Minneapolis hoping Wrestling Championships, other national college tournaments can be held here soon

The Gophers and Sports Minneapolis have bid for wrestling again and other national tournaments.

If the world were operating like business as usual, Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium might have gone something like this:

• Gophers heavyweight Gable Steveson would have advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Wrestling Championships on the strength of two dominant victories, with coach Brandon Eggum showing him the way.

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Gophers wrestler Gable Steveson, No. 1 in nation, begins Big Ten tournament as No. 2 seed

Gophers wrestler Gable Steveson is the top-ranked heavyweight in the country this season, but he is seeded No. 2 for the Big Ten Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Piscataway, N.J.

Minnesota coach Brandon Eggum was “surprised” to see Michigan’s Mason Parris (26-0) ahead of Steveson (12-0) in light of national rankings listing Steveson on top.

“I think any Big Ten coach (who) is voting on this would, if they had to put money down on someone, they would put it on Gable, including the top-ranked guys’ coaches,” Eggum told the Pioneer Press on Tuesday. “That is my true feelings.”

Eggum’s theory is coaches with top heavyweights tried to keep Steveson on the other side of the bracket to avoid having to face him earlier in the tournament. “You might see some jockeying there,” Eggum hypothesized. Continue reading at twincities.com

Sunday Conversation: Sidney’s Brandon Eggum living out his dream at Minnesota

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Brandon Eggum has reached the pinnacle of wrestling — multiple times.

Everywhere he’s been, the Sidney native has experienced success. He won three high school state championships in the 1990s, including back-to-back undefeated seasons, and graduated from Sidney as Montana’s career leader in all-time wins.

Eggum then became a three-time All-American while wrestling at the University of Minnesota. He won a Big Ten championship as a junior and finished second at the NCAA Championships, losing to the legendary Cael Sanderson in the final. Eggum added another Big Ten title as a senior but finished third at the NCAA Championships after meeting Sanderson in the semifinal round.

Internationally, Eggum tasted even more success, earning silver medals at the 2001 World Freestyle Championships and the 2002 Pan American Freestyle Championships and a bronze medal at the 2003 U.S. National Freestyle Championships. Continue reading at www.montanasports.com