Nine Home Dates including 49th Bison Open Highlight 2019-20 NDSU Schedule

FARGO, N.D. – Nine home dates with eight dual matches including Purdue, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Stanford highlight the North Dakota State University 2019-20 wrestling schedule in the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

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The challenging schedule for NDSU and head coach Roger Kish starts with a pair of non-conference home duals against Cal State Bakersfield at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, and the Big Ten’s Purdue University at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. The 49th annual Bison Open is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

The Bison Open is one of four regular-season tournaments. NDSU will send athletes to compete at Daktronics Open in Brookings, S.D., on Nov. 17, the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 6-7, and the South Beach Duals on Dec. 29-30, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Russell Joins Minnesota Storm

Former Gophers 125-pounder Sean Russell has joined the Minnesota Storm as he pursues a future in freestyle wrestling while staying in Dinkytown.

Russell, a 2017 All-American with Edinboro, joined the Gophers the summer before the 2018-19 season. After joining the Gophers Russell was dominant at 125-pounds all season long finishing third at the Big Ten Championships at Williams Arena before a blood-round finish at the NCAA Championships.

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Roy A. Minter (1936-2019)

Hall of Fame Coach Roy A. Minter died Sunday, September 1st at Carris Health Rice Hospital in Willmar. He was 83 years old.

Minter was a state champion wrestler for Owatonna High School in 1954. He went on to wrestle at Mankato State where he was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American. Minter coached wrestling at Worthington High School and Willmar Community College, retiring in 1992. He was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1979 and was a Charter Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Minnesota Chapter, inducted in 2003.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 am, Thursday, September 5th at Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm, Wednesday at the church and continue one hour prior to his service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Augsburg sets inaugural women’s wrestling class

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University’s inaugural season of women’s wrestling will feature a class of student-athletes which rank among the most formidable in the country, if preseason rankings are any indication of the team’s potential prowess.

Of the nine first-year wrestlers that will be on the 2019-20 Auggie women’s wrestling squad, six are ranked among the top 100 women’s wrestlers, regardless of weight class, of the high school Class of 2019 by The Open Mat, an amateur wrestling website. Two of the top three in The Open Mat’s listing — No. 1-ranked Emily Shilson (FY, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) and No. 3-ranked Vayle-Rae Baker (FY, Benton, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) — will headline the class, along with No. 12-ranked Gabby Skidmore (FY, Spooner, Wis./Cumberland HS), No. 26-ranked Kaylee Moore (FY, Yakima, Wash./Naches Valley HS), No. 51-ranked Faith Tuttle (FY, North St. Paul, Minn./North St. Paul HS) and No. 89-ranked Marlynne Deede (FY, Springville, Utah/Springville HS).

All six are also ranked in the top 10 in their individual high school weight classes in the most recent USA Wrestling National Girls’ High School Rankings (June 27), with Shilson ranked No. 1 at 106 pounds, Baker ranked No. 1 and Skidmore No. 2 at 122, Moore No. 2 at 132, Tuttle No. 3 at 180 and Deede No. 9 at 164. Continue reading at

Jacks face challenging 2019-20 schedule

Eight home competitions and a pair of high-level tournaments highlight the 2019-20 schedule for the South Dakota State University wrestling team.

“I really like the schedule we’ve been able to put together for this season,” said second-year head coach Damion Hahn. “It has a good mix of traditional rivals while further exposing our guys to more elite-level competition throughout the year, which should prepare us come postseason time in March.”

The season kicks off Nov. 9 at the Bison Open in Fargo, North Dakota, followed by a Nov. 15 dual against Binghamton. An announcement of the time and location for the Binghamton dual will be made at a later date.

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2019 Cadet world-teamer Ryan Sokol decommits from Iowa wrestling, re-opens recruitment

Minnesota prep Ryan Sokol made waves last October when he became the nation’s first 2021 wrestler to announce his college decision. At the time, he gave his pledge to Tom Brands and the Iowa wrestling program.

On Monday, Sokol informed the Des Moines Register that he has decided to decommit from the Hawkeyes and re-open his recruitment.

“It was a hard choice,” Sokol wrote in a text message to the Register. “The Iowa community was great to me. I just wanted to open up my recruitment a bit and see what’s out there.” Continue reading at