University of Minnesota Coaches Clinic set for October 25th

Headlining wrestling clinicians include Brandon Paulson, Sean Russell, and Pat Smith

The University of Minnesota wrestling team, led by Brandon Eggum and his staff, will once again host a coaches clinic this fall. The event will take place on Friday, October 25, 2019, at the Bierman Field Athletic Building in Minneapolis, Minn (516 15th Ave SE). The clinic offers professional instruction on the fundamentals and techniques of coaching wrestling and is open to all interested participants and fans of the sport.

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Russell Joins Minnesota Storm

Former Gophers 125-pounder Sean Russell has joined the Minnesota Storm as he pursues a future in freestyle wrestling while staying in Dinkytown.

Russell, a 2017 All-American with Edinboro, joined the Gophers the summer before the 2018-19 season. After joining the Gophers Russell was dominant at 125-pounds all season long finishing third at the Big Ten Championships at Williams Arena before a blood-round finish at the NCAA Championships.

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Senior transfer Russell makes Minnesota loaded in the lightweights, with Lizak and McKee to follow in the lineup

Minnesota has high hopes for the 2018-19 season, but things are looking even better this year with the addition of senior Sean Russell, an All-American transfer from Edinboro, who has slid into the 125-pound spot in the Gopher lineup.

The insertion of Russell allows two other special talents, two-time All-American Ethan Lizak and Junior World silver medalist Mitchell McKee to slide up one weight class, which could give Minnesota one of the strongest lightweight trios in the nation.

All three athletes scored wins in their opening dual meet against Air Force this past Sunday, with Russell and Lizak winning by decisions and McKee getting a first-period pin. If these three talents perform the way they expect to during both dual meets and tournaments, Minnesota should be a tough team.

Russell chose to transfer after long-time Edinboro head coach Tim Flynn left to take over the West Virginia program. In the short time he has been in Minneapolis, Russell already likes the decision he made to finish his career as a Gopher. Continue reading at

The Guillotine – October 12, 2018

The October 12, 2018 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: Short-term Goals Lead to Long-term Success – Foley Wrestling, Where Have They Gone? – Paul Marquart, Russell ready to deliver at Minnesota, No Excuses – Minneapolis South Wrestling, and Building Foundations on the Mat and in Life – Big Lake Wrestling.

More content in this issue: Fargo Champs Action, Lace ‘Em Up, MWCA Report, Open Tournament Calendar, Officially Speaking, Things I Find Interesting, Performance Nutrition, Camps-Clinics-Training, Ask the Doc, Coaching Changes for 2018-19.

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Russell ready to deliver at Minnesota

Sean Russell realized it wasn’t going to be easy.

But leaving Edinboro was something he felt like he needed to do.

“I love Coach (Tim) Flynn and the coaching staff I wrestled for,” Russell said. “Those guys were awesome. I had a great four years there.”

When Flynn left Edinboro following the 2017-18 season to take over as the head coach at West Virginia, Russell had a decision to make.

Stay at Edinboro for his senior season, follow Flynn to his new school or transfer somewhere else. Continue reading at

Gophers Add All-American Sean Russell

University of Minnesota head wrestling coach Brandon Eggum has announced the addition of 125-pound, 2017 All-American, Sean Russell to the Golden Gophers. Russell, who has wrestled at Edinboro for the last four seasons, will transfer to the University of Minnesota and have one year of on-mat eligibility remaining.

“We are excited to add Sean to our program, he will be a great addition to our room with the intensity he wrestles with,” head coach Brandon Eggum said. “I know he is excited about wrestling in the Big Ten and wrestling the best competition in the country, those are things that really attracted us to him as a person and as a wrestler. He is just flat out a competitor and we are so thrilled to welcome him into the Gopher family.”

Russell brings in a career record of 97-24 and is a three-time NCAA qualifier to go along with his NCAA All-American finish in 2017. He has been the champion of the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) each of the past three seasons and is a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champion. Russell has been a seeded wrestler at the NCAA Championships twice, and has 8-6 career record at the NCAA Championships.

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