Zillmer wins Gold at Henri Deglane Grand Prix

Gopher Wrestling Club wrestler Hayden Zillmer, wrestling at 125 kg, won the gold medal at the Henri Deglane Grand Prix Wrestling Tournament in Nice, France, on Saturday. Zillmer’s tournament included 10-0 tech falls against Levan Lagvilava of France and Jonovan Smith of Puerto Rico, along with shutout wins against Johannes Ludescher of Austria and Omar Eyubov of Kazakhstan. In the finals, Zillmer secured the victory over fellow Gopher Wrestling Club wrestler Trent Hillger 9-2.

Hillger’s silver medal performance included a tech fall against Lucas Gansi of Germany, and shutout wins against Jonovan Smith of Puerto Rico and Omar Eyubov of Kazakhstan.

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Seeds released for all three disciplines for the Senior Nationals in Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 15-17

USA Wrestling has released the seeds for the 2023 Senior Nationals, set for the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 15-17.

This event serves as a qualifier for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling, set for Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State, April 19-20. The top five place winners in each weight class qualify to compete at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling.

In Greco-Roman only, the champion of each weight class qualifies to represent the United States at the 2024 Pan American Olympic Games Qualifier in Acapulco, Mexico, February 28-March 1. Three athletes, who were 2023 Senior World Team members and also won a medal at the 2023 Pan American Games, will sit out until the finals in Greco-Roman only, Ildar Hafizov (60 kg), Kamal Bey (77 kg) and Cohlton Schultz (130 kg).

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Steveson will not wrestle at Senior World Championships; Parris to compete for USA at 125 kg in Belgrade

2020 Olympic champion Gable Steveson (Minneapolis, Minn./Gopher WC RTC) has notified USA Wrestling that he will not be competing in the 2023 Senior World Championships at 125 kg in Belgrade, Serbia in September.

Replacing Steveson in the 125 kg position in men’s freestyle at the World Championships is Final X runner-up Mason Parris (Ann Arbor, Mich./Titan Mercury WC/Cliff Keen WC). Parris, who is No. 2 on the 2023-24 U.S. Senior Men’s Freestyle National Team, will be competing in his first Senior World Championships for Team USA.

Steveson returned to freestyle wrestling for the first time since the Olympic Games in Tokyo when he won the 2023 U.S. Open in Las Vegas in April, then secured his position on the 2023 U.S. Senior World Team with his victory at Final X in Newark, N.J. in June. Continue reading at themat.com →

Steveson, Smith Victorious at Final X

MINNEAPOLIS – Former Gopher wrestlers Patrick Smith and Gable Steveson each won their best-of-three matches Saturday at Final X in Newark, N.J., to claim a spot on the U.S. Senior Teams ahead of this fall’s World Championships.

Smith, competing for Minnesota Storm, claimed victory in his Greco-Roman matchup at 72 kg over Justus Scott from Army WCAP. After dropping the first match via criteria decision 3-3, Smith bounced back to even the series at 1-1 thanks to a 5-4 victory. Coming down to the final match, Smith opened up with a 6-0 lead and held on for a 7-5 decision. With the win, he’s now heading to his fourth Senior World Championships.

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Tokyo Wrestling Gold Medalist Gable Steveson Balancing 2024 Olympic Hopes With WWE Training

Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson had retired from amateur wrestling and was focused on becoming a World Wrestling Entertainment superstar

Gable Steveson achieved his longtime dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment, but he never lost his desire to entertain on the amateur mat.

In his early 20s, Steveson seemed to already have done it all in amateur wrestling and moved on. He claimed an Olympic gold medal at heavyweight at the Tokyo Games and won two college national titles at Minnesota. After his second college championship, he left his shoes in the center of the mat symbolizing his retirement from amateur wrestling. After that, he made some appearances with WWE, most notably at SummerSlam in 2021 and at WrestleMania 38 in 2022.

But Steveson still had his foot in the amateur door. He has split his time between training in Minneapolis with Brandon Eggum, his college coach at the University of Minnesota, and the WWE Performance Training Center in Orlando, Florida. Though still with WWE, the urge to try to position himself as one of amateur wrestling’s all-time greats became too much. He now will chase a spot at next year’s Paris Olympics.

“The itch and fire will never go away,” Steveson said. “And I feel like if you ask any competitor, old or young, I think it’s always there. But some people just don’t have the bodies to do it because they’re a little older. But I think me just turning 23, I still had that extra fire and I want to see what I could do. I wanted to test my limits. And so I stayed ready just in case the time came where I could come back.” Continue reading at usnews.com →

Olympic champion Steveson among 30 U.S. Open champions to qualify for Final X on June 10

2020 Olympic champion Gable Steveson was among 30 wrestlers to win the 2023 Pritchard Companies U.S. Open Championships, presented by FloWrestling, and earn a spot in Final X, presented by Tezos, on June 10 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Final X will determine the 2023 U.S. Senior World Team in all three Olympic disciplines: men’s and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. There will be 30 weight classes contested, 10 in each Olympic discipline. The top two U.S. athletes in each weight class will compete in a best-of-three series at Final X to determine who will wrestle at the 2023 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

Steveson recorded a technical fall victory over two-time World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski in the 125 kg finals to advance to Final X. He will await the champion of the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament being held in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20-21.

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Ten Gophers Head to Sin City for 2023 U.S. Open Championships

MINNEAPOLIS – The past, present, and future of Minnesota wrestling will be well represented in Sin City this weekend as a total of ten Gophers will compete in the 2023 U.S. Open Championships at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., this weekend.

The group is headlined by Gable Steveson, the former two-time NCAA heavyweight champion, who will be making his return to amateur wrestling in the 125-kilogram senior division as he kicks off his pursuit of a second Olympic gold medal.

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