Eight inducted into the 2022 Bartelma Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame

2022 MWCA Award Recipients Honored

Benson, Minn. – Eight new members were inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 7th in Benson, Minn.

The new inductees honored were Steve Carlson, Neil Jennissen, Dan Lefebvre, Tony Nelson, Jim Repke, Ron Sanders, Zach Sanders, and Kevin Steinhaus.

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Sanders, McKee to Compete at HWC Showdown Open

Former Gopher All-Americans Zach Sanders and Mitch McKee are scheduled to compete at the Hawkeye Wrestling Club (HWC) Showdown Open Sunday at Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa.

In the main event, Sanders will face two-time NCAA Champion and 2020 Hodge Trophy Award winner Spencer Lee, a senior for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Currently a volunteer assistant coach for Minnesota, Sanders was a four-time All-American from 2009-12 and finished sixth in Gopher history with a 134-27-1 career record.

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Zach Sanders Prepares for Last Chance Qualifier

Volunteer assistant coach Zach Sanders and two members of the Minnesota Storm Regional Training Center (RTC) are registered to compete at the 2019 Last Chance Senior World Team Trials Qualifier.

Held at Kohler Fieldhouse in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania from May 3-5, the highest placing wrestler at each weight that is not already qualified will earn a qualification to the 2019 World Team Trials in Raleigh, North Carolina from May 16-19.

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Gophers Coach Zach Sanders With Whirlwind Postseason

The day after the Big Ten Champions, Gophers volunteer assistant coach Zach Sanders flew to one of the coldest parts of the world: Yakutsk, Russia. In Yakutsk, Sanders competed at the Freestyle Wrestling World Cup.

As soon as the competition ended, Sanders flew back to America, but this time went straight to Pittsburgh for the NCAA Championships. In the span of two weeks, Sanders coached the Maroon and Gold at their two biggest postseason tournaments in addition to pushing himself against global grapplers.

“I was obviously excited, but it was brutal in a way,” Sanders said of the nearly 18 hours in the air. “It was awesome to be out there, but also by the end I was ready to back with the guys.”

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Gophers Greats Head to Freestyle World Cup

Two former Gopher greats, Zach Sanders and Tony Nelson, are headed to Yakutsk, Russia, for the Freestyle World Cup on March 16-17.

Sanders (’12), a four-time All-American, is also a volunteer coach for the Gopher wrestling team. He’ll comete at 57kg after a career with the Gophers at 125-pounds.

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Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Minnesota Storm roundtable discussion with Joe Rau, Zach Sanders, Pat Smith and Donny Longendyke

Taking a visit over to the home of a few members of the Minnesota Storm to talk about some wrestling topics on Episode 44 of The Guillotine Grapevine.

Join host Jason Bryant as he moderates the roundtable with Joe Rau, Donny Longendyke, Zach Sanders and Pat Smith. Among the topics are Final X, wrestling terminology, how the greats would compete in today’s wrestling scene and what the better wrestling state is.

It’s a backyard discussion that’s just like you arguing with your friends.

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