USA wraps up first day of men’s freestyle at U23 Worlds in Poland

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland – The U.S. U23 Men’s Freestyle World Team wrapped up its first day of competition at the U23 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Sunday.

Team USA was unable to qualify a wrestler for the medal matches, going 0-4 on the day.

“Overall, I think Daton (Fix) and Mitch (McKee) wrestled good but not great,” Manager of U.S. Freestyle Programs Joe Russell said. “At the World Championships, you have to wrestle great. Head position and putting up a couple of shots were the problems for us today. We can’t rely on guys to pull us back in. I don’t think Sammy (Brooks) and Michael (Kroells) gave themselves a chance today. You have to be stingy with these international guys.” Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Fix, McKee, Brooks, and Kroells receive draws for U23 World Championships

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland – The first half of the men’s freestyle team weighed in and received draws for Saturday’s competition of the 2017 U23 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

2017 Junior World champion Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla./Titan Mercury/Cowboy RTC) will compete for his second World title this year, after emerging victorious at the Junior World Championships in Tampere, Finland, in August.

The Oklahoma State true freshman will take on Parviz Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan in his first match at 57 kg/125 lbs.

Ibrahimov’s most recent medal came from the Ali Aliev Tournament in July, where he won bronze.

Mitchell McKee (Hanover, Minn./Minnesota Storm) also enters his second World tournament of the year after scoring a silver medal at this year’s Junior Worlds in Finland. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

McKee and Kroells Set for U23 World Championships

With the University of Minnesota wrestling team set to take the holiday weekend off, one of the biggest wrestling events of the year will be taking place in Bydgoszcz, Poland at the U23 World Championships.

There will be one current and one former Gopher that will be competing for a medal in the freestyle event. Current sophomore Mitch McKee will compete in 61-kilograms after qualifying in Rochester, Minn. in October. Three-time All-American Michael Kroells will be making his first international tournament after qualifying in Rochester. Continue reading

Fix beats Tomasello, Hancock makes third Greco World team at U23 World Team Trials on Sunday

ROCHESTER, Minn. – It was a fantastic finish as the final 12 weight classes were determined in the finals series of the USA Wrestling U23 World Team Trials at the Mayo Civic Center on Sunday.

All eight men’s freestyle team members were determined, as well as the final four Greco-Roman spots, in a best-of-three series in each weight. This is the qualifying event in all three Olympic disciplines for the U23 World Championships, set for Bydgoszcz, Poland, November 21-26.

In a highly anticipated finals, 2017 Junior World champion Daton Fix defeated NCAA champion Nathan Tomasello, who is No. 3 on the Senior National Team, in two straight bouts in the men’s freestyle finals series.

Fix, a freshman at Oklahoma State, won a pair of back-and-forth bouts against the three-time All-American for Ohio State. In the first match, with Fix leading 8-7, Tomasello scored a last second takedown and was given a 9-8 victory. Fix’ corner challenged and the points were taken away, giving Fix a thin one-point win. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Brackets/Results on TrackWrestling.com

Pair of Gophers Earn U23 Team USA Spot

Both a current and a former University of Minnesota wrestling standouts earned a spot on the U23 Team USA roster for the U23 World Championships that are set in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Nov. 21-26.

Sophomore Mitch McKee, 61-kilograms, and Michael Kroells, 125-kilograms, won their respective brackets to guarantee a spot on the Team USA roster.

McKee won his bracket in 61-kilograms and did not give up a single point until his second match in the finals, where he won 15-4. Continue reading

Guillotine Grapevine: Brandon Eggum and Gopher seniors Michael Kroells and Brett Pfarr

It was senior day for a number of Gopher wrestling seniors as Minnesota hosted Ohio State in the final home dual of the year at The Sports Pavilion. On Episode 26 of The Guillotine Grapevine, we’ll visit with two of the best Gopher seniors, Michael Kroells and Brett Pfarr after the 24-20 loss to Ohio State on senior day.

We’ll also catch up with Gopher head coach Brandon Eggum about the team’s performance and what he had to say about Ethan Lizak specifically.

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