Gopher Brad Dozeal wins Greco-Roman Title at FLIA Junior Nationals

Storley and Schiller take second place in freestyle

Over the weekend some current Golden Gopher wrestlers took the mat at the 2012 FILA Junior Nationals, in Madison, Wisc. Brad Dolezal (70 kg/154 lbs.), Logan Storley (84 kg/185 lbs.) and Scott Schiller (96 kg/211/5 lbs.) all had strong outings, as they represented the Minnesota Storm. Dolezal took first place in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle. Both Storley and Schiller finished second respectively in the freestyle division. Continue reading

Destin McCauley named Wrestler of the Week

Destin McCauley (Burnsville, Minn./Sunkist Kids) has been named Wrestler of the Week for April 10-16.

Each week, will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level. Continue reading at

After prison release, state wrestler free to pursue Olympic dream

When Dan Chandler answered his phone on that April day in 2010, the number wasn’t familiar. The voice, however, was. “Hey, this is Jordan,” the caller said. “I was just wondering if you guys still have Greco practice.”

Jordan Holm didn’t expect his former coach to remember him. Years ago, Chandler had guided the Northfield native to a junior national title in Greco- Roman wrestling, during a time when Holm also won two high school state championships. That was before his promising college career came to an abrupt and shocking end, when Holm was imprisoned in Iowa for third-degree sexual abuse — a crime he steadfastly maintains he did not commit. Continue reading at

McCauley, Downey shine at FILA Junior Nationals

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MADISON, Wis. — U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athletes Destin McCauley and Pat Downey have not yet entered the college wrestling ranks. On Saturday both showed they can not only compete with some of the nation’s top college wrestlers, but also beat them.

McCauley and Downey were two of the 11 champions crowned at the 2012 FILA Junior Nationals in freestyle. Continue reading at

Washington’s three-time state champ will wrestle for Minnesota

WASHINGTON (Illinois) — When one of the top programs in the nation enters the recruiting proccess, it’s tough to look the other way.

And, ultimately, Dylan Reel couldn’t.

The three-time state champion and four-time Journal Star Wrestler of the Year made it official Saturday when he signed a National Letter of Intent to compete collegiately for the University of Minnesota. Continue reading at