Jacks tab former ISU assistant as coach

South Dakota State’s search for a new wrestling coach doesn’t seem to have been hindered by its recent lack of success.

Today, the Jackrabbits will announce that a five-week search has ended with the hiring of Chris Bono, whose accomplishments include claiming an NCAA Division I national title at 150 pounds for Iowa State, serving two stints as an assistant at his alma mater and winning three conference titles in three years as a head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga. Continue reading at argusleader.com

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.

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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 startribune.com

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 intermatwrestle.com