Lakeville North’s Volk, Hanson want to help grow Panthers’ program

Lakeville, a wrestling hotbed?

Don’t laugh. While it’s true other south metro communities – most notably Apple Valley, Shakopee, and Inver Grove Heights – have received more attention for their success in high school and youth wrestling, Lakeville has had its share of accomplishments as well.

In 2019 alone, the community had two athletes – Willie Bastyr at Lakeville South and Bryce Benhart at Lakeville North – win state high school Class 3A individual championships.

Two more North wrestlers just completed a productive spring and summer at the youth level, with both winning multiple national championships. Jore Volk, a sophomore, took first in freestyle and Greco-Roman at the U.S. Marine Corps Junior and 16U Nationals, the annual youth wrestling extravaganza that takes over the Fargodome in North Dakota in July. Continue reading at www.hometownsource.com

Gophers Announce 2019-20 Schedule

With the Big Ten Conference’s announcement of conference schedules on Wednesday morning, the Gopher wrestling program now has a clear picture of their 2019-20 schedule that includes the five top teams from the NCAA Championships.

Those five teams, in order of finish, are Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan, and Oklahoma State.

The Gophers season officially kicks off with a dual against Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 1 with another home dual against Rider only two weeks later. Last season the Gophers were set to take on Rider in a special dual at Northrop Auditorium before the match was canceled due to inclement weather. The location for the Rider dual is not yet confirmed.

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Nine Home Dates including 49th Bison Open Highlight 2019-20 NDSU Schedule

FARGO, N.D. – Nine home dates with eight dual matches including Purdue, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Stanford highlight the North Dakota State University 2019-20 wrestling schedule in the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

Season tickets for wrestling go on sale Oct. 1, single-dual tickets are available on Oct. 15. More information is available at GoBison.com.

The challenging schedule for NDSU and head coach Roger Kish starts with a pair of non-conference home duals against Cal State Bakersfield at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, and the Big Ten’s Purdue University at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. The 49th annual Bison Open is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

The Bison Open is one of four regular-season tournaments. NDSU will send athletes to compete at Daktronics Open in Brookings, S.D., on Nov. 17, the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 6-7, and the South Beach Duals on Dec. 29-30, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Russell Joins Minnesota Storm

Former Gophers 125-pounder Sean Russell has joined the Minnesota Storm as he pursues a future in freestyle wrestling while staying in Dinkytown.

Russell, a 2017 All-American with Edinboro, joined the Gophers the summer before the 2018-19 season. After joining the Gophers Russell was dominant at 125-pounds all season long finishing third at the Big Ten Championships at Williams Arena before a blood-round finish at the NCAA Championships.

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Roy A. Minter (1936-2019)

Hall of Fame Coach Roy A. Minter died Sunday, September 1st at Carris Health Rice Hospital in Willmar. He was 83 years old.

Minter was a state champion wrestler for Owatonna High School in 1954. He went on to wrestle at Mankato State where he was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American. Minter coached wrestling at Worthington High School and Willmar Community College, retiring in 1992. He was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1979 and was a Charter Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Minnesota Chapter, inducted in 2003.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 am, Thursday, September 5th at Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm, Wednesday at the church and continue one hour prior to his service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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