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