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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Tony ‘full’ Nelson returns to international wrestling stage

Tony Nelson is back to “full” strength, if you will pardon the wrestling pun.

A shoulder surgery in November 2017 forced the former Cambridge-Isanti High School and University of Minnesota standout to prove he remains one of the top heavyweight wrestlers in the world.

And that is exactly what Nelson did, placing second in the 125-kilogram weight class (275 pounds) at the U.S. Open held in Las Vegas April 25-28.

“I wrestled well this past weekend, and I know I can beat everybody,” Nelson said. “Wrestling is about going in with the right attitude: You have to believe in yourself and have no doubt that you’re going to be the guy. … That’s the mindset I have to bring to the mat.” Continue reading at hometownsource.com

Zach Sanders Prepares for Last Chance Qualifier

Volunteer assistant coach Zach Sanders and two members of the Minnesota Storm Regional Training Center (RTC) are registered to compete at the 2019 Last Chance Senior World Team Trials Qualifier.

Held at Kohler Fieldhouse in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania from May 3-5, the highest placing wrestler at each weight that is not already qualified will earn a qualification to the 2019 World Team Trials in Raleigh, North Carolina from May 16-19.

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Gophers Finish Weekend at US Open

After a three-day stretch of wrestling in Las Vegas, Gopher wrestling celebrates several placers at the 2019 Marine Corps US Open in the senior men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman divisions as well as the UWW Junior Nationals who all secured their spots at May’s World Team Trials.

At UWW Junior Nationals, Brayton Lee (70kg) was the runner-up after going 5-1 on the weekend and outscoring his opponents 52-21. Lee advanced to Saturday night’s finals against Sammy Sasso but fell 10-0.

Jake Allar (79kg) was the Gophers other junior placer with a sixth-place finish on the weekend. After losing his second bout of the tournament, Allar ripped off four straight wins and outscored his opponents 28-0 in that span.

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