Senior transfer Russell makes Minnesota loaded in the lightweights, with Lizak and McKee to follow in the lineup

Minnesota has high hopes for the 2018-19 season, but things are looking even better this year with the addition of senior Sean Russell, an All-American transfer from Edinboro, who has slid into the 125-pound spot in the Gopher lineup.

The insertion of Russell allows two other special talents, two-time All-American Ethan Lizak and Junior World silver medalist Mitchell McKee to slide up one weight class, which could give Minnesota one of the strongest lightweight trios in the nation.

All three athletes scored wins in their opening dual meet against Air Force this past Sunday, with Russell and Lizak winning by decisions and McKee getting a first-period pin. If these three talents perform the way they expect to during both dual meets and tournaments, Minnesota should be a tough team.

Russell chose to transfer after long-time Edinboro head coach Tim Flynn left to take over the West Virginia program. In the short time he has been in Minneapolis, Russell already likes the decision he made to finish his career as a Gopher. Continue reading at

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