If he had a bigger ego, Pat Smith might have been insulted. Instead, the former Gophers wrestler from Chaska was simply amused by Kamal Bey’s boast.
Before their bout at last spring’s Final X tournament, Bey compared himself to a Ferrari — and said Smith reminded him of a Honda Civic. It didn’t bother Smith at all, partly because a Civic would have been a major upgrade for him. At the time, he was driving a decrepit 2001 PT Cruiser, one that was headed for the junkyard before he bought it from a co-worker with the $80 he had in his wallet.
“It’s not quite a Honda Civic,” Smith said, chuckling. “But I think it fits me well.”
Smith got the last laugh, beating Bey in a best-of-three series at Final X to win a place on the U.S. Greco-Roman team for wrestling’s world championships. He begins competition Monday in the 77-kilogram weight class (169.8 pounds) in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The nine-day tournament, which starts Saturday, is the first chance for countries to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Continue reading at startribune.com
Former Gophers wrestler Pat Smith is set to represent USA Wrestling next week when he competes at the 2019 United World Wrestling Championships in the 77kg (~169 lbs.) division in Greco-Roman. Smith’s section of the event will take place on September 16 and 17 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Smith’s tournament will kick off on September 16 at Midnight CT with the qualifying rounds. If he advances, the next round would be at 6am with medal rounds coming on Sept. 17 at 5:30am. Continue reading
By Chad Otterness
Lou Orr and Rudy James have been practicing this summer as they prepare for the Third Annual Masters World Cup Team Tournament.
Lou and Rudy will compete at Chaparral High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 7th, 2019.
During October, the duo will head to Tbilisi, Georgia, to compete in the United World Wrestling (UWW) Veterans/Masters Freestyle and Greco-Roman Championships. Continue reading
Former Anoka wrestler Tyler Eischens went 1-1 at the UWW Junior World Championships on August 17th in Tallinn, Estonia.
Eischens, who wrestled Greco-Roman at 72 kg (158 lbs.), defeated Deividas Subotkevic of Lithuania 9-0 in his first match. He then lost to Ihor Bychkov of Ukraine 5-2 in the next round. Eischens was eliminated from competition when Bychkov lost in the semifinals. Continue reading
TALLINN, Estonia – South Dakota State’s Tanner Sloan is ready to take on the world.
The second-year Jackrabbit wrestler is scheduled to compete at the United World Wrestling Junior World Championships, which begin Monday. Sloan is slated to wrestle in the 97-kilogram weight class of the freestyle competition.
Sloan earned a spot on Team USA by winning the UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials in Raleigh, North Carolina, in May. In his first international competition a month later, Sloan won the gold medal at the UWW Pan American Championship in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
“I feel we like to hand-fight harder, wrestle harder than some of the foreign countries,” Sloan said. “I felt that when I was in Guatemala, so that was good experience before going over to worlds.” Continue reading
Waseca wrestler Mason Gehloff went 0-1 at the UWW Cadet World Championships on August 3rd in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Gehloff, who wrestled Greco-Roman at 45 kg (99.2 lbs.), lost to Gheorghita Scheul of Romania 6-2 in his first match. Schuel later lost to Mahdi Ahadi Zenab of Iran to end Gehloff’s tournament. Continue reading