Zillmer wins Gold at Henri Deglane Grand Prix

Gopher Wrestling Club wrestler Hayden Zillmer, wrestling at 125 kg, won the gold medal at the Henri Deglane Grand Prix Wrestling Tournament in Nice, France, on Saturday. Zillmer’s tournament included 10-0 tech falls against Levan Lagvilava of France and Jonovan Smith of Puerto Rico, along with shutout wins against Johannes Ludescher of Austria and Omar Eyubov of Kazakhstan. In the finals, Zillmer secured the victory over fellow Gopher Wrestling Club wrestler Trent Hillger 9-2.

Hillger’s silver medal performance included a tech fall against Lucas Gansi of Germany, and shutout wins against Jonovan Smith of Puerto Rico and Omar Eyubov of Kazakhstan.

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Seeds released for all three disciplines for the Senior Nationals in Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 15-17

USA Wrestling has released the seeds for the 2023 Senior Nationals, set for the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 15-17.

This event serves as a qualifier for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling, set for Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State, April 19-20. The top five place winners in each weight class qualify to compete at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling.

In Greco-Roman only, the champion of each weight class qualifies to represent the United States at the 2024 Pan American Olympic Games Qualifier in Acapulco, Mexico, February 28-March 1. Three athletes, who were 2023 Senior World Team members and also won a medal at the 2023 Pan American Games, will sit out until the finals in Greco-Roman only, Ildar Hafizov (60 kg), Kamal Bey (77 kg) and Cohlton Schultz (130 kg).

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Augsburg’s Lange to compete in Olympic wrestling trials

SHERBURN — Katie Lange got lucky. Some people search their entire lives for their calling. She figured her dream out before most people step foot in any school.

Lange has come a long way and now is inching toward her goal of competing in the Olympic trials April 19-20 at Penn State University’s campus.

“I remember the moment I chose to wrestle, my dad was a state champion and got us into it at a young age,” Lange said. “I had just finished up at dance practice and my dad was driving us to pick up my brother from wrestling– in that moment as a 4-year-old, I pointed down at the mat and knew this is what I wanted to do.”

That car ride sparked what would become Lange’s identity. Growing up in a school system that was loaded with talented wrestlers both helped and hurt Lange in her quest for success. Continue reading at fairmontsentinel.com →

Final day wrap: Johnson defeated in repechage, USA ends Greco-Roman with 10 wins in 22nd place

BELGRADE, Serbia – Xavier Johnson, the lone U.S. athlete competing in Greco-Roman on the final day of the 2023 Senior World Championships, dropped his 63 kg repechage match on Sunday afternoon.

He was defeated by technical fall by Hrachya Poghosyan of Armenia, 8-0. Poghosyan scored an early takedown, lifted and threw Johnson for four points, and ended the match with a gutwrench in the first period.

Johnson, who had a 1-2 record for the tournament, placed 10th in the standings, scoring two team points for the United States.

The other two U.S. wrestlers in Group Three were eliminated on Saturday, Alejandro Sancho (67 kg) and Zachary Braunagel (87 kg).

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Day 8 wrap: Johnson qualifies for repechage, Sancho falls in quarterfinals and eliminated, Braunagel & Rau out

BELGRADE, Serbia – Xavier Johnson has the final opportunity to win a medal in Greco-Roman for the United States, as he has qualified for the repechage round at 62 kg at the World Wrestling Championships in Stark Arena.

Johnson will wrestle Hrachya Poghosyan of Armenia in repechage on Sunday afternoon. If he wins against Poghosyan, he reaches a bronze medal match against Georgij Tibilov of Serbia.

Johnson, competing in his first Senior Worlds, opened up his competition with a 10-0 technical fall over India wrestler Vikram Kurade of UWW. In his second bout, he was edged by past World silver medalist Murad Mammedov of Azerbaijan, 3-1. Mammedov won his Saturday night semifinal, which made Johnson eligible for repechage. Only losers to a finalist may compete in repechage.

2020 Olympian Alejandro Sancho won two matches to reach the Saturday afternoon quarterfinals, where he was defeated by Slavik Galstyan of Armenia, 9-0. When Galstyan was defeated in the semifinals in the evening, Sancho was eliminated.

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Day 7 wrap: Rau pulled into Saturday repechage; Bey falls in second repechage; First four Greco-Roman golds awarded

BELGRADE, Serbia – The USA won three matches on Friday in Greco-Roman at the World Wrestling Championships at Stark Arena on Friday.

Of the seven athletes who have competed so far for the USA, only Joe Rau at 97 kg still has a chance to battle for a medal. Rau had a 1-1 record on Saturday, winning his opening bout over Filip Smetko of Croatia, 4-1, then losing to Olympic and World champion Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia by technical fall, 9-0.

When Aleksanyan won his semifinal match on Friday night, Rau was pulled back into Saturday morning’s repechage round, which gives him a chance to wrestle back for a bronze medal.

Rau will face Nicu Ojog of Romania in repechage on Saturday morning. If he geats Ojog, he has another repechage match against Artur Omarov of Czechia. A win over Omarov would advance Rau to Saturday night’s bronze medal bout against Mindaugas Venckaitis of Lithuania.

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Former Gophers in Action This Weekend

Pat Smith Competes at Worlds, while Mitch McKee Headlines LFA168

MINNEAPOLIS – A pair of former Minnesota wrestlers are in action starting Friday as they look to showcase their respective talents to the world.

Pat Smith begins competition Friday at the 2023 World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

Competing in Greco-Roman at 72 kg for Minnesota Storm, Smith is set to open with a matchup against No. 13 Kamil Czarnecki of Poland. A victory would set up a bout with No. 5 Ibragim Magomadov of Kazakhstan.

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