night at the Elmen Center. The win gives the Vikings a 16-3 record, 5-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, the loss dropped the Beavers to 4-10 on the season.

Morgan Engbrecht (133 pounds) started off for the Vikings with a first period pin over Colton Nichols.

Brandon Charbonneau (141 pounds) won on a 6-3 decision over Tanner Crissler. Crissler cut the lead to 3-2 early in the third period with a reversal until Charbonneau escaped and score a takedown to secure the victory. Continue reading »

Feb 052016

Gophers kick off weekend with win against Wildcats

An upset of a former national champion followed by a pin that took just 30 seconds set up No. 17 Minnesota to pick up its first road victory of the season, 22-20, over Northwestern on Friday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The win puts Minnesota over .500 again this season (8-7, 4-3) and extends the program’s longest active winning streak over a Big Ten opponent to 14.

In the night’s most-anticipated match – the only ranked-versus-ranked bout on Friday’s card – No. 16 Jake Short pulled off a thrilling comeback at 149 pounds to knock off No. 4 Jason Tsirtsis, the 2014 NCAA champ. Tsirtsis led the match 3-0 after the second period, but Short earned a pair of takedowns in the match’s final 90 seconds, including a match-clinching finish in the waning seconds of the final period that came with a pair of back points to complete the 7-4 upset. It was Short’s fourth win against a ranked opponent this season, tied for second-most on the team, and his first win in three tries against Tsirtsis. Continue reading »

Feb 052016

Jackrabbit wrestlers continue winning ways

OREM, Utah – Alex Kocer and Nate Rotert each recorded first-period pins to lead South Dakota State to a 28-13 victory over Utah Valley in a Big 12 Conference wrestling dual Friday night.

With their 10th consecutive dual victory, the Jackrabbits improved to 11-5 overall and 4-1 against Big 12 opponents. UVU, which was scheduled to wrestle against North Dakota State later on Friday, fell to 3-7 overall and 0-1 in conference action. Continue reading »

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