2-time champ Mark Hall II will return to Apple Valley

Two-time Minnesota high school wrestling champion Mark Hall II will return to Apple Valley within three weeks, his father told the Pioneer Press on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Hall II, who won state titles for Apple Valley while in seventh and eighth grades, is enrolled for the first weeks of his freshman year in Davison, Mich, according to his father. Hall II had contemplated staying in Michigan, in part, to be closer to his mother. Continue reading at www.twincities.com

Three U.S. wrestlers place 10th as Greco-Roman concludes competition at Junior Worlds

Minnesotan Mike Fuenffinger places 10th

PATTAYA, Thailand — All four U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers were eliminated from medal contention on Wednesday at the 2012 FILA Junior World Championships at the Eastern Sports Training Center in Pattaya, Thailand.

Mike Fuenffinger (Hibbing, Minn./Minnesota Storm), Lucas Sheridan (Concord, Calif./Hoosier WC) and Wyatt Baker (Anaheim Hills, Calif./NYAC) all finished in 10th place during the final day of Greco-Roman competition. Continue reading at www.themat.com

DII Winter Championships Festival relocated to Birmingham

By David Pickle – NCAA.org

The 2013 Division II Winter National Championships Festival has been moved from Cleveland to Birmingham, Ala., because of challenges involving the hotel block in Cleveland.

The Festival – which will feature Division II national championships in men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s indoor track, and wrestling – will be conducted March 3-9, 2013, at Birmingham’s CrossPlex multisport facility. The dates and schedule of events will not be affected by the change of venue. The Gulf South Conference and the City of Birmingham will serve as co-hosts.

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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