2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, April 2-3

USA Wrestling and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee have announced that the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, April 2-3.

The champions from the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling will become eligible to represent the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, August 1-7, 2021.

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Mat Chat With Ryan Epps Two-Time NCAA DIII Champion

Minnesota Storm Team Member / Augsburg University Graduate / Cannon Falls HS

By Chad Otterness

Ryan Epps is a Cannon Falls High School and Augsburg University graduate. Ryan has been busy competing and training as he pursues his Olympic goals.

Ryan was a three-time All-American at Augsburg University and two-time National Champion.

Ryan Epps just competed against the Wisconsin RTC wrestling club and picked up a 6-2 victory over three-time NCAA Division I qualifier Rickey Robertson of the Wisconsin RTC.

Ryan previously wrestled in his first USA Senior level Greco-Roman and Freestyle Nationals tournament in Coralville, Iowa. Ryan came away with a fifth place finish in the Greco portion of the tournament going 4-2 at 77 KG (169.4 LBS). Ryan also wrestled up a weight class and went 1-2 in freestyle at 86 KG (189.2 LBS).

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In COVID-19 era, former Gophers wrestler Pat Smith juggles need for competition and compliance

It can be hard for Minnesotans to keep up with the state’s COVID-19 regulations, which have shifted and changed throughout the pandemic. Multiply that by four or five, and you’ll get a taste of what Pat Smith is trying to decipher.

The former Gopher from Chaska is resuming his globe-hopping ways, heading to Europe as he pursues an Olympic berth in Greco-Roman wrestling. That requires some extra preparation in the era of coronavirus. In between workouts, Smith has been educating himself on testing mandates in Croatia, mask rules in Sweden and what’s open and closed in France.

“I have to know entrance requirements for each country, and the protocols in connecting airports,” Smith said. “It’s definitely interesting. From what I can tell, I have to make sure I get a COVID test right before each one.”

The next place Smith visits will be Nice, France, for this weekend’s Henri Deglane Grand Prix. Smith is among 33 U.S. athletes participating in the tournament, which includes freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s wrestling. The Greco-Roman bracket is Sunday, with Smith competing at 77 kilograms (169.8 pounds). Continue reading at startribune.com β†’

Gopher Wrestling Club Places Sixth at RTC Cup

CINCINNATI – Minnesota junior Gable Steveson followed up Friday’s win against the No. 1 ranked United States heavyweight with a 10-0 victory against Jordan Wood of Spartan Combat RTC at the 2020 RTC Cup. The Gopher Wrestling Club (GWC) finished in sixth place following a loss by criteria in the quarterfinals against Spartan Combat and a 5-1 defeat against Ohio RTC in the fifth-place match.

Steveson needed just 3:26 to finish off a 10-0 win against Wood, a former two-time All-American at Lehigh. On Friday, Steveson earned a 4-1 decision against Nick Gwiazdowski from Wolfpack RTC. A two-time World bronze medalist, Gwiazdowski will be the top seed at the U.S. Olympic Trials in University Park, Pa., in April when the pair are likely to meet again.

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Steveson Defeats Gwiazdowski, 4-1, in Potential Olympic Trial Preview

In a potential preview of April’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Minnesota junior Gable Steveson defeated Nick Gwiazdowski, 4-1, at the 2020 RTC Cup in Cincinnati, Ohio. A two-time World bronze medalist, Gwiazdowski clinched the No. 1 seed at the trials prior to Steveson’s victory on Friday night.

The RTC Cup is a dual-team tournament featuring six of the nation’s top regional training centers. Steveson, along with sophomore Brayton Lee, have joined several Minnesota alums as part of the Gopher Wrestling Club (GWC).

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Gopher Wrestling Club Set to Compete at RTC Cup

The RTC Cup is a new senior-level freestyle dual meet format competition that includes teams from many of the best Regional Training Centers from around the country. The event is scheduled to go down on Friday-Saturday, December 4th-5th in Ohio without fans in attendance.

“Adding the team component to senior level wrestling will make for an incredible atmosphere,” said Gopher Wrestling Club Coach Dustin Schlatter. “As one of the largest RTCs we are thrilled to represent the University of Minnesota, the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota in such a high level competition.”

The Gopher Wrestling Club will be competing against NJRTC/Southeast RTC (New Jersey, Rutgers, Princeton/Virginia Tech), SpartanCombat RTC (New York/Cornell), Ohio RTC (Ohio State), Wolfpack Wrestling Club (North Carolina State), and Cliff Keen Wrestling Club (University of Michigan).

With $200,000 total prize money invested, including $50,000 going to the winning team, every match and every point will be important.

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McKee Wins Title; Five Record Top-Eight Finish at U23 Nationals

Former Gopher Mitch McKee captured first place this weekend at the 2020 U23 Junior Nationals at CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb. McKee outscored his opponents, 59-14, in his five matches, including a 10-0 victory in the 61kg finals against Michael Colaiocco. A two-time All-American for the Gophers, McKee is now eligible for the 2021 Junior World Team Trials.

Four current Gopher wrestlers recorded top-eight finishes, led by junior Jake Allar’s fourth place showing at 79kg in the U23 division. Sophomore Patrick McKee placed seventh at 57kg with a 6-2 record.

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Two Jacks Bring Home Titles From UWW Meet

OMAHA, Neb. – South Dakota State University wrestlers Tanner Sloan and Spencer Trenary each won age-group titles during competition at the 2020 United World Wrestling Junior and U23 Nationals held over the weekend at the Convention Center at CHI Health Center.

With their victories, Sloan and Trenary, who were competing as members of the Jackrabbit Wrestling Club, earned bids to the 2021 Senior World Team Trials and 2021 Junior World Team Trials, respectively.

Sloan, a native of Alburnett, Iowa, posted a 3-0 record to win the 97-kilogram weight class in the U23 Freestyle division. He opened the tournament with a 9-6 victory over Jacob Boyd and advanced to the championship bout with a 15-4 win over Duncan Lee.

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