(L to R): McGwire Midkiff, Jaden Van Maanen; Jared Franek, and Dylan Droegemueller
Over the weekend of May 16th elite wrestlers from all over the country took part in the UWW World Team Trials in hope sof making Junior/Senior level world teams. The Bison Wrestling Club has three athletes competing in the UWW Junior Freestyle division. Club athletes that competed were McGwire Midkiff 57 kg; Jaden Van Maanen 70 kg; and Jared Franek 70kg. Franek; despite coming in as the #6 seed; opened with a narrow loss 4-5 to #3 seed Harold Mauller. In the wrestle-backs Franek won his first bout 6-0 over Jacori Teemer of the Sunkist Wrestling Club which set up another chance against Mauller. In that re-match Franke was able to win the hand fights and found ways to prevent Mauller from scoring and came away with a solid 5-1 win. In Franek's true-third place match he faced off against Nebraska's Peyton Robb. Winner of the true-third place match makes a U.S. National Team; Franek wound up losing 2-13 to Robb. Jared finished the tournament with 3 wins and 2 losses.
Jaden VanMaanen qualified at the same weight as Franek; 70 kgs; and was unable to create any offense as he squared up against #4 seed Jacori Teemer. Teemer found all the offense and came away with a decisive 10-0 TF. In the wrestle-backs, Van Maanen's new opponent was the #5 seed Justin McCoy of the Cavalier Wrestling Club. After a couple of exchanges and some scrambling the match would come to and end with McCoy being declared the winner 8-0. Jaden finished 0-2 on the day.
The final competitor for the club finished with 3 wins and 2 losses. McGwire Midkiff competed at 57 kilograms and started his day up against #6 seed Eric Barnett out of the Badger RTC. Midkiff got hit with a couple of throws during the match which ultimately led to a 7-14 loss. Barnett is a past U.S. world team member and is no slouch. In the wrestle-backs Midkiff controlled the pace and rattled off three straight wins; two by technical fall, and one by a narrow 5-4 decision. Those wins put Midkiff into the consolation-semifinals where once again had to wrestle Barnett who lost in the championship semifinals. In a competitive match, Barnett scored first a two point takedown. Midkiff stormed back with two of his own takedowns to take a 4-2 lead half way through the first. Staying aggressive, Midkiff got out of position and gave up a one point push-out and a four point throw that led to a fall. Barnett would end up finishing in third beating University of Minnesota's Patrick McKee for third.
Overall the club was again represented at a highly regarded tournament. The BWC finished 6-6 overall in the tournament with the guys getting another opportunity at a great wrestling experience.
Bison Wrestling Club's Jaden Van Maanen finished in 8th place wrestling 70 kgs at the prestigious UWW FILA Junior Championships held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Van Maanen started hot with three straight wins to move himself into the quarterfinals. Van Maanen ended up losing that match putting him into the "blood round" match against Justin McCoy of the Cavalier Wrestling Club. Jaden wound up winning the bout 9-7 and locked himself in with a top eight finish. Jaden would go on to lose his next two matches to finish the tournament with four wins and three loses to go with his eighth place finish.
Other BWC athletes who participated in the tournament are as follows:
Austin Brenner 74 kgs. (0-2) DNP
Dylan Droegemueller 65 kgs. (2-2) DNP
James Noel 74kgs. (3-2) DNP
Jared Franek 70 kgs. (3-2) DNP
McGwire Midkiff 57 kgs. (2-2) DNP
Noah Cressell 92 kgs. (1-2) DNP
Sam Stuhl 65 kgs. (0-2) DNP
T.J. Pottinger 86 kgs. (0-2) DNP
Brandon Metz 130 kgs Senior Greco (1-2) DNP
Brandon Metz 125 kgs. Senor Freestyle (1-2) DNP
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The Bison Youth Wrestling Club had only 18 athletes enter the state tournament and scored 248.0 points to win the Individual Team Tournament points race. The BWC had 15 kid reach the podium. The results are as follows:
Nolan Genereux's place is 2nd and has scored 27.0 team points.
Coltyn Mueller's place is 3rd and has scored 25.0 team points.
Jack Clemenson's place is 2nd and has scored 27.0 team points.
Watson Nagel's place is unknown and has scored 3.0 team points.
Grady Olafson's place is 5th and has scored 12.0 team points.
Jake Mattern's place is 3rd and has scored 22.0 team points.
Chase Clemenson's place is 2nd and has scored 22.5 team points.
Zakary Christiansen's place is unknown and has scored 8.0 team points.
Griffin Magee's place is 2nd and has scored 26.0 team points.
Kendall Booker's place is 1st and has scored 29.0 team points.
Stetson Gisselbeck's place is 1st and has scored 25.5 team points.
Kane Mathiason's place is 5th and has scored 9.0 team points.
Wyatt Kosidowski's place is 1st and has scored 32.0 team points.
Gus Werremeyer's place is 5th and has scored 14.0 team points.
William Ward's place is 1st and has scored 34.0 team points.
Harper Schultz's place is unknown and has scored 5.0 team points.
Malachi Werremeyer's place is 2nd and has scored 18.0 team points.
Jaxon Werder's place is unknown and has scored 1.0 team points.
The Bison Youth Wrestling Club took the stage Friday night in Bismarck, North Dakota taking part in their first-ever State Dual Meet competition. The tournament was being held in the Bismarck Civic Center where the BWC squared off against #2 seed MATPAC Red in first round competition. The team went on to win that match-up 39-26 led by accumulating four straight wins in Stetson Gisselbeck- 75 pounds; Kane Mathiason-80 pounds; Koltyn Grebel-88 pounds; and Wyatt Kosidowski -95 pounds; and capping it off with a pin by William Ward at 125 pounds. The BWC quarterfinal match-up with MATPAC Grey seemed to be a breeze as they handled their opponent 54-18 to move into the semifinals. Up next came Mandan WC. Kellan Woodard, Jack Clemenson, Griffin Magee, Jake Mattern, Koltyn Grebel, Wyatt Kosidowski, ad William Ward all tallied pins in the dual to finish with a 50-24 victory and advance to their first ever championship dual against the #1 seed and returning champions MATPAC Blue. At 50 pounds, Kellan Woodard started the dual out with a pin to put the Bison up 6-0. But MATPAC Blue struck back with a pin of their own at 55 pounds to tie the score 6-6. The two teams would trade pins the following two matches to knot the score at 12 heading into the heart of the BWC line-up. At 70 pounds, 12U 70 lb. State Champion Kendall Booker took to the mat against 14U 71lb. State Champion Benjamin DeForest. In a clash of two young talented wrestlers, DeForest came out the victor with a 5-2 decision. At 75 pounds, the BWC's Stetson Gisselbeck would tie the dual 15-15 with a huge 4-0 decision. But the MATPAC would storm back with a pin of their own to take a 21-15 lead. At 88 pounds BWC wrestler Koltyn Grebel gutted out a nice 4-3 decision to close the gap 21-18 in favor of MATPAC Blue. Then the Bison got a big pin from Wyatt Kosidowski to take the lead 24-21. With four weights left and only able to fill three of them, the Bison knew they needed to win two of the next three to win this dual. The following match MATPAC Blue would earn a major decision; worth four team points; to take a narrow lead by a score of 25-24. In a must win situation, BWC 115 pounder Gus Werremeyer took advantage of that situation and controlled his way to a 2-1 decision and put the Bison up 27-25. With the closer himself up next; William Ward took to the mat with confidence and would look to pin his opponent a close out the dual. At the beginning of the match Ward was in a scramble situation and with his head tied up, he became was very light headed. After an injury time out and the score tied 2-2, Ward was able to take his opponent down and turn him to his back to collect the pin for the team and seal the dual meet victory. That pin, at 1:21 in the first period, put the BWC up 33-25. The Bison then had to forfeit at heavyweight which would not matter, and eventually won the dual 33-31. The BWC participated in two dual meet events this season in both large group and small group with the large group finishing 8-0 on the year and the small group finishing 5-3.
Bison Wrestling Club Youth Teams
For the first time ever the Bison Wrestling Club represented in a youth dual tournament. Two teams attended for each division being a 12U team and and 10U team. The 12U team was in a five team round robin and competed in four duals. The team finished the day 4-0 and won its first dual championship. The 10U team was in a six team competition and split into two pools. BWC 10U won their pool finishing 2-0 and moved into the championship bracket where they went 1-1 and finished in third. Below are the final results:
Rd 1: BWC 40 Lisbon 15
Rd 2: BWC 51 Valley City 12
Rd 3: BWC 54 Harvey S.W.A.T. 12
Rd 4: Bye
Rd 5: BWC 49 Carrington 12
Rd. 1: BWC 42 Harvey S.W.A.T. 24
Rd. 2: Bye
Rd. 3: BWC 36 Lisbon 27
Semifinals: BWC 28 Valley City 30
Third Place: BWC wins by forfeit over Harvey S.W.A.T.
Fifth grader Billy Ward and second grader Jack Clemenson each took top 6 honors in their respective weight classes this past weekend competing at the Gopher National tournament held in Monticello, Minnesota. In a bracket with 19 other kids, Billy Ward finished in 5th place; wrestling at 120 lbs. Ward finished 6-2 on the day that included 3 pins. Jack Clemenson also has 19 other kids in his bracket as he finished in 6th place; wrestling at 60 lbs. Jack finished 4-3 in his first national tournament.
The Bison Wrestling Club had three other athletes competing in the tournament; third grader Chase Clemenson finished 2-2 wrestling at 75 lbs.; fourth grader Griffin Magee finished 1-2 at 63 lbs.; and sixth grader Stetson Gisselbeck finished 0-2 at 74lbs.
The following Bison Wrestling Club youth wrestlers competed at Fargo Davies High School on Saturday, January 26th. The club had 12 wrestlers competing at the tournament and the results are as follows:
Coltyn Mueller- 1st Place; Watson Nagel- 1st Place; Griffin Magee- 1st Place; Grady Olafson- 1st place; Stetson Gisselbeck- 1st Place; Billy Ward- 1st Place; Jaxon Werder- 1st Place; Nolan Genereux- 2nd Place; Jake Mattern- 2nd Place; Cameron Halverson- 2nd Place; Harper Schultz- 2nd Place; Louie Sexton- 4th Place
L to R: William Ward and Griffin Magee
The Bison Wrestling Club had two athletes take part in the Midwest Wrestling Tour Badgerland Nationals down in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on January 5th. Fifth grader William Ward had a great weekend and finished in 3rd Place at 130 lbs. Ward finished the day with a 3-1 record; which included two wins by pin and a 9-0 major decision. Ward's only loss came to eventual champion in the semifinals by the a score of 15-8.
Fourth grader Griffin Magee wrestled at 63 lbs and finished the day with a 1-2 record. Magee won his first round match by pin in 1:21 then lost 9-0 to eventual champion in the quarterfinals. In the consolation round Magee went on to lose a close 4-2 decision to end his day.
Overall, the boys wrestled well and learned a lot. Tournaments like this are a great challenge for the athletes to see where they are good and where they need to make improvement.
Next up for the Bison Wrestling Club will be January 11th in Moorhead, Minnesota; January 12th in Fergus Falls, Minnesota; and potentially January 13th again in Moorhead, Minnesota
The Bison Wrestling Club Youth took to the mats on Sunday, December 30th competing at the prestigious youth wrestling tournament The Rumble on the Red; held in the Fargo Dome. The BWC scored a total 62 team points with 7 club kids entered. The team was led by 5th grader Billy Ward who finished in 2nd place at 130 lbs. The BWC also had 5th grader Cameron Halverson; wrestling at 120 lbs.; finish in 5th place. Fourth grader Griffin Magee finished in the Round of 12 in the 10U 65 lbs. division registering 3 wins and 2 loses. Jack Clemenson (2nd Grade), finished 2-2 in the 8U 60 lb. category. Chase Clemenson and Stetson Gisselbeck each registered 1 win on the day wrestling in the 10U 80lb. and 12U 75 lb. divisions. Derick Jorissen also competed in the 10U 60 lb. division and finished 0-2. Overall, the boys wrestled their best and are looking to make improvements in the next few weeks here leading up to their next competitions.
The Bison youth took to the mats again; this time in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. The club had 11 wrestlers competing with four champions in Jack Clemenson- 2nd Grade; Watson Nagel- 2nd Grade; Cameron Halverson- 5th Grade; and Billy Ward- 5th Grade. The club also had five runner-up finishes in Coltyn Mueller- 2nd Grade; Chase Clemenson-3rd Grade; Jake Mattern- 4th Grade; Stetson Gisselbeck- 6th grade; and Alex Anderson- 6th Grade. Derick Jorissen and Harper Schultz each came home with bronze medals.
The Bison Wrestling Club youth season has begun. The first local tournament was held in Glyndon, MN at the D-G-F High School. A total of eleven club kids competed in the event. The club had eight champions in Coltyn Mueller -2nd grade, Jack Clemenson-2nd grade, Watson Nagel- 2nd grade, Chase Clemenson- 3rd grade, Griffin Magee- 4th grade, Stetson Gisselbeck- 5th grade, Cameron Halverson- 5th grade, and Billy Ward- 5th grade. The club also had a runner-up finish in Alex Anderson-6th grade; and bronze medals going to Jake Mattern-4th grade, and Derick Jorissen-4th grade.
Great work boys! Keep working hard and continue to improve for the next one.
Below is the form to fill out and return at Tuesday's November 20th's practice if you would like to purchase a singlet, shirt, and shorts for your child to wear during competitions. These competition singlets, shorts and shirts are meant to be worn for all tournaments they may participate in. If you are planning on writing a check please make it out to the Bison Wrestling Club; we also have the credit card option as well. If you have any questions feel free to talk with Coach Magee.
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The Bison Wrestling Club is playing host to a pre-season camp in the NDSU Wrestling room every Sunday until October 21st. The sessions will run from 1:30-3:00 pm and are designed to get the wrestlers in some shape to prepare for their respective seasons. The camp is open to all athletes in grades 7-12 and the cost is $70 for all 7 sessions. Please refer to the flyer that is posted for more details.
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(L to R) Jaden VanMaanen, Paul Bianchi, Sawyer Degen, Brandon Metz, Brent Fleetwood, and McGwire Midkiff
The Bison Wrestling Club had five athletes competing this past weekend in Rochester, MN with hopes of making a world team. Wrestlers Paul Bianchi-57 kgs; McGwire Midkiff-61 kgs; Jaden VanMaanen- 70 kgs; Brandon Metz-125 kgs; and Brent Fleetwood-57 kgs all had their respective chances to get to that point. With a number of great competitors and a barrage of talent, the BWC wrestlers had some highs and some lows.
Paul Bianchi lead the way for the Junior level wrestlers finishing second in the challenge tournament with significant wins over Pat McKee (Minnesota Storm) 18-8 and Gage Curry (American) 10-0. Those wins set up a match against Ohio State recruit and two-time cadet world team member Malik Heinselman. Bianchi would go on to lose the bout 8-2.
McGwire Midkiff and Brandon Metz each recorded wins to start their day. Midkiff rattled off a 10-0 victory over Northern Iowa's Jack Skudlarczyk before running into Jordan Decatur and Joshua Saunders ending his run at making the team. Brandon Metz came in as the second seed in the challenge tournament starting his run with a solid 3-0 victory over Michigan State's Christian Rebottaro. In the challenge tournament semi-finals Metz was up against Illinois' Anthony Cassioppi. Metz and Cassioppi are no strangers to each other as they had met in the 2017 Junior Greco and Freestyle finals in Fargo; with Cassioppi taking both bouts. The match was pretty competitive with Cassioppi holding onto a 1-0 lead heading into the second period. At the start of the second; Metz tweaked his right knee which led to the snowball effect of points that ended with Cassioppi winning 11-0. Metz was forced to default out of the tournament. Metz also has a chance to make the Greco world team this June.
In the toughest weight of the tournament Jaden VanMaanen- 70 kgs; lost both matches to very respectable opponents in David Carr (Titan Mercury WC) 15-9; and Brock Mauller (Eierman Elite) 11-0 to end his day 0-2.
In the Senior level; Brent Fleetwood- 57 kgs; came into the tournametn as the seventh seed having to face off against former University of Minnesota four-time All-American Zach Sanders (Minnesota Storm). The two traded off attacks with Sanders scoring first. From there he never looked back as Sanders came away with an 8-0 victory. Fleetwood would drop down to the consolation rounds where he faced off against former Cornell All-American Frank Perrelli (Titan Mercury WC); who was previouly ranked #19 in the world at 57 kgs. Fleetwood came out hot by controlling the center of the mat and putting Perrelli on the shot clock and earnign the first point of the match. Fleetwood and Perrelli were tied 1-1 going into the second before Fleetwood scored a two point takedown on a double leg attack; followed up by a four-point throw. The throw you be challenged and it would stand to give Fleetwood the extra point and an 8-1 lead. A late takedown by Perrelli wasn't enough and Fleetwood came away with an impressive 8-3 victory. Later in the day Fleetwood would lose a tough battle to former Illinois All-American Zane Richards 12-6 t end his impressive showings in both the U.S. Open and the UWW World Team Trails.
Overall, the experience was a good one for these athletes to see where they are at and what they can improve on. It also shows us as a club where we need to grow and where we can benefit from resources we have coming in.
The Bison Wrestling Club will have five athletes competing for a chance to make a world team this weekend in Rochester, MN. The BWCRTC will have Brent Fleetwood 57kgs in the Senior Division competing along with Junior Division competitors Paul Bianchi 57kgs; McGwire Midkiff 61kgs; Jaden VanMaanen 70kgs; and Brandon Metz 125kgs who will all be trying to make a world team in Freestyle. Junior competition starts Friday with the Senior level competition on Saturday. All matches can be seen on http://www.flowrestling.com located in the FLOARENA. Matches can only be seen if you have a flowrestling account.
Welcome to the new home of the Bison Wrestling Club. We have upgraded/updated our website to help allow better communication of all activities associated with the club along with providing online registration/payment options and a live calendar to keep everyone in loop on practices, events, tournaments, etc. Please take some time to navigate our new site and see all the new great features. Ultimately we are striving to make a better experience for our alumni, fans, supporters, and participants!!