St. Cloud State’s Eischens and Velasquez named to Academic All-District Team

St. Cloud State University wrestlers junior Kolton Eischens (Pierz, Minn./Healy H.S.) and senior Brett Velasquez (Bennington, Neb./H.S.) have both been named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud NCAA Division II Men’s Academic All-District 7 At-Large First Team. Eischens and Velasquez are the only two student-athletes from the always rugged Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to receive recognition on this year’s 2018-19 Google Cloud NCAA Division II Men’s Academic All-District 7 At-Large Team.

The 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men’s At-Large Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in the athletic realm and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes outstanding student-athletes in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in June.

The At-Large Team includes student-athletes in the sports of wrestling, swimming and diving, tennis, golf, ice hockey, rifle, skiing, fencing, lacrosse, volleyball, gymnastics and water polo.

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The Guillotine 2019 Academic All-State Wrestlers

The 2019 edition of The Guillotine Academic All-State honorees features 30 first-team members, 30 second-team members, 31 third-team members, and 42 honorable mention wrestlers.

One hundred thirty-five total wrestlers, representing 70 teams, were submitted this season. Points were tallied based on current varsity wins, current state tournament placement, and cumulative high school GPA. Each of the first team wrestlers receives two certificates and a letter of recognition.

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Sloan readies for UWW World Team Trials

RALEIGH, N.C. — South Dakota State University wrestler Tanner Sloan is scheduled to compete for a spot on the United States national team at this weekend’s UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials. Competition begins at 10 a.m. Eastern Time Friday at Reynolds Coliseum on the North Carolina State University campus and runs through Saturday.

The champion in each of the 10 weight classes will earn the right to represent the United States at the 2019 Junior World Championships Aug. 12-18 in Tallinn, Estonia. The junior division features wrestlers ages 17-20.

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The Anoka Torch: A Look At United States Greco’s Most Successful Pipeline

Greco-Roman, forever recognized as the oldest and most brutal style of wrestling in the world, boasts of a lengthy history dating back to Ancient Rome and the very first Olympic Games. It is a discipline that has seen many changes throughout the past millennia, but the essence for which it is celebrated has never altered: at its core, Greco-Roman is defined by roughly-contested man-to-man combat.

Nowhere in the United States is this style more prevalent and revered than the confines of a small town in the suburbs of Minnesota known as Anoka.

Anoka, Minnesota has produced more Greco-Roman athletes who later became World Team members and Olympians than any other location in the country. To emphasize this point even further, Anoka has seen five athletes make US Olympic Teams, a run that began in the 1960’s.

In 1968, a pair of brothers, Jim and Dave Hazewinkel, made the Mexico City squad, and four years later in Munich, they were at it again. Another interesting fact few may be aware of is that the 1972 US Olympic Team Trials were actually held in Anoka’s brand new fieldhouse, as its construction had been completed in the summer of ’72. Continue reading at

World Team Trials Await Nine Gophers

Nine current and former Gophers are set to compete at the 2019 World Team Trials in Raleigh, North Carolina.

At the senior freestyle level, former Gophers Zach Sanders (57kg), Jayson Ness (65kg), Brett Pfarr (86kg), and Tony Nelson (125kg) will compete. The only current ‘U’ grappler competing at the highest level will be 18-year old Gable Steveson (125kg), the youngest heavyweight in the field.

At the junior level, Patrick McKee (57kg), Brayton Lee (70kg) and Jake Allar (79kg) will represent the Maroon and Gold.

Pat Smith (77kg), runner-up at the US Open, is the lone Gophers representative in Greco-Roman wrestling. Smith was the last Gopher to represent the USA in Greco-Roman wrestling when he did so in 2017.

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