Junior Schalles winner Rogotzke learned to pin at an early age

By Mike Finn

Ryder Rogotzke said he first saw himself as a pinner about the same time his father, Perry, first introduced the sport to this current high school junior from Stillwater Area High School in Minnesota.

“The one quote he built into my head was: ‘Send a message,’” said Rogotzke, who captured the 182-pound state championship this year by recording a state-record 44th pin in the state final. “Well, the best way to send a message for me has been to pin everyone.”

And that’s about what the future Naval Academy wrestler accomplished this past winter in a season that saw him also win a Super 32 championship last October and go 56-1. Ten of those victories came via a forfeit and only two of his victims lasted an entire match against Rogotzke, who learned to overcome any new defense used by his opponents, aware of his pinning reputation. Continue reading at win-magazine.com →

Fun-Loving Hunter Lyden Isn’t Joking About Earning Stillwater A Team Wrestling Title

STILLWATER, Minn. (WCCO) — Stillwater wrestling has gotten very close the past few years but they’re still looking for the program’s first-ever team state title.

“If they can crack through and do it, they’ll be the first and only ever to do it first. So I think they’re excited about it,” said Stillwater head coach Timothy Hartung.

The Ponies’ leader on the mat is fun-loving Hunter Lyden.

“We will occasionally say, ‘Hey let’s get a little bit more serious,’” said Hartung. “But the fun side that he brings to the sport, and keeping things pretty loose does effect the kids around him in a positive way, especially in these environments.” Watch/continue reading at minnesota.cbslocal.com →

Team USA wraps up Cadet World Championships, earning one silver medalist and two fifth-place finishers in Greco-Roman

Stillwater’s Ryder Rogotzke goes 1-1 at Cadet World Championships

Budapest, Hungary – Team USA wrapped up their competition at the Cadet World Championships this evening, earning one silver medalist and two fifth-place finishers. The tournament finishes Greco-Roman action tomorrow, but the U.S. does not have any competitors remaining in the brackets.

In the 55 kg finals, Cory Land fell to Russia’s Valerii Mangutov, 8-0. Mangutov executed a four-point lift in the first period and a go-behind into a gut wrench for two turns in the second period to clinch the title.

Land wrestled a phenomenal tournament leading up to the gold medal match. In his opening bout, he earned a 10-0 technical fall over Berati Inac of Turkey, a 2021 Cadet European bronze medalist. He followed it up with a thrilling victory over Sweden’s Adam Silverin, 9-6. In the semifinals, he blanked Zhantoro Mirazaliev of Kyrgyzstan, 5-0.

Continue reading →

Ten Wrestlers Make Greco-Roman World Team at Cadet World Team Trials

Stillwater’s Ryder Rogotzke earns 80 KG spot

Wisconsin Dells, Wis. – The first day of action is done at the UWW Cadet and U15 Nationals, and the 2021 Cadet Greco-Roman World Team is set. The ten weight class winners will represent the U.S. at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary this June.

In addition to making the World Team, Jadon Skellenger brought home outstanding wrestler honors after an impressive run through the 65 kg bracket. Skellenger, a 2019 U15 World champion, downed Tyler Antoniak, a fellow U15 World champion, 8-0 in the semifinals. He followed it up with two-straight wins over 2018 U15 World bronze medalist Joel Adams, 11-8 and 8-0, to claim the World Team spot.

Aden Valencia is another 2019 U15 World champion that made his second age-group World Team. Valencia earned two technical falls, 10-2 and 9-1, over Otto Black in the 48 kg finals. Continue reading at teamusa.org →