Former Bison Hayden Zillmer Wins First Senior Nationals Title, Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

FORT WORTH, Texas – Former North Dakota State All-American Hayden Zillmer representing Gopher WC RTC won his first USA Wrestling Senior Nationals freestyle championship at 97 kg on Dec. 22.

Zillmer, a native of Crosby, Minn. (Crosby-Ironton HS), has qualified for the 2020 U.S Olympic Team Trials for wrestling at Penn State in April.

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Gophers Greats Head to Freestyle World Cup

Two former Gopher greats, Zach Sanders and Tony Nelson, are headed to Yakutsk, Russia, for the Freestyle World Cup on March 16-17.

Sanders (’12), a four-time All-American, is also a volunteer coach for the Gopher wrestling team. He’ll comete at 57kg after a career with the Gophers at 125-pounds.

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Sanders, Zillmer Prepped for Final X

Representing the state of Minnesota this weekend at Final X – Lehigh will be Hayden Zillmer and Zach Sanders, looking to secure Senior World Team spots for the first time in their careers.

Hayden Zillmer, a Minneapolis, Minn. native, will wrestle in the 92-kilogram best-of-three series against former Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox. Current Assistant Coach Zach Sanders will wrestle for a true third place finish against Tony Ramos earlier in the day, which will all be shown on FloWrestling.

The true third place matches will take place at 5:00 p.m. at Grace Hall on the campus of Lehigh University on Saturday, June 23, with the main card beginning at 7:00 p.m. Continue reading at

Zillmer to Wrestle for Spot on U.S. Senior World Freestyle Team on Saturday Night

BETHELEM, Pa. – Former North Dakota State University All-American Hayden Zillmer is scheduled to wrestle for the 92 kg (202.8 pounds) spot on the U.S. Senior World team in freestyle against 2016 Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox in the third bout of the Final X at Lehigh on Saturday, June 23. The main card starts at 7 p.m. Eastern Time in Grace Hall at Lehigh University, while the prelims begin at 5 p.m.

The event will determine the 2018 U.S. Senior World Teams in men’s and women’s freestyle wrestling. It will be a best-of-three series in each weight class, with the winner earning a spot on Team USA at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, October 20-28. Continue reading

One-on-One with Hayden Zillmer

Hayden Zillmer, a native of Crosby, Minn., qualified for Final X at 92 kilograms by winning the World Team Trials last month in Rochester, Minn. He will now face 2016 Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox on June 23 in a best-of-three series at historic Grace Hall on the campus Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The winner earns a spot on the U.S. World Team in freestyle and will compete at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in October.

Zillmer was an All-American at North Dakota State in 2015. Last year he earned a spot on the U.S. National Team in both freestyle and Greco-Roman.

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Mat Chat with World Trials Challenge Tournament Champion Hayden Zillmer

By Chad Otterness

Hayden Zillmer, a native of Crosby, Minnesota, has qualified to wrestle in the best 2 out of 3 series (Final X – World Team WrestlingTrials) with Olympic Bronze Medalist J’den Cox at 92 KG (202.4 LBS). Hayden recently won the World Trials Challenge Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota, on May 19-20th, 2018. The Final World Trials event will be held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on June 23, 2018. The winner will qualify for the USA Wrestling World Team, which competes in Budapest, Hungary, from October 20-28th, 2018. Continue reading

Zillmer Named to World Cup Team, Schlatter To Join Coaching Staff

Minnesota native and Minnesota RTC member Hayden Zillmer (Minneapolis, Minn. – Minnesota Storm) was named to the United States roster for the 2018 Freestyle World Cup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on April 7-8, as announced by USA Wrestling on Monday.

The World Cup is an annual international dual meet championship that pits the best eight men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world. Joining Team USA will be Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Japan, Cuba, and Kazakhstan.

Each country will wrestle three dual meets over the course of Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Placement matches will begin at 12:30 p.m. central time with the gold medal match at 4 p.m. Continue reading

Sanders Takes Gold in Cuba

With the University of Minnesota wrestling team prepping for the Big Ten Championships in East Lansing, Mich., Volunteer Assistant Coach Zach Sanders along with Minnesota Storm wrestler Hayden Zillmer earned gold medals at Cerro Pelado, an open freestyle tournament, in Havana, Cuba.

Sanders, who was a four-time All-American for the Golden Gophers, finished the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record. He took down opponents from Canada, United State of America and Cuba.

Sanders would knock out the No. 3, No. 1, and No. 8 seed in the tournament to earn the gold medal. Continue reading