Minnesota rallies back to beat Illinois in freestyle championship, sweeps 16U National Duals titles

SPOKANE, Wash. — The garbage can beside the Minnesota bench went flying Saturday afternoon, spilling trash across the floor inside the Spokane Convention Center.

A couple wrestlers careened into the scorer’s table, requiring another clean-up and a momentary stoppage in action.

And that was just the first 80 seconds of the 152-pound match during the latest chapter of the tense Illinois-Minnesota rivalry.

No trash receptacle, scorekeeper or lead is safe when the two state powerhouse programs get together with a national championship on the line. Continue reading at www.trackwrestling.com

Minnesota takes down Illinois to win Greco-Roman 16U National Duals

SPOKANE, Wash. — A couple dozen blue-clad wrestlers exhaled in unison Thursday while a couple dozen others decked out in yellow T-shirts simultaneously let out a collective groan.

After 16 captivating matches in a meet loaded with high-level wrestling and potential tipping-point moments, the Greco-Roman title at the 16U National Duals essentially hinged on Minnesota’s Chase DeBlaere ability to get off his back against Jack Milos.

A pin would’ve given Illinois its eighth Greco title in 11 years and perhaps the most stunning conclusion of them all.

Anything less than a fall or a shutout technical superiority win would’ve clinched the title for Minnesota. Continue reading at www.trackwrestling.com

Mat Mayhem heading to Louisville for annual festival of collegiate wrestling

By Jason Bryant, Mat Talk Online

Manheim, Pennsylvania – A frenzy of wrestling competition will descend upon the Kentucky Expo Center and its Freedom and Exhibition Halls on Jan. 4-5, 2019 as NUWAY hosts the 2019 NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals in its new location. The event will feature 84 teams in five collegiate divisions, wrestling in a dual meet advancement format to crown a national dual meet champion.

After spending the last several years in Fort Wayne, Indiana, NUWAY and the NWCA have moved Mat Mayhem, as the event is known, to Kentucky, a state that’s seen eight new college wrestling teams since 2001 and five of them coming since 2013.

“Louisville has been a target for wrestling events for a long time,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “They’ve had interest in hosting the NCAA Championships and we’re very excited to bring Mat Mayhem to a state that’s thirsting for more college wrestling competition.”

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