How Did the Storm Athletes do at Fargo?

The 2018 US Marine Corps Junior and Cadet National tournament kicked off over the weekend, representing for most high school aged athletes the culmination of the 2018 season. The event draws close to 5,000 unique entrants from across the country all in search of bringing home a coveted “stop sign;” a representation that the individual has earned a place on the podium and became an age group All-American. This age group tournament also serves as a stepping stone for future Olympic hopefuls, most members of the Minnesota Storm Senior Roster competed in the tournament at some point in their career. For some the tournament was their first opportunity to test their skills on the national stage, for some it’s where […]

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Jayson Ness Headlines Gopher Dual with Freestyle Exhibition

This Sunday the University of Minnesota will honor current and past Minnesota Storm Wrestling Club members in their dual against Fresno State. The dual, starting at 1 pm at the Maturi Sports Pavilion, will have a number of Storm legends in attendance. Including past Olympic and World medalists, along with current Storm wrestlers that are part of the USA National and World Teams. The highlight of the event will feature an exhibition match between current Storm Freestyle Athlete Jayson Ness and Fresno State Regional Training Center Athlete Anthony Abidin. This will be a treat for Minnesota fans to see the former NCAA Champion and the most recent Gopher Hodge Trophy winner come out of the tunnel one more time. The […]

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Minnesota Storm U23 World Championship Preview

Minnesota wrestlers are well represented at yet another World Championships. This time, it will be at the inaugural U23 World Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland from November 21-26. United World Wrestling recently added the 23 and under age category, in addition to their cadet, and junior developmental divisions. Three decorated Minnesota Storm wrestlers qualified for the Championships at the World Team Trials in Rochester, MN in October for the opportunity to wear the red, white and blue this week on one of the world’s biggest wrestling stages. The first to compete will be 85 kg, Greco Roman wrestler, Barrett Stanghill. The Montana native, who has been knocking at the door at multiple levels, will be competing in his first World […]

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Six-minute mat chat with reigning freestyle national champion, Mitch McKee

MINNEAPOLIS — This time last year Mitch McKee stormed his way through the UWW Freestyle Junior National Championships, racking up four technical falls in the preliminary rounds before pinning Seth Gross, an NCAA Division-I finalist in 2017, in the first period of the finals. It was a dominant performance that showcased McKee’s talents as a freestyle wrestler. This week McKee is heading back to Las Vegas to defend his title as a UWW Junior freestyle national champion. Coming off his freshman season with the Gophers, in which he qualified for the NCAA Division-I National Championships at 133 pounds, McKee is excited to get back on the mat. “I have had some time to rest before this tournament. Sometimes it is […]

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Storm athletes set to compete in the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix

Szombathely, Hungary – Three members of the Minnesota Storm will compete this week in the prestigious Hungarian Grand Prix in Szombathely, Hungary. The United States Greco team has been in Tata, Hungary for the past several days, training with a number of European national teams. This trip has earned a regular place in the U.S. Greco Roman calendar. The quality of the training camp that precedes the competition adds a lot of value to the tour for our US athletes. Rau (@Raustler84) tweeted a picture of the Storm teammates overlooking the city of Budapest earlier this week. (L-R, Stanghill, Allen, and Rau.) Joe Rau leads the way for the Storm heading into the competition this weekend. The 2016 U.S. Olympic […]

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