Minnesota Veterans/Masters level wrestlers prepare for World Championships

By Chad Otterness

Lou Orr and Rudy James have been practicing this summer as they prepare for the Third Annual Masters World Cup Team Tournament.

Lou and Rudy will compete at Chaparral High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 7th, 2019.

During October, the duo will head to Tbilisi, Georgia, to compete in the United World Wrestling (UWW) Veterans/Masters Freestyle and Greco-Roman Championships.

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Eischens goes 1-1 at Junior World Championships

Former Anoka wrestler Tyler Eischens went 1-1 at the UWW Junior World Championships on August 17th in Tallinn, Estonia.

Eischens, who wrestled Greco-Roman at 72 kg (158 lbs.), defeated Deividas Subotkevic of Lithuania 9-0 in his first match. He then lost to Ihor Bychkov of Ukraine 5-2 in the next round. Eischens was eliminated from competition when Bychkov lost in the semifinals.

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Pack Named NDSU Volunteer Assistant Coach

FARGO, N.D. – Former South Dakota State University 157-pounder Cody Pack has been named volunteer assistant wrestling coach at North Dakota State University. NDSU head coach Roger Kish made the announcement today.

Pack, a native of Quincy, Calif., comes from Legends of Gold RTC in Beresford, S.D. He has been an assistant coach and residential life counselor for the IDA residential program. His responsibilities have ranged from teaching freestyle, Greco-Roman and folkstyle skills on the mat to developing diets and motivational techniques to helping young athletes gain balance between competition and daily life.

Currently, Pack is training for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics in the Greco-Roman discipline. He has placed 4th and 5th at the U.S. World Trials and was a residential athlete at the Olympic Training Center in 2016-17. Pack rolled up 196 wins at Quincy (Calif.) High School, and was a three-time finalist and six-time All-American at the USA Wrestling tournament in Fargo.

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SMSU announces signing class for 2019-20

MARSHALL, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University head wrestling coach Jesse Nelson announced today the addition of 10 student-athletes for the 2019-20 season.

Signing letters of intent to continue their academic and wrestling career at SMSU include Jacob Backlund from Jordan, Minn., Lucas Hodges from Cottonwood, Minn., Sean Howk from New Ulm, Minn., Wyatt Kramer from Holland, Ind., Dillon McEachran from Faribault, Minn., Carter Marx from Planview, Minn., Tyler Soltau from Zumbrota, Minn., Jackson Stauffacher from Belle Plaine, Minn., and Elijah Sterner from Cottonwood, Minn.

Kramer officially signed in February and will also play football at SMSU. Nelson also announced that German Fitzgerald from Milwaukee, Wis., will join the wrestling team after spending one season as a member of the SMSU football program.

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Augustana Releases 2019-20 Schedule

Fans will have seven opportunities to catch the Vikings at home

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — After an impressive postseason showing last March, the Augustana Wrestling team is excited to announce the schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 wrestling season. The schedule features eight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) duals, five non-conference duals, five opens, and seven opportunities for fans to see the Vikings wrestle at home in the Elmen Center.

The Vikings will start their season on the road at the Jimmie Open in Jamestown, N.D. on November 2. Following the opener, the Vikings will hit the road for three more opens and a dual against North Dakota State before returning to Sioux Falls for the home opener.

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