Goergen to sign with St. Cloud

A second-place finish at a national wrestling meet in March gave unprecedented exposure to Caledonia High School senior Austin Goergen.

The two-time MSHSL Class AA state champion and one-time runner-up, Goergen said he received contact from 20 or 30 schools after competing at that tournament in Virginia Beach, Va.

But even though some impressive programs — Oklahoma State and Oregon among them — contacted Goergen about wrestling for them after graduation, he never lost track of a goal he’s had for quite some time. Continue reading at winonadailynews.com

Dragons add one new and two transfers

Joining MSU-Moorhead for next season are state qualifier Michael Urban of Forest Lake as well as junior college transfers Phillipe Walker of Baltimore, Maryland and Conner Monk of Wausau, Wisconsin.

Walker is a 2012 NJCAA All-American for Minnesota West placing seventh at 133 pounds. Monk is a NJCAA National Championships qualifier for Itasca at 165 pounds.

Urban is projected at 174 pounds.

Where are they going in 2012-13? http://mnguillotine.com/highsch/wheregoing/wherego2012.htm

Golden Gopher Wrestling Hands Out Post-Season Awards

Zach Sanders voted team MVP second straight year

The University of Minnesota wrestling team held their annual team awards banquet on Sunday night at the Ramada Inn in Minneapolis. Over 200 guests were attendance to honor the 2011-12 team well as individual honorees, who were presented with their awards at the event.

Minnesota capped off the season with a second place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Gophers were also crowned NWCA/Cliff Keen National Dual Champions and were named the Big Ten Regular Season Dual Co-Champions. The team finished the regular season with an overall record of 14-3 and 7-1 in the Big Ten. Minnesota defeated both Iowa (16-15) and Oklahoma State (18-13) en route to their National Dual title.

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Nelson’s title season ends with honors

The sophomore heavyweight won 25 straight matches to end the season.

Sunday’s team wrestling banquet capped off a crazy weekend for Gophers heavyweight Tony Nelson.

Before the banquet held at a Minneapolis hotel, Nelson spent the weekend in Cambridge, Minn., being honored by his hometown. His former high school had a pep fest for him and Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer proclaimed April 27, 2012, “Tony Nelson Day,” which the soft-spoken Nelson described as “pretty neat.” Continue reading at mndaily.com