McKee Named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week

University of Minnesota sophomore Patrick McKee was named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week following his performance in a tri-meet at Michigan State on Saturday. McKee shared the honor with Iowa’s Spencer Lee.

McKee finished the weekend with a 2-0 record as he earned a 19-6 major decision against Maryland’s King Sandoval and a 10-6 decision against second-ranked Rayvon Foley of Michigan State. In the upset of Foley, McKee erased a 3-0 deficit with four takedowns during the second period.

The St. Michael, Minn., native is currently ranked No. 9 in the country at 125 pounds and is the first Gopher to receive the honor since teammate Brayton Lee earned conference accolades in December, 2019.

The No. 11 Gophers will host their first home dual of the season when they face top-ranked Iowa at Maturi Pavilion on Friday. The match will begin at 8 p.m. and air live on Big Ten Network.

Tickets on Sale Jan. 22 for 2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championship

Ticket sales begin Friday, January 22 at 10 a.m. CT for the 2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championship. The event is scheduled for March 6 & 7 at the BOK Center. The Big 12 Conference and the Tulsa Sports Commission previously announced a partnership to host the Big 12 Wrestling Championship at BOK Center through 2024.

The championship marks the sixth neutral-site conference championship for the sport and the fifth in Tulsa. Last year, the Oklahoma State Cowboys won their eighth consecutive team title and their 18th Big 12 title overall. The wrestlers participating in the Big 12 Championship will be competing for berths into the NCAA Wrestling Championship.

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Illinois makes giant jump into Top 10 after a pair of weekend wins

Manheim, Pennsylvania – After entering the Top 25 last week, Illinois made waves immediately after earning a pair of ranked wins over the weekend, including an 18-15 win over then-No. 7 Ohio State, to vault the Illini into the Top 10 in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Illinois also beat then-No. 21 Wisconsin 21-9. It’s the first time since February of 2017 the Illini have been ranked in the top 10.

Top-ranked Iowa opened up its season with a 31-3 win at home against then-No. 6 Nebraska.

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Mustang Wrestling at Parkside moved to Friday

MARSHALL, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside announced Tuesday morning that the scheduled Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wrestling match between the two schools scheduled for Thursday will be pushed back one day to Friday in Kenosha, Wis. The one-day delay will allow for COVID-19 testing protocols.

The dual will begin at 8 p.m. inside Parkside’s De Simone Gymnasium.

Southwest Minnesota State is 1-0 on the season, while Parkside is 0-2. Parkside is in its first season as an associate member of the NSIC in wrestling. SMSU is 0-2 all-time versus Parkside in dual matches.

Too Good To Be True?

By Jeff Beshey

There’s a lot of cleaning and sanitizing going on these days – on wrestling mats, in locker rooms, in classrooms, in our homes, and everywhere else we might come into contact with harmful pathogens. What’s the best way to deal with these bugs? There are chemicals like chlorine bleach that work, but they take a relatively long time to be effective and using harmful chemicals to fight harmful pathogens just doesn’t seem like a great solution.

What if there was a technology that produces a safe, natural cleaning solution that is more powerful than chlorine bleach and works 3,000 times faster!?

When I received an email telling me exactly that, I was a bit skeptical.

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