Former Bison Wrestler Rodriguez Golden as U.S. Freestyle Team Rolls to 2019 Senior Pan Am Title

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Former North Dakota State University wrestler Josh Rodriguez won the gold medal at 57 kg as the U.S. Men’s Freestyle Team went undefeated at 34-0 and won all 10 weight classes to take the 2019 Senior Pan American Championship on April 18-21. It was the first time in the history of the event a team has gone undefeated, winning every weight.

Rodriguez, who lives in State College, Pa., and trains with the Nittany Lion WC, compiled a 4-0 record including his win over 2018 Pan American silver medalist Oscar Tigreros Urbano in the championship match.

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Steveson named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week after title victory

Gopher freshman heavyweight Gable Steveson has been selected as the USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week by the body’s official website TheMat.com.

Steveson is now 13-0 after winning the championship at the tough Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this past weekend. Steveson defeated three ranked wrestlers, two by major decisions, in the final three rounds of the tournament. He won the title with a 12-4 victory over No. 10 Tate Orndorff. Continue reading

USA Wrestling announces age-division name changes, effective immediately

Colorado Springs, Colo. – The Executive Committee of USA Wrestling has approved a change to the names of age divisions used at all USA Wrestling Regional and National Championships.

The change in age division names does not impact those eligible for competition, rather it is a change of the age division names themselves.

With this change, USA Wrestling will no longer use Bantam, Intermediate, Novice, Schoolboy/girl, and Cadet as names, but rather 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U. When spoken, the age division names will be read “8 and Under, 10 and Under, etc.” In girls wrestling, Intermediate has been replaced by 9U.

“This simplifies the names of age divisions and has them more in line with other youth sports,” said Tony Black, USA Wrestling’s Director of State Services. “We had used age divisions that were also used to describe one’s experience or skill level, and now we no longer do that in the kids divisions.” Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

USA Wrestling primed for success at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 20-28

The 2018 U.S. World Wrestling Teams in the three Olympic disciplines have set high goals for the 2018 World Wrestling Championships, set for the Papp Laszlo Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, October 20-28.

The United States was the 2017 World Team Champions in men’s freestyle, and will be seeking to win back-to-back World titles for the first time in history. Last year was only the third time ever, and the first time in 22 years, that Team USA won the World Team title in men’s freestyle wrestling. The team was led by two champions and six individual medalists.

The U.S. women’s freestyle team placed a strong second at the 2017 World Championships, one of its greatest performances ever. The 2017 team featured three medalists, including a World champion. The USA is seeking to win the World Team title in women’s freestyle for only the second time, with its previous team title in 1999.

The U.S. Greco-Roman program, led by a group of young talents, is poised to challenge for individual medals and improve upon its team finish from recent World Championships. The USA has won one Greco-Roman World Team title in 2007. Continue reading

James wins silver and Lovell snags bronze at Veteran Freestyle World Championships

Rudy James is an assistant coach for Apple Valley High School

SKOPJE, Macedonia – Rudy James of St. Paul, Minn., earned a silver medal at 70 kg on Friday at the Veteran World Championships in Skopje, Macedonia. Three other Americans placed in the top five.

James competed in Division B, which is for athletes between the ages of 41 and 45. To start the tournament, James collected a pair of shutout technical falls, including a 10-0 win over Onder Ozgul of Turkey and an 11-0 win against M. Tanev of Macedonia.

In the semifinals, Hancock squeaked out a 3-0 decision over Ganbat Dorjgotov of Mongolia to land a spot in the finals.

There, he dropped a 12-2 bout to MuhammadAli Haghighatdou of Great Britain to wrap up a silver-medal finish. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org