Three Johnnies Achieve NWCA Scholar All-America Honors

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Three Saint John’s University wrestling student-athletes received National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-America distinction May 6: Junior Jacob Scherber (Buffalo, Minn.), a biology major (pre-physical therapy emphasis) with a 3.96 GPA; Sophomore Logan Edwards (Prior Lake, Minn.), a theology and psychology double-major with a 3.83 GPA; and Sophomore Carter Entinger (Montrose, Minn./Watertown-Mayer), a physics major (pre-engineering emphasis) with a 3.80 GPA.

SJU has now produced 29 Scholar All-Americans over the last 13 seasons.

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Cobbers have Eight NWCA Scholar All-Americans

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Concordia had eight individuals earn National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American honors. Jacob Arends, Tyler Bents, Benjamin Bogart, Connor Chloupek, Kellen Schauer, Alex Skaare, Bret Wilson and Gabe Zierden all received the academic honor handed out by the NWCA.

Schauer, Skaare and Zierden all earn NWCA All-American honors for the second straight season.

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Nelson resigns as SMSU head wrestling coach

MARSHALL, Minn. – Following 14 seasons at Southwest Minnesota State University, head wrestling coach Jesse Nelson announced on Thursday he is resigning his post to pursue an outside professional opportunity.

“I want to thank Chris Hmielewski for taking a chance and hiring me in 2007,” Nelson said. “A big thank you to the rest of the of the SMSU Athletics Department for all of their friendship and mentorship over the past 14 years. The opportunity has been great and has been an amazing ride. I would also like to thank the alumni and my coaching staff for their dedication and passion to Mustang wrestling. Thank you as well to all of the parents and student-athletes that put their faith in me to lead them.”

Nelson, who was named just the fourth head coach in program history on Aug. 22, 2007, groomed 25 national qualifiers—including four two-time qualifiers and three three-time qualifiers—during his tenure. He coached six NCAA All-Americans, including Justin Reinsma in both 2012 and 2013, Jacob Begin in 2015, Cole Wilson in 2016 and Jackson Ryan and Caden Steffen this past season.

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Minnesota West stocking up with wrestling talent

WORTHINGTON — Fans of local college wrestling anxious to see a return to regular team competitions could see it at Minnesota West Community and Technical College next year. Second-year head coach Randy Baker has been hard at work on the recruiting trail, and he’s already received commitments from several wrestlers from across a variety of states.

Among his top recruits thus far is Jacob Vogel of Dell Rapids, S.D., who captured a state high school individual championship in 2021 after placing fourth in 2020, fourth in 2019 and becoming a first-time state qualifier in 2018. Continue reading at →

DeVos posts runner-up finish at UWW Juniors

CORALVILLE, Iowa – Cade DeVos reached the finals of the 74-kilogram division in freestyle competition, leading a contingent of South Dakota State wrestlers over the weekend at the 2021 UWW Junior Nationals.

Wrestling under the banner of the Jackrabbit Wrestling Club, DeVos reeled off five consecutive victories to set up a best-of-three championship series against Keegan O’Toole of the Tiger Style Wrestling Club. A native of Altoona, Iowa, DeVos won his first three matches by a combined 33-2 before defeating Derek Fields of the Arsenal Wrestling Club, 10-0, in the quarterfinals.

DeVos advanced to the finals with another 10-0 victory over Clayton Ulrey from the Southeast Regional Training Center, but was swept in the championship series by O’Toole by scores of 11-1 (4:43) and 8-0.

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