Kenneth Bergstedt 1923-2020

Hall of Famer Kenneth Bergstedt of Maplewood passed away on July 3rd. He was 97 years old.

Bergstedt wrestled for the Minnesota Gophers in the late 1940s and was a life-long fan. He started the wrestling program at Alexander Ramsey High School in Roseville when the school opened in 1953. He taught at the school (now Roseville Area HS) for 32 years and was a wrestling coach there for 28 years.

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Catching up with Gable Steveson

At 20 years old, Gable Steveson has already accomplished a lot in life. A two-time Cadet World champion and 2017 Junior World champion, Steveson is currently No. 2 on the National Team and a legitimate contender to make the Olympic Team and compete for a medal.

Earlier today, Mike Willis caught up with Gable to discuss a variety of topics including his ever-expanding social media presence and his WWE aspirations. View at teamusa.org

Kaukauna’s Kluever transfers to University of Minnesota

KAUKAUNA – The chance to work with some of the top wrestlers in the country was too good of an opportunity for Keaton Kluever to pass up.

The former Kaukauna standout announced Friday on Twitter that he is transferring to the University of Minnesota after spending the last two years at the University of North Carolina.

Minnesota’s top education program was another reason for the move, but Kluever said the potential of practicing with star Gophers alum Gable Steveson and Tony Nelson on a daily basis was a big plus.

“I’ll have two of the best heavyweights in the country to wrestle any day I want to,” Kluever said. “That was a big part. And the coaches during (the initial recruiting process) were great and we talked about wrestling very minimal. It was more about life and there was a connection there. It was more than about mat stuff.” Continue reading at postcrescent.com

Iowa sets NCAA record for home attendance as annual D1 figures released

Minnesota is 7th, South Dakota State is 21st

NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. — The National Wrestling Media Association released the annual Division I attendance figures for college wrestling home duals.

In the previous 13 years, the University of Iowa’s wrestling program led the nation in home attendance. One thing it hadn’t done, though, was put over 10,000 fans into Carver-Hawkeye Arena for every dual in a season.

That changed in 2019-20 as the Hawkeyes averaged a record 12,568.4 with seven home dates for a total of 87,979. It’s not the largest total Iowa’s ever produced, but the 87,979 is the largest total attendance for events solely at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The top crowd in Carver-Hawkeye was the 14,905 against Penn State.

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Gophers add California State Champion Andrew Sparks

The Gophers Wrestling program is pleased to announce the addition of 2020 California State Champion Andrew Sparks to the 2024 recruiting class.

Sparks underwent a meteoric rise in the wrestling community as he went from a nonplacing competitor to the state champion in 2020 as he knocked off then-No.2 Cael Valencia. Plus, the middleweight prospect also took home the title at “Battle for the Belt” and took bronze at the “Doc B.”

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Guillotine Grapevine: Gopher graduate Bobby Steveson talking life, wrestling and what’s next

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Bobby Steveson came into the University of Minnesota from nearby Apple Valley High School as the top-ranked 195-pounder in the country. A champion at the USA Wrestling Junior Nationals, Steveson looked to be one of the anchors for the upper weights for the Gophers.

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