Steveson Earns Junior World Team Trials Final Bid

Rochester, Minn. – Two current and three incoming University of Minnesota wrestlers took part in the junior level of the World Team Trials on Friday, with Gable Steveson earning a bid to the best-of-three finals tomorrow afternoon.

Steveson earned technical superiority victories over all three of his opponents along the way to his challenge for the junior world team spot tomorrow. One of those coming against Trent Hillger, a Wisconsin redshirt in 2017-18. Steveson outscored his opponents 35-1 in his 3-0 day, including the 13-0 win over Hillger. Continue reading

Hartung takes the reins for Ponies

A familiar face has been named the new head coach for the Stillwater wrestling program.

After serving as an assistant for the Ponies each of the past two seasons, Tim Hartung was recently promoted to head coach according to SAHS Activities Director Ricky Michel.

“We’re excited to have him here and I think the wrestling program is in great hands,” Michel said. “Obviously he’s very knowledgeable and he has experience as a head coach. He’s highly respected in the wrestling community here. I think Stillwater wrestling is on an upswing and I think he will take it and run with it and do very well with it. We’re extremely happy.”

The decision was hardly a surprise for Hartung, who coached at Iowa State before returning to Minnesota and coaching at the high school level at Eagan and Wayzata. His involvement in the Stillwater Area Wrestling Club (SAW) began in 2014. Continue reading at

Lizak, Ream, Velasquez, Bennyhoff, and Gliva named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Five area wrestlers were named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men’s At-Large Team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the playing field and in the classroom.

Ethan Lizak of Minnesota, Clay Ream of North Dakota State, Brett Velasquez of St. Cloud State, Sam Bennyhoff of Augsburg, and Victor Gliva of Augsburg have been selected as First-team Academic All-District® honorees. Continue reading

The Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Greg Kerkvliet and Paxton Creese ready for Rochester and international trips

A trip to Pinnacle Wrestling School on a Tuesday evening will bring all sorts of characters to the mats. On Episode 43 of The Guillotine Grapevine podcast, we’ll talk with Cadet World champion Greg Kerkvliet and Shakopee state runner-up Paxton Creese on their preparation for the upcoming summer circuit.

Kerkvliet will try to make both the Cadet and Junior World teams, while Creese is also gearing up for a trip to Guatemala for the Cadet Pan Am Championships.

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World Team Trials Come to Minnesota on Friday

Rochester, Minn. – Beginning on Friday at 10:00 a.m., the nation’s best freestyle wrestlers will take the mats at the RCTC Regional Sports Center in Rochester, Minn. in pursuit of their World Championship Team dream.

There is a total of 11 Minnesota freestyle wrestlers who have qualified for the challenge tournament, with four of them being on the junior level and eight being on the senior level. Gable Steveson is set to compete in both junior and senior levels, which was announced last week during the 2018 Gopher Road Trip.

On the senior level, Carson Brolsma, Zach Sanders, Jayson Ness, Dylan Ness, Joe Rau, Hayden Zillmer, Tony Nelson and Steveson will compete after automatically qualifying at the U.S. Open just a few weeks ago. Continue reading