Italian Ranking Tournament Awaits Gophers Wrestling Club

Three members of the Gopher Wrestling Club are heading to Rome for the Matteo Pellicone ranking series event this upcoming week from January 15-18.

The list includes Tony Nelson, Pat Smith, and Hayden Zillmer. Nelson and Zillmer will compete in freestyle wrestling while Smith continues the proud Minnesota tradition of Greco-Roman grapplers.

The group will be competing under the Gopher Wrestling Club and will be coached by Dustin Schlatter, accomplished on the international stage in his own right.

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Gopher Wrestling Club to send ten to Fort Worth for Senior Nationals

The Gopher Wrestling Club Regional Training Center will be well represented as ten freestyle athletes are set to compete at this weekend’s Senior Nationals/Olympic Team Trials Qualifier in Fort Worth, Texas.

Eight Gopher Wrestling Club athletes earned pre-seeds heading into the event. Top-seeded wrestlers for the club are Nazar Kulchytskyy at 74kg and Tony Nelson at 125kg. Hayden Zillmer is seeded #2 at 97kg. Other freestyle wrestlers receiving pre-seeds are Zach Sanders – #8 at 57kg, Brett Pfarr – #8 at 86kg, Sean Russell – #9 at 57kg, Dylan Ness – #11 at 74kg, and Jayson Ness – #12 at 65kg. Non-seeded Gopher Wrestling Club wrestlers are Daniel Deshazer at 57kg and Elroy Perkin at 74kg. Men’s Freestyle competes on Saturday and Sunday.

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McKee Qualifies for U23 World Championships

Akron, Ohio – For the second straight year, the University of Minnesota’s Mitch McKee will represent the United States at the U23 World Championships, with the 2018 location being Bucharest, Romania.

McKee, who will be a junior for the Gophers in 2018, went into the tournament as the No. 1 seed and did not experience any hiccups along the way to his 8-0 record in Akron Ohio.

The eight participating Gophers experienced a lot of success in Akron, with Carson Brolsma finishing in fifth place, Skyler Petry added a sixth-place finish and Steve Polakowski in eighth place.

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Eight Gophers Gearing Up for U23 World Team Trial

The University of Minnesota will send eight wrestlers to Akron, Ohio at the Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House for the U23 World Team Trial, which runs from June 1-3. U23 freestyle wrestling will not begin until the morning of June 2.

Steve Bleise (70kg), Ben Brancale (65kg), Carson Brolsma (74kg), Brandon Krone (86kg), Mitch McKee (65kg), Chase O’Connor (97kg), Skyler Petry (57kg), and Steve Polakowski (61kg) will represent the Maroon and Gold.

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