Olympic gold medal wrestler Gable Steveson signing with Bills

Gable Steveson, an Olympic gold medalist and one of the most dominant college wrestlers in NCAA history, is jumping to the NFL to sign with the Buffalo Bills, his agent Carter Chow told ESPN.

Steveson is signing the standard rookie three-year deal, and he now will set out to join Bob Hayes as the only athlete ever to win a Super Bowl ring and an Olympic gold medal.

Steveson said he knows the learning curve will be steep but is excited for the opportunity. Continue reading at espn.com →

Gophers Sending Five Wrestlers to U23 Nationals and U20 World Team Trials

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota wrestling will be represented by five Gophers this weekend at the 2024 U23 Nationals and U20 World Team Trials in Geneva, Ohio.

Redshirt freshman Max McEnelly (86 kg) and incoming freshmen Charlie Millard (74 kg) and Koy Hopke (125 kg) are all scheduled to compete in the U20 Freestyle competition, while redshirt freshman Rhett Koenig (63 kg) is set to take part in U20 Greco-Roman. In addition, transfer Clayton Whiting is scheduled to compete at 79 kg in the U23 Freestyle tournament.

The World Team Trials take place May 31 through June 2 at the Spire Institute and will be streamed on FloWrestling.

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MSU Mourns Passing of Rummy Macias

MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota State Athletics community mourns the passing of Rometo “Rummy” Macias, who passed away this week at the age of 101. Macias was responsible for starting the Minnesota State wrestling program in 1950. He then coached the Mavericks for the next 38 years. A native of Davenport, Iowa, Macias guided MSU to NAIA national titles in 1958 and 1959 and an NCAA college division crown in 1965.

While coaching at Minnesota State University, Macias coached 19 individual national champions and 92 All-Americans. In addition to his two NAIA championship teams and one NCAA college championship team, other teams under his guidance placed 7-8-9-10-11 in Division I championships.

MSU Athletics named their new wrestling facility at the Taylor Sports Center at Minnesota State University the “Rummy Macias Wrestling Complex” on October 13, 2001. Rummy coached 145 wrestlers who went on to become head coaches in Minnesota High Schools.

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SDSU wrestlers head to Ohio for national events

GENEVA, Ohio — Sixteen South Dakota State wrestlers are expected to compete this weekend at the U20 World Team Trials and U23 U.S. Nationals.

Competition begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern Time (9 a.m. Central) at SPIRE Institute and concludes Sunday. Live video coverage of the event will be available through FloWrestling.org.

Scheduled to compete as members of the Jackrabbit Wrestling Club by division are:

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Legendary MSU wrestling coach Macias dies at 102

The adjectives are numerous — legendary, trailblazer, teacher, coach, champion.

They all apply to former Minnesota State University wrestling coach Rometo “Rummy” Macias, who passed away Monday in Florida at the age of 102.

He is remembered as an affable, loquacious, larger-than-life man who was a pioneer of collegiate wrestling.

Macias founded the MSU wrestling program in 1950 and coached for 38 years. During his tenure, he led MSU to three national championships and nine conference titles.

Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was the number of wrestlers who turned around and gave back to the sport. At least 145 of his wrestling graduates became high school or collegiate coaches in Minnesota and throughout the country. Continue reading at mankatofreepress.com →