Iowa 35, Minnesota 4

Steveson Wins Big; #11 Gophers Fall to Top-Ranked Iowa 35-4

MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 11 Gopher wrestling team (2-2) dropped its home opener to top-ranked Iowa (2-0), 35-4, on Friday night at Maturi Pavilion. Heavyweight Gable Steveson finished the dual with a 14-6 major decision against third-ranked Tony Cassioppi.

Steveson jumped out to an early 4-1 lead with a pair of early takedowns against the Hawkeye sophomore. With a 5-2 after two periods, he dominated the third with four more takedowns to earn the bonus point. Steveson improved to 3-0 against Cassioppi after earning a pair of decisions last season. He extended his win streak to 21 matches and improved to 54-2 in his career.

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MWCA Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame Honors Five at Banquet

On Saturday, October 3rd the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association held their Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame Banquet. The celebration, originally scheduled for May 2nd, was held in Benson, Minn. Attendance was considerably less than normal because of the current pandemic.

2020 inductees Dave Droegemueller, Loren Hacker, Dan Jinks, Don Kuusinen, and Brian “Buck” Lindberg were present and participated in the inductions. 2020 inductees who have opted to be part of the 2021 induction acceptance speeches are Brian Bakke, Tom Campanaro, Mark Costello, and Bob Mueller.

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National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter Honors Nine at Honors Banquet

On Sunday, September 13th the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter held their 18th Annual Honors Banquet. The celebration was held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Austin, Minn. Attendance was considerably less than normal because of the current pandemic.

2020 honorees Bud Heidgerken, Tom Beyer, Mary Davis, Mark Jensen, and Don Kuusinen were present and participated in the inductions. Also honored from the 2020 Class were the late Father Otto Weber, Brian Bakke, Larry Goodnature, and Bill Schmidt. Bakke was honored and inducted at a prior event. There was a social held for Father Weber at a prior event as well. Goodnature and Schmidt have opted to be part of the 2021 induction acceptance speeches.

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