Bauman aims to inspire

The Gophers wrestler makes music, and his latest video passed 15,000 YouTube views.

Joel Bauman is not a rapper, and he’s very clear about that.

Bauman, a competitor at 197 pounds for the Gophers wrestling team, identifies himself in various ways.

“I’m vulnerable, passionate and determined,” Bauman said. “I am an individual, and my goal is to inspire. I will inspire.” Continue reading at

One-on-One with Cole VonOhlen

Air Force senior Cole VonOhlen is currently 21-2 and ranked fourth nationally at 149 pounds. He has been one of the most successful wrestlers in program history. Earlier this season VonOhlen became the all-time pins leader at Air Force. He is a three-time NCAA qualifier with a career record of 133-24.

InterMat recently caught up with VonOhlen and talked to him about a variety of topics. Continue reading at

Marcus LeVesseur Takes Over Hopkins Wrestling Program

When the wrestlers at Hopkins High School ask their first-year head coach about his athletic accomplishments, they usually are curious about mixed martial arts. And yes, Marcus LeVesseur has a solid history in that sport, compiling a record of 22-7 since going pro in 2003.

If they want to see some eye-popping numbers, however, the Hopkins wrestlers need to do a little research on their coach’s mat career. The Royals might be too young to remember what LeVesseur did in high school and college, so here’s a short summary… Continue reading at (January 19, 2013)

Rebel among rebels

United South Central head wrestling coach Marcus Eytcheson has seen hard work pay off. He’s seen it in his own athletic career, and now he’s seeing it in the wrestling program he is piloting.

The same dedication that helped Eytcheson drop 35 pounds to make weight during his high school wrestling days and earn a school record 25 falls in a season at Madelia-Truman has helped build the USC program into a force to be reckoned with on the mat. Continue reading at

Braun looks to break into top 10

Apollo senior hopes to be state-ranked for tournament

Matt Braun is really, really looking forward to Friday.

Not that St. Cloud Apollo’s wrestling match tonight at Holdingford doesn’t interest him. That’s fun. So will be the the 20th Annual Jim Kiffmeyer Duals at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Cloud Tech.

“It’s fun going against some of the best teams in the state,” Braun said. Continue reading at

Desperately seeking competition

Kasson-Mantorville junior Sam Stoll is one of the best heavyweight wrestlers in the nation. Several national publications have Stoll ranked No. 4 overall.

For the last few years, Stoll has had plenty of competition in Minnesota. But now, after Stoll, the pool of talent at heavyweight is quite thin. There’s not another Minnesota heavyweight close to cracking the national rankings. Continue reading at