Fix and Berge bounce back for bronze, Brooks and Elam capture silver at Junior Worlds

TRNAVA, Slovakia – The USA Junior men’s freestyle team finished Saturday night’s session with two silver and two bronze medals in Trnava, Slovakia.

Claiming silver medals were Aaron Brooks at 79 kg and Zach Elam at 97 kg.

2017 Cadet World champion Brooks had a back-and-forth battle with Hayato Ishiguro, who was third at the Japanese Senior World Trials. The bout ended with 21 points on the board and an 11-10 win for Ishiguro.

Brooks scored first with a takedown, but Ishiguro responded quickly with a takedown and gut wrench. At the break, Brooks led on criteria, 4-4. The second period saw points flying, which included three takedowns and exposure. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Lewis secures Junior World semifinal bid, three-time World champion Steveson upended in quarterfinals

TRNAVA, Slovakia – In only his third freestyle tournament of his career, Mekhi Lewis advanced to the Junior World semifinals at 70 kg with two quick wins on Saturday morning in Trnava, Slovakia. His wins included a technical fall and a pin.

Against Erik Reinbok of Estonia, Lewis scored takedown after takedown to open his first international tournament with a 10-0 win.

The quarterfinals put the Virginia Tech wrestler against South Africa’s Matthew Bartlett, who is a four-time age-group African Championships silver medalist. Lewis was on the board quickly with a takedown, putting Bartlett to his back and securing the fall at the 1:04 mark.

In tonight’s semifinals, Lewis will face 2018 Junior Asian silver medalist Bat-Erdene Byambasuren of Mongolia. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Steveson Still Improving After Three World Titles

TRNAVA, Slovakia (September 21) – It’s hard to believe that Gable Steveson (USA) is still improving after winning three world titles, but he stood outside Trnava’s City Sports Hall and said it’s possible.

“I’m stronger, quicker and my endurance is better than ever, but I’m still growing,” said Steveson. “I look at myself as the second-place guy, and that’s how I’m approaching every practice. Even though I’ve reached the top, I still train like I’m behind somebody.”

With two years of junior eligibility left, Steveson’s comes to Slovakia chasing his fourth age-level world title.

No doubt that he enters the 2018 Junior World Championships with a target on his back and he knows it. “I love having the target on my back. A lot of people have tried to hit the target, but as of right now, everyone has missed.” Continue reading at unitedworldwrestling.org

Bison Wrestling Club Coaches Clinic Moved to Thursday, Oct. 18

FARGO, N.D. – Due to an overwhelming positive response, the Bison Wrestling Club Coaches Clinic has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. The clinic features legendary former University of Minnesota head wrestling coach J Robinson as the keynote speaker.

Cost of the clinic is $100 for the first coach, $75 for each additional coach per high school. Register before Oct. 1 when the price increases to $150 first coach / $125 for each additional. Cost includes lunch, dinner and an evening social. Continue reading

Steveson Set for Junior World Championships

The 2018 Junior World Championships are underway in Trnava, Slovakia, where University of Minnesota wrestler Gable Steveson will look to capture his fourth consecutive world championship.

Gable has won three previous world titles up to this point in time. The four-time state champion from Apple Valley won Cadet World Championships in 2015 and 2016 and moving up an age-group in 2017, Stevenson won five matches on his way to claiming the top spot on the podium and a Junior World Championship. Steveson’s first-place finish in 2017 helped the USA capture their first Junior Men’s Freestyle World Team Title since 1984. Continue reading

MSUM Wrestling Coach Kris Nelson to be Inducted into Bison Hall of Fame on Friday

FARGO, N.D. – Minnesota State University Moorhead head wrestling coach Kris Nelson will be inducted into the North Dakota State Bison Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday.

This year’s class will bring the total of inductees to 290. The induction will be held on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Nodak Insurance Basketball Performance Center at the SHAC in Fargo. Continue reading

Gopher Wrestling Season Tickets on Sale

Don’t miss your chance to catch Gopher Wrestling all season long as season tickets are now on sale for the 2018-19 season.

Minnesota will host eight home matches this season versus top opponents, including matchups against Oklahoma State and Iowa. Fans who renew or purchase 2018-19 season tickets, will also have the opportunity to purchase Big Ten Wrestling Tournament tickets at Williams Arena prior to the general public. Continue reading