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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.
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