Russell Joins Minnesota Storm

Former Gophers 125-pounder Sean Russell has joined the Minnesota Storm as he pursues a future in freestyle wrestling while staying in Dinkytown.

Russell, a 2017 All-American with Edinboro, joined the Gophers the summer before the 2018-19 season. After joining the Gophers Russell was dominant at 125-pounds all season long finishing third at the Big Ten Championships at Williams Arena before a blood-round finish at the NCAA Championships.

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Brayton Lee Wraps Up Junior Worlds

Brayton Lee dropped his first bout of the 2019 UWW Junior World Championships to Ashraf Ashirov (Azerbaijan) by 3-2 decision and was subsequently eliminated when Ashirov dropped his next match. 

Lee would have had a chance to advance via the repechage system if Ashirov had beaten Vasile Diacon (Moldova) and continued to win. Instead, Lee’s Estonian tournament experience is cut short after only one bout.

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Steveson takes silver on final day of Medved International

On the final day of competition at the Medved International in Minsk, Belarus, the U.S. netted three more medals. Both Tyler Graff (Titan Mercury WC) and Jordan Wood (Lehigh Valley WC) emerged from their bronze medal matches victorious. Gable Steveson (Minnesota RTC) fell in his finals match to take silver.

At 61 kg, Graff was untouchable in repechage. He bested his opponent from Turkey, 3-0, and followed it up with a 5-0 victory of Egorov of North Macedonia, 5-0 for bronze.

Likewise, Jordan Wood rolled in his bronze medal match at 125 kg, dismantling Belarus’s Lakeyenk, 10-0.

In the 125 kg finals match, Steveson was unable to get much going against Khasanboy Rakhimov of Uzbekistan. A 2018 Junior World bronze medalist and 2019 Senior Asian Championship fifth-place finisher, Rakhimov defeated Steveson, 12-0. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Brayton Lee Receives Draw for Junior Worlds

Rising Gopher redshirt freshman Brayton Lee received his draw for the UWW Junior World Wrestling Championships which begin Monday in Talinn, Estonia.

When action kicks off at 2:30 am CT Lee will face the winner of Ashraf Ashirov (Azerbaijan) and Raul Zarbaliev (Israel). Ashirov finished 8th at the 2018 Cadet World Championships while Zarbilev finished 9th at the 2019 European Juniors.

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Pat Smith Takes Home Fourth Pan American Gold Medal

Former University of Minnesota and current Minnesota Storm wrestler Pat Smith (77kg) took home his fourth Pan American Games gold medal on Wednesday in Lima, Peru, when he defeated Wuilexis Rivas of Venezuela in the championship bout.

Smith had previously won Greco-Roman gold medals at the games in 2015, 2016, and 2017 now adding a 2019 gold medal at a higher weight class.

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Smith and Hancock advance to Pan Am Games finals, three others go for Greco bronze

LIMA, Peru – The USA put two Greco-Roman wrestlers into the finals and three others into the bronze match of the 2019 Pan American Games on the first day of action in Lima, Peru.

Only five athletes competed on Wednesday, including Ildar Hafizov, Ellis Coleman, Pat Smith, Joe Rau and G’Angelo Hancock. 2018 World silver medalist Adam Coon is scheduled to compete tomorrow at 130 kg.

Smith and Hancock advanced to the gold-medal matches at 77 kg and 97 kg, respectively.

A two-time World Team member and three-time Pan American champion, Smith recorded two decisive wins in his morning session. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Pat Smith Set for Pan American Games

Former Gophers grappler Pat Smith is set to compete for USA Wrestling at the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru, on Wednesday, August 7.

Smith will compete at 77kg (~170lbs) in Greco-Roman wrestling after previously winning the same competition three times between 2015 and 2017. His tournament kicks off on Wednesday morning with the finals coming later that same day.

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