A golden memory: Park’s Zach Silvis looks back at a gold medal trip with Team USA

Zach Silvis isn’t a fan of showing excitement after winning a wrestling match.

The majority of the time he’s calm, cool and collected.

Once Silvis won the gold medal match at the U15 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on June 19, he had a different reaction.

He used both of his hands to fist pump, shouting his excitement on winning the gold medal for Team USA. After shaking hands with his opponent, he grabbed the American flag from his coaches and ran around the mat. Continue reading at www.swcbulletin.com

Gophers Savor Visit From Brock Lesnar

On Monday morning the Gophers were welcomed to practice by former Gophers NCAA heavyweight champion, and international superstar, Brock Lesnar.

Lesnar, also a WWE and UFC champion, donated a variety of equipment focused on stretching and body maintenance through a grueling wrestling schedule. Lesnar led the group of grapplers through a series of stretches and workouts before giving out some pointers while the Gophers sparred. Continue reading at gophersports.com

St. Cloud State wrestling mourns passing of first coach Jack Gause

St. Cloud State University mourns the recent passing of Jack Gause, who helped establish the Huskies’ wrestling program as the team’s first head coach in 1949-50.

A U.S. Navy veteran, commercial diver and a longtime wrestling coach and official, Gause was born in 1930 in Portland, Oregon. He moved to Minneapolis in 1931 and later moved to Robbinsdale in 1939. He attended St. Cloud State from 1949-50 and coached the Huskies’ first wrestling team that season. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and later returned to SCSU and obtained a master’s degree.

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Augsburg’s Donny Wichmann ’89 to be inducted into NWCA D-III Hall of Fame

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University men’s wrestling alumnus Donny Wichmann ’89, a three-time Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion, a national tournament All-American and a longtime assistant coach who was a part of 10 NCAA Division III national championship teams with the Auggies, will be inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Hall of Fame during a ceremony in August in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. (Eastern time) at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ceremony is taking place during the NWCA’s annual convention in Fort Lauderdale.

In addition to the formal celebration in Florida, a local celebration for Wichmann will be held on Saturday, July 13 from 4-8 p.m. at Finnegans Brew Co. in Minneapolis (817 5th Avenue South, Minneapolis 55404). There will be a cash bar and food trucks will be on-site.

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SCSU ranked among nation’s top three in 2019-20 DII preseason poll

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team, which has won NCAA Division II national championships in 2019, 2018, 2016 and 2015, has earned a number three ranking in The Open Mat’s Division II preseason rankings for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

In the top five poll, Notre Dame (Ohio) was ranked number one and Nebraska-Kearney was ranked number two ahead of St. Cloud State, which has finished ahead of those two schools at the NCAA DII championships in four of the last five seasons. The top five poll for 2019-20 was completed by Pitt-Johnstown and Lindenwood. The poll is compiled by The Open Mat DII wrestling expert Bryce Villa.

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