Pickell named OW at InterMat Classic, Noble repeats

EDINA, Minn. — On Saturday, Charlie Pickell made a statement at the InterMat Classic, dominating a weight class that included three state champions, along with a state finalist.

Pickell, a two-time state champion and four-time state finalist, cruised to the title at 132 pounds, picking up a technical fall in the finals over Charlie Dojan (Irondale, Minn.), 18-3. Dojan defeated a pair of state finalists on his run to the finals before losing to Pickell, who finished his tournament with three first-period pins and a technical fall.

Pickell was named the event’s Outstanding Wrestler.

Christian Noble (Big Lake, Minn.) was the lone repeat champion at the InterMat Classic. Noble pinned every opponent he faced in the tournament for the second straight year. He pinned Colton Bornholdt (New Prague, Minn.) in the first period in the championship match at 113 pounds. Noble, a state third-place finisher last season, jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after a takedown and two-point nearfall. He built his lead to 6-1 before securing the pin. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com

St. Olaf to discontinue wrestling program

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The St. Olaf College Department of Athletics announced on Friday that it will discontinue the sport of men’s wrestling, effective at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

The coaching staff and student-athletes were notified of the decision at a meeting prior to Friday’s announcement.

“Providing our student-athletes with a quality experience is our top priority,” said St. Olaf College Athletic Director Ryan Bowles. “We are committed to ensuring that they have the opportunity to flourish academically, socially, and athletically. For wrestling, the demands of our small program and dwindling roster do not meet our standards or provide a sustainable model of excellence.”

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Storylines to watch at InterMat Classic

The 10th InterMat Classic takes place on Saturday at Edina High School in Edina, Minn. Wrestlers from eight different states are entered in this year’s event. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CT. Trackwrestling.com will be providing a live stream, archived video and results.

Let’s examine a few storylines to watch at this year’s InterMat Classic.

Returning InterMat Classic champions

In the nine-year history of the InterMat Classic, only 11 wrestlers have been multiple-time champions. This year, four wrestlers will look to join that exclusive group. Returning InterMat Classic champions entered in this year’s event include Christian Noble (Big Lake, Minn.) at 113 pounds, Nolan Craine (Goddard, Kan.) at 170 pounds, as well as Wyatt Lidberg (STMA, Minn.) and Jagger Greenwood (Hibbing, Minn.) at 182 pounds. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com