Pickell named OW at InterMat Classic, Noble repeats

EDINA, Minn. — On Saturday, Charlie Pickell made a statement at the InterMat Classic, dominating a weight class that included three state champions, along with a state finalist.

Pickell, a two-time state champion and four-time state finalist, cruised to the title at 132 pounds, picking up a technical fall in the finals over Charlie Dojan (Irondale, Minn.), 18-3. Dojan defeated a pair of state finalists on his run to the finals before losing to Pickell, who finished his tournament with three first-period pins and a technical fall.

Pickell was named the event’s Outstanding Wrestler.

Christian Noble (Big Lake, Minn.) was the lone repeat champion at the InterMat Classic. Noble pinned every opponent he faced in the tournament for the second straight year. He pinned Colton Bornholdt (New Prague, Minn.) in the first period in the championship match at 113 pounds. Noble, a state third-place finisher last season, jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after a takedown and two-point nearfall. He built his lead to 6-1 before securing the pin. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com

Storylines to watch at InterMat Classic

The 10th InterMat Classic takes place on Saturday at Edina High School in Edina, Minn. Wrestlers from eight different states are entered in this year’s event. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CT. Trackwrestling.com will be providing a live stream, archived video and results.

Let’s examine a few storylines to watch at this year’s InterMat Classic.

Returning InterMat Classic champions

In the nine-year history of the InterMat Classic, only 11 wrestlers have been multiple-time champions. This year, four wrestlers will look to join that exclusive group. Returning InterMat Classic champions entered in this year’s event include Christian Noble (Big Lake, Minn.) at 113 pounds, Nolan Craine (Goddard, Kan.) at 170 pounds, as well as Wyatt Lidberg (STMA, Minn.) and Jagger Greenwood (Hibbing, Minn.) at 182 pounds. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com

SCSU to offer Fall Clinic on Oct. 26

The four-time NCAA DII national champion St. Cloud State University wrestling team will offer the 2019 SCSU Fall Wrestling Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 26. The clinic is open to all individuals in grades K-12 and it will be held in the Halenbeck Hall Fieldhouse. The clinic will begin with check-in between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

This year’s guest clinician is two-time NCAA DII finalist Vince Dietz, who earned All-America honors twice for St. Cloud State University during his collegiate career. Dietz currently serves as a student assistant coach for the Huskies this season.

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Greg Schwartz Memorial Wrestling Camp Awards

The 28th Annual Greg Schwartz Memorial Wrestling Camp at Morris, Minn. wrapped up on June 20th. This year’s camp attracted 72 wrestlers from Border West, MAHACA, Minnewaska, Benson, Rocori, Osakis, Paynesville, Sisseton, Ortonville, and Granite Falls. Camp clinicians included Hunter Burnett, Keaten Schorr, Roger Kish, Cam Sykora, Bruce Moe, and Kris Nelson.

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Mcniff’s Riffs: Former Gopher Grapplers Help Young Athletes Reach Their Peak, Both On And Off The Mat

Jared Lawrence and Brandon Paulson are helping Minnesota wrestlers reach the next level through the Pinnacle Wrestling School.

While Minnesota has a well-earned reputation and a perennial marketing plan touting it as the ‘State of Hockey’, we are witnessing considerable growth in other winter sports. One sport where Minnesota is particularly on the rise is wrestling.

“We’re not one of the top states” said former U of M wrestler Jared Lawrence. “I mean, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma, those guys are ahead of us, but we’re definitely top eight for sure and climbing.”

“The last three years are the best we’ve ever had come out of the state,” said fellow former Gopher Brandon Paulson. “We have more division one wrestlers than we’ve ever had, and the greatest international success we’ve ever had as far as the age groups, so I think wrestling is in a good spot as far as interest.” Continue reading at www.kare11.com