Volkmann to Sign Autographs Sunday

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Gopher All-American and current Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Jacob Volkmann will be on hand to sign autographs on Sunday afternoon prior to the fourth-ranked Gophers’ dual against No. 3 Wisconsin.

A three-time All-American at Minnesota, Volkmann remains one of the best wrestler’s to ever don the Gophers singlet. His career record of 127-36-0 and 34 career pins each rank ninth all-time at the school while  Volkmann was an integral part of the first national championship team in Minnesota history. In his first-year on the mat for the Gophers, Volkmann fought his way to a fourth-place finish at the 2001 NCAA Championships as one of 10 All-Americans for the Gophers that year – a feat that had never been accomplished by a team at the national tournament up to that point. Volkmann followed up with a third-place finish at the national championship in 2003 and a fourth-place finish in 2004, the same year he claimed his first Big Ten championship at 165 lbs.

A native of Henning, Minn., Volkmann currently competes in the UFC lightweight division and holds 12-2 mixed martial arts record with a three-bout winning streak. His latest fight was a three-round split decision victory over Antonio McKee on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125: Resolution in Las Vegas.

Sunday’s dual pits two of the top wrestling programs in the nation against each other as the No. 4 Gophers host No. 3 Wisconsin at 2 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis. The Gophers wrestling team will be signing autographs following the dual.

Cowboys and Falcons await Jackrabbits

The South Dakota State wrestling team hits the road for two more Western Wrestling Conference matches as they travel to Wyoming Friday and Air Force Saturday.

“Wyoming has a very good program right now with a lot of depth and it’s going to be a difficult road trip,” said head coach Jason Liles. “Air Force beat Arizona State a week or so ago, which surprised me but shows they have a lot of balance.”

Aaron Pickrel leads the Jackrabbits with a 6-2 duals record and an 19-7 overall record. Pickrel notched his 19th win against Northern Colrado last week with a win by forfeit. Five of Pickrel’s wins were by fall with the fastest in one minute three seconds.

Nick Flynn, Kevin Kelly and David Michaud come in second for the Jacks with four dual wins this season. Six of Michaud’s eight wins on the season were by fall, with the remaining wins by decsion.

The probable lineup for the Jacks against Wyoming and Air Force includes: Pickrel (125 pounds), open at 133 pounds, Tyler Johnson (141 pounds), Jimmy Hamilton (149 pounds), Andrew Youngblom (149 pounds), Flynn (157 pounds), Rex Lyon (157 pounds), Joe Rasmussen (165 pounds), John Nething II (165 pounds), Michaud (174 pounds), Cord Willers (184 pounds), open at 197 pounds and Kelly (285 pounds).

This week’s Competition
Wyoming Cowboys
 – Wyoming enters the matchup Friday ranked no. 21 by Intermat and no. 25 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The Cowboys own a 7-4 record and a 1-0 record in the Western Wrestling Conference. The Cowboys defeated the Utah Valley Wolverines 23-15 last week in WWC action.

The Cowboys boast four wrestlers ranked by Intermat in no. four Shane Onufer (165 pounds), no. five Joe LeBlanc (184 pounds), no. 18 Michael Martinez (125 pounds) and no. 18 Cole Dallaserra (149 pounds).

LeBlanc, a two-time All-American, was named the WWC Wrestler of the Year last season following a first-place finish at the NCAA West Regional and a fourth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships at 184 pounds. The junior became the first freshman All-American at Wyoming two seasons ago after placing fifth at the 2009 NCAA Championships.

Martinez and Onufer both placed first in their respective weight classes at the West Regional last season, while Dallaserra placed fourth.

Last season, the Jacks fell to the Cowboys 34-9 and have yet to win a dual against Wyoming with an 0-11 record all-time.

Air Force Falcons – Air Force enters the weekend with a 8-2 duals record a ranked no. 45 by Intermat. The Falcons open their conference schedule when they host North Dakota State Friday before going head-to-head with the Jacks.

The Falcons claim one wrestler ranked by Intermat in no. 10 sophomore Cole VonOhlen at 141 pounds. VonOhlen placed second at the 2010 West Regional and ended his freshman season at the NCAA Championshisp. VonOhlen was named WWC Freshman of the Year last season for his performance on the mat during his debut season.

Last season the Jacks dropped the dual against Air Force 23-12 and are 1-6 against the Falcons all-time.

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Fans can also follow Jackrabbit Athletics on the all new Facebook page by logging onto Facebook.com/SDSU.Jackrabbit.Nation.

Jackrabbit Extra – Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com can view select SDSU wrestling matches live on the internet. To subscribe to the Jackrabbit Extra, log onto GoJacks.com, select Jackrabbit Extra on the Audio/Video tab and click “sign up.”

Jackrabbit Insider on FOX and FSN – “Jackrabbit Insider” airs at 10:30 p.m. Sundays on KTTW FOX 7. The show can also be seen on FOX Sports North Tuesdays at 6 p.m. CT. FOX College Sports Central will air the program Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. “Jackrabbit Insider” is also available through the Jackrabbit Extra video on-demand service at GoJacks.com.

Hosted by Tyler Merrium, “Jackrabbit Insider” is a weekly half-hour program that provides Jackrabbit fans with a behind-the-scenes look at South Dakota State University Athletics.

Last week – The Jackrabbit grapplers battled the Northern Colorado Bears to a 26-21 loss last week in Frost Arena.

Nick Flynn drew the first blood at 157 pounds with his decision win over Tanner Weiks, but it was David Michaud who highlighted the night with his win by fall over Cody McAninch in two minutes 48 seconds.

The pin marked Michaud’s sixth on the season. He improved his record to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the WWC.

The dual, which started at the 141-pound weight class, ended with three-straight forfeits. Kevin Kelly and Aaron Pickrel each picked up wins by forfeit to give the Jacks a temporary 21-20 lead, but an SDSU forfeit at 133 pounds put the Bears just over the top for the 26-21 victory.

Next up – The Jacks take next week off, but host WWC member North Dakota State Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in Frost Arena. The regular season wraps up the following week when Utah Valley visits Frost Arena.

MSU-Moorhead 45 Sioux Falls 4

No. 20 Dragons Route Sioux Falls Cougars

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The No. 20 Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team continued their home stand with a dual matchup against future NSIC foe Sioux Falls (S.D.) at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse on Wednesday night. The Dragons made quick work of the Cougars and sent their future conference opponents packing with a 45-4 win.

The Dragons started with the team leader in wins, redshirt junior Corey Ulmer, who came into the dual with 15 wins on the year. Ulmer showed why he has been climbing the national rankings against the Cougars’ Brandon Goodwin.

No. 6 Ulmer worked Goodwin over to lead the match, getting a takedown and racking up a pair of two-point nearfalls and a three-point nearfall. Ulmer gained four more points in the second en route to a 17-1 technical fall at the 3:10 mark to give the Dragons a 5-0 lead.

After a major decision win for Sioux Falls’ Joe Goolsby, Tyler Steinwand bounced back at 149 pounds with a takedown just 35 seconds into the opening period against Tom Thompson. Steinwand worked Thompson onto his back and gained a pinfall at the 2:23 mark of the match to give the Dragons six points.

At 174 pounds Trent Sovde’s trio of takedowns had him out in front early as he took on Tal Bakke. After leading 6-3 heading into the third, Sovde reversed Bakke and finished with an 8-4 win.

At 184 pounds, freshman Kody Kalkbrenner escaped out of a Casey Finnicum takedown and took down Finnicum 24 seconds later and gained a three-point nearfall to lead 5-0. Finnicum was unable to continue into the second match, taking a medical default decision.

In the 197-pound matchup, sophomore Brian Woelfel gained a pair of takedowns but yielded a pair of points to his opponent Shea Klooster by way of a penalty for stalling and an escape.

After Klooster chose the bottom position to begin the second, he gained an escape but was immediately taken down just 14 seconds later. An early takedown in the third period, along with 4:54 of riding time, lead to a 10-4 decision for Woelfel.

Senior Jon Swart had an active match to end the night, battling the Cougars’ Jon Skow in the dual’s finale. Swart took a 2-0 lead into the second by way of a takedown, and began to rack up the points on Skow.

After a quick reversal 15 seconds into the match, Swart began exchanging two-point takedowns with Skow’s one-point escapes to give himself a 10-3 lead heading into the third. Swart finished off Skow in the third with a takedown with only three seconds remaining in the match to put him over the top for a 13-4 major decision.

The No. 20 Dragons 45-4 win brings their record to 4-5 on the season while dropping the Cougars to 0-7. The No. 20 Dragons will go back on the conference schedule as they head to No. 2 ranked St. Cloud State on Sunday. The Dragons return home on Feb. 10 to take on Northern State (S.D.) for the annual John Sterner Endowment Dual.

 

Ridgewater 23 Rochester 19

January 26, 2011 at Rochester, MN

Ridgewater 23 Rochester CTC 19
125: Lonny Booshu – RW 19-6 over Ethan Loftus – RCTC
133: Nate Friedrich – RW 14-4 over Jered Kemp – RCTC
141: Javior Portillo – RW 20-15 over Cole Tretbar – RCTC
149: Aaron Niles – RCTC 7-5 over Josh Anderson – RW
157: Sam Schad – RCTC fall 1:24 over Luke Aho – RW
165: Theo Jenson-Innis – RCTC 14-5 over Billy Dean – RW
174: Travis Peralta – RW 15-5 over Peter McPhail – RCTC
184: Nick Dahl – RW 8-3 over Ben Dahl – RCTC
197: Aaron Sameulson – RW 6-0 over Andy Godeen – RCTC
Hwt: Mike Iyobhebhe – RCTC fall 4:09 over Dylan Shequen – RW

Gophers Rise to No. 4 in Latest Polls

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota wrestling program continues to climb in the national rankings, moving up to fourth in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll after scoring a pair of wins over ranked opponents over the weekend.

The Gophers (12-3 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) topped No. 23 Purdue 26-15 last Friday before closing out the weekend with a 21-16 win over 15th-ranked Illinois on Sunday. Minnesota’s three remaining home duals this season are all against nationally ranked programs including No. 3 Wisconsin this Sunday at the Sports Pavilion. The Badgers narrowly defeated the Gophers earlier this year at National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Penn State has been credited as the nation’s new top team, clinching the No. 1 ranking this weekend as the Nittany Lions hold a perfect 13-0 record. They’ll be in Minneapolis on Feb. 13 for a Big Ten showdown with Minnesota, which currently sits atop the Big Ten with a 3-0 conference record. The Gophers close out the regular season with a Big Ten finale against No. 8 Iowa at Williams Arena on Feb. 20.

Cornell (No. 2) and Oklahoma State (5) close out the top five while Virginia Tech, Missouri, Iowa, Rutgers and Boise State close out the top ten, respectively.

USA TODAY-NWCA Division I Top 25

Jan. 25, 2011

Rank
School
Record
Points
Last week
1
Penn State
13-0
275
2
2
Cornell
5-1
263
1
3
Wisconsin
9-1-1
247
4
4
Minnesota
11-3
226
5
5
Oklahoma State
8-2-1
224
6
6
Virginia Tech
14-4
211
3
7
Missouri
14-5
206
7
8
Iowa
9-0-1
199
8
9
Rutgers
18-1
192
14
10
Boise State
6-2-1
181
9
11
Oklahoma
10-1
173
10
12
Lehigh
10-5
156
17
13
Michigan
7-2
154
11
14
Illinois
3-3-1
120
15
15
Iowa State
6-7
102
12
16
Nebraska
10-3
101
16
17
Kent State
10-5
98
18
18
Northwestern
15-1
84
19
19
American
11-4
77
20
20
Oregon State
8-4-2
72
13
21
Central Michigan
4-7
63
21
22
Cal Poly
6-1
47
24
23
Pittsburgh
8-6
43
22
24
Purdue
5-6-1
40
23
25
Wyoming
7-4
14
25


Others receiving votes:
 Arizona State, Hofstra, and Virginia.

Johnnie Wrestling Stays at No. 6, Baarson Ranked No. 1 at 165

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – The Saint John’s University wrestling team stayed at No. 6 in the latest Brute-Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III team rankings released Jan. 25.

NWCA Team Rankings | NWCA Individual Rankings

Other teams ranked from the NCAA Great Lakes Region include Augsburg (No. 3), Concordia-Moorhead (No. 7), North Central (No. 19) and Elmhurst (No. 24).

Five of the Johnnies’ starting 10 were ranked individually. Senior Matt Baarson (15-2 record; Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park) moved up two spots to No. 1 at 165 pounds despite not wrestling since the last rankings were released. He has won 13 of his last 14 matches, including each of the last seven. Baarson joins Concordia-Moorhead’s Phil Moenkedick (184 lbs.) as Minnesota’s other top-ranked wrestler in Division III.

Senior Minga Batsukh (12-1 record; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.) remained fourth at 149, junior Matt Pfarr (13-4 record; Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson) held steady at No. 4 in the 174-weight class, and junior Dustin Baxter (13-4 record; Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley) was seventh at 184. Pfarr started the season with a 4-3 record, but has won nine of his last 10 matches and each of the last six.

Senior Tony Willaert (9-7 overall record, 8-5 record at 197; North Mankato, Minn./Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial) moved up one spot to No. 9 at 197 despite a loss in his last match.

Pfarr and Baxter failed to move up the national rankings despite wins over nationally-ranked wrestlers from Division II St. Cloud State. Pfarr upset then-No. 6 Shamus O’Grady by a 6-5 margin, while Baxter posted a convincing 7-2 upset of then-No. 5 Mic Berg.

The Johnnies return to action with three duals this Friday, Jan. 28, in Perham. SJU is scheduled to face St. Olaf at 4 p.m., followed by showdowns with No. 7 Concordia-Moorhead (five ranked wrestlers) and No. 3 Augsburg (eight ranked wrestlers) at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.