Seven Gophers Will Enter Season Ranked

InterMat announced today their preseason NCAA Division I wrestling rankings for the 2017-18 season. Seven Gophers will begin the 2017-18 season as top-20 wrestlers, with the team coming in at No. 6 in the dual meet rankings and No. 7 in the tournament rankings.

InnerMat’s rankings are routinely used on broadcasts of Gopher wrestling events and will be used throughout the season to identify where Gophers are ranked at that current time, with rankings coming out weekly.

2017 NCAA finalist Ethan Lizak is the top-ranked Gopher of all the individual rankings. He ranks No. 4 in the 125-pound division. Last season, Lizak finished with a 30-7 overall record and aims to head to the NCAA Championships for the third time in his career this season. Lizak is also ranked at No. 4 by FloWrestling.

2017 All-American Tommy Thorn enters the 2017-18 season as No. 6 in 141-pounds. As a sophomore last season Thorn finished with a 20-10 record and defeated three top-10 opponents last season, including two at the NCAA Championships. Continue reading

Gross selected for All-Star Classic

PRINCETON, N.J. — South Dakota State’s Seth Gross has been selected to compete at next month’s 52nd annual NWCA All-Star Classic.

A junior from Apple Valley, Minnesota, Gross is scheduled to square off against Michigan’s Stevan Micic in the 133-pound bout. Both wrestlers earned All-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, with Gross finishing as runner-up with a 34-2 record, and Micic ending the year 29-7 overall after a fourth-place finish. The two did not wrestle last season. Continue reading

Apple Valley Coach Rudy James Wins Silver Medal at Veterans World Championships

PLOVDIV, Bulgaria – The United States won five medals on the first day of men’s freestyle at the Veterans World Championships on Friday.

There were four silver medal performances, by Rudy James of St. Paul, Minn. (Div. A at 78 kg), Hedj Nelson of Colville, Wash. (Div. E at 62 kg), John Hanrahan of Milton, Ga. (Div. E at 88 kg) and Daniel Studenic of Alpharetta, Ga. (Div. E at 100 kg).

Nelson was attempting to win a Veterans World double title after he also won the Greco-Roman gold on Tuesday. He was defeated in the gold-medal finals by Zhora Hovhannisyan of Armenia, 9-1. To reach the finals, Nelson beat Hendrik Bekker of South Africa and Michael Osborne of the USA.

This was Nelson’s fifth Veterans World medal in the last three years. He also won a freestyle silver medal in 2016, a freestyle silver medal in 2015 and a Greco-Roman bronze medal in 2015. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

SDSU single-match wrestling tickets on sale Oct. 16

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Single-match tickets for South Dakota State’s 2017-18 wrestling season will go on sale Monday (Oct. 16) through the Jackrabbit Ticket Office.

Ticket orders for eight home dates will be processed starting at 9 a.m., either in person, online at JackrabbitTickets.com or over the phone by calling (605) 688-5422. This season’s home schedule kicks off Nov. 5 with the season-opening Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open, with the home dual slate getting underway Nov. 17, when the Jackrabbits host Minnesota. Continue reading