March 18th, 2013 by Tom
ConU Olympian David Tremblay Says Goodbye to University Wrestling After Half-Decade in Maroon and Gold
If you ask any wrestler on Concordia’s varsity team about their teammate David Tremblay, the words “leader” and “role model” are never very far from their lips.
Now in his fifth year with the Stingers, Tremblay is one of the most successful wrestlers in the team’s storied history.
Last summer, Tremblay represented Canada at the London Olympics, finishing 14th in his weight class after a difficult draw in the tournament.
Earlier this month, Tremblay won his fifth consecutive gold medal at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships in London, ON—making him only the third wrestler ever to win gold in each year of eligibility for the CIS. Tremblay was also named Outstanding Male Wrestler of the tournament.
Now, as Tremblay is finishing up his last semester at Concordia and his sparkling Stingers career comes to an end, his teammates and coaches are contemplating life after David.
“We’ll have to find another David Tremblay—and that’s not easy,” said Rob Moore, assistant coach of the Concordia wrestling team.
“There’s always a rebuilding period,” Moore continued. “That’s the nature of university and high school sports.”
January 27th, 2013 by Tom
In front of crowd of nearly nine thousand fans, Minnesota and Iowa split the dual, winning five bouts apiece, for a 15-15 tie. The deciding factor came down to a factor of tiebreaker criteria, in which case the Hawkeyes came out ahead on the third rule, match points (41-33). The loss is the second of the season for the Gophers who drop to 11-2, 5-1 B1G. Iowa improves to 15-1, 5-0 B1G.
The Hawkeyes excelled in the lower weights to gain a large lead before intermission. Dylan Ness at 149 lbs. was the only Gopher in the first half of the lineup to add points to the team total by defeating unranked Michael Kelly by an 8-2 decision. However, the Gophers managed to keep bonus points at bay and went into intermission trailing 3-12.
Cody Yohn faced Nick Moore in the 165-pound weight class to start the match after break. A slow start cost Yohn valuable points and resulted in a loss for the redshirt senior. Yohn fell 8-2 but not before marking a late reversal to prevent the major.
October 19th, 2012 by Tom
When it boiled down to it, Broc Berge had to follow his heart.
It’s unfortunate for University of Minnesota wrestling fans, but Berge’s heart decided his best option was to leave his home state.
After a long recruiting battle and many sleepless nights, the Kasson-Mantorville senior standout gave his verbal commitment this week to wrestle for the University of Iowa.
Berge was considered the nation’s No. 1 recruit at 195 pounds by several publications. He’s ranked the No. 11 overall recruit in the country by Amateur Wrestling News. With Simley’s Jake Short already committed to Minnesota, Berge was the state’s top remaining prospect.
The Mantorville native is a two-time state champion, and a 2012 USA Junior National Freestyle runner-up.
Berge was perfect last season, going 48-0 with 28 pins on his way to the Class AA state title at 195. He went 40-1 as a sophomore and won the state crown at 189. As a freshman, Berge placed fourth at 189.
About a month ago, Berge said he narrowed his college list to Minnesota and Iowa. Wisconsin and North Dakota State had offered Berge full-ride scholarships, but he said it never was about the money.
October 11th, 2012 by Tom
Minnesota boasts talent in nine of 10 weight class selections
Minnesota Wrestling is in for another great season and Amateur Wrestling News agrees. The publication has listed many Gophers among the nation’s best, releasing its 2012-13 Preseason Division I College Individual Rankings. Someone from Minnesota has been named one to watch in nine of the 10 weight classes of competition. Only one Gopher is ranked outside the top 10 while two wrestlers took the top spot.
David Thorn is tabbed at No. 13 in the 125 class. Thorn will drop down to step in for four-time All-American Zach Sanders who graduated last May. Thorn competed at 133 last season for a 14-2 overall record.
Brothers Chris and Nick Dardanes each made the top 10 in their respective weight classes. After recording a 25-12 record and finishing fourth at 133 lbs. at the NCAA National Championship, Chris is picked for the same finish this year. Nick is ranked at No. 7 in the 141 pound weight class after a 22-10 campaign last fall.
As the first of two wrestlers claiming the preseason top spot, Dylan Ness ranks first in the 149 class. In his freshman year with the Gophers, Ness went 24-9 and surprised many by charging through to the NCAA Championship final where he finished runner-up.
December 30th, 2011 by Tom
Group: St. Cloud Boxing and Wrestling Club.
Origins: According to Scott Kelm, owner and operator of the Downtown Gym in St. Cloud, the Boxing and Wrestling Club began with regular meet-ups in the St. Cloud State University wrestling room in 1983. Seven years later, the group added boxing to the mix, and after appealing an initially rejected application for tax exemption, the group achieved 501(c)3 status in May 1997.
Mission and motivation: In addition to the exercise, Kelm said the motivation for the club is similar to any athletic endeavor: “To play, have fun, to learn.”
“It’s like pop — 7UP, Pepsi. People love choice,” he said. The club provides another option for youths and amateur athletes interested in learning, staying in shape and competing, Kelm said.
“It isn’t so much to teach the talented individuals but the people who come in with no knowledge,” he said, adding that the thrice-weekly workouts teach both mental and physical discipline — to the athletes and the coaches.
Location: Workouts take place from 7-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Downtown Gym, 220 Seventh Ave. S, St. Cloud.
September 25th, 2011 by Tom
By Ben Boldt
Sports marketing is getting some attention from the state department of tourism, Explore Minnesota. In a few weeks a new segment to the www.exploreminnesota.com Website will launch. It will be all about sports.
The goal of this new initiative is to present Minnesota as an amateur sports destination. It will list many of the venues from across the state in an easy-to-navigate way for any organization interested in hosting an event in Minnesota. The listings will include venue details, contact information, photos and videos. The site will integrate some of Minnesota’s most popular attractions to the page so the viewer can get a more complete idea of what Minnesota has to offer. The Rochester Amateur Sports Commission has already done the legwork of gathering venue data from our area of the state and submitting it to this project.
Along with the new presence on the Website, sports will also gain some marketing power in other areas. Minnesota cities will have an opportunity to co-op with the state in their sales and marketing efforts. The agency is also looking to have a presence at sports event conferences that the RASC already attends like the National Association of Sports Commissions Symposium and the TEAMS Conference. This will hopefully lead to more exposure and interaction with the national governing bodies and their staff members who select host cities for their events.
January 10th, 2011 by Tom
The Eagles handled a traditionally strong Florida team to claim the title in the prestigious Clash.
By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune
ROCHESTER – It’s repeated so often that it would be difficult for even the most cynical of souls to dispute it. It’s Apple Valley’s mantra, nothing special or overly clever, but it carries a weight of its own
“We work harder than anybody else,” Apple Valley senior Matt Kelliher said. “That’s what we always say. No team is going to work harder than us.”
That work ethic, which has paid off in 18 state championships, was evident Saturday as the Eagles won the championship bracket of The Clash Duals wrestling meet at the University Center in Rochester.
More importantly, Apple Valley’s victory virtually assured the Eagles of the first undisputed national high school wrestling championship in Minnesota history. And they did it in style, beating perhaps the most legendary high school wrestling program in the country, Brandon, Fla., 34-16 in the finals.
The national title is determined by the voting in three national polls, released by the Amateur Wrestling News, Intermat.com and theopenmat.com.
November 15th, 2010 by Tom
With heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar as a role model, college wrestlers are finding that mixed martial arts gives them a chance to compete and make money after school.
By MYRON P. MEDCALF, Star Tribune
When Division I football coaches called, Joel Bauman listened. But the sport didn’t fit into his plan — to become the greatest fighter in the world.
So Bauman, who rushed for 2,941 yards as a high school junior at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in west-central Minnesota in 2008, pursued his other love — wrestling.
The Gophers freshman, a two-time prep state champion, would love to earn a few titles in college, but he ultimately chose the sport because he said he believes it will prepare him for a career in mixed martial arts (MMA).
It’s a familiar path through an expanding pipeline for Minnesota-based wrestlers who strive to emulate the success of former Gophers star and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar.
“It’s really cool because it just gives you hope that there’s something out there,” Bauman said about Lesnar’s accomplishments in MMA. “I love wrestling and it’s my passion, but in the back of my mind I always have, ‘Be the best fighter, be the best fighter.’”
August 23rd, 2010 by Tom
National preseason high school event set for October 23 in Rochester, MN
Visit Official Site of InterMat JJ Classic
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — Wrestlers from across the nation have had the opportunity to compete in prestigious postseason wrestling tournaments for years. Now wrestlers in grades 7-12, their families and fans can get the upcoming season off to a winning start, with a new elite, preseason open wrestling tournament.
The tournament: InterMat JJ Classic, which is set to take place on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the UCR Regional Sports Center in Rochester, Minnesota.
The InterMat JJ Classic promises to be loaded with national talent. Hundreds of wrestlers in grades 7-12 are expected to participate. There will be 32-wrestler brackets for each of the 14 standard high school weight classes from 103 through 285 pounds. Because of the event’s location, the InterMat JJ Classic is expected to attract top high school wrestling talent from across the Midwest. However, the tournament is open to wrestlers from all across the United States.