Apple Valley Coach Rudy James Wins Silver Medal at Veterans World Championships

PLOVDIV, Bulgaria – The United States won five medals on the first day of men’s freestyle at the Veterans World Championships on Friday.

There were four silver medal performances, by Rudy James of St. Paul, Minn. (Div. A at 78 kg), Hedj Nelson of Colville, Wash. (Div. E at 62 kg), John Hanrahan of Milton, Ga. (Div. E at 88 kg) and Daniel Studenic of Alpharetta, Ga. (Div. E at 100 kg).

Nelson was attempting to win a Veterans World double title after he also won the Greco-Roman gold on Tuesday. He was defeated in the gold-medal finals by Zhora Hovhannisyan of Armenia, 9-1. To reach the finals, Nelson beat Hendrik Bekker of South Africa and Michael Osborne of the USA.

This was Nelson’s fifth Veterans World medal in the last three years. He also won a freestyle silver medal in 2016, a freestyle silver medal in 2015 and a Greco-Roman bronze medal in 2015. Continue reading at

SDSU single-match wrestling tickets on sale Oct. 16

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Single-match tickets for South Dakota State’s 2017-18 wrestling season will go on sale Monday (Oct. 16) through the Jackrabbit Ticket Office.

Ticket orders for eight home dates will be processed starting at 9 a.m., either in person, online at or over the phone by calling (605) 688-5422. This season’s home schedule kicks off Nov. 5 with the season-opening Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open, with the home dual slate getting underway Nov. 17, when the Jackrabbits host Minnesota. Continue reading

One-on-One with Pat Smith

Greco-Roman wrestler Pat Smith competed at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France, at 71 kilograms, going 1-1. Smith, who wrestled collegiately at the University of Minnesota, finished runner-up at the U.S. Open three straight years (2014-16) before winning his first U.S. Open title this year. He is also a two-time World Team Trials runner-up, Olympic Team Trials runner-up, three-time Pan American champion and University world silver medalist.

InterMat recently caught up with the 26-year-old Smith. Continue reading at

Minnesota Wrestling Welcomes Fans to Open Practice

Fans who are eager for wrestling season will have an opportunity to come have an early look at the 2017-18 University of Minnesota wrestling team when the team hosts an open-doors practice on Oct. 28 at Maturi Pavilion. The practice is set to begin at 9 a.m. with weigh-ins and then wrestling will begin at 10 a.m.

The Saturday morning practice will include the weigh-in at 9 a.m., with typical warm-ups and drills afterward. The open practice will include more live action than a typical workout to help fans check out their favorite wrestlers before the season begins. Each wrestler will be able to be seen in three matches with different people around their weight to simulate a tournament. Continue reading

Dragon Wrestling Opens Practice

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team kicks off practice for the 2017-18 season today.

MSUM is entering the ninth season under the direction of Head Coach Kris Nelson.

The Dragons must replace four-time All-American Blake Bosch, who is now an assistant coach for MSUM. He finished with 115 career wins and was national runner-up at 133 pounds last season. As a result of losing six starters, the team will have competition at several weights this season as several new faces are vying for time on the mat. Continue reading

Augustana Gets 2017-18 Season Underway with First Practice

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana wrestling team has begun practice for the 2017-18 season and will be looking to build off of last season’s success.

Head coach Jason Reitmeier enters his 15th season as the leader for the Vikings. Last season, Reitmeier became Augustana’s all-time winningest coach and owns a dual record of 165-76. Continue reading

Big Ten Announces Wrestling Broadcast Schedule

The Big Ten Conference office announced today its broadcast schedule for the 2017-18 wrestling season, which will include three of eight road duals for the Gophers this season.

Minnesota will make its 2017-18 debut on the Big Ten Network on Jan. 26, 2018 when the Gophers travel to rival Penn State for a huge matchup in University Park, PA. That dual will begin at 6:00 p.m. CT.

The Gophers will be back on BTN just a week later when they again hit the road to take on Iowa in one of the greatest rivalries in college wrestling. That Feb. 2 dual is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. CT. Continue reading