Oct 212016

The seventh annual InterMat JJ Classic is set for Saturday at the UCR Regional Sports Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Wrestlers from 10 different states are represented in this year’s field.

Four returning JJ Classic champions, Israel Navarro (Willmar, Minn.), Jaden Van Maanen (La Crosse Central, Wis.), Alex Lloyd (Shakopee, Minn.) and Tyler Buesgens (Scott West, Minn.), will be looking to repeat in 2016.

Lloyd, the nation’s 30th-ranked junior, will be after his third straight JJ Classic as he looks to join the three-time champions club that includes Justin Portillo (Clarion-Goldfield, Iowa) and Bobby Steveson (Apple Valley, Minn.). Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com

Oct 202016

In this week’s visit to the Coach’s Corner, University of Minnesota Head Coach Brandon Eggum gives fans a sneak peek at what the Gopher lineup may look like this season, while also looking ahead to several upcoming events.

Eggum walks through the potential starters at all ten weights, working from 125 to heavyweight. While wrestlers at several weights have secured their place, others are locked up in open competitions to earn the top spot. Continue reading »

Oct 192016

Much was expected from Dustin Schlatter when he joined his older brother, All-American C.P. Schlatter, at the University of Minnesota in 2005. A top-tier recruit out of Ohio, Schlatter expected to wrestle for the Gophers as a true freshman, something that not only reflected his abilities, but the confidence of the Minnesota staff in those abilities. It’s not ordinary to see a true freshman wearing the Gopher singlet.

“My career was anything but ordinary,” Schlatter observed.

His freshman year was certainly extraordinary, unlike any other in Gopher history. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year marched to a Big Ten title before laying siege to the 149-pound bracket at the NCAA tournament, finishing his rookie season as a 42-1 national champion. To this day, Schlatter is the program’s only freshman to win a national title. Continue reading »

Oct 192016

FARGO, N.D.—Five home dates including the 46th annual Bison Open and four duals highlight the 2016-17 North Dakota State University wrestling schedule announced today by head coach Roger Kish.

“Our schedule is challenging, it’s going to be tough,” said Kish, who enters his sixth season at North Dakota State. The Bison return NCAA qualifiers in 125-pound senior Josh Rodriguez and 149-pound junior Clay Ream, who moves up to 157 this season.

The challenge starts right away as North Dakota State hosts Iowa State University in a Big 12 Conference dual at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in the 5,700-seat Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. It’s the first of four duals in the new facility. Continue reading »

Oct 192016

North Dakota State University wrestlers, 125-pound Josh Rodriguez, and 157-pound Clay Ream, were listed in the preseason individual rankings released by InterMat, The Open Mat, FloWrestling and WIN Wrestling Magazine.

Rodriguez and Ream are two-time NCAA national qualifiers. Rodriguez was ranked No. 8 by The Open Mat, No. 9 by InterMat and FloWrestling, and No. 11 by WIN Magazine. Ream, who moves from 149 to 157 this season, was ranked No. 14 by The Open Mat. Continue reading »

Oct 182016

MINNEAPOLIS — InterMat has released preseason NCAA Division I wrestling rankings.

Oklahoma State begins the 2016-17 season ranked No. 1 in InterMat’s tournament rankings and dual meet rankings. The Cowboys have nine ranked wrestlers, including eight ranked in the top seven. Iowa sits at No. 2 in both the tournament rankings and dual meet rankings, and has No. 1-ranked wrestlers in the first two weight classes.

Six returning NCAA champions start the season ranked No. 1, while another begins the season ranked No. 2.

Updated rankings are released every Tuesday during the NCAA wrestling season. Continue reading »

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