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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NDSU Names Obenson Blanc Head Assistant Coach

FARGO, N.D.—Obenson Blanc has been named head assistant wrestling coach at North Dakota State University. NDSU head wrestling coach Roger Kish made the announcement on Friday.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to help bring my skill sets to a program on the rise, its wonderful community, and student-athletes. I am lucky to have spent five years in Raleigh amongst a great staff and some of the most incredible young individuals you will encounter,” said Blanc, a native of Naples, Fla.

Blanc has been an assistant coach at NC State since the summer of 2014 following a successful freestyle career that included making five consecutive U.S. National Teams from 2009 to 2013. At the peak of his career, Blanc was a three-time Pan-American finalist, two-time U.S. Open and U.S. World Team Trials Champion in 2010 and 2013, and an alternate for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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Auggie men’s wrestling team honored at Twins game

MINNEAPOLIS — The Augsburg University men’s wrestling team was honored for its 2019 NCAA Division III national championship by the Minnesota Twins before Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Target Field, with co-head coach Jim Moulsoff throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

Each member of the team, along with co-head coaches Moulsoff and Tony Valek, assistant coaches and two special alumni guests — two-time national champion John Beatty ’91 and former assistant coach Donny Wichmann ’89 — were introduced on the diamond before the fans at Target Field. Moulsoff then threw a strike for his ceremonial first pitch.

The Auggies were treated to great seats by the Twins to watch the home team’s 4-3, 17-inning victory over the Red Sox. In addition to the national championship team members, more than 300 participants in this week’s Augsburg wrestling camp were also in attendance at the game. Continue reading at

No charges to be filed against arrested U of M wrestlers at this time

The two University of Minnesota wrestlers arrested on probable cause criminal sexual conduct will not be charged at this time.

The two students, aged 19 and 21, had been arrested in different locations on Saturday evening after a complaint that they had sexually penetrated a victim with an object, per a police report.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said on Tuesday it has reviewed the allegations against the wrestlers and “have determined no charges can be brought at this time.” Continue reading at

Two U of M wrestlers arrested on probable cause of criminal sexual conduct

MINNEAPOLIS — Two University of Minnesota wrestlers have been taken into custody on probable cause for criminal sexual conduct Saturday night by Minneapolis police.

A statement from the U of M Athletic Department confirms the two men arrested are student athletes. Interviews with one of the men’s parents and an attorney identified them as members of the university’s wrestling team.

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