Gopher Freshman Focus: Kyler Wong

There are seven newcomers to the Minnesota wrestling team for the 2023-24 season. In order to get to know them better, GopherSports.com is doing Q&As with each. Up next, Kyler Wong, a freshman from Wayzata, Minn. Wong was a four-time state qualifier at Wayzata High School, placing three times. His best finish came as a junior when he took third place at 145 pounds. He also came in fourth at 126 pounds as a freshman and fifth place at 113 pounds while in eighth grade.

Wong has gone 4-8 overall this season at 157 pounds. He’s competed in three tournaments, and his best showing came at the Daktronics Open when he finished sixth. Continue reading at gophersports.com →

NCAA Wrestling Awards Standings Update

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2024 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March at the respective Division I, II, and III Wrestling Championships.

The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 wrestling championships. The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons.

For results to be counted for the awards, they must come against opponents in the same division (i.e., Division II vs. Division II). Ties in the falls and tech falls categories are broken based on the aggregate time.

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Weekly Big Ten Honors go to McKee

MINNEAPOLIS — After his pin Friday night helped propel Minnesota to a 28-12 dual win over Wisconsin, sixth-year senior Patrick McKee has been named the co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, it was announced Wednesday.

Ranked 11th at the time of the dual but now up to No. 5, McKee squared off with long-time rival and third-ranked Eric Barnett to start the night. It was the 10th all-time meeting between the two, and while McKee entered with a 5-4 edge in the series, Barnett had won three of the four regular-season meetings. Barnett had a 3-1 lead after the first period, but McKee shot in late in the second period, got the takedown, and secured the pin at the 4:47 mark, sending Maturi Pavilion into a frenzy.

In addition to it being the fourth career pin for McKee against Barnett, it was also his team-best fifth pin of the season and the 26th of McKee’s career, tying Ryan Lewis for 19th in program history.

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Steffen ranked third, Mustangs and Dykes fall out of NWCA Rankings

MANHEIM, Pa. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team has fallen out of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II Poll released on Monday. SMSU is currently receiving votes.

Caden Steffen leads the Mustangs, ranking third at 197, trailing only Central Oklahoma’s Dalton Abney, who is a two-time national champion at 197, and Derek Blubaugh (Indianapolis), who has placed second at 197 each of the last two years. Steffen has earned victories over St. Cloud State’s No. 4 Dominic Murphy (Dec 4-2), Augustana’s No. 6 Max Ramberg (Dec 9-6), UMary’s No. 7 Matt Kaylor (SV 4-1) Nebraska-Kearney’s No. 10 Jackson Kinsella (SV 4-1) and Fort Hays State’s No. 11 Tereus Henry (Dec 10-4).

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