South Dakota State 20, North Dakota State 18

SDSU Retains Border Bell

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State’s Seth Gross recorded the decisive pin late in a hotly contested dual against North Dakota State, sending the Jackrabbits to a 20-18 victory Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 1,606 at Frost Arena.

The 17th-ranked Jackrabbits retained the Border Bell traveling trophy and improved to 14-5 overall, including an 8-1 mark in Big 12 Conference duals. NDSU, ranked 25th, fell to 14-5 overall and 4-3 against Big 12 foes. SDSU has won the last three duals in the rivalry series.

The second-ranked wrestler at 133 pounds, Gross entered his match against NDSU backup Arthur Payne with the Jackrabbits trailing 15-14. Gross built an early 10-0 lead with a takedown and two four-point near-falls before putting both of Payne’s shoulders to the mat early in the third period. Continue reading

Minnesota 40 Iowa State 7

Gophers Rout Cyclones in Regular Season Finale

Minnesota scores 40 points in a dual for the first time in more than three years in a blowout victory over regional rival Iowa State on Sunday in Ames

Minnesota piled up points in Ames on Sunday, winning the dual’s first five matches and producing seven bonus-point wins to run up a season-high scoring total in a 40-7 win over Iowa State. The 33-point win is an emphatic finish to a 7-5 (5-4) regular season that included an undefeated run on the road (5-0). The undefeated road record is the first for Minnesota since 2012-13.

“The guys were really aggressive all day and that’s exactly what we want to see from them,” said Head Coach Brandon Eggum. “We did a lot of things well today. A lot of positives, like scoring bonus points when we had those opportunities. Momentum is always such a big thing and this can help us create some momentum heading into Big Tens.” Continue reading

High School Milestones – Saturday, February 18, 2017

  • 200th Win – Tucker Sjomeling, Delano, 12th, 132 pounds
  • 125th Win – Patrick Voigt, Richfield, 12th, 152 pounds
  • 100th Win – Jacob Bennett, Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 10th, 195 pounds
  • 100th Win – Luke Dorn, St. Cloud Tech, 12th, 145 pounds
  • 100th Win – Cody Voight, Sibley East, 12th, 195 pounds
  • 100th Win – Nate Hart, Ottertail Central, 126 pounds
  • 100th Win – Mason Huemann, Goodhue, 11th, 160 pounds
  • 50th Pin – John Allen, Fridley, 12th, 220 pounds
  • 75th Win – Jon Solum, Bemidji, 11th, 126 pounds
  • 75th Win – Jared Rohloff, MAHACA, 12th, 138 pounds
  • 75th Win – Prestin Bradley, Dassel-Cokato, 10th, 126 pounds

Saints go marching to state

HOLDINGFORD — KMS’ Ryan Torkelson won two matches on Friday in the Section 5A tournament, but his first win of the day was perhaps the biggest of the tournament.

Torkelson’s 7-5 decision over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville’s Levi Line at 195 pounds provided the winning points in the Saints’ semifinals victory, and KMS then defeated BBE 43-23 to win the section championship and a spot in the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament.

The Saints will be making their fourth Class A state tournament appearance when the team championships commence on March 2 at the Xcel Energy Center. Continue reading at www.wctrib.com

Apple Valley makes it 35 straight trips to state with victory over Shakopee

With 34 consecutive years of state tournament appearances as a foundation, Apple Valley showed Shakopee just how hard it is to knock the Eagles off their throne.

In one of the most highly anticipated Minnesota wrestling matches in recent memory, Apple Valley avenged a one-point early-season loss to Shakopee with a gritty defensive effort and a few surprising victories to defeat the Sabers 28-19 in the Class 3A, Section 2 finals.

The victory Friday at Rosemount High School extends Apple Valley’s state tournament streak started in the 1982-83 season. The Eagles have won 24 state titles, including a current streak of 11 in a row.

“That’s what Apple Valley wrestling is all about,” Eagles coach Dalen Wasmund said. “We battle, we don’t go down easily. In the end, that’s what we expect. My hat’s off to every guy on this team.” Continue reading at www.mnwrestlinghub.com