University of Minnesota Coaches Clinic set for October 25th

Headlining wrestling clinicians include Brandon Paulson, Sean Russell, and Pat Smith

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 25, 2019, 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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Seven Minutes with J Robinson

Seven Minutes is a series of interviews with top wrestling coaches and athletes. Most of the question-and-answer sessions last roughly seven minutes. Hence the name. J Robinson coached the University of Minnesota to three NCAA championships, including the 2001 team that had 10 All-Americans. The former Army Ranger was a 1972 Olympian in Greco-Roman and is the founder of J Robinson Camps.

If you could take what you know now and have a conversation with yourself at the age of 15, what advice would you give yourself?

I would give myself the advice of trying to find a philosophy that I could buy into that would help me get to the level I wanted to get into. Having someone give me a path and say this is what you need to get there so I had a clear way to get to where I wanted to go.

Let’s go back to when you were in high school. What do you remember about the recruiting process, if there was any, and why did you pick Oklahoma State being from California?

I graduated in 1964 so there wasn’t any recruiting per se in the state of California. I got a couple letters from California schools that asked me to come there and wrestle. My high school coach was Ned Blass who was a two-time NCAA champion for Oklahoma State. He came in my senior year and he’s one of those people who opens your eyes and will say, ‘The world is bigger than California and it’s bigger than San Diego.’ He basically said you’re good enough to go here and he basically sent me to Oklahoma State. I went and I was lucky enough to have someone to direct me in the path I needed to go. I was willing to go — I just didn’t know where to go. I think that’s the way it is for a lot of young people. Listen/Continue reading at

Chasing Professional Goals with Chase O’Connor

Gophers senior Chase O’Connor wakes up each morning and heads to his early morning class. From there he hits the mats at wrestling practice before heading upstairs at the Athlete’s Village to staff the desk in the administration office. Then it’s time for homework and recovery.

It’s a busy schedule for the Kasson, Minnesota, native, who has been an administrative student intern for nearly two years now, but it’s taught him a lot and has helped him see what his future career my hold.

“By working in the office I’ve created such great personal relationships with all of the senior staff and it’s just going to help my future career doing these things,” O’Connor said.

The sports management major dreams of one day climbing the ranks and becoming an Athletic Director himself. As a wrestler since his youth and now a member of a top-ranked program, O’Connor has seen firsthand how athletics have changed his life and he hopes to create those opportunities for future generations. Continue reading at

Smith goes 0-1 at the World Championships

Minnesota Storm wrestler Pat Smith (77 kg/169.5 lbs) lost his first match of the tournament to Germany’s Roland Schwarz, 5-3. Smith scored on a passivity point and a step-out to lead 2-0 after the first period. In the second period, Schwarz scored a passivity point to cut the deficit to 2-1. The German then scored with a four-point throw to go up 5-2. Smith would add a step-out point, but it wasn’t enough.

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Smith receives his draw at the World Championships

Minnesota Storm wrestler Pat Smith (77 kg/169.5 lbs) begins his second World Championships against 2019 European silver medalist Roland Schwarz of Germany. Schwarz was 7th in the 2018 World Championships and 5th in the 2018 Military World Championships. Smith’s previous World Championships appearance was in 2015.

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