2020 NCAAs venue: Looks like a winner already

Who will be the winners at the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships? Months before the first wrestler steps onto the mat, the individuals who will come out on top are thousands of additional fans who will be able to see the Nationals in person for the first time, thanks to the fact the next NCAAs will be held at an indoor football stadium for the first time.

U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis — home to the NFL Minnesota Vikings — will be the venue for the 2020 NCAAs from March 19 through March 21. This totally enclosed venue — which resembles a huge, glassy Viking ship — has a seating capacity of 66,860 for football, and 72,711 for the 2019 NCAA Division I men’s basketball Final Four. These seating capacities are more than three times that of typical basketball/hockey arenas that have hosted NCAA Division I championships for the past few decades. And that means significantly more amateur wrestling fans will have the opportunity to witness in THE major event of the college wrestling season in person. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com

NCAA wrestling award standings updated for 2020 season

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March at the respective Division I, II and III Wrestling Championships.

The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 wrestling championships. The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons.

For falls and tech falls to be counted for the awards they must come against opponents in the same division (i.e. Division II vs. Division II). Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time.

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Gophers wrestler Gable Steveson back on top after six-month suspension

After a 35-2 freshman season, a second-place finish in the Big Ten Championships and a third-place finish in the NCAA Championships, the path to the top of the University of Minnesota history books looked clear for Gophers star wrestler Gable Steveson.

Three more years of eligibility, a potential Olympic berth and the Minneapolis-hosted NCAA Championships in 2020 all appeared to be in the palm of Steveson’s hand. That was, until news broke in June 2019 that Steveson and teammate Dylan Martinez had been arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual misconduct.

From that point until late December, both wrestlers were suspended under the University’s athlete code of conduct, as the wrestlers, the coaches and the administration awaited word on the pending Hennepin County investigation.

Steveson’s fantastic freshman season and his seemingly ceiling-less potential suddenly came to a screeching halt as speculation ran rampant across the Twin Cities and wrestling communities, wondering what exactly he and Martinez had done and what would to happen to them. Continue reading at www.twincities.com

Minnesota Heads To Michigan For Weekend Duals

The Gophers continue the Big Ten season this upcoming weekend with a trip to Michigan. Minnesota will battle the Spartans of Michigan State on Friday before closing out the weekend against the Wolverines in Ann Arbor.

Coming off a top-ten victory over Wisconsin the Gophers will look to continue their momentum into the rest of the conference season.

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Italian Ranking Tournament Awaits Gophers Wrestling Club

Three members of the Gopher Wrestling Club are heading to Rome for the Matteo Pellicone ranking series event this upcoming week from January 15-18.

The list includes Tony Nelson, Pat Smith, and Hayden Zillmer. Nelson and Zillmer will compete in freestyle wrestling while Smith continues the proud Minnesota tradition of Greco-Roman grapplers.

The group will be competing under the Gopher Wrestling Club and will be coached by Dustin Schlatter, accomplished on the international stage in his own right.

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Eleven ranked teams lose to create shake-ups in NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Last week’s college wrestling schedule was anything but predictable. With 30 of the 71 duals featuring ranked teams, Division I college started settling into their dual meet schedules and it seemed no ranking, except maybe Iowa’s, was safe. Eleven different ranked teams got beat last week, creating another modest shake-up in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll on Tuesday.

Iowa (6-0) remained a unanimous No. 1 after shutting out Indiana and then-No. 18 Purdue by identical 41-0 scores. Penn State (5-1) sat numerous starters over the weekend, but still navigated past a pair of Big Ten opponents. The Nittany Lions topped Illinois 22-16 before beating then-No. 13 Northwestern 30-9. Penn State’s move up to No. 2 was aided by No. 8 Wisconsin’s 25-18 home win over Nebraska on Sunday. Nebraska slid seven spots, while Wisconsin stayed put at No. 8, mostly in part to the Badgers’ 20-14 loss at then-No. 15 Minnesota on Friday. The Gophers jumped up to No. 11 this week.

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