The National Wrestling Hall of Fame to Induct 9 new members at the Minnesota Chapter Banquet on April 25th

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Minnesota Chapter is proud to announce the induction of Bud Heidgerken as their Outstanding American from Minnesota. Brian Bakke will receive the State Medal of Courage Award from Minnesota. Honorees for the Lifetime Service Award are Tom Beyer, Mary Davis, Larry Goodnature, Mark Jensen, Don Kuusinen, Bill Schmidt, and the late Father Otto Weber.

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Aaron Widboom (1978-2019)

Aaron “Boomer” Widboom was born on October 19, 1978, and passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019, in Duluth, Minn. Widboom, was a Worthington High School class of 1997 graduate who was a member of their 1997 Section 2AAA Team Champions that went on to take 6th in the Class AAA state tournament.

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Kevin Ahern to be inducted into Simley High School Hall of Fame

By Matt Krumrie

It’s no secret wrestlers are tough, hardworking, and resilient.

Kevin Ahern was all of those and more as a student-athlete, wrestler, and football player at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights in the late 1980s. After high school, Ahern went on to become an All-American wrestler at the University of St. Thomas, and for these accomplishments, and more, he is being inducted into the Simley High School Hall of Fame Friday, September 13 at halftime of the Simley football game against North Saint Paul.

Ahern – the 1988 Simley High School Male Athlete of the Year, finished in the top 10 in his class, was a three-time state qualifier, two-time state placewinner, 1988 state runner-up, and key member of Simley’s 1987 and 1988 state championship wrestling teams – the first in school history. He also earned Academic All-State honors in wrestling and finished his career with a record of 102-28-2.

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Pat Smith Prepared for World Championships

Former Gophers wrestler Pat Smith is set to represent USA Wrestling next week when he competes at the 2019 United World Wrestling Championships in the 77kg (~169 lbs.) division in Greco-Roman. Smith’s section of the event will take place on September 16 and 17 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Smith’s tournament will kick off on September 16 at Midnight CT with the qualifying rounds. If he advances, the next round would be at 6am with medal rounds coming on Sept. 17 at 5:30am.

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St. Cloud State to face challenging schedule in 2019-20

St. Cloud State University Wrestling enters its 71st year of collegiate wrestling and its 2019-20 schedule will be highlighted by six home dual matches for the Huskies.

The list of home matches includes the annual Black/Red Classic (Nov. 1), Southwest Minnesota State (Nov. 20), Western State College (Jan. 5), MSU – Moorhead at Pierz H.S. (Jan. 30), Upper Iowa (Feb. 13) and Augustana (Feb. 19). Tickets for all home matches this season are available at www.scsutickets.com or you can purchase them at the gate on match days. All SCSU student get into all regular-season home matches at Halenbeck Hall for FREE.

The Huskies will start their 2019-20 non-conference dual schedule by heading to the Northeast Duals in Troy, NY (Nov. 9) as they will face American International, Pittsburg-Johnstown and Johnson & Wales. The Open season will get underway at the Finn Grinaker Open on Nov. 16 followed by the Dragon Open on Dec. 8. SCSU closes out their first semester as they travel to Northern State (Dec. 13) for a dual meet.

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Gophers Announce 2019-20 Schedule

With the Big Ten Conference’s announcement of conference schedules on Wednesday morning, the Gopher wrestling program now has a clear picture of their 2019-20 schedule that includes the five top teams from the NCAA Championships.

Those five teams, in order of finish, are Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan, and Oklahoma State.

The Gophers season officially kicks off with a dual against Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 1 with another home dual against Rider only two weeks later. Last season the Gophers were set to take on Rider in a special dual at Northrop Auditorium before the match was canceled due to inclement weather. The location for the Rider dual is not yet confirmed.

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