James Paul Morgan (1927-2018)

Jim Morgan formerly of Bloomington and Paynesville passed away on July 4th. He was 91 years old.

Jim was the patriarch of the Morgan family, recipient of the Greco-Roman Legacy Award at the 2011 Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions.

Jim and his wife Olive had 12 children. Sons John, Gordy and Marty won a combined ten national Greco-Roman titles and competed in nine World Championships. John competed in the 1988 Olympics, and Gordy competed in the 1996 Olympics. Marty was an NCAA National Champion for The Gophers in 1991. Marty was the top assistant under University of Minnesota Head Coach J Robinson for 13 seasons.

Visitation 5-7 PM TODAY, July 6, 2018, at Washburn-McReavy New Brighton Chapel, 706 4th Ave. NW, and also one hour before the service at the church. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Saturday, July 7, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 835 2nd Ave. NW, New Brighton. Interment 9 AM Monday, July 9, 2018, at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, meet at Assembly Area #5.

Obituary at legacy.com

Shilson wins 43 kg Cadet World title, Ikei earns bronze

ZAGREB, Croatia – After going home disappointed with a Cadet World silver medal in 2017, Emily Shilson dominated her way to the top of the podium and was crowned Cadet World champion at 43 kg in Zagreb, Croatia, on Thursday evening.

“I’m feeling great!” Shilson said. “I’ve been working since last year nonstop for this moment and it finally paid off. I just wanted to go out and wrestle my match and do what I know I’m capable of doing. I didn’t want it to be like last year.”

Shilson, a two-time Cadet Pan American champion, knocked off 2017 Cadet World champion Shahana Nazarova of Azerbaijan for the title. Continue reading

Shilson dominates to earn spot in Cadet World semifinals

ZAGREB, Croatia – 2017 Cadet World silver medalist Emily Shilson started out her 2018 World Championships on fire, flying through her first two matches to earn a spot in the semifinals at 43 kg on Wednesday in Zagreb, Croatia.

To open the tournament, Shilson took out Ana Maria Cristescu of Romania with an early second-period fall. Shilson led 4-0 at the break, thanks to a takedown and tilt. She ended the bout with a fireman’s carry to put Cristescu to her back for a pin at 2:19.

In the quarterfinals, Shilson took on a tough opponent in 2017 Cadet World bronze medalist and three-time Cadet Asian medalist Simran Simran of India. The credentials didn’t matter to Shilson as she bulldozed her way to the semis with two takedowns and three guts for a fast 10-0 tech.

Tonight, Shilson will take on three-time Cadet European medalist Victoria Aleksandrova of Russia. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

James Slifka (1938-2018)

Hall of Fame Coach James Slifka of Medford passed away on June 30th. He was 79 years old.

Slifka was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Mayo Civic Center Region I Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016.

Mass of Christian Burial is set for Friday, July 6, 2018, at 10:30 am at Christ The King church in Medford. Friends may greet the family on Thursday, July 5, 2018, from 4-7 pm at the Medford Funeral Home (310 – E. Central Ave.) There will be a 7:00 pm Knights of Columbus Rosary. The visitation will continue from 9:30 to 10:15 on Friday at the funeral home followed by a procession to the church.

Obituary at www.southernminn.com

Assad wins bronze, Figueroa and Kerkvliet finish with silver at 2018 Cadet Worlds

ZAGREB, Croatia – USA’s Cadet men’s freestyle team collected two silver and one bronze medals in the evening session of Tuesday action at the Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

Daniel Greg Kerkvliet and Richard Figueroa finished their 2018 Cadet World Championships with silver medals, and Abe Assad claimed a bronze medal.

2017 World champion Kerkvliet fell short in his quest for a second-consecutive Cadet World title, falling in the 110 kg final.

Kerkvliet’s opponent, 2018 Cadet Asian champion Amir Zare of Iran, got out to an early lead with a shot clock point and a step out. Kerkvliet was back in it with a strong takedown, but the Iranian’s power was too much. Zare scored two more step outs and a takedown to earn an eventual 7-4 win. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

The Wrestling Con Job

By Brian Jerzak

Before his junior year, Quad County’s Bryce Schmidt had only played football and baseball. He had never even set foot on a wrestling mat. By the end of his senior year, he was walking out on the floor of the Xcel Energy Center in the state tournament. His unlikely journey might never have happened if Schmidt wasn’t conned into trying wrestling.

“My friends who encouraged me to wrestle played football and they were going to take this picture,” Schmidt said. “They told me to come be in the picture. I didn’t know what it was about, so I just did it. They called it the Wrestling Pic. It was all the wrestlers who played football and me. They said, ‘you are in that picture, so you have to join wrestling now’; I got conned into that.”

Schmidt went along with his friends but had almost zero exposure to wrestling before the winter of his junior year. Continue reading

Kerkvliet earns second-straight bid to World finals, Figueroa to join in the hunt for gold

ZAGREB, Croatia – On the first day of the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, the U.S. put two wrestlers into tomorrow’s gold-medal finals and have one athlete in the hunt for bronze.

Heading to the World finals are Daniel Greg Kerkvliet at 110 kg and Richard Figueroa at 55 kg, while Abe Assad was pulled into repechage at 80 kg.

“I’d say overall the team’s performance has been solid,” Cadet World coach Lee Pritts said. “I don’t think that we’ve performed up to our team’s ability yet. I remember this time last year after the first round, we were thinking, ‘Oh we’re in trouble,’ but Kevin Jackson brought the team in, had a conversation, and next thing you know, we were working together as a unit. We did the same thing this and said ‘You have to go take these wins. No one is going to give them to you.’” Continue reading