A Wrestling Story

By John Nalan

Sometimes wrestling surprises us.

It is like walking through the woods and seeing deer tracks in the snow. Unnaturally large tracks. Then the buck appears – for just a second – before disappearing off into the brush to the left, forever. The story will last a lifetime – the biggest buck you have ever seen. But, the moment passed in the blink of an eye. You could have easily missed it, this moment of a lifetime. Distracted by the path ahead.

As I mentioned at the beginning, wrestling can also surprise us.

It turns out that one of those surprises is Seth Gross. He is passing quickly in front of us. Let this be my effort to get you to look up and enjoy this moment before it is gone.

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5 questions with a returning national champion: Seth Gross

Seth Gross made South Dakota State history last year when he became the first athlete to earn an individual Division I national title for the school at the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships. This year, the 133-pounder returns, and he’s aiming to add another title to his name in his final year as a Jackrabbit. Gross has become a leader in the South Dakota State wrestling room over the course of his three years with the program, and we caught up with the returning national champ to talk about drive, his goal-setting process and what he hopes to see from his team this year. Continue reading at ncaa.com

Gross to make second All-Star appearance

For the second year in a row, South Dakota State University wrestler Seth Gross has been selected to compete in the NWCA All-Star Classic. The exhibition showcase is slated for Nov. 2 in Denver, Colorado.

Gross is expected to move up a weight class to compete in the 141-pound bout against North Carolina State’s Tariq Wilson, in what would be a rematch from their 133-pound semifinal clash at the 2018 NCAA Championships. Gross pinned Wilson in overtime en route to the national title, although Wilson battled back from an 8-3 deficit to force the extra session.

A senior from Apple Valley, Minnesota, Gross competed against Michigan’s Stevan Micic in the 2017 NWCA All-Star Classic in Princeton, New Jersey in what proved to be a preview of the 2018 national title bout at 133 pounds. Gross won both matchups, winning the exhibition, 7-1, before claiming a 13-8 victory in postseason competition. Continue reading

Coming home, and giving back

Two NCAA champions help train next wave of AV wrestlers

Apple Valley wrestling coach Josh Barlage knew it would be difficult to keep the attention of children, some of whom were younger than 10, through a day-long camp. So he called for help.

Highly qualified help, at that. On one of three mats at Saturday’s Camp of Champions at Apple Valley High School, an NCAA champion watched intently as two students grappled. On the next mat, another NCAA champion helped two more wrestlers sort out what to do in the referee’s position.

If anybody thought about goofing off – well, camp instructor Mark Hall wasn’t having it.

“We’ve been losing a little focus,” said the only six-time individual state high school champion in Minnesota history. “We’re going to take a water break and when we come back I’m going to need your full attention. Continue reading at www.hometownsource.com