Where Are They Now? Rick Goeb Wrestles The Globe

From his office at the University of Northwestern Ohio, sports guru and former Bison, Rick Goeb, took a moment to look back at the world of Division II wrestling at NDSU. In 1988, the championship program he helped christen was on the brink of glory.

With a 25th year reunion in his personal record book, Rick Goeb has witnessed NDSU wrestling maintain its edge in Division I, ranking this year in the Top 25 by the USA Today/National Wrestling Association Coaches Poll. Just like the trajectory of his career in university athletics, the present-day Bison program is anchored by over half a century of head coach Bucky Maughan’s influence in Fargo. Continue reading at www.bisonillustrated.com

Joey Munos (1994-2017)

Joe Munos, 23, of South St. Paul passed away unexpectedly on June 13, 2017. He was a 2012 graduate of South St. Paul High School where he was a three-time state champion (2010-2011-2012). Munos finished his high school career with a 209-27 record ending on a 112 match win streak. He went on to wrestle at Ohio University and Rochester CTC.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 am on Monday, June 19, 2017, at River Valley Church in Eagan. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4-7:00 pm at the church and 1 hour prior to the service.

Obituary at legacy.com

SDSU Home Schedule Announced

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota State University wrestling is scheduled to host nine home events during the upcoming 2017-18 campaign, including four duals against squads that finished in the top 20 nationally last season.

“I am really excited about this year’s schedule,” said head coach Chris Bono, who will enter his sixth season in charge of the Jackrabbit wrestling program. “It will be extremely challenging and will prepare us for the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments. The schedule will also reward our awesome fans who have made Frost Arena one of the toughest places to wrestle in the country.”

The Jackrabbits, who finished 16th at the NCAA Championships and 19th in the final NWCA/USA Today Division I poll, are slated to open their home schedule Nov. 5 by hosting the Warren Williamson/ Daktronics Open at Frost Arena. The Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open has developed into one of the top early season collegiate tournaments in the country and featured nationally ranked wrestlers from SDSU, Arizona State, Minnesota, and Nebraska in 2016. Continue reading

McKee Earns Junior World Team Spot

One year removed from following up his 60-kilogram junior national title with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in the world team trials championship series, Gopher wrestler Mitch McKee enjoyed redemption by winning the decisive third match of this year’s world team trials to earn a spot on Team USA for this summer’s Junior World Championships in Finland.

The senior national team was also determined this weekend in Las Vegas, with Tony Nelson securing a spot on the squad with a third-place finish at 125 kg.

McKee clinched his first world junior team spot by taking two of three matches from Austin Gomez. The series provided the drama and skill befitting that of a national final. McKee, who was in the series by virtue of winning the 60 kg junior national title earlier this spring, came out looking like the favorite. He made short work of Gomez in a 10-0, first-period tech fall in the opening bout. To his credit, Gomez answered with a strong first period in the second match, building an early lead and hanging out to defeat McKee, 11-8, to force a rubber match. In that winner-take-all bout, McKee showed the championship poise that has helped him win a variety of prestigious cadet and junior titles. After falling behind 5-2 early, McKee shut down Gomez the rest of the way to win, 7-5, and seal his spot at Worlds. Continue reading

Burroughs, Cox, Retherford win three-match battles during exciting finals at U.S. World Team Trials

LINCOLN, Neb. – Three of the eight Championship Series at the 2017 U.S. Freestyle World Team Trials went the full three matches, making for some amazing drama on the raised center mat in the Bob Devaney Center on Saturday night.

They saved the best match for last, as 2012 Olympic champion and three-time World champion Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC) battled in the third match of his 74 kg/163 lbs. against rival Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes WC) in front of a hometown crowd of Nebraska Cornhusker fans.

The first match went to Dake, 6-3, Burroughs’ first loss on U.S. soil in Senior-level freestyle going back to 2011. But Burroughs battled back to win the second match, 8-4. It all came down to bout three.

Right off the bat, Burroughs scored a takedown followed by a gut wrench turn to take a 4-0 lead. There was pandemonium in the arena. In the second period, Dake tried to push the action but Burroughs was up to the task. On a scramble on the edge, Burroughs got another point on a step out. When a Dake challenge was denied, the lead was 6-0. Dake forced two late step outs but it was not enough, and Burroughs had one of the most joyous celebrations in his career. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org