Vega’s First Season Going Solo

MOORHEAD, Minn. — While watching WWF wrestling on T.V., twin brothers Anthony and Angel Vega would move their parent’s couches and practice jumping off and slamming each other in their living room. Once they reached the 8th grade they were excited to show off their moves at practice when they discovered there wasn’t even a ring, and that their favorite moves were not allowed in scholastic wrestling.

Now, Angel has left his home in Calif., and is competing on MSUM’s wrestling team for the first time without his brother. Brothers, who have always competed together, went their separate ways to identify themselves as athletes. Continue reading at

Holm, Wechter storm into finals as Dave Schultz Memorial International kicks off

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Whatever Jordan Holm and John Wechter are doing in the practice room is certainly paying off.

The training partners from the Minnesota Storm advanced to the Dave Schultz Memorial International finals in Greco-Roman wrestling on Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Continue reading at

Reduced senior class sticks together amid adversity

Gophers wrestling had the top-ranked recruiting class in 2008, but only three members of that class remain.

Minnesota boasted the No. 1 wrestling recruiting class in 2008, according to InterMat.

It featured nine wrestlers that were well-respected in their high school realms.

Five years later, three wrestlers from that class remain. Some transferred, and others quit. Continue reading at

Z-M wrestler aims to be among the few

ZUMBROTA– The Marines are always looking for a few good men. Mitchell Watkins would like to also give them a state champion wrestler.

The hard-working Zumbrota-Mazeppa senior certainly has the motivation, with a coveted ROTC scholarship already in hand, and he may also have the means on the mat.

Watkins is 25-1 this season and last week he became Z-M’s all-time career wins leader with No. 134. He’s ranked No. 6 at 138 pounds in Class A. Continue reading at