Rutt Joins the Rochester Community and Technical College Coaching Staff

NCAA All-American Travis Rutt has joined the coaching staff at Rochester Community and Technical College for the 2018-2019 season.

“I am very excited to have Travis with our program next season. He brings a wealth of knowledge and is very well respected in the wrestling community. I know that he will have an immediate impact on our program,” said Coach Randy Rager. Continue reading

Two Minnesota Wrestlers Earn World Team Trial Finals Bids

Rochester, Minn. – It was a day highlighted by the Minnesota heavyweights, but a total of eight Minnesota wrestlers took part in the senior level of the World Team Trials, with Hayden Zillmer and Tony Nelson making tomorrow’s best-of-three finals with a Final X birth on the line.

On the junior level, Gable Steveson took care of business in his best-of-three series with U.S. Open winner Gannon Gremmel, who attends Iowa State, by earning technical superiority victories in both matches that lasted a combined 1:41.

Back on the senior level, Steveson and Nelson both marched through their quarterfinal bouts, and then both avenging losses from the U.S. Open in the semifinals. Nelson defeated 2012 Olympic Gold medalist at 97-kilograms, Jake Varner. Steveson took down the No. 2 seed, Dom Bradley by a 5-4 score to earn the finals birth. Continue reading

Berge gets revenge against O’Connor, eight others to receive bid to the Junior World Championships

Rochester, Minn.- After a session of incredible wrestling, the 2018 Junior Freestyle World Team is set and ready for Worlds October 17-23, in Trnava, Slovakia.

The most exciting series of the night occurred at 70 kg with Austin O’Connor (Sunkist Kids WC) and 2015 Cadet World Team member Brady Berge (Nittany Lion WC). Berge and O’Connor met at this year’s Marine Corps U.S. Open in Las Vegas, Nev., where O’Connor took the victory on criteria, 2-2. Berge went into today’s series ready for revenge.

The first bout of the series went back and forth and ended with Berge coming out on top, 7-4, claiming his revenge on O’Connor. However, O’Connor did not let Berge by in the second bout. O’Connor came in with an early second-period tech, not allowing Berge to score any points.

The third bout of the series started with O’Connor scoring the first points of the match. It wasn’t until the second period that Berge claimed a quick takedown and exposure to take the lead. He scored again to secure his 6-2 victory and the 70 kg Junior World Team spot. This is his first Junior World Team. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Junior Freestyle World Team Trials Brackets/Results on arena.flowrestling.org

Women’s freestyle field set for 2018 Final X

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The field is set for Final X in Senior women’s freestyle after the women’s portion of the 2018 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament concluded with the best-of-three finals in Rochester, Minn., on Saturday afternoon.

As a result of the Challenge Tournament finals, fans are set to see six U.S. Open finals rematches in the Final X series, competing for a spot on the 2018 World Team.

Among those rematches are two battles between past World Team members.

At 50 kg, two-time World Team member Victoria Anthony advanced to Final X on Saturday and will face three-time World Team member and 2018 U.S. Open champion Whitney Conder in Bethlehem, Pa., on June 23. The last time Anthony and Conder met was in the Open finals, where Conder earned a 7-3 decision. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Senior Women’s Freestyle World Team Trials Brackets/Results on arena.flowrestling.org