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.

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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

Gross named Hodge finalist

South Dakota State University’s Seth Gross was named Monday as one of four finalists for the Dan Hodge Trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top wrestler.

A native of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Gross capped his junior season by winning the 133-pound individual national title at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships last weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. Gross finished the year with a 29-1 overall record in which he recorded 12 pins and seven technical falls. A two-time NCAA finalist, Gross has compiled an 89-17 career record in his three seasons at SDSU.

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Gross wins NCAA title

CLEVELAND – Seth Gross became South Dakota State’s first national champion in any sport in the Division I era, winning the 133-pound title Saturday night at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Quicken Loans Arena.

A junior from Apple Valley, Minnesota, the top-seeded Gross came out victorious over second-seeded Stevan Micic of Michigan, 13-8, in his second consecutive national title appearance. Gross jumped out to a 6-0 lead as he registered a takedown midway through the first period and later turned Micic for a four-point near-fall.

Micic came up with a takedown off a neutral start to the second period, but Gross was able to escape to hold a five-point cushion heading into the final period. Micic turned up the pressure in the final two minutes, recording a couple more takedowns, but it was too little, too late as Gross secured the 13-8 decision.

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Gross Honored by Big 12

IRVING, Texas — South Dakota State’s Seth Gross was named Wednesday Big 12 Wrestler of the Week after helping lead the Jackrabbits to an undefeated record in conference duals.

The top-ranked wrestler at 133 pounds, Gross recorded a 16-0 technical fall victory over North Dakota State’s Cam Sykora in dual action Feb. 16 at Frost Arena. Gross remained undefeated in 133-pound matches this season at 21-0 (21-1 overall) as the Jackrabbits finished the dual season 8-0 against Big 12 foes with a 22-12 victory over the rival Bison.

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Redemption on the mat: South Dakota State’s Seth Gross makes good on second chance

BROOKINGS – Seth Gross came one agonizing point away from winning a Division I wrestling national championship last March when the 133-pound South Dakota State star was defeated 4-3 by Cody Clark of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Gross returned this year intent to finish the job and has spent the entire year ranked No. 1 in the nation at his weight class. He’s 20-1 on the year, unbeaten at 133 pounds. Anything less than the title March 15-17 in Cleveland will be disappointing.

Gross is the centerpiece of a surging and growing SDSU wrestling program, and the individual expectations, coupled with what he means to the team, could make for a suffocating level of pressure for the fourth-year junior from Apple Valley, Minn.

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