Storley Remains Undefeated at Bellator 197

It was a wrestling clinic for Gopher wrestling alumnus Logan Storley at Bellator 197 in St. Louis, Missouri last night. Storley moved his professional MMA record to 8-0 after the unanimous decision over Missouri native Joaquin Buckley (8-2).

“I feel great, and at the end of the day, I got the win,” Storley said after the fight. “The biggest thing tonight was when I stepped into this cage, it felt like home. I wasn’t worried, I wasn’t nervous. I went in there, and did my job. I listened to my corner, and got the ‘W’.”

Storley was never in danger of losing his undefeated record. The wrestler turned fighter smothered Buckley over three rounds to pick up the win by scores of 30-27, 30-26 and 30-26.

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Logan Storley: From the mat to the cage

The former Gophers Wrester Logan Storley recently signed with Bellator MMA.

After four years as an All-American wrestler for Minnesota, Logan Storley is taking on a different fighting technique.

Storley signed with Bellator MMA in late June, and is prepping for his first match with the club on July 14. The 2015 Minnesota graduate will debut for the club at Bellator 181 at the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

“[Signing with Bellator] made sense for right now,” Storley said. “They offered me some things the [Ultimate Fighting Championship] couldn’t offer me at this time in my career, and I had to do what was right for me financially and for this point in my career.”

While he is 5-0-0, Storley will face Kemmyelle Haley, whose record is 7-4-0. Continue reading at

Gopher Alum Logan Storley Signs with Bellator

Logan Storley, who wrapped up his Gopher career in 2015 by becoming the program’s 10th four-time All-American, announced yesterday that he has signed a contract to fight for Bellator MMA. His first fight with Bellator is scheduled for July 14.

Storley has emerged as one of the top young prospects in mixed martial arts since graduating from Minnesota two years ago. Storley has a 5-0 career record fighting (five knockouts) under the Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) banner, most recently picking up a win on April 29 in Sioux Falls.

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Wrestling is a Family Affair

By Brian Jerzak

From a very young age, Marty Morgan has been involved in some aspect of wrestling. From youth wrestling, through his time as the Minnesota Gophers' head wrestling assistant, and beyond, Morgan has been involved in the sport. Wrestling has always been a big influence on his life. It has had almost as much influence as his family. For Morgan, wrestling has always been – and always will be – a family affair.

"My three oldest brothers were all professional boxers, and my dad ended up switching to wrestling. Three of us, the younger brothers – we had six boys total – the three younger ones, we all switched into wrestling. I just followed my brothers who were older than me. We were at Kennedy High School, which was a strong program in the early 80’s in which we were state champions twice. My brothers both went on to become college All-Americans and were both on the Olympic team. I had some good mentors right in my own house."

Morgan was a very good high school wrestler, but could never get over the hump and become a state champion. After he got into college Morgan got over the hump. He won two national championships – one with (at the time) Division II North Dakota State and one with Minnesota.

"When I got to college I became an NCAA champion which is probably my number one athletic moment."

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Brock Lesnar’s Rise from Midwest Kid to WWE Megastar

Grown men wept when Brock Lesnar pinned The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 in April 2014.

The Superdome in New Orleans settled on a stunned silence as a collective response. After 21 straight victories, professional wrestling’s version of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak was finally over. The Undertaker was 21-1.

Sixteen months later—an eternity, given the frenetic pace the WWE sets in order to fill five hours of prime-time television every week—the two behemoths will meet again Sunday at SummerSlam. But despite the long absence, based on recent appearances, feelings among fans are still very raw. This match matters, in a way wrestling matches in 2015 rarely do. Continue reading at

Minnesota mat alum Storley to make pro MMA debut

Logan Storley, four-time NCAA Division I All-American for University of Minnesota, will be making his professional mixed martial arts debut this August.

Storley, who is a six-time South Dakota high school state wrestling champ, will be fighting for Resurrection Fighting Alliance, described by the Sioux Falls, S.D. Argus-Leader as “the UFC’s unofficial developmental league,” at their RFA 29 event on Friday, Aug. 21 at the Sanford Pentagon. The former Golden Gopher, who will be competing as a welterweight at 170 pounds, does not yet know who he will be facing next month. RFA 29 is being promoted as “USA vs. Brazil,” with the co-main events featuring featherweights Ricky Musgrave vs. Roani Barcelos, and welterweights Jordon Larson vs. Ackson Junior. Continue reading at

Four-time All-American Storley following in Lesnar’s footsteps

With a population of less than 2,000, it’s understandable why Webster, SD, wouldn’t look like the hub where two wrestling superstars might emerge. Yet, that’s exactly where former NCAA champion Brock Lesnar was raised as well as four-time All-American Logan Storley.

Lesnar left Webster to become a Minnesota Golden Gopher. Just over a decade later, Storley followed Lesnar to the Land of 10,000 lakes where he became one of the school’s most successful wrestlers in history. Continue reading at