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 www.hawkcentral.com

Pack Named NDSU Volunteer Assistant Coach

FARGO, N.D. – Former South Dakota State University 157-pounder Cody Pack has been named volunteer assistant wrestling coach at North Dakota State University. NDSU head coach Roger Kish made the announcement today.

Pack, a native of Quincy, Calif., comes from Legends of Gold RTC in Beresford, S.D. He has been an assistant coach and residential life counselor for the IDA residential program. His responsibilities have ranged from teaching freestyle, Greco-Roman and folkstyle skills on the mat to developing diets and motivational techniques to helping young athletes gain balance between competition and daily life.

Currently, Pack is training for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics in the Greco-Roman discipline. He has placed 4th and 5th at the U.S. World Trials and was a residential athlete at the Olympic Training Center in 2016-17. Pack rolled up 196 wins at Quincy (Calif.) High School, and was a three-time finalist and six-time All-American at the USA Wrestling tournament in Fargo.

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SMSU announces signing class for 2019-20

MARSHALL, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University head wrestling coach Jesse Nelson announced today the addition of 10 student-athletes for the 2019-20 season.

Signing letters of intent to continue their academic and wrestling career at SMSU include Jacob Backlund from Jordan, Minn., Lucas Hodges from Cottonwood, Minn., Sean Howk from New Ulm, Minn., Wyatt Kramer from Holland, Ind., Dillon McEachran from Faribault, Minn., Carter Marx from Planview, Minn., Tyler Soltau from Zumbrota, Minn., Jackson Stauffacher from Belle Plaine, Minn., and Elijah Sterner from Cottonwood, Minn.

Kramer officially signed in February and will also play football at SMSU. Nelson also announced that German Fitzgerald from Milwaukee, Wis., will join the wrestling team after spending one season as a member of the SMSU football program.

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Augustana Releases 2019-20 Schedule

Fans will have seven opportunities to catch the Vikings at home

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — After an impressive postseason showing last March, the Augustana Wrestling team is excited to announce the schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 wrestling season. The schedule features eight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) duals, five non-conference duals, five opens, and seven opportunities for fans to see the Vikings wrestle at home in the Elmen Center.

The Vikings will start their season on the road at the Jimmie Open in Jamestown, N.D. on November 2. Following the opener, the Vikings will hit the road for three more opens and a dual against North Dakota State before returning to Sioux Falls for the home opener.

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Brayton Lee Wraps Up Junior Worlds

Brayton Lee dropped his first bout of the 2019 UWW Junior World Championships to Ashraf Ashirov (Azerbaijan) by 3-2 decision and was subsequently eliminated when Ashirov dropped his next match. 

Lee would have had a chance to advance via the repechage system if Ashirov had beaten Vasile Diacon (Moldova) and continued to win. Instead, Lee’s Estonian tournament experience is cut short after only one bout.

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Brayton Lee Receives Draw for Junior Worlds

Rising Gopher redshirt freshman Brayton Lee received his draw for the UWW Junior World Wrestling Championships which begin Monday in Talinn, Estonia.

When action kicks off at 2:30 am CT Lee will face the winner of Ashraf Ashirov (Azerbaijan) and Raul Zarbaliev (Israel). Ashirov finished 8th at the 2018 Cadet World Championships while Zarbilev finished 9th at the 2019 European Juniors.

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