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Brock Lesnar Credits God for His Physique

July 6th, 2009 by Tom

The former University of Minnesota wrestling All-American and current Ultimate Fighting Champion heavyweight title holder in an interview credited God -- and not steroids -- for his physique.

By PAUL WALSH, Star Tribune

Former University of Minnesota wrestling All-American Brock Lesnar, the current Ultimate Fighting Champion heavyweight title holder, took a swipe at President Obama in an interview and bragged that he is "built like a black man "as he credited God -- and not steroids -- for his physique.

Lesnar's smorgasbord of comments came in an interview with Maxim that was published in May and posted Friday on Fightline.com, a website that covers mixed-martial arts, ultimate fighting and other forms of professional wrestling.

Lesnar was a two-time All-American and 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion for the Gophers. His post-college career took off when he became a star with the WWE for two years, a part of his life that he recalled with some regret.

"You live a double life, "the 285-pound Lesnar said. "I was tired of trying to be who I was in the ring and then coming home for two days to be normal. They didn't allow you to be. The guys who get out are the smart ones, really and truly."

Lesnar also took a swipe at President Obama when talking about having money for the first time in his life while in the WWE.

"I acted foolishly, "he said in the interview, noting the he owned four homes (one in western Hennepin County), a private plane, two Hummers and a Mercedes. Asked whether he has saved for retirement, he responded: "That's private. But if Obama keeps spending our money like this, I'll have to fight till I'm 50."

Concerning steroids and his ability to stay ripped, Lesnar said.

"I bet you I've taken over 60 steroid tests. In college, I had 15 random drug tests in two years. I've taken drug tests for the NFL, the WWE, the UFC. I must be pretty good at masking steroids. God gave me this body: Are you jealous of it or what? Give me a break.

"I got the genetics of--not to get into racism or anything--but I'm built like a black man. Would you say so?"

One day before his 32nd birthday, Lesnar defends his UFC title vs. Frank Mir on July 11 in Las Vegas. Lesnar won the championship from Randy Couture last November.

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It’s Over: MN Now Has a Senator Who’s An Ex-Wrestler (Again)

July 5th, 2009 by Tom

Former high school wrestler Al Franken is the new Senator from Minnesota... up to 2002, the state had been served by another ex-wrestler, the late Paul Wellstone.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Republican Norm Coleman conceded to Democrat Al Franken in Minnesota's contested Senate race on Tuesday, ending a nearly eight-month recount and court fight over an election decided by only a few hundred votes.

Coleman announced his decision at a news conference in St. Paul hours after a unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Franken, a former ''Saturday Night Live'' comedian and liberal commentator, should be certified the winner.

''The Supreme Court has made its decision and I will abide by the results,'' Coleman told reporters outside his St. Paul home.

Coleman, appearing relaxed and upbeat, said he had congratulated Franken, was at peace with the decision and had no regrets about the fight, which started almost immediately after the Nov. 4 election.

''Sure I wanted to win,'' said Coleman, who called the ruling a surprise. ''I thought we had a better case. But the court has spoken.''

He declined to talk about his future plans, brushing aside a question about whether he would run for governor in 2010.

Franken's presence in the Senate would give the Democrats control of 60 seats, enough to overcome any Republican filibuster if they stay united.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the earliest Franken would be seated is next week, because the Senate is out of session for the July 4 holiday.

''I look forward to working with Senator-Elect Franken to build a new foundation for growth and prosperity by lowering health care costs and investing in the kind of clean energy jobs and industries that will help America lead in the 21st century,'' President Barack Obama said in a statement.

BigTen Profile on Dustin Schlatter

June 29th, 2009 by Tom

 It wasn't an easy decision, but it was one Dustin Schlatter felt he had to make.

After talking to his father, the Massillon, Ohio native then met with the University of Minnesota coaching staff. Following an injury-plagued 21-5 junior campaign on the wrestling mats, where he earned his third All-American honor, the 149-pounder felt he needed to take a redshirt during his senior campaign.

The move would leave the Golden Gophers with just one senior in the regular lineup for the 2008-09 campaign, but in addition to getting his body back to full strength, Schlatter thought the timing was right in order to reach his future goals -- a berth on the U.S. World Team in 2009 and a run at the 2012 Olympic squad.

"It was hard because we had such a young team, but we'll be young again next year and I think I will be able to help out with my leadership, "he says. "I just needed the time to get healthy and then work on things during my international training."

Schlatter, who won the NCAA championship and posted a 42-1 record at 149 as a freshman, holds a 100-7 record during his first three years of competition at Minnesota. The two-time Big Ten champion was third in the NCAA Championships as a sophomore but fell off to 21-5 during his junior season, when a severe hamstring injury limited him to only 17 regular season matches.

"It was a pretty rough year, "he says of his junior season. "I missed six weeks because of the hamstring and I couldn't really focus on my training because of the injury. Then you add in a knee sprain and a couple of ankle sprains and it was all weighing on me mentally.

"I just needed the time off. So far it has worked out pretty well and I'm at 100 percent now."

And Schlatter can now check his first goal off his list. Representing the Minnesota Storm, he defeated Travis Paulson of the Sunkist Kids in two straight matches at 74 kilograms (163 pounds) in the World Team Trials late last month to claim a berth on the U.S. squad. His summer will now be spent in Minneapolis and at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs as he prepares for the World Championships, which will be conducted in Herning, Denmark in September.

"I'm really excited, "he says. "This is going to be a great opportunity to get a lot better. All summer I'll be training with high-level coaches on a daily basis. I'll be able to get more insight on different styles of training and this is going to be a big help for my final year at Minnesota as well as my future."

According to Schlatter, the biggest difference between freestyle wrestling on the international level and on the collegiate level, more commonly known as folkstyle, is the scoring system. International rules only give one point for a takedown and two points when the back is exposed whereas college wrestlers receive two points for a takedown. There are no escape points internationally, only riding time.

Schlatter has already taken one international trip, when he traveled with a group of U.S. wrestlers to the Ukraine. They were housed at the training center for just over a week.

"Their training center is not nearly as nice as ours, "he says. "It was kind of culture shock going over there, but that was to be expected. We struggled quite a bit with the food. We were all dying to go into the city for a nice meal and that nice meal turned out to be McDonald's. It may be the opposite of what you consider a nice meal back home, but to us, those cheeseburgers and fries were like heaven."

Through his brief international experience so far, Schlatter has already discovered the international wrestlers tend to take a more deliberate approach to their matches.

"Their tempo is a lot slower, more laid back, "he says. "Americans are more aggressive. We believe our conditioning level is better than any other country, so we try to go at them real hard and get them tired."

At the age of 23, Schlatter is one of the youngest of the seven wrestlers representing the United States at the World Team Championships. However, he believes he is right on track in reaching his ultimate goal -- wrestling in the 2012 Olympics. He wanted to compete in the Olympic Trials last summer, but recovering from his injuries took a top priority.

"Absolutely, my goal is a medal at the 2012 Olympics, "he says. "After the World Championships, I will go back to Minnesota for my final year of eligibility and, hopefully, win another NCAA title next year. Then it will be back to international competition."

When he does resume action at Minnesota, the 5-foot-8 Schlatter estimates he will either be wrestling at 157 or 165 pounds. He competed unattached at 157 pounds this winter, compiling a 6-1 record.

"Going up in weight shouldn't be much of a problem for me, "he says. "I'm used to going up a couple of weight classes through my training at Minnesota. I'm a little thicker now through maturity and gaining more muscle, so I feel more comfortable at 157 or 165."

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Minneapolis Wrestlers League Information Meeting

June 22nd, 2009 by Tom


Minneapolis Wrestlers will have their first informational meeting on Tuesday June 30th at 8 pm at the 19 bar in Minneapolis.

It will be an open-house, get-to-know-each other kind of event. You can meet the organizers, other wrestlers, and ask any questions.

The 19 Bar is located at 19 West 15th Street in Minneapolis. Google Map. Everyone is welcome!

If you're curious, but not sure if you want to commit, this will be a great opportunity to learn everything you need to know. No need to RSVP, just show up.

WrestlingPod previously covered the Minneapolis Wrestlers group here.

Minneapolis St. Paul Wrestling League Starting Up

June 21st, 2009 by Tom

Wrestlers A group of Minneapolis & St. Paul wrestlers are working to get an amateur wrestling league put together.

They are seeking wrestlers of all sizes with any, or no, level of experience. They are open to any wrestling styles such as freestyle, amateur, submission, etc.

Wrestlers must be 18 years of age or older, any size, gay or straight, basically anyone who wants to learn wrestling, train, or to just wrestle in Twin Cities area.

If you are interested, visit the Minneapolis Wrestlers homepage.

Good luck guys!

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Augsburg Takes “Interim” Tag From Matzek, Makes Him Head Coach

May 15th, 2009 by Tom

Augsburg College Sports Information
MINNEAPOLIS -- The interim tag has been removed from Augsburg College wrestling head coach Mark Matzek's title.

Matzek, who guided the Auggies on an interim basis last season, has accepted the head coaching position on a permanent basis, Augsburg athletic director Jeff Swenson has announced. In addition, assistant head coach Jared Evans has also accepted a permanent position on the Auggie coaching staff.

Named interim head coach in July 2008, Matzek led the Auggies to a second-place NCAA Division III national tournament finish in the 2008-2009 season, finishing 11-2 in dual meets with a squad that included five new starters among the 10 weight classes. Along the way, the Auggies won the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III National Duals championship, topped perennial rival and eventual national champion Wartburg (Iowa) twice in dual meets, won the Great Lakes Regional and finished with seven All-Americans and one individual national champion. Academically, Augsburg finished 13th in the NWCA's Division III academic national listings with a 3.346 team grade-point average.

"I am very honored and humbled to take the role of head wrestling coach of my alma mater, "said Matzek, a 2005 Augsburg alumnus and Ellsworth, Wis., native. "I feel like I belong at Augsburg and there is no other program in the world I would rather be at. I will carry on the winning tradition as a coach, just as I did as a wrestler. Wrestlers in this program will have a championship wrestling experience while completing their degree to set themselves up for success after college."

Mark Matzek
A two-time individual national titlist and three-time All-American as an Augsburg wrestler, Matzek had served as an assistant coach for three seasons before being named interim head coach. Matzek is the ninth head coach in the history of Augsburg's wrestling program.

"Mark's success at Augsburg, and his commitment to Augsburg, speaks for itself, "said athletic director Swenson, who served as Augsburg's head coach for 25 seasons (1980-84, 1986-2007) and led the team to 10 Division III national titles. "As interim coach, Mark took on the challenge and exceeded all expectations. His commitment to the college community, academics and wrestling is nothing short of phenomenal."

One of the top lightweight wrestlers in Augsburg history, Matzek finished his career with a 129-21 record, winning the 133-pound national title in 2004 and 2005 (one of nine Auggie wrestlers to ever win multiple national titles) while placing fourth in 2003. He closed his career with a 42-match winning streak, including a 34-0 mark in his senior season. He was a member of Auggie squads that won the national title as a team in 2002 and 2005, while finishing second nationally in 2003 and 2004.

Academically, Matzek was a three-time NWCA Scholar All-American, an ESPN The Magazine (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honoree three times, and an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America (CoSIDA) first-team selection in 2005. He was a mathematics and secondary education major at Augsburg and carried a 3.408 grade-point average.

Jared Evans
A 2007 Augsburg alumnus, Evans will enter his third season on the Augsburg coaching staff, and second as assistant head coach. A native of Blue Earth, Minn., Evans earned All-American honors three times as a 149-pound wrestler, finishing seventh in 2005 (23-7 individual record), fourth in 2006 (38-8) and fourth in 2007 (37-5). He finished his career with a 139-37 record, including 23 pins, four technical falls and 19 major decisions. He was a part of Augsburg teams that won national titles in 2004-05 and 2006-07, while finishing second once and third once.

Academically, Evans was a health and physical education major with a 3.27 grade-point average. He earned NWCA Scholar All-America honors in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

Both Matzek and Evans will have other duties in the athletic department. Matzek also serves as director of the college's two fitness facilities in the Si Melby Hall/Kennedy Center complex -- the Hoyt Messerer Fitness Center and the James Haglund Family Fitness Center. Evans will also serve as an instructor in the college's Health and Physical Education department.

Cole Konrad Tries Out for Minnesota Vikings

May 13th, 2009 by Tom

Add Cole Konrad's name to the list of former top college wrestlers who want to play in the NFL.

The two-time NCAA heavyweight champ for the University of Minnesota in 2006 and 2007 tried out for the Minnesota Vikings in April.

Konrad, who hasn't played organized football since he was a high school freshman, was granted the opportunity to meet with the organization, and was put through a brief set of drills for offensive linemen.

In an article originally published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Konrad's college wrestling coach, J Robinson, is quoted as saying, "What I heard is someone from the Vikings grabbed a tackling dummy, held it up and told Cole, 'Go ahead, hit me as hard as you can.' And Cole knocked the guy right on his butt."

The former Golden Gopher heavyweight was a bit more modest in his account to the Star-Tribune. "I knocked the guy back quite a ways, and the dummy flew up in the air," said Konrad, a four-time NCAA All-American on the mat for Minnesota. "I think that was the deciding factor in the long run."

Whatever happened at the Vikings' Winter Park training facility, it earned Konrad an invitation to come back for a three-day rookie mini-camp, held this past weekend.

It's not Cole Konrad's first taste of an NFL mini-camp. In 2007, the 6'3" wrestling champ "who now reportedly tips the scale at a hefty 315 pounds "was invited to the New York Jets rookie camp along with Tommy Rowlands, a two-time NCAA heavyweight champ for Ohio State in 2003 and 2005.

In talking about his April tryout with the Vikings, Konrad said, "They said they'd like to try me as a guard. And they want me to get comfortable snapping the ball, in case they want to try me at center. I've been doing that. I'll do anything they want."

Konrad and Rowlands aren't the only veterans of the college mat to test their mettle on the football field. In late April, it was reported that 2009 NCAA All-American heavyweight Jermail Porter of Kent State University was about to sign a contract with the New England Patriots. Porter will join one of the more successful big men of amateur wrestling, Stephen Neal, a two-time NCAA heavyweight champ at Cal State Bakersfield in 1998-1999, and 1999 world freestyle champ, who has played right guard for the Patriots since 2001.

A couple years ago, another NCAA heavyweight champ for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Brock Lesnar, tried out for the Vikings as a defensive lineman, and even played a couple games before being cut by the team.

Cole Konrad, a friend and workout partner of Lesnar's, has talked to the current UFC heavyweight champ about his experience with the Vikings"¦ and weighed that against his expectations for a possible NFL career. "I just feel that offensive line is more similar to wrestling," said Konrad. "There's a lot of the same hand fighting for position, using leverage and stuff like that on the offensive line. What I'm trying to do is more like what Stephen Neal did in New England."

It's too early to predict what kind of future Cole Konrad might have in the NFL. However, he might find himself joining an elite group of former NCAA wrestling champs such as Jack Riley, Art Baker, Jim Nance, Sherwyn Thorson, Curley Culp, Carlton Haselrig and Stephen Neal who found success moving from grappling to the pro gridiron.


Elissa Reinsma is first MN girl wrestler to reach state.

March 1st, 2009 by Tom

By JOHN MILLEA, Star Tribune

LUVERNE, MINN. " Saturday was a big day for high school wrestling across Minnesota, as section tournaments determined the 672 individuals who will compete at this week's state tournament.

For 671 of them, advancing to state is a major accomplishment. For one of them, it is history.

Elissa Reinsma, a pony-tailed 103-pound sophomore from Fulda/Murray County Central, became the first female qualifier in the 72-year history of the state tournament Saturday. She placed second in the Class 2A, Section 3 tournament at Luverne High School and will take a record of 32-8 to the state tournament, which begins Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

She will join her brother Justin, a senior 130-pounder, in St. Paul. Justin, who has finished fifth in Class 2A twice, will compete at state for the fifth time.

Elissa said she has been dreaming about the state tournament for four years, beginning when she made her first trip to cheer for Justin in St. Paul.

"I went up to watch him and said, 'That's where I want to be,''' she said Saturday.

Both Reinsmas were seeded first in the section tournament, which began Friday night. After receiving a first-round bye, Elissa won her only Friday match by a score of 9-6. On Saturday she pulled out a 2-1 semifinal victory over ninth-grader John Weeding of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd and lost to second-seeded Adrian ninth-grader Nate Lynn 4-3 in the championship round. The top two wrestlers at each weight class advance to state.

Reinsma and Lynn have met five times this season, with Reinsma winning three times. In Saturday's match, Lynn went ahead 2-0 with a first-period takedown, a reversal by Reinsma made it 2-2 in the second period, Lynn scored a reversal for a 4-2 lead in the third period and Reinsma finished the scoring with an escape at the 40-second mark.

Lynn, who also will make his first trip to state, said, "Once you're out there you try not to think about it, and act like it's a guy you're wrestling. She's really quick and good on her feet."

Wearing a black T-shirt under her singlet and tucking her shoulder-length hair into a tight cap under her headgear, Reinsma was a model of efficient wrestling. With long arms and an aggressive style, she accomplished what she came so close to last season. She placed third in the 2008 section tournament.

Reinsma, who is ranked No. 7 in her 2A weight class by The Guillotine wrestling publication, has a pedigree in the sport. Her grandfather, Clet Blegens, is a former head wrestling coach at Slayton High School (which is now Murray County Central). He was in the stands Saturday to watch his granddaughter make history.

Elissa has a twin brother, Matt, and a younger brother, Mitch; they both play basketball.

Now in her third year as a varsity wrestler, Reinsma also plays volleyball and softball. She made what might have been the biggest decision of her athletic career in junior high. She almost went out for basketball, but chose wrestling instead.

And the rest, now, is history.

Dennis Koslowski: Farm Boy to Olympic Medalist (2009 Hall of Fame Inductee)

January 4th, 2009 by Tom

By Gary Abbott

Along with his twin brother Duane, a teenage boy named Dennis Koslowski was exposed to wrestling during physical education class in Webster, S.D. Who would know that this would eventually lead the twins to an international wrestling career that would take them both to the Olympic Games?

"The high school wrestling coach was also the phys ed teacher," said Duane Koslowski. "He recognized two young farm boys as raw but very strong. We both did well at an early age in wrestling."

It was Dennis, the smaller of the two twin brothers, who became one of the most successful U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers ever and now a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

"It was the instant gratification of hard work that appealed to me," said Dennis Koslowski about wrestling. "You put in the effort and it pays off. You learn new moves and get to see it work in competition. Duane and I were the type of guys who, on the long ride home from tournaments, would go over every portion of the matches while the other guys were sleeping. We had a different approach."

Dennis Koslowski became the first U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler to win two medals at the Olympic Games. Koslowski captured a bronze medal at 100 kg/220 lbs. at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, and came back to win a silver medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

"His power was legendary, his skills were masterful, and his composure was rock solid," said Tom Minkel, head coach of the 1992 Olympic Greco-Roman Team. "He routinely wrecked the opponents in his weight class "and he was a gentleman while doing it."

At Doland High School in South Dakota, Duane Koslowski was a state champion and state runner-up in wrestling, while Dennis Koslowski was third in the state two times. The brothers went on to the University of Minnesota-Morris, where they both excelled in wrestling and football.

Dennis won two NCAA Div. III national wrestling titles at UM-Morris, capturing the 190 title in 1980 and the Heavyweight title in 1982. Duane won the Div. III national wrestling title in wrestling once. In football, Dennis was a three-time All-Conference offensive lineman, while Duane made All-Conference and All-American as a lineman. The brothers competed in the NCAA Div. III football playoffs four times, including two trips to the semifinals.

It was Dennis Koslowski who continued wrestling after college, with encouragement from 1980 Olympian Brad Rheingans and talented Greco-Roman coach Dan Chandler. Koslowski went to Minneapolis to attend chiropractor school, and trained in Greco-Roman, a style which he had no previous experience. Duane retired from wrestling, as he concentrated on his family and a professional career.

Koslowski quickly became a force in U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling. He won the his first of seven USA Wrestling national titles in 1983 and defeated talented Greg Gibson to make his first U.S. World team that year, placing sixth in the World. In the 1984 Olympic Trials, however, Gibson defeated Koslowski in a close three-match battle, and Gibson went on to win an Olympic silver medal at the Los Angeles Games.

"I was just starting to get the hang of it," said Dennis Koslowski. "Part of me didn't want to go to that Olympic camp. But if my idea was to continue, I knew that experience would be in my memory. I worked out with Gibson and Jeff Blatnick all summer. I never lost to them the whole time. That was also when Duane decided to throw his hat in the ring, and become a training partner for me. It worked out great for us both."

Duane moved up to Minneapolis, and "the Minnesota twins" became a force internationally. Dennis was sixth in the 1985 World Championships and seventh in the 1986 World Championships. In 1987, Dennis made his first major international breakthrough, winning a World silver medal. Duane placed fourth in the 1986 World Championships and fifth in the 1987 World Championships.

"All throughout our wrestling career, we leapfrogged one another," said Dennis Koslowski of his wrestling journey alongside brother Duane. "One would have success and the other one would see it and also get better. We'd think if he can do it, I can do it. Each of us would surge at different times and see the other brother's confidence."

Dennis realized that he had done everything necessary to be an international star, and focused on winning the close matches against the top competitors.

"From the first time I made the World Team, my focus turned to being the best in the world, not just the best in the USA," said Dennis. "I studied my opponents, watched tape, and reviewed tactics. My thing was that a guy was never going to take me down with his best move or turn me with his best move. I got into the physical conditioning level where it became a physical chess match. I got to where I belonged there. It was a matter of doing it on the mat."

In 1988, the Koslowski brothers reached their dream of qualifying for the Olympic Games, winning the Olympic Trials and earning a trip to the Seoul Games. At the Olympics, Dennis had the best performance on the U.S. team, capturing the bronze medal. His loss was to eventual champion Andrej Wronski of Poland. Dennis was the first U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler to win a medal at a non-boycotted Olympics. Duane placed eighth at super heavyweight.

After the Seoul Olympics, the Koslowski brothers retired from competition. Dennis accepted the position of National Greco-Roman Coach for USA Wrestling, the first full-time professional coach to lead Greco-Roman Team USA. In 1989, under Koslowski's leadership, the USA placed sixth in the World Championships, led by World silver medalist Michial Foy. In 1990, Koslowski resigned from his coaching position to return to Minnesota to start his own chiropractic practice and focus more on his family.

"I had more time to apply to wrestling that year as a coach," said Koslowski. "I studied a lot of tape and saw the tactics of the best wrestlers in the world. I knew if I wanted to wrestle again that I needed a break. As the coach, I worked out and wrestled every day. I thought to myself that I can still do it."

Koslowski returned to the mats in 1991 for another run at the Olympic Games. He won his sixth career U.S. Nationals title then earned a spot on the World Team. Although he did not surrender an offensive point, Koslowski placed seventh at the World meet. In 1992, Koslowski won his seventh national title then qualified for his second Olympic Games with a victory at the Olympic Trials.

In the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, Koslowski defeated 1988 Olympic champion Andzej Wronski of Poland in the opening match, then qualified for the gold-medal finals, where he was defeated by Cuba's World champion Hector Millian in a hard-fought battle in overtime. His silver medal was once again the top performance of a U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler at the Olympics.

"I felt like I was on a wave, and as long as I didn't get in my own way, I'd get a medal," said Dennis Koslowski. "I felt I did what I had to do to win. I was super confident."

Koslowski was the first U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler to win two Olympic medals. Only one person has matched his feat, the legendary Rulon Gardner. His three career Greco-Roman World and Olympic medals was also matched by Gardner, behind only Matt Ghaffari with four Greco-Roman medals. His seven national titles, two national runner-up finishes, four World Cup silver medals, two Pan American Games silver medals and four Concord Cup International titles stacks up with the best in American history.

"We have had many outstanding Greco-Roman wrestlers in the United States, but very few who were great. Dennis Koslowski was great and it is fitting that he will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame," said Dan Chandler, Koslowski's club coach and an Olympic team coach. "As a coach, it was always a pleasure to work with an athlete who was a true student of the sport. It was highlight of my coaching career to have worked with Dennis in Seoul and Barcelona."

Not only was Dennis Koslowski successful on the mat, but he wrestled with a passion and style that made him great.

"His discipline and belief was always there," said twin brother Duane. "A lot of people could have quit along the journey. When you had to wrestle him, he wore you out. There was not a lot of finesse. You could see World class guys who wrestled him and just quit. He wasn't going around you. He was going through you."

His chiropractor practice in Minneapolis has thrived, with Koslowski working with the NFL Minnesota Vikings as well as other important clients. He remained active in wrestling by coaching with the Minnesota Storm club and helping train other Greco-Roman wrestlers. Koslowski has been elected into the Div. III Wrestling Hall of Fame as well as the UM-Morris Athletic Hall of Fame.

"It is overwhelming," said Dennis Koslowski of being elected to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. "There are a lot of different roads to the Hall of Fame. I didn't have the pedigree coming out of high school and college. That is what I am most proud of. It is very exciting to tell my coaches, friends and training partners about this honor."

Nord named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

December 28th, 2008 by Tom

University of Minnesota Sports Information

University of Minnesota sophomore Joe Nord was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week today following an upset victory over Nebraska's No. 12 Tucker Lane this weekend. Nord defeated Lane with a 6-2 decision in heavyweight bout of the Gophers' 21-18 loss to No. 3 Nebraska on Sunday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb.

Nord rallied from a 1-0 deficit with a reversal in the opening seconds of the third period. A nearfall later in the final stanza helped the sophomore to gain the 6-2 victory. With the win, Nord improves his record to 8-2 this season. The Waconia, Minn. native has been splitting time with 18th-ranked teammate Ben Berhow at the heavyweight slot for the Gophers this season.

This week's laurel marks the second time this season a Gopher has earned the weekly accolade. Mike Thorn was named the conference's Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 25.

Nord and the Gophers open their home schedule when they welcome perennial power Oklahoma State to the Sports Pavilion on New Year's Day. Tickets still remain for Minnesota's 2:00 pm. dual with the No. 13 Cowboys and can be purchased by calling 1-800-U-GOPHER or by contacting the Gopher Ticket Office at 612-624-8080.

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