Sunday Conversation: Sidney’s Brandon Eggum living out his dream at Minnesota

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Brandon Eggum has reached the pinnacle of wrestling — multiple times.

Everywhere he’s been, the Sidney native has experienced success. He won three high school state championships in the 1990s, including back-to-back undefeated seasons, and graduated from Sidney as Montana’s career leader in all-time wins.

Eggum then became a three-time All-American while wrestling at the University of Minnesota. He won a Big Ten championship as a junior and finished second at the NCAA Championships, losing to the legendary Cael Sanderson in the final. Eggum added another Big Ten title as a senior but finished third at the NCAA Championships after meeting Sanderson in the semifinal round.

Internationally, Eggum tasted even more success, earning silver medals at the 2001 World Freestyle Championships and the 2002 Pan American Freestyle Championships and a bronze medal at the 2003 U.S. National Freestyle Championships. Continue reading at www.montanasports.com

Iowa 35 Minnesota 6

Steveson Wins 13th Straight; Gophers fall to Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY – The University of Minnesota wrestling program fell to the top-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes 35-6 on Saturday night in front of 12,608 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The two individual Maroon and Gold victories came from Owen Webster and Gable Steveson, both Minnesota natives.

Competing at the school his namesake, Dan Gable, made into a dynasty, heavyweight Gable Steveson made his Carver-Hawkeye debut with a 7-5 decision over No.3 Tony Cassioppi.

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NCAA releases Division I wrestling coaches’ panel and RPI rankings

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released coaches’ panel rankings and ratings percentage index (RPI) rankings for the 2019-20 wrestling season today. The final rankings will be one of the criteria used as part of the selection process to determine qualifiers and seeding for the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The rankings are determined by a vote of 14 coaches in each weight class with two head coaches from each of the seven conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, EIWA, MAC, Pac-12 and SoCon), which is double the voters that had previously been used for the coaches’ panel rankings. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. Wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days to be ranked.

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NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler Award standings unveiled

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. 

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Final Road Dual Awaits Gophers in Iowa City

The Gophers hit the road for one final time this upcoming weekend when they head South to Iowa City to battle the top-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes.

The two bitter rivals have met dating back to the 20th century and this year they return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena after dualing last season in Maturi Pavilion.

There are slated to be over 16 ranked match-ups including top-ten bouts at 141-pounds, 149-pounds, 174-pounds, and heavyweight.

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Streaking Illinois moves into Top 25; Princeton takes first Ivy title in 34 years

Manheim, Pennsylvania — Record-setting crowds and broken streaks were the theme of the week as the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday. The tightest match between Top 10 teams over the weekend was third-ranked NC State’s 19-14 win over rival and eighth-ranked North Carolina 19-14 in Raleigh. The dual set an NC State home attendance record as 4,383 came into Reynolds Coliseum on Friday night in the first meeting ever between the schools as Top 10 programs. The Wolfpack lead Division I in dual met wins with 13 and remain unbeaten.

Top-ranked Iowa improved to 11-0 with a convincing 27-9 win at No. 22 Michigan. The highlight match there saw Michigan’s Mason Parris pin Iowa’s Tony Cassioppi in the dual’s final bout. Second-ranked Penn State improved to 10-2 after road wins at then-No. 9 Wisconsin 29-10 and No. 13 Minnesota 31-10. Fourth-ranked Nebraska raised its record to 9-3 after road wins over No. 14 Purdue 31-9 and Indiana 35-6. Fifth-ranked Arizona State (12-1) topped Little Rock and No. 24 Missouri on the road, while Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh all had little trouble in dual action over the weekend.

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