U.S. to send strong teams to FILA Junior World Championships in Thailand, Sept. 4-9

Minnesotans Mike Fuenffinger and Destin McCauley to compete

The United States will send an experienced team to the 2012 FILA Junior World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, September 4-9.

To be eligible for the FILA Juniors, athletes must be 17-20 years old and cannot turn 21 during the 2012 calendar year. Continue reading at www.themat.com

Jake Short, Nick Wanzek together, as always, in Simley backfield

Jake Short and Nick Wanzek have been teammates and competitors since their very first tee-ball game back in first grade.

The Simley High School seniors have continued their athletic careers together through elementary, junior high and high school until arriving, finally, at their final year with the Spartans. But that’s not goodbye: Their next stop — together, of course — is the University of Minnesota, where both have given oral commitments to wrestle for the Gophers. Continue reading at www.twincities.com

Retherford wins Cadet World freestyle title, Marsteller & Ryan place fifth in Azerbaijan

Minnesotan Mitchell McKee competed

BAKU, Azerbaijan – Zain Retherford of Benton, Pa. won a gold medal at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. in men’s freestyle action at the FILA Cadet World Championships on Wednesday.

Retherford won four matches on the way to his title, including a victory over Supian Burmagomedov of Russia, 0-1, 4-3, 2-1 in the gold-medal finals. Continue reading at www.themat.com

Apple Valley wrestling champ Mark Hall II still might return, father insists

Apple Valley wrestler Mark Hall II’s father insists the two-time state champion still might enroll in the school, and a person with knowledge of the situation who had told the Pioneer Press that the wrestler had not enrolled and was moving to Michigan conceded later that Hall II could conceivably change his mind.

“We haven’t made a decision yet,” Hall said Tuesday, Aug. 21, from Flint, Mich. “I love Minnesota and hope that he returns to Apple Valley. We won’t know for two more weeks. I want to make sure going back to Minnesota is what he wants.” Continue reading at www.twincities.com