NCAA Committee recommends women’s wrestling for Emerging Sports Status

The U.S. wrestling community, including its leading organizations, is celebrating today’s announcement from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) concerning women’s wrestling.

The NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) has “recommended that all three divisions of the NCAA governance structure add women’s wrestling as an NCAA emerging sport, effective August 1, 2020.”

Each NCAA division (Division I, Division II and Division III) will address this recommendation separately and will determine independently if women’s wrestling is added to the division’s Emerging Sports list.

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Gophers Head to Akron for U23 Nationals

Seven Gophers are set to compete at U23 Nationals this weekend in Akron, Ohio for an opportunity to represent America at the U23 Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary this October.

The list includes Jake Gliva (61kg), Ben Brancale (65kg), Mitch McKee (65kg), Jakob Bergeland (70kg), Alex Crowe (70kg), Devin Skatzka (86kg), and Owen Webster (86kg).

The event, held by the University of Akron in the Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House, begins May 31 at 10am CT and runs through June 2. U23 men’s freestyle action will kick off on Saturday June 1.

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Brayton Lee Finishes Redshirt Season With Junior World Team

Brayton Lee just won’t give up. Whether he’s down in a match or facing a foe he’s lost to several times, Lee faces the challenge with confidence.

This past weekend at the 2019 UWW Junior Team Trials, Lee displayed that grit for the whole wrestling world to see. In his final three bouts in the bracket, Lee rallied in the second period. Against Sammy Sasso in a best-of-three series, who he had lost to earlier this May, Lee rallied to take down the Buckeye and show off his amazing conditioning.

“I just kept pressuring and keeping good position like the coaches were telling me,” Lee said. “Something Coach Eggum always talks about is wrestling every position, making them work, and staying aggressive the whole time.”

Lee finished his redshirt campaign in the Maroon and Gold with a 26-7 record with eight technical falls. The Brownsburg, Indiana, native won the National Collegiate Open and was runner-up at the Edinboro Open as well as the recent UWW Junior Nationals in Las Vegas. Both times against Sasso.

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Gophers Excel At 2019 World Team Trials

The Gophers finished the 2019 World Team Trials with four qualifiers for spots on the USA Wrestling World Teams: Gable Steveson, Tony Nelson, Brayton Lee, and Pat Smith.

In senior men’s freestyle, Gable Steveson and for Gophers heavyweight Tony Nelson finished first and second respectively to be at least alternates on the team.

Steveson advances to a best-of-three series against Nick Gwiazdowski at Final X:Rutgers on June 8 with the 125kg starting spot at stake. Dustin Schlatter was the last Gophers grappler to represent the USA in Freestyle when he made the 2009 team while still in college.

The 18-year old was the youngest competitor in the field but ran through the weight class outscoring opponents 43-8 in five matches. Steveson defeated Nelson in the bracket finals before avenging a 2018 US Open loss to Adam Coon with two consecutive dominant victories.

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Sloan earns spot on world team

RALEIGH, N.C. – South Dakota State University wrestler Tanner Sloan will represent the United States in international competition later this summer after winning the 97-kilogram division at the UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials over the weekend.

A native of Alburnett, Iowa, and a member of the Jackrabbit Wrestling Club, Sloan posted a 4-0 record over two days. Seeded first in the bracketed portion of the event, Sloan received a first-round bye before defeating Jake Boyd, 13-2, in the semifinals and Kyle Lightner of the Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club, 11-0, in Friday’s championship bout. Boyd competed unattached.

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Lee overcomes back injury, blood stoppages, big deficits to make Junior World Team

RALEIGH, N.C. — The gash on Brayton Lee’s forehead left the Minnesota freshman bloodied and bandaged Saturday at the conclusion of the World Team Trials, but that was nothing compared to what he encountered last week.

His back hurt so much last week that he ordered an Uber ride to haul him a block from his dorm room to the Minnesota practice facility.

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