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.

Do you think this guy is going to get deterred by a few deficits? Continue reading at trackwrestling.com

Sloan readies for UWW World Team Trials

RALEIGH, N.C. — South Dakota State University wrestler Tanner Sloan is scheduled to compete for a spot on the United States national team at this weekend’s UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials. Competition begins at 10 a.m. Eastern Time Friday at Reynolds Coliseum on the North Carolina State University campus and runs through Saturday.

The champion in each of the 10 weight classes will earn the right to represent the United States at the 2019 Junior World Championships Aug. 12-18 in Tallinn, Estonia. The junior division features wrestlers ages 17-20.

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The Anoka Torch: A Look At United States Greco’s Most Successful Pipeline

Greco-Roman, forever recognized as the oldest and most brutal style of wrestling in the world, boasts of a lengthy history dating back to Ancient Rome and the very first Olympic Games. It is a discipline that has seen many changes throughout the past millennia, but the essence for which it is celebrated has never altered: at its core, Greco-Roman is defined by roughly-contested man-to-man combat.

Nowhere in the United States is this style more prevalent and revered than the confines of a small town in the suburbs of Minnesota known as Anoka.

Anoka, Minnesota has produced more Greco-Roman athletes who later became World Team members and Olympians than any other location in the country. To emphasize this point even further, Anoka has seen five athletes make US Olympic Teams, a run that began in the 1960’s.

In 1968, a pair of brothers, Jim and Dave Hazewinkel, made the Mexico City squad, and four years later in Munich, they were at it again. Another interesting fact few may be aware of is that the 1972 US Olympic Team Trials were actually held in Anoka’s brand new fieldhouse, as its construction had been completed in the summer of ’72. Continue reading at www.fivepointmove.com

World Team Trials Await Nine Gophers

Nine current and former Gophers are set to compete at the 2019 World Team Trials in Raleigh, North Carolina.

At the senior freestyle level, former Gophers Zach Sanders (57kg), Jayson Ness (65kg), Brett Pfarr (86kg), and Tony Nelson (125kg) will compete. The only current ‘U’ grappler competing at the highest level will be 18-year old Gable Steveson (125kg), the youngest heavyweight in the field.

At the junior level, Patrick McKee (57kg), Brayton Lee (70kg) and Jake Allar (79kg) will represent the Maroon and Gold.

Pat Smith (77kg), runner-up at the US Open, is the lone Gophers representative in Greco-Roman wrestling. Smith was the last Gopher to represent the USA in Greco-Roman wrestling when he did so in 2017.

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U23 World Team decided at final day of 2019 Women’s Nationals

Shilson qualifies for the U23 World Championships in Budapest in October

IRVING, Texas – Three past age-group World champions help make up the 2019 U23 World Team, which was decided on Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Women’s National Championships in Irving, Texas.

The 2019 U23 Worlds are set for October 28-November 3 in Budapest, Hungary.

Leading the squad is 2017 Junior World champion Maya Nelson at 65 kg and 2018 Cadet World champions Emily Shilson at 50 kg and Macey Kilty at 68 kg.

Junior World champ Nelson, who sat out the 2018 season, returned to the mat this year and eased her way to a U23 World Team with four technical fall wins on the day. In the finals, she went through 2016 Cadet World Team member Ashlynn Ortega. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

The world team: A goal and dream achieved for Park’s Zach Silvis

There’s always a new goal for Park’s Zach Silvis.

At the beginning of his wrestling career, it was learning the different techniques and movements to become the best wrestler possible.

Then, he focused on bigger things. Much bigger things, including a 44-kilogram Greco championship that placed Silvis on the United States U15 Greco World Team.

“It just seems so unreal,” Silvis said. “When I was younger, my goal was to make it to state. Then, it was to win state. Then, eventually, it was to win nationals which I did last year. And then my goal was to make a world team, and I’m doing it.” Continue reading at www.swcbulletin.com

Shilson announced as National Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award Winner

STILLWATER, Okla. – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced that Emily Shilson of North Oaks, Minnesota, is the 2019 national winner of the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award (TSHSEA).

Shilson will be presented with her award during the 43rd Annual Honors Weekend at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum on May 31 and June 1 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For information on Honors Weekend, visit nwhof.ticketleap.com or telephone (405) 377-5243.

“I am both humbled and honored to be chosen from this fantastic group of female student-athletes for the 2019 Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award,” said Shilson. “I have always admired Tricia for her great success as a competitor in addition to her willingness to continue to give back to the sport. To receive the award that is named after her is incredible. I would also like to thank the National Wrestling HOF for making this opportunity possible.”

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