Unfinished Business: Ryan Epps Reflects On Augsburg, New Start In Greco

It’s hard to call Ryan Epps (77 kg) a “throwback”, though the moniker fits.

As a member of the Minnesota Storm, he is teammates with several wrestlers who have done their part to uphold Storm’s proud tradition of outlasting, outhustling, and mercilessly “breaking” the opposition. For decades and decades, this is how it has been. It is what they learn, how they are developed. Minnesota as a state tends to produce hard-working, lunch pail-types, anyway. What Storm does is reinforce the concept that, yes, toughness along with an expansive gas tank usually equate to success in a sport where attrition forever remains at a premium.

Consider: like any large family, Storm has “hand-me-downs”; except instead of outgrown clothes, the younger generation are bequeathed a mindset. Not mere attire which tears and frays, but rather, an attitude that is intended to withstand the test of time.

And that attitude is why Epps exited last week’s 2020 US Nationals as one of the biggest stories of the tournament. Continue reading at fivepointmove.com →

Smith, Ortiz and Russell Lead Gophers at US Senior Nationals

Current and former Gophers led a Minnesota contingent at the US Senior Nationals this past weekend at Xtream Arena & GreenState Family Fieldhouse in Coralville, Iowa. Pat Smith and Alec Ortiz finished second and third in Greco-Roman, respectively, while Sean Russell placed fourth in freestyle.

Smith and Ortiz advanced to a semifinal matchup at 77kg with Smith moving on to the finals with a 4-1 victory. Smith fell in the championship bout against No. 3 Kendrick Sanders, while Ortiz rallied for a third-place finish.

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Steveson Dominates in the Big Apple

Augsburg wrestler Emily Shilson and former Apple Valley wrestler Seth Gross also wrestled

Competing for the first time since winning the 2020 Big Ten title last March, Golden Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson defeated Wisconsin’s Trent Hillger by technical fall at the 2020 Beat the Streets virtual event on Thursday night.

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Steveson Previews Thursday’s Beat the Streets Match

Golden Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson will return to the mat on Thursday, September 17, as part of Beat the Streets of New York City’s annual fundraising event. Steveson will square off against Wisconsin All-American Trent Hillger.

How excited are you to finally have your first official match since last year’s B1G tournament?
Gable: I’m excited, especially having it be Beat the Streets in New York City. In my opinion, Beat the Streets is the pinnacle of freestyle wrestling, especially with it being invite-only. I’ve wanted to wrestle in that event since I was a little kid, so it’s cool to finally get that opportunity and go do it.

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Steveson to Compete in Beat the Streets Event

Augsburg wrestler Emily Shilson and former Apple Valley wrestler Seth Gross will also wrestle

Golden Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson will return to the mat on Thursday, September 17, as part of Beat the Streets of New York City’s annual fundraising event. Steveson will square off against Wisconsin All-American Trent Hillger.

Steveson owns a 50-2 career record in two season with the Golden Gophers and claimed the 2020 Big Ten title. He was seeded No. 1 before the NCAA Championships were canceled because of COVID-19 public health concerns. He owns a 3-0 record against Hillger, including a 10-4 decision in the semifinals of the 2019 Big Ten Championships.

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Skatzka to Train With Gopher Wrestling Club

Four-time NCAA qualifier Devin Skatzka will join the Gopher Wrestling Club Regional Training Center, a training site for elite athletes pursing national and international success.

A native of Richmond, Mich., Skatzka competed the last two years for the Golden Gophers after beginning his career at Indiana University. Wrestling at 174 pounds, he was a two-time All-American and compiled a 58-21 record with the Maroon and Gold. Skatzka had four straight top-eight finishes at the Big Ten Championships, including third- and fourth-place finishes with Minnesota.

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