Three Gophers Place at Northern Plains

A trio of competitors with ties to the Minnesota wrestling program placed this weekend at the 2011 Northern Plains Junior and Senior Regional Championships in Waterloo, Iowa including Dylan Ness, who took home top honors in the senior 60 kg bracket to advance to the senior world team freestyle trials in Oklahoma City on June 10-11. 

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Minnesota claims two champions and two runners-up at USAW Girls Folkstyle Nationals

By Chad Shilson, MN/USA Wrestling – Girls’/Womens’ Director and Coach

Minnesota recently sent sixteen girls to the 2011 USAW Girls Folkstyle Nationals, held at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, OK. It was the largest contingency of girls ever sent to the tournament from Minnesota. The previous two years saw eight (2010) and four (2009) Minnesota girls making the trip. This year’s group represented ten different wrestling clubs throughout the state.

In all, Minnesota earned 14 medals of the 16 girls that competed throughout the Friday and Saturday event. The tournament continues to grow in popularity. Although the numbers are relatively low compared to the Kids Folkstyle Nationals, which is held in Cedar Falls each year, competition has improved from year to year, making it a must for all female athletes.

Makayla Welch, Rum River Wrestling, 80 pounds Girls Div II, won her first ever girls national title with a bye in the first round, a pin in the semi finals and another pin in the finals.

Emily Shilson, PINnacle, 60 pounds Girls Div II, won her third straight girls national title with a pin in the first round followed by another pin in the second round.

Sarah Tison, Osseo Youth Wrestling, 110 pounds Girls Div II and Haylie Bonham, Hawley Wrestling, 60 pounds Girls Div II, both concluded the tournament with runner-up finishes.

Minnesota’s National Tournament Team

  • Sarah Tison – Osseo Youth Wrestling
  • Natalia Schack – Osseo Youth Wrestling
  • Brooke Powell – Osseo Youth Wrestling
  • Emily Shilson – PINnacle
  • Makayla Welch – Rum River Wrestling
  • Summer Rockstroh – Pine City
  • Mackenzie Sloan – North St. Paul
  • Madelynn Sloan – North St. Paul
  • Devyn Johnson – Osakis
  • Kristina Erickson – Cloquet
  • Jolynne Denman – Cloquet
  • Julia Carlson – Buffalo
  • Megan Line – Coon Rapids Mat Bandits
  • Aubrie Klink – Coon Rapids Mat Bandits
  • Savannah Westerberg – Coon Rapids Mat Bandits
  • Haylie Bonham – Hawley Wrestling

For more information about Girls’/Womens’ Wrestling in Minnesota, please contact Chad Shilson at mnusagirls@gmail.com or 612-791-1120

Dennis and Michalak added to lineup for USA Wrestling All-Star Dual Meet set for NCAA Championships on March 17

Biographies of participants have also been released

There have been two lineup changes for the USA Wrestling National Team All-Star Dual Meet that will be held as part of the festivities at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia, Pa.

The event is set for Thursday, March 17, between the first and second sessions of the NCAA Championships, on the competition mats in the Wells Fargo Center. It is free of charge and NCAA fans will not have to leave their seats to enjoy the action.

In the opening 55 kg/121 lbs. U.S. freestyle exhibition bout, Daniel Dennis has been added, and will be competing against Troy Nickerson. Dennis was a two-time All-American for Iowa. Nickerson was a 2009 NCAA champion and four-time All-American for Cornell. This is Nickerson’s first match since his college career ended in March 2010.

At 96 kg/211.5 lbs. in the USA vs. the World Dual Meet, Wynn Michalak has been added to the United States lineup and will face Israel Silva of Mexico. Michalak was a three-time All-American for Central Michigan, while Silva was an NCAA qualifier for UT-Chattanooga. Silva competed in the 2009 World Championships for Mexico.

The other five matchups which were announced on Friday have not changed.

Provided below are the biographies of the athletes who will participate in the USA Wrestling National Team All-Star Dual Meet.

For more information on the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, visit NCAA.com/wrestling

 

USA WRESTLING NATIONAL TEAM ALL-STAR DUAL MEET

At Philadelphia, Pa., March 17

U.S. Freestyle Exhibition

Freestyle 55 kg/121 lbs. – Troy Nickerson (USA) vs. Daniel Dennis (USA)

 

USA vs. the World Dual Meet

Greco-Roman 96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Justin Ruiz (USA) vs. Mohammed Abdel Fatah (Egypt)

Freestyle 60 kg/132 lbs. – Derek Moore (USA) vs. Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico)

Freestyle 74 kg/163 lbs. – Ryan Morningstar (USA) vs. Muzafar Abdurakhmanov (Uzbekistan)

Freestyle 84 kg/185 lbs. – Keith Gavin (USA) vs. Jaime Y. Espinal (Puerto Rico)

Freestyle 96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Wynn Michalak (USA) vs. Israel Silva (Mexico)

Freestyle 66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Brent Metcalf (USA) vs. Heinrich Barnes (South Africa)

 

FINAL USA Wrestling National Team All-Star Dual Meet Biographies

At Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa., Thursday, March 17

Between first and second session of NCAA Div. I Wrestling Championships

 

U.S. Freestyle Exhibition 55 kg/121 lbs.

 

RED – Troy Nickerson (United States)

2007 Northern Plains Regional champion… Second in 2006 FILA Junior World Team Trials… 2004 Junior Nationals champion in both styles… Two-time Cadet Nationals champion… 2009 NCAA champion for Cornell… Two-time NCAA runner-up (2006, 2009)… Fourth in 2010 NCAA Championships… High School: Chenango Forks, N.Y… First five-time New York state high school champion ever… Born: January 7, 1987… Age: 24

 

BLUE – Daniel Dennis (United States)

Two wins at 2010 Intercontinental Cup in Russia… 2009 Northern Plains Regional champion… Second in 2008 University World Team Trials… 2008 University National champion… Fourth in 2007 University Nationals… Second in 2010 NCAA Championships for the Univ. of Iowa… Seventh in 2009 NCAA Championships… High School: Ingleside, Ill. (Grant)… Two-time high school state runner-up… Competes for New York AC… Born September 24, 1986… Age: 24

 

Greco-Roman 96 kg/211.5 lbs.

 

RED – Mohammed Abdel Fatah (Egypt)

2006 World champion… Third in 2002 World Championships… 2001 and 2002 World Cup champion… Second in 2010 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals… 2010 Mediterranean champion… Competed in 2003, 2006 and 2010 World Championships… 1998, 2000 and 2002 African champion… Champion at 1999 All-Africa Games in both freestyle and Greco-Roman… Second in 1998 Junior World Championships… Born: February 4, 1978… Age: 33

 

BLUE – Justin Ruiz (United States)

Third in 2005 World Championships… Fifth in 2010 World Championships… Six-time U.S. Open champion (2004-08, 2010… 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials runner-up… Five-time U.S. World Team member (2003, 2005-07, 2010)… 2007 Pan American Games champion,,, 2003 Pan American Games silver medalist… Two-time U.S. World Team Trials runner-up (2002-03)… 2003 World Cup silver medalist… Two-time U.S. Junior World Team member (1997, 1999)… Two-time NCAA All-American at the Univ. of Nebraska… High School: Salt Lake City, Utah (Taylorsville)… Competes for the New York AC… Born: Aug. 9, 1979… Age: 31

 

Freestyle 60 kg/132 lbs.

 

RED – Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico)

Third in 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial… Fifth in 2010 Sunkist Kids International… Competed in 2010 World Championships… Third in 2010 Central America and Caribbean Games… Eighth in 2008 U.S. Open… Second in 2008 University Nationals… 2007 Northeast Regional champion… 2006 U.S. University Nationals champion… Second in 2006 U.S. FILA Junior Nationals… 2005 U.S. Junior Nationals champion in both styles… Third in 2004 U.S. Junior Nationals in both styles… 2009 NCAA champion for Michigan State… Third in 2008 and 2010 NCAA Championships… Florida state high school champion… Born in the Dominican Republic… Born August 5, 1986… Age: 24

 

BLUE – Derek Moore (United States)

Fifth in 2011 Medved International (Belarus)… Second in 2010 Sunkist Kids International… 2010 Northeast Regionals champion… Third in 2009 Sunkist Kids International Open… 2007 NCAA champion for UC-Davis… Two-time California state placewinner in high school… Competes for U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program… High School: Redding, Calif. (Shasta)… Born: January 19, 1984… Age: 27

 

Freestyle 74 kg/163 lbs.

 

RED – Muzafar Abdurakhmanov (Uzbekistan)

Third in 2006 NCAA Championships for American Univ… Two-time EIWA champion… Two-time NJCAA Junior College national champion for Colby CC… Three-time Uzbekistan national champion… Second in 2004 Sunkist Kids International… Second in 2006 New York AC International… Assistant coach at Harvard Univ… Born October 28, 1980… Age: 30

 

BLUE – Ryan Morningstar (United States)

Second in 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial… Second in 2010 New York AC International… Second in 2009 University Nationals… 2007 University Nationals champion… 2005 Junior Nationals champion… Fifth in 2004 Junior Nationals… Third in 2009 NCAA Championships for Univ. of Iowa… Seventh in 2010 NCAA Championships… Three-time Iowa state champion… Born July 29, 1986… Age: 24

 

Freestyle 84 kg/185 lbs.

 

RED – Jaime Espinal (Puerto Rico)

Fourth in 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial… Competed in 2007 and 2010 World Championships… 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games champion… Second in 2010 Pan American Championships… Ninth in 2009 World Championships… Third in 2008 and 2009 Pan American Championships… Sixth in 2005 U.S. University Nationals… Fifth in 2001 U.S. FILA Cadet Nationals… Born October 14, 1984… Age: 26

 

 

BLUE – Keith Gavin (United States)

Second at 2010 World Team Trials… Second in 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial… Third in 2011 Cerro Pelado (Cuba)… Second at 2010 New York AC International… Second at 2009 U.S. Open… Third in 2010 Dave Schultz Memorial International… Third in 2009 Hargobind International (Canada)… Third in 2008 University World Championships… 2008 University Nationals champion… 2008 University World Team Trials champion… Fourth in 2008 New York AC International… 2008 NCAA champion for the Univ. of Pittsburgh… 2007 NCAA runner-up… High School: Factoryville, Pa. (Lackawana Trail)… Competes for Lehigh Valley AC… Born: August 12, 1985… Age: 25

 

Freestyle 96 kg/211.5 lbs.

 

RED – Israel Silva (Mexico)

Third in 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial… Fifth in 2010 Sunkist Kids International… Third in 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games… Fourth in 2008 Dave Schultz Memorial… Second in 2007 Sunkist Kids International… Second in 2007 U.S. University Nationals…2005 U.S. University Nationals champion… Second in 2005 U.S. University World Team Trials… 2006 NCAA Qualifier for Tennessee-Chattanooga… Second at 2004 NJCAA Junior College Nationals for North Idaho… Third in 2003 NJCAA Nationals… Washington state high school champion… Born January 6, 1983… Age: 28

 

BLUE – Wynn Michalak (United States)

Second in 2011 Shaheed Bhagat Singh International (India)… Fourth in 2010 New York AC International… 2010 Hargobind International champion (Canada)… Third in 2010 Sunkist Kids International… Fifth in 2010 Dave Schultz Memorial… Third in 2009 U.S. Open… Sixth in 2007 University Nationals… Second in 2008 NCAA Championships for Central Michigan… Eighth in 2006 NCAA Championships… Sixth in 2005 NCAA Championships… Four-time MAC champion… Two-time Michigan state high school champion… High School: Caro, Mich… Competes for Gator WC… Born: November 7, 1984… Age: 26

 

Freestyle 66 kg/145.5 lbs.

 

RED – Heinrich Barnes (South Africa)

Third in 2010 New York AC International… Second in 2010 Commonwealth Games… Seventh in 2010 World Championships… 2006, 2007 and 2008 African Champion…. Competed in 2007 and 2009 World Championships… Fifth in 2006 Junior World Championships… Eighth in 2005 Junior World Championships… Eighth in 2009 NCAA Championships for Oregon State… Born Dec. 12, 1986… Age: 24

 

BLUE – Brent Metcalf (United States)

Competed in 2010 World Championships… Second in 2011 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Third in 2011 Cerro Pelado (Cuba)… Fifth in 2011 Yarygin Memorial (Russia)… 2010 World Team Trials champion… Second in 2009 U.S. Open… Fifth in 2008 U.S. Open… 2006 Clansman International champion… Competed in 2006 FILA Junior World Championships… 2006 FILA Junior World Team Trials champion… 2008 and 2010 NCAA champion for the Univ. of Iowa… 2009 NCAA runner-up… 2008 Dan Hodge Trophy winner as nation’s top college wrestler… Four-time Michigan state champion… Six-time Junior Nationals champion, tying national record… High School: Davison, Mich… Competes for New York AC… Born: July 14, 1986… Age: 24

USA Wrestling All-Star Dual Lineups announced

The lineup has been finalized for the USA Wrestling National Team All-Star Dual Meet that will be held as part of the festivities at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia, Pa.

The event is set for Thursday, March 17, between the first and second sessions of the NCAA Championships, on the competition mats in the Wells Fargo Center. It is free of charge and NCAA fans will not have to leave their seats to enjoy the action.

There are seven matches as part of the All-Star Dual Meet. It opens with an exhibition bout between two of the United States top freestyle wrestlers, followed by a six-match USA vs. The World Dual Meet.

There is a strong U.S. college connection among the participants. All nine U.S. wrestlers were highly successful college wrestlers, and four of the international competitors also were talented wrestlers in U.S. college programs.

The opening freestyle exhibition match at 55 kg/121 lbs. will feature Americans Troy Nickerson and Nick Simmons. Nickerson was a 2009 NCAA champion and four-time All-American for Cornell. Simmons was a four-time All-American for Michigan State. This is Nickerson’s first match since his college career ended in March 2010.

The first match in the USA vs. The World Dual Meet will be in Greco-Roman, and will feature 2005 World bronze medalist Justin Ruiz of the United States against 2006 World champion Mohammed Abdel Fatah of Egypt. Ruiz was a two-time All-American for Nebraska.

The first freestyle match will be at 60 kg/132 lbs., featuring Derek Moore of the United States against Franklin Gomez of Puerto Rico. Moore now competes for the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. Gomez competed in the 2010 World Championships for Puerto Rico. Moore was the 2007 NCAA champion for UC Davis. Gomez was a 2009 NCAA champion and three-time All-American for Michigan State.

The 74 kg/163 lbs. freestyle bout will feature Ryan Morningstar of the United States against Muzafar Abdurakhmanov of Uzbekistan. Morningstar was a two-time All-American for Iowa and Abdurakhmanov was an All-American for American in 2006.

Next is a freestyle bout at 84 kg/185 lbs., featuring Keith Gavin of the United States against Jaime Y. Espinal of Puerto Rico. Gavin was a 2008 University World bronze medalist. Espinal was a 2010 Pan American silver medalist. Gavin was a 2008 NCAA champion and two-time All-American for Pittsburgh.

The match at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. will showcase J.D. Bergman of the United States against Israel Silva of Mexico. Bergman competed in the 2010 World Championships, and Silva competed in the 2009 World Championships. Bergman was a three-time All-American for Ohio State, while Silva was an NCAA qualifier for UT-Chattanooga.

The final featured bout will be at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., with Brent Metcalf of the United States facing Heinrich Barnes of South Africa. Barnes placed seventh in the 2010 World Championships and has competed in three Senior World Championships. Metcalf was a member of the 2010 U.S. World Team. Metcalf was a two-time NCAA champion and three-time NCAA finalist for Iowa. Barnes was an All-American for Oregon State in 2009.

“Any time we can get international competition in preparation for the upcoming World Championships, it is great for our program,” said USA Wrestling National Freestyle Coach Zeke Jones. “This is our training phase, and it’s good to have international matches here on U.S. soil. What greater place is there to showcase our future World and Olympic champions than at the NCAA Championships? This may be the only place where we can showcase international wrestling and American folkstyle at the highest level side-by-side.”

This is the second straight year that a USA Wrestling exhibition will be provided free of charge to wrestling fans who are attending the championships. At the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Neb., USA Wrestling hosted a Big Ten vs. Big 12 Challenge.

For more information on the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, visit NCAA.com/wrestling

USA WRESTLING NATIONAL TEAM ALL-STAR DUAL MEET

At Philadelphia, Pa., March 17

U.S. Freestyle Exhibition

Freestyle 55 kg/121 lbs. – Troy Nickerson (USA) vs. Nick Simmons (USA)

USA vs. the World Dual Meet

Greco-Roman 96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Justin Ruiz (USA) vs. Mohammed Abdel Fatah (Egypt)

Freestyle 60 kg/132 lbs. – Derek Moore (USA) vs. Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico)

Freestyle 74 kg/163 lbs. – Ryan Morningstar (USA) vs. Muzafar Abdurakhmanov (Uzbekistan)

Freestyle 84 kg/185 lbs. – Keith Gavin (USA) vs. Jaime Y. Espinal (Puerto Rico)

Freestyle 96 kg/211.5 lbs. – J.D. Bergman (USA) vs. Israel Silva (Mexico)

Freestyle 66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Brent Metcalf (USA) vs. Heinrich Barnes (South Africa)