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 www.teamusa.org

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 intermatwrestle.com

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. Continue reading