Gophers Headed to UWW Junior and Senior Nationals This Weekend

A contingent of Golden Gophers wrestlers will participate in this weekend’s UWW Junior and Senior Nationals at the Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. Competition in freestyle begins at 10 a.m. Central on Saturday with the tournament concluding on Sunday. Greco begins at 10 a.m. on Friday.

The top five place winners in each weight class in the senior freestyle bracket will advance to the 2021 World Team Trials in September. Champions in the junior freestyle tournament will qualify for the 2021 UWW Junior World Championships in August.

Leading the list of current Golden Gophers is two-time All-American Brayton Lee and two-time NCAA qualifier Michael Blockhus at 70kg in the senior division. They will be joined by Jake Bergeland and Marcos Polanco at 65kg.

Two-time All-American and Gopher alum Devin Skatzka will compete at 79kg. Dan DeShazer (61kg), Elroy Perkin (70kg) and Ryan Epps will participate as part of Minnesota’s Regional Training Center, the Gopher Wrestling Club (GWC) – freestyle and Greco.

Former Gopher Alec Ortiz is competing in Senior Men’s Greco-Roman.

Seeking junior national titles are a trio of Minnesota wrestlers in Matt Ramos (57kg), Theo Cha (65kg), and Rowan Morgan (92kg).

The 2021 UWW Junior and Senior Nationals will be streamed live by FloWrestling.

Senior Men’s Greco
77kg – Alec Ortiz (alum)
77kg – Ryan Epps (GWC)

Senior Men’s Freestyle
61kg – Dan DeShazer (GWC)
65kg – Jake Bergeland (current)
65kg – Marcos Polanco (current)
70kg – Michael Blockhus (current)
70kg – Brayton Lee (current)
70kg – Elroy Perkin (GWC)
79kg – Devin Skatzka (alum)
79kg – Ryan Epps (GWC)

Junior Men’s Freestyle
57kg – Matt Ramos (current)
65kg – Theo Cha (current)
92kg – Rowan Morgan (current)

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 30th
10 a.m.: Junior and Senior Greco-Roman – Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolations
3:30 p.m.: Junior and Senior Greco-Roman – Consolations and Medals

Saturday, May 1
10 a.m.: Junior and Senior Men’s Freestyle – Prelims and Consolations
4:30 p.m.: Junior and Senior Men’s Freestyle – Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolations

Sunday, May 2
10 a.m.: Junior and Senior Men’s Freestyle – Consolation, Consolation Semifinals, 3rd Place, 5th Place, 7th Place
3 p.m.: Junior and Senior Men’s Freestyle – Championship Finals and UWW Junior Best 2 of 3 Finals

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