Steveson Dominates in the Big Apple

Augsburg wrestler Emily Shilson and former Apple Valley wrestler Seth Gross also wrestled

Competing for the first time since winning the 2020 Big Ten title last March, Golden Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson defeated Wisconsin’s Trent Hillger by technical fall at the 2020 Beat the Streets virtual event on Thursday night.

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Steveson Previews Thursday’s Beat the Streets Match

Golden Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson will return to the mat on Thursday, September 17, as part of Beat the Streets of New York City’s annual fundraising event. Steveson will square off against Wisconsin All-American Trent Hillger.

How excited are you to finally have your first official match since last year’s B1G tournament?
Gable: I’m excited, especially having it be Beat the Streets in New York City. In my opinion, Beat the Streets is the pinnacle of freestyle wrestling, especially with it being invite-only. I’ve wanted to wrestle in that event since I was a little kid, so it’s cool to finally get that opportunity and go do it.

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Steveson to Compete in Beat the Streets Event

Augsburg wrestler Emily Shilson and former Apple Valley wrestler Seth Gross will also wrestle

Golden Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson will return to the mat on Thursday, September 17, as part of Beat the Streets of New York City’s annual fundraising event. Steveson will square off against Wisconsin All-American Trent Hillger.

Steveson owns a 50-2 career record in two season with the Golden Gophers and claimed the 2020 Big Ten title. He was seeded No. 1 before the NCAA Championships were canceled because of COVID-19 public health concerns. He owns a 3-0 record against Hillger, including a 10-4 decision in the semifinals of the 2019 Big Ten Championships.

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Skatzka to Train With Gopher Wrestling Club

Four-time NCAA qualifier Devin Skatzka will join the Gopher Wrestling Club Regional Training Center, a training site for elite athletes pursing national and international success.

A native of Richmond, Mich., Skatzka competed the last two years for the Golden Gophers after beginning his career at Indiana University. Wrestling at 174 pounds, he was a two-time All-American and compiled a 58-21 record with the Maroon and Gold. Skatzka had four straight top-eight finishes at the Big Ten Championships, including third- and fourth-place finishes with Minnesota.

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Minnesota’s No. 1 Goes Down Tomorrow

The inaugural “Minnesota’s #1” event will take place on Saturday, August 29th, at 4:00 pm. The competition will be streamed live from Minnetonka and is available to watch on pay-per-view on Trackwrestling.

The line-up includes 17 matches of 34 current high school wrestlers who have won a combined total of 26 MSHSL state championships and 59 state medals.

Six of the wrestlers are committed DI recruits – Dominik Vacura (North Dakota State); Derrick Cardinal, Cael Swensen, and Roman Rogotzke (South Dakota State); and Gabe Nagel and Bennett Tabor (University of Minnesota).

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McKee to Train With Gopher Wrestling Club

Former Minnesota 141-pounder Mitch McKee has joined the Gopher Wrestling Club Regional Training Center, a training site for elite athletes pursing national and international success.

McKee finished his Gopher career this past March as a two-time All-American and four-time NCAA Championship qualifier. He posted a 91-42 career record with 33 pins, a total that ranks 12th in school history. McKee was a Big Ten All-Academic and two-time NWCA All-Academic honoree.

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USA Wrestlings Senior Nationals, featuring nations top Olympic-caliber wrestlers, set for Coralville, Iowa, October 9-11

USA Wrestling has announced that it will host its Senior Nationals, featuring the nation’s top international-style wrestlers, at the new Xtream Arena & GreenState Family Fieldhouse in Coralville, Iowa, October 9-11. The event will highlight competition in the three Olympic disciplines: men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman.

The Iowa City/Coralville region is considered one of the world’s hotbeds for wrestling, and has hosted numerous major USA Wrestling competitions in the past. Think Iowa City, the convention and visitors bureau for the Iowa City/Coralville region, is serving as the local organizing committee.

“USA Wrestling is very excited to again partner with Think Iowa City on another one of our country’s significant wrestling competitions. With their long history of staging some of our sport’s best wrestling events, we are confident that the Senior Nationals will be another one of those awesome experiences for our sport. Obviously, we will work closely with the local organizing committee, the local public health officials and others to insure athlete safety is paramount. We are hopeful that this will be a milestone for our sport as we battle back from this worldwide pandemic,” said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director.

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