The MatBoss Podcast: Junior World Teamer Brayton Lee

Indiana native and 2019 U.S. Junior world teamer Brayton Lee joins The MatBoss Podcast with Chad Dennis this week. Lee talks about his redshirt season at Minnesota and his expected weight class next season, but most of the show focuses on Lee earning the spot to represent Team USA in Estonia later this summer at the Junior World Championships. Lee gets into a tactical and technical discussion about his freestyle wrestling abilities and where that came from.

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Gophers Head to Akron for U23 Nationals

Seven Gophers are set to compete at U23 Nationals this weekend in Akron, Ohio for an opportunity to represent America at the U23 Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary this October.

The list includes Jake Gliva (61kg), Ben Brancale (65kg), Mitch McKee (65kg), Jakob Bergeland (70kg), Alex Crowe (70kg), Devin Skatzka (86kg), and Owen Webster (86kg).

The event, held by the University of Akron in the Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House, begins May 31 at 10am CT and runs through June 2. U23 men’s freestyle action will kick off on Saturday June 1.

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Gopher Alumni Corner: Don Meyers (Class of 1958)

Don Meyers (Class of 1958) caught up with Gopher Sports to discuss his Gophers wrestling career and nearly 40-year career in public education. Meyers was a Minnesota State Champion who became the Gophers team captain in his final season, but considers his biggest accomplishments to be sending seven wrestlers to the Maroon and Gold with two of them becoming high school wrestling coaches themselves. With fond memories on the mat, the most impactful parts of wrestling happened off the mat for Meyers. Continue reading at gophersports.com

Brayton Lee Finishes Redshirt Season With Junior World Team

Brayton Lee just won’t give up. Whether he’s down in a match or facing a foe he’s lost to several times, Lee faces the challenge with confidence.

This past weekend at the 2019 UWW Junior Team Trials, Lee displayed that grit for the whole wrestling world to see. In his final three bouts in the bracket, Lee rallied in the second period. Against Sammy Sasso in a best-of-three series, who he had lost to earlier this May, Lee rallied to take down the Buckeye and show off his amazing conditioning.

“I just kept pressuring and keeping good position like the coaches were telling me,” Lee said. “Something Coach Eggum always talks about is wrestling every position, making them work, and staying aggressive the whole time.”

Lee finished his redshirt campaign in the Maroon and Gold with a 26-7 record with eight technical falls. The Brownsburg, Indiana, native won the National Collegiate Open and was runner-up at the Edinboro Open as well as the recent UWW Junior Nationals in Las Vegas. Both times against Sasso.

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Gophers Announce Addition of Nathan Fuller

Nathan Fuller, a 2019 Wisconsin State Champion at 152-pounds, has signed his National Letter of Intent and is the latest part of the Gophers incoming 2019 recruiting class.

Fuller, named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, was the first state champion from River Falls High School since Gophers assistant coach Trevor Brandvold won it all in 2006.

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Gophers Excel At 2019 World Team Trials

The Gophers finished the 2019 World Team Trials with four qualifiers for spots on the USA Wrestling World Teams: Gable Steveson, Tony Nelson, Brayton Lee, and Pat Smith.

In senior men’s freestyle, Gable Steveson and for Gophers heavyweight Tony Nelson finished first and second respectively to be at least alternates on the team.

Steveson advances to a best-of-three series against Nick Gwiazdowski at Final X:Rutgers on June 8 with the 125kg starting spot at stake. Dustin Schlatter was the last Gophers grappler to represent the USA in Freestyle when he made the 2009 team while still in college.

The 18-year old was the youngest competitor in the field but ran through the weight class outscoring opponents 43-8 in five matches. Steveson defeated Nelson in the bracket finals before avenging a 2018 US Open loss to Adam Coon with two consecutive dominant victories.

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Lee overcomes back injury, blood stoppages, big deficits to make Junior World Team

RALEIGH, N.C. — The gash on Brayton Lee’s forehead left the Minnesota freshman bloodied and bandaged Saturday at the conclusion of the World Team Trials, but that was nothing compared to what he encountered last week.

His back hurt so much last week that he ordered an Uber ride to haul him a block from his dorm room to the Minnesota practice facility.

Do you think this guy is going to get deterred by a few deficits? Continue reading at trackwrestling.com