13 inducted into the 2024 Bartelma Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame

2024 MWCA Award Recipients Honored

Benson, Minn. – Thirteen new members were inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 4th, in Benson, Minn.

The new inductees honored were Luke Eustice, Ty Eustice, Wes Haglund, Mike Hendrickson, Chuck Marks, Jim Richardson, Dean Salo, Doug Salo, Ray Thorkildson, and Mike Thorn. Pioneer Inductees Ardell Knudsvig (who started the program in Ada, MN), Gary Brantl (who started the program in Plummer, MN), and Chuck Keogh (who started the program in Waubun, MN) were also honored. Those in attendance each gave a speech.

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WWE Releases Gable Steveson

This morning, multiple sources have confirmed that the WWE has released 2020(1) Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson.

Shortly after winning his second NCAA title, in 2022, Steveson turned his attention to the professional wrestling/sports entertainment industry and signed with the WWE.

In 2023, Steveson was granted permission to wrestle in the US Open, which he won, and then Final X. At Final X, Steveson defeated Mason Parris, 5-2 and 5-0 in consecutive matches to secure a spot on the World team. Shortly before the World Championships, Steveson had to withdraw from the team to focus on business with the WWE. Parris took his place and came home from Belgrade, Serbia with a World bronze medal.

During his time at WWE, Steveson was promoted on several marquee pay-per-view events and “drafted” to Raw; however, he did not have much mat time in front of the camera. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com →

Blasius signs with Jackrabbit Wrestling

Four-time South Dakota high school state champion Burk Blasius has signed a national letter of intent, indicating he will continue his wrestling and academic pursuits at South Dakota State University in the fall.

A Wall native and a member of the Philip/Kadoka Area/Wall wrestling co-op, Blasius compiled a 180-22 prep record en route to Class B state titles at 160 pounds as a freshman, 170 pounds as a sophomore and junior, and 175 pounds his senior season. He posted a 36-2 record during the 2023-24 season and was named Class B Wrestler of the Year by the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association.

Blasius also excelled in football, earning all-state honors and Elite 45 accolades from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader as a quarterback in 2022 and 2023. He was also named conference MVP on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball his senior season.

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St. Cloud State Wrestling Announces 2023-2024 Team Awards

Huskies commemorate touted 2023-24 season at annual awards banquet on Friday

St. Cloud, Minn.- St. Cloud State Wrestling has announced their 2023-24 team awards after another successful season at the team’s annual Awards Banquet on Friday, April 26. St. Cloud State qualified eight wrestlers to the NCAA Tournament and as a team finished in fifth place. The Huskies also won their eighth consecutive Super Region V Championship and finished third at the NWCA National Duals.

Nick Novak was named the Dean Weisman Wrestler of the Year after he was the National Runner-Up in the NCAA Tournament, Super Region V Champion, NSIC Wrestler of the Year, and NWCA Wrestler of the Year while earning All-American and First Team All-NSIC Honors.

Shaeden Scheidt and Anthony Herrera were named the program’s Scholar Wrestlers of the Year. Bryce Dagel, Bryce FitzPatrick, and Kaleb Horn were awarded the Gary Boman Most Improved Wrestler, while Aoci Bernard, Cole Glazier, Ethan Hendrickson, Kaleb Horn, Blake Legred, Dominic Murphy, Colby Njos, Nick Novak, and Nolan Throne were recipients of the Iron Man of the Year award.

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Gophers Garner Four Placewinners at U.S. Open Championships

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota’s Max McEnelly and Koy Hopke both earned third-place finishes to highlight current and future Gophers in the U20 Freestyle competition at this past weekend’s 2024 U.S. Open Championships in Las Vegas.

Competing at 86 kg in the U20 Freestyle division, McEnelly opened the tournament with four straight wins by a combined score of 41-0 and only 6:56 on the mat out of a possible 24 minutes to reach the semifinals. He was defeated in the semis, 6-2, by eventual runner-up Joshua Barr (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club), but McEnelly bounced back with a pair of wins in the consolation bracket.

First came the consolation semifinals, where McEnelly posted a 6-5 victory over Ryder Rogotzke (Ohio Regional Training Center), who was an NCAA qualifier this past year for Ohio State. The win sent him to the third-place match, where he defeated Daschle Lamer (Central Coast Regional Training Center) for the second time in the tournament, this time by a 12-2 margin at 4:37 to grab third-place honors.

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Dineen, Dupill place at U20 U.S. Open

LAS VEGAS — South Dakota State wrestlers Thomas Dineen and Colin Dupill turned in top-eight placings in the freestyle division during competition over the weekend at the 2024 U20 U.S. Open.

Dineen, a native of Hancock, Minnesota, placed fourth in the 97-kilogram weight class after posting a 3-2 record in the two-day competition. Wrestling as a member of the Jackrabbit Wrestling Club, Dineen moved into the quarterfinals with two victories on Friday, then dropped an 11-1 decision (VSU1) Saturday morning to Camden McDanel of Ohio. He came back with a 10-0 victory over Ian Smith of the CrossTrained Weigh In Club before being edged by Steven Burrell Jr. of the Cavalier Wrestling Club, 4-1, in the third-place bout.

Dupill saw extensive mat action over the two days of competition, posting an 8-3 record en route to an eighth-place finish in the 70-kilogram class. A native of Greeneville, Dupill dropped his opening-round match before reeling off eight consecutive wins in the wrestlebacks by a combined score of 86-9 to earn a spot in the placing matches.

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