Steveson Dominates in the Big Apple

Augsburg wrestler Emily Shilson and former Apple Valley wrestler Seth Gross also wrestled

Competing for the first time since winning the 2020 Big Ten title last March, Golden Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson defeated Wisconsin’s Trent Hillger by technical fall at the 2020 Beat the Streets virtual event on Thursday night.

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Steveson Previews Thursday’s Beat the Streets Match

Golden Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson will return to the mat on Thursday, September 17, as part of Beat the Streets of New York City’s annual fundraising event. Steveson will square off against Wisconsin All-American Trent Hillger.

How excited are you to finally have your first official match since last year’s B1G tournament?
Gable: I’m excited, especially having it be Beat the Streets in New York City. In my opinion, Beat the Streets is the pinnacle of freestyle wrestling, especially with it being invite-only. I’ve wanted to wrestle in that event since I was a little kid, so it’s cool to finally get that opportunity and go do it.

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National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter Honors Nine at Honors Banquet

On Sunday, September 13th the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter held their 18th Annual Honors Banquet. The celebration was held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Austin, Minn. Attendance was considerably less than normal because of the current pandemic.

2020 honorees Bud Heidgerken, Tom Beyer, Mary Davis, Mark Jensen, and Don Kuusinen were present and participated in the inductions. Also honored from the 2020 Class were the late Father Otto Weber, Brian Bakke, Larry Goodnature, and Bill Schmidt. Bakke was honored and inducted at a prior event. There was a social held for Father Weber at a prior event as well. Goodnature and Schmidt have opted to be part of the 2021 induction acceptance speeches.

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Steveson to Compete in Beat the Streets Event

Augsburg wrestler Emily Shilson and former Apple Valley wrestler Seth Gross will also wrestle

Golden Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson will return to the mat on Thursday, September 17, as part of Beat the Streets of New York City’s annual fundraising event. Steveson will square off against Wisconsin All-American Trent Hillger.

Steveson owns a 50-2 career record in two season with the Golden Gophers and claimed the 2020 Big Ten title. He was seeded No. 1 before the NCAA Championships were canceled because of COVID-19 public health concerns. He owns a 3-0 record against Hillger, including a 10-4 decision in the semifinals of the 2019 Big Ten Championships.

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Meet The 2020-2021 Vikings Coaching Staff

Joseph Umlauf is entering his second year as the head wrestling coach of Itasca Community College. Umlauf is a graduate of North Dakota State University where he was a four year scholarship starting wrestler for The Bison. He is currently pursuing his masters degree in sport management with an emphasis on high performance training from the number one rated sports management program in the country, University of Florida. Umlauf is also a Personal Training certified elite trainer from the International Sports Sciences Association in Personal Training, Sports Nutrition, and Strength and Conditioning.

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NWHOF-MN Chapter Banquet to take place this weekend

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Minnesota Chapter Banquet will take place on Sunday, September 13. The event will be held at the Austin Holiday Inn Conference Center in Austin, Minn. Attendance is expected to be considerably less than normal. Social distancing guidelines will apply.

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Meet the Gopher Freshmen: Isaiah Salazar

The four-time state champion hails from Greeley, Colorado.

Isaiah Salazar made many trips to the top of the podium in his high school wrestling career, and as he makes his transition into college wrestling, he plans to spend his next four years repeating that same success in the Maroon & Gold.

Salazar recorded an exceptional 143-6 record in his high school career, and that dominance earned him four Colorado state titles, three of which for high school powerhouse Windsor High School. The blue-chip recruit from Greeley, Colorado saw an unblemished record in his last two years of competition, and was also a top-5 nationally ranked wrestler in the 182-pound weight class.

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