Blanc Serving on Team USA Wrestling Coaching Staff at Pan American Games

LIMA, Peru – At this week’s Pan American Games, Team USA will be led by a trio of successful volunteer coaches handpicked by USA Wrestling including new North Dakota State University head assistant wrestling coach Obenson Blanc. Herb House (Greco-Roman), Troy Steiner (women’s freestyle) and Blanc will guide American athletes alongside the U.S. National Team Coaches.

Wrestling at the Pan Am Games begins at 10 a.m. CT on Wednesday, Aug. 7, and available on ESPN3. The tournament runs through Saturday, Aug. 10, at Miguel Grau Coliseum.

Prior to making the move to North Dakota State in July 2019, Blanc spent four years at North Carolina State as an assistant coach under the direction of Pat Popolizio.

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Pat Smith Set for Pan American Games

Former Gophers grappler Pat Smith is set to compete for USA Wrestling at the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru, on Wednesday, August 7.

Smith will compete at 77kg (~170lbs) in Greco-Roman wrestling after previously winning the same competition three times between 2015 and 2017. His tournament kicks off on Wednesday morning with the finals coming later that same day.

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Gehloff goes 0-1 at Cadet World Championships

Waseca wrestler Mason Gehloff went 0-1 at the UWW Cadet World Championships on August 3rd in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Gehloff, who wrestled Greco-Roman at 45 kg (99.2 lbs.), lost to Gheorghita Scheul of Romania 6-2 in his first match. Schuel later lost to Mahdi Ahadi Zenab of Iran to end Gehloff’s tournament.

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Sokol goes 1-1 at Cadet World Championships

Simley wrestler Ryan Sokol went 1-1 at the UWW Cadet World Championships on July 29th in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Sokol, who wrestled Freestyle at 65 kg (143.3 lbs.), defeated Ionut Vintila of Moldova 10-0 in the round of 32. He then lost to Davit Patsinashvili of Georgia 12-0 in the Round of 16. Sokol was eliminated from competition when Patsinashvili lost in the semifinals.

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Jackrabbit Signees Earn All-America Honors

FARGO, N.D. – Incoming South Dakota State University wrestlers combined to earn five All-America honors at the recently completed 2019 U.S. Marine Corps/USA Wrestling Junior Nationals at the Fargodome.

Cade DeVos and Spencer Trenary each earned All-America honors in both freestyle and Greco-Roman as members of Team Iowa, while Caleb Gross also was a Greco-Roman All-American for Team Wisconsin.

DeVos, a native of Altoona, Iowa, won the 160-pound title in the Greco-Roman competition, posting a 6-0 record. He won four of his matches by 10-0 scores before earning a 5-1 decision over Ryan Cody of Florida in the championship bout.

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Seven Minutes with Emily Shilson presented by College Wrestler Recruiting

Seven Minutes is a series of interviews with top wrestling coaches and athletes. Most of the question-and-answer sessions last roughly seven minutes. Hence the name. Minnesota’s Emily Shilson is the top recruit in the nation who will attend the newly formed Augsburg University women’s wrestling program. She was a Cadet World silver medalist in 2017, a Cadet World champion in 2018, and a six-time Fargo national champion. You can listen to the entire interview above or read the transcript below. Continue reading at www.trackwrestling.com

Three Gophers Freshman Earn Fargo All-America Honors

Three Gophers freshman earned All-America honors at the United States Marine Corps Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota this week.

All three freshmen ran through their brackets to place on the podium top-eight with 160-pound Baylor Fernandes placing the highest at third with 138-pound Marcos Polanco (7th) and 152-pound Cael Carlson (8th) following suit.

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