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

Faribault wrestling coach Armbruster wins by knockout

While more than a dozen other fighters stepped into the cage and battled it out at Canterbury Park on Friday night, Jesse Armbruster waited patiently for his turn in the spotlight.

With hundreds of people circling the ring, Armbruster’s name was finally announced. His fan section of more than 30 people jumped to their feet for the start of the bout — but what they were about to see was no less than spectacular. Continue reading at

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Faribault wrestling coach Armbruster preps for first — and last — MMA fight

Jesse Armbruster’s bucket list story begins with his high school buddies calling him out.

Years ago, Armbruster told his friends he’d fight in the brutal sport of mixed martial arts before he turned 40 years old. The 1992 Faribault High School graduate became intrigued with MMA from the moment he set eyes on his first televised Ultimate Fighting Championship event in 1993. Continue reading at

Wiuff giving it one last shot

When Rochester mixed martial artist Travis “Diesel” Wiuff earned a spot in the upcoming Bellator Fighting Championships light heavyweight tournament, he knew it was significant.

Wiuff, who is now 34 years old, said it’s even more than simply his last big shot on the national stage. Continue reading at