Pair of Gophers Reach Challenge Finals at U23 Nationals and U20 World Team Trials

MINNEAPOLIS – All five Minnesota wrestlers made at least the semifinals, with two advancing to the finals, this past weekend at the 2024 U23 Nationals and U20 World Team Trials in Geneva, Ohio.

The Golden Gopher representatives competed in the Challenge aspect of the tournament, hoping to earn a berth in a best-of-three championship matchup.

Minnesota redshirt freshman Max McEnelly was one of two Gophers to reach the Challenge Finals. He had no problem in his opening match as he cruised past Lars Michaelson (Nwwc) in the U20 World Team Trials 86kg quarterfinals, 10-0, in just 1:49. McEnelly then moved on to the Challenge finals thanks to an 11-0 win at 4:35 over Tate Naaktgeboren (Cyclone Regional Training Center C-RTC). A hard-fought contest in the finals saw McEnelly go down to Joshua Barr (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club), 4-1.

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Swensen finishes second at U23 Nationals

GENEVA, Ohio —South Dakota State wrestler Cael Swensen recorded a runner-up finish in the 74-kilogram division in freestyle competition over the weekend at the 2024 U23 Nationals held at SPIRE Institute.

A native of Plymouth, Minnesota, and a two-time NCAA qualifier, the fourth-seeded Swensen moved into the championship round with five consecutive victories during competition on Saturday. After winning his first four matches by a combined total of 40-0, Swensen knocked off top-seeded Matthew Bianchi of the Arkansas Regional Training Centers, 3-2, in semifinal action.

That set a best-of-three series Sunday against Hunter Garvin of Iowa, in which the second-seeded Garvin recorded a sweep by claiming the first bout, 10-9, followed by a 14-1 (VSU1) victory in 2 minutes and 45 seconds.

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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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