Goergen and Sunstrom named SCSU Senior Athletes of the Year

St. Cloud State University has announced that Austin Goergen (Caledonia, Minn./Caldeonia Area H.S.) and Sam Sunstrom (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice H.S.) have been selected as the Huskies’ Male and Female Senior Student-Athletes of the Year for 2016-17. These awards are selected annually by a vote of the SCSU coaches and athletic staff.

A resident of Caledonia, Minn. and graduate of Caledonia Area High School, Goergen ended a sterling collegiate wrestling career in March 2017 by earning his fourth consecutive NCAA Division II All-America award. He placed third in the 285-pound division at the 2017 NCAA DII championships and helped the Huskies gain a second place finish at the NCAA tournament this winter.

The NCAA Division II’s Most Dominant Wrestler for 2016-17, Goergen scored three consecutive falls on his way to a third-place finish at the NCAA finals in 2017. Goergen finished his 2016-17 season with a 32-2 overall record and set a new team record with 20 falls this winter. A four-time All-American for the Huskies, Goergen set a team record with 71 falls during this career. He also ended his four-year run with the Huskies in 2016-17 with an impressive 136-14 overall. Goergen served as a team captain for the Huskies in 2016-17 and earned All-NSIC honors once again this winter. Continue reading at www.scsuhuskies.com

Guillotine Grapevine: Crosby native Hayden Zillmer sits in a unique position on both national teams

Before boarding a plane to Budapest, Hungary, North Dakota State graduate and 2015 NCAA Division I All-American Hayden Zillmer joined The Guillotine Grapevine for Episode 29.

Zillmer has the unique distinction of being the first U.S. wrestler to make the National Team in both freestyle and Greco-Roman since Sam Hazewinkel in 2014. Zillmer was second at the U.S World Team Trials in April in Greco-Roman and third at the U.S. World Team Trials in freestyle last week in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Zillmer has sprouted up since his days in Fargo winning national titles at 84 pounds. Zillmer most recently checked in at the 97kg weight class — 213 pounds!

We’ll see what he’s got to say about fishing in Crosby and winters in Fargo.

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Josh Barlage Named New Apple Valley Head Wrestling Coach

From goapplevalleyeagles.com — Apple Valley High School (MN) is proud to announce that Joshua Barlage has been named the Head Varsity Wrestling Coach at Apple Valley High School (MN).

Josh Barlage has served as a Varsity Assistant Wrestling Coach since 2007. Prior to joining Apple Valley, Coach Barlage spent three seasons as Assistant Varsity Wrestling Coach at Lakeville North. He received his undergraduate degree from Augsburg College and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Minnesota State University – Mankato. Josh was two-time Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament entrant and member of three National Championship Wrestling Teams at Augsburg College. He was a four- time member of the Academic Club, four-time letter winner and also winner of the Auggie Award in 2003. Continue reading

Bleise Becomes Newest Gopher

Minnesota today announced that Steve Bleise, a two-time NCAA qualifier while at Northern Illinois, will join the Gophers this fall.

Bleise was a part of the Husky program for three years, redshirting in 2014-15 before competing for NIU the past two seasons. Bleise was one of Northern’s top performers both years in the lineup, starting with a 27-10 redshirt freshman season that saw him ranked as high as No. 10 nationally at 141 pounds during the season and earn a No. 13 seed for the NCAA tournament. Bleise followed up on that rookie campaign with an outstanding sophomore season last winter, going 29-10 wrestling at 149 and winning three matches at NCAAs. Bleise led the Huskies in wins each of the last two seasons, and was either first or second on the team in dual wins, dual points and major decisions both years. Continue reading

A Movie Review: “American Wrestler: The Wizard”

By John Nalan

I thought this might be a good time of year to try something a little different. A new wrestling movie was released on my Playstation last month, so I figured I should watch it. Since I ended up thinking it was a good film, I decided a movie review was in order.

The movie I watched is “American Wrestler: The Wizard”. It’s about a young Iranian who comes to the United States as an immigrant in 1980 at the height of the Iran Hostage Crisis. Based loosely on a true story, Ali Afshar is a high schooler who struggles to fit into his new life in California. Ultimately, Afshar finds himself on the wrestling team and it proves to be his salvation.

The story is a compelling one that I think will appeal to a lot of high school kids. It starts out in Iran shortly after fifty-two Americans are captured and held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in the capital city of Tehran by Iranian militants. Afshar’s parents don’t want him drafted into the Iranian Revolutionary Guard for military service, so they pay to have him smuggled out of the country so he can live with an uncle in California. Continue reading