Blue Jays get back on the mat

Just a year ago, Minnesota West wrestling coach Bob Purcell was having a tough time recruiting young talent to fill up the practice room.

Flash forward one year and the practice room is now full of young wrestlers ready to learn and succeed under the tutelage of Purcell and his coaching staff.

“It is really nice to have a full room for once,” Purcell said. “We have a lot of kids right now to start the season which is always good. We’ve got a nice core of 12 wrestlers who are all hard workers.” Continue reading at

Emily Shilson: Teen Wrestler

Imagine this: A wrestler training three to four times a week for 10 months straight. Each practice roughly two hours long. Starting with a 15 minute warm up consisting of tumbling and gymnastic style activities, followed by 45 to 60 minutes of intense drilling to perfect technique, and finally a 20 to 30 minute live wrestling practice against partners from around the state. Are you tired yet? Continue reading at

Six U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers win golds at Hargobind International in Canada

Minnesota/PINnacle club wrestlers Sanders and LeValley win titles

BURNABY MOUNTAIN, BC., Canada – U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers dominated the action at the Hargobind International held at Simon Fraser University, winning six of the seven gold medals awarded.

Among the individual champions was 2012 U.S. Olympian and 2009 World bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev (Columbus, Ohio/Sunkist Kids) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. Dlagnev defeated Canadian Sunny Dhinsa in the championship finals. It was a rematch of the finals at the 2011 Pan American Games, which was also won by Dlagnev. Dlagnev, a two-time Div. II national champion for Nebraska-Kearney, was fifth at the 2012 Olympics. Continue reading at

SCSU opens 2012-13 with the Black/Red Classic on Nov. 2

St. Cloud, Minn. ~ St. Cloud State University wrestling kicked off its 2012-13 season on Nov. 2 at their Annual Black/Red Classic in Halenbeck Hall. The two teams split five each of the 10 contested matches, but the Black prevailed with a 21-18 win.

The Black team highlighted the event earning bonus points from Clint Poster (RFr, Pierz, MN), Shamus O’Grady (RSr, Coon Rapids, MN) and Eric Forde (So, Fargo, ND). Continue reading

Nation’s top freshman Hall steals show in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Though the tournament was not extremely deep across weight classes, the NUWAY Southwest Kickoff Classic field did pack solid punch at the top of virtually every weight class. When all was said and done after two days of wrestling, it was those from the Golden State along with Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.) who stole the show. Continue reading at