Emily Shilson helped Team USA women’s wrestling make history this summer

MINNEAPOLIS (BVM) — After winning one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Team USA women’s wrestling doubled down on their impressive summer by making history at the 2021 Junior World Championships in Ufa, Russia.

It was in Russia that Team USA for the first time ever had multiple champions in women’s freestyle with Amit Elor, Kylie Welker, and Emily Shilson all winning gold medals in their respective weight classes.

“Team USA has had a great summer in women’s wrestling,” Shilson said. “It’s so cool to be a part of this team that’s had the summer that we had”

Shilson came into the tournament with high expectations after making it to the Team USA Olympic Trials back in the spring. She missed the cut for Tokyo, but the whole experience was extremely positive and Shilson said it prepared her for Russia. Continue reading at /bvmsports.com →

Pat Smith earns World Team Spot as Competition Wraps in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. – A full weekend of wrestling wrapped up Sunday evening at the Senior World Team Trials in Pinnacle Bank Arena, as former Gopher Pat Smith highlighted the weekend by earning his third career World Team spot in the 72-kilogram Greco-Roman weight division.

Smith, who represented Minnesota Storm RTC as the top seed in his bracket, pinned Griffin Parriott in the quarterfinals and defeated Michael Hooker 4-0 in the semifinals en route to the Best-of-3 finals against Benji Peak (New York Athletic Club). In the finals, Smith continued his winning ways, sweeping the series with 3-3 and 6-4 victories to make his third World Team.

Another former Gopher, Alec Ortiz, competed in Greco-Roman at 77-kilograms as well but fell out of the tournament in the consolation semifinals.

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Gable Steveson signs with World Wrestling Entertainment, but he will also return to Gophers in trailblazing deal

Steveson is expected to finish his senior season and graduate with a business degree. At that point, he’ll become a full-time performer for World Wrestling Entertainment.

Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson will be taking the ring as a professional wrestler in the near future, but not before he defends his NCAA heavyweight title with the Gophers this season.

Steveson, who gained worldwide fame with his dominance in the Tokyo Olympics this summer and last-second win in the final, announced Thursday that he signed a deal with WWE, the popular pro wrestling circuit. Continue reading at startribune.com →

SMSU Wrestling To Host Annual Golf Fundraiser

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling program will be hosting its second annual SMSU Wrestling Golf Outing – presented by Marshall Auto Exchange – on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Countryside Golf Course in Minneota.

The four-person scramble tournament costs just $75 per person or $300 per team. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, burger basket, and beverages (while supplies last). There will be prizes awarded throughout the day to individuals and a silent auction for items. Hole sponsorships are also available at $200.

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Gable Steveson Returns to Minnesota for Senior Season

MINNEAPOLIS – Olympic Gold Medalist and Golden Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson will be returning to Minnesota for his senior season to defend his NCAA national title as announced on Thursday morning. The news comes off the heels of a separate news release by the WWE that Steveson has signed an unprecedented NIL deal with the organization to be a part of the WWE roster while also finishing his collegiate career.

The announcement is only the latest installment to the list of accolades that Steveson has accrued in 2021. The decorated year for Steveson began at the conclusion of the collegiate season in which he collected his second Big Ten title, his first NCAA title, a Dan Hodge Trophy, and an Olympic Games berth in less than a month’s span, capping off one of the most impressive and most dominant runs the sport has ever seen.

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Gable Steveson, Olympic wrestling gold medalist, signs multiyear deal with WWE

Steveson will also return to wrestle for The Gophers this season

Gable Steveson, the heavyweight freestyle wrestler who won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last month, has signed a multiyear deal with WWE, Steveson told ESPN.

The 21-year-old signed a NIL deal with WWE that will allow him to attend the University of Minnesota for his senior year and defend the Division I national championship at heavyweight. WWE will set up a remote training facility for Steveson near campus where he’ll learn the finer points of in-ring work with WWE coaches.

He’ll also have access to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, where his brother, Bobby Steveson, currently trains. After Gable Steveson graduates in May, his multi-year talent contract with WWE will begin; he’ll be a full-time performer with the company (but also appear on WWE programming during the school year).

“I’ve been on WWE since I was really young,” said Steveson, WWE’s first gold medalist since Kurt Angle. “I was on guys like Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman for a very long time. So growing up watching them, me being an entertainer on the wrestling mat, it just felt like it was the right choice.” Continue reading at espn.com →