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.

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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.

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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.

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University of Minnesota Coaches Clinic set for October 27th

Headlining clinicians include Max Askren, Hayden Zillmer, and John Parenti II

The University of Minnesota wrestling team, led by Brandon Eggum and his staff, will once again host a coaches clinic this fall. The event will take place on Friday, October 27, 2017, at the Bierman Field Athletic Building in Minneapolis, Minn (516 15th Ave SE). The clinic offers professional instruction on the fundamentals and techniques of coaching wrestling and is open to all interested participants and fans of the sport.

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Guillotine Grapevine: Crosby native Hayden Zillmer sits in a unique position on both national teams

Before boarding a plane to Budapest, Hungary, North Dakota State graduate and 2015 NCAA Division I All-American Hayden Zillmer joined The Guillotine Grapevine for Episode 29.

Zillmer has the unique distinction of being the first U.S. wrestler to make the National Team in both freestyle and Greco-Roman since Sam Hazewinkel in 2014. Zillmer was second at the U.S World Team Trials in April in Greco-Roman and third at the U.S. World Team Trials in freestyle last week in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Zillmer has sprouted up since his days in Fargo winning national titles at 84 pounds. Zillmer most recently checked in at the 97kg weight class — 213 pounds!

We’ll see what he’s got to say about fishing in Crosby and winters in Fargo.

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