Gophers Garner Four Placewinners at U.S. Open Championships

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota’s Max McEnelly and Koy Hopke both earned third-place finishes to highlight current and future Gophers in the U20 Freestyle competition at this past weekend’s 2024 U.S. Open Championships in Las Vegas.

Competing at 86 kg in the U20 Freestyle division, McEnelly opened the tournament with four straight wins by a combined score of 41-0 and only 6:56 on the mat out of a possible 24 minutes to reach the semifinals. He was defeated in the semis, 6-2, by eventual runner-up Joshua Barr (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club), but McEnelly bounced back with a pair of wins in the consolation bracket.

First came the consolation semifinals, where McEnelly posted a 6-5 victory over Ryder Rogotzke (Ohio Regional Training Center), who was an NCAA qualifier this past year for Ohio State. The win sent him to the third-place match, where he defeated Daschle Lamer (Central Coast Regional Training Center) for the second time in the tournament, this time by a 12-2 margin at 4:37 to grab third-place honors.

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Dineen, Dupill place at U20 U.S. Open

LAS VEGAS — South Dakota State wrestlers Thomas Dineen and Colin Dupill turned in top-eight placings in the freestyle division during competition over the weekend at the 2024 U20 U.S. Open.

Dineen, a native of Hancock, Minnesota, placed fourth in the 97-kilogram weight class after posting a 3-2 record in the two-day competition. Wrestling as a member of the Jackrabbit Wrestling Club, Dineen moved into the quarterfinals with two victories on Friday, then dropped an 11-1 decision (VSU1) Saturday morning to Camden McDanel of Ohio. He came back with a 10-0 victory over Ian Smith of the CrossTrained Weigh In Club before being edged by Steven Burrell Jr. of the Cavalier Wrestling Club, 4-1, in the third-place bout.

Dupill saw extensive mat action over the two days of competition, posting an 8-3 record en route to an eighth-place finish in the 70-kilogram class. A native of Greeneville, Dupill dropped his opening-round match before reeling off eight consecutive wins in the wrestlebacks by a combined score of 86-9 to earn a spot in the placing matches.

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Mustang Wrestling earns a pair of U20 All-Americans and a championship for Buschow at US Open

LINKSLAS VEGAS, Nev. – Members of the Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team competed in the 2024 US Open this weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., with the Mustang Wrestling Club. The team had a pair of placers in Greco-Roman and a placer in freestyle.

Kody Marschner competed in both the Greco and Freestyle competitions at the US Open. Marschner won a pair of matches in the Greco bracket but did not place. In the freestyle bracket, Marschner was defeated in the first round of the championship bracket before earning a pair of victories in the consolation bracket over Ethan Larson and Melvin Whitehead. In the consolation quarterfinals, Marschner matched up with Max Ramberg (Augustana), who is a reigning All-American; despite losing to Ramberg, Marschner earned three takedowns.

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Gopher Wrestling Sending Five to U.S. Open Championships

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota wrestling will be represented by five Gophers this week at the 2024 U.S. Open Championships in Las Vegas.

Max McEnelly, Brandon Morvari, Gavin Nelson, and Tyler Wells are all scheduled to compete in the U20 Freestyle competition, while Rhett Koenig is set to take part in both U20 Freestyle and Greco-Roman. All five were true freshmen for Minnesota last season.

The U.S. Open Championships takes place April 24-28 at the South Point Casino and will be streamed on FloWrestling.

Koenig will open the competition Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT with his Greco-Roman tournament, while the Freestyle portion of the event runs Friday and Saturday.

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Snyder joins rare wrestling air as three-time Olympian and 10-time world and Olympic team member

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.— Steadily, consistently — and perhaps even quietly? — Kyle Snyder is authoring one of the greatest American wrestling careers ever.

Snyder swept Isaac Trumble, two matches to none, to win the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling on Saturday here at the Bryce Jordan Center. He will represent the U.S. at 97 kilograms in the men’s freestyle competition this summer in Paris. It will be his third trip to the Olympics. He is just 28 years old.

The Woodbine, Md., native won his best-of-three finals series matches 5-0 and 4-0. It was a ho-hum, businesslike performance. Trumble was one of the stars in Friday’s challenge tournament competition, but he hardly got anything going against Snyder.

As a result, Snyder is now on the U.S. team for a staggering 10th consecutive year. He’s been the guy at 97-kg every year since 2015, when he became the youngest American wrestler ever to win a world championship. He followed that up with Olympic gold in 2016, and has won a medal at every single world or Olympic competition since.

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U.S. phenom Amit Elor qualifies for first Olympic team after winning eight world titles,

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.— Amit Elor has been not just a model of consistency, but a near guarantee for domination during her international wrestling career. Now she’ll get the opportunity to shine on wrestling’s biggest stage.

Elor, the 20-year-old phenom, won the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling on Saturday, sweeping her best-of-three finals series over Forrest Molinari at 68 kilograms. She won both matches, 6-0 and 2-1, to make her first Olympic team.

Over the last four years, the California native has become one of USA Wrestling’s top women’s wrestlers. Elor’s racked up the international hardware across various age levels, and the dominance she’s shown along the way has been staggering.

Consider her résumé, arranged by year:
2021: Cadet and Junior world champ
2022: Junior, U23, and Senior world champ
2023: Junior, U23, and Senior world champ

That’s eight different world titles in three years.

But wait! There’s more!

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Joe Rau breaks through to officially make U.S. Olympic Team

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.— The third time was the charm for Joe Rau.

Rau, the 33-year-old Chicago native, broke through and won the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling on Saturday. He bested Alan Vera, two matches to one, in the championship series to become the Olympic rep at 97 kilograms in Greco-Roman.

This result was a long time coming for Rau, who has been a mainstay on the U.S. Greco scene for many years.

The three-time Senior World Team member had come tantalizingly close to the Olympics the last two cycles, so much that his journey might be considered cruel to some who aren’t aware of the trials he’s navigated.

In 2016, Rau won the Trials in Iowa City, but did not qualify the weight class for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In the next cycle, Rau qualified the U.S. for the 87-kg greco competition at the Olympics in Tokyo but did not win the Trials, losing a controversial finals series to John Stefanowicz.

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