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

Published April 26th, 2017 by MTC Staff

Mitch McKee will compete in the UWW Junior National Championships this week in Las Vegas. The Gopher wrestler, NCAA Qualifier, and reigning UWW Junior freestyle national champion will look to defend his title at 60 kilograms (132 lbs).

Hayden Zillmer ready to compete in the 2017 World Team Trials

Published April 25th, 2017 by MTC Staff

Minnesota Storm's Hayden Zillmer (Right) will compete this week in the U.S. Greco Roman World Team Trials in Las Vegas. Currently ranked 19th in the world, Hayden looks to qualify for his first senior U.S. World Team and to represent the U.S. in the World Championships in Paris in August.  

Sanders makes strides as a coach while still pursuing his own dreams

Published April 13th, 2017 by MTC Staff

We caught up with Zach Sanders (left) to hear how he balances coaching for the Gophers and training full-time as a professional freestyle athlete for the Minnesota Storm.

Pat Smith discusses studying abroad and training in Sweden for three months on the Guillotine Grapevine Podcast

Published April 7th, 2017 by MTC Staff

After spending the last three months training and studying abroad in Sweden, Pat Smith sits down with Jason Bryant on the latest episode of The Guillotine Grapevine podcast to talk about the experience. 

Zillmer ranked in the world for second straight month

Published April 7th, 2017 by MTC Staff

Hayden Zillmer is recognized in the latest UWW rankings. He has shown strong international prowess this year as he moves into the World Team Trials in Las Vegas, April 27-29.


Tony Nelson included in UWW's latest world rankings

Published April 5th, 2017 by MTC Staff

Tony Nelson was included on the official “shortlist” of the world’s best freestyle wrestlers. The Minnesota Storm heavyweight has had a strong season and will bring momentum with him into Las Vegas for the U.S. Open National Championships, April 27-29.

Storm athletes set to compete in the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix

Published March 23rd, 2017 by MTC Staff

Three members of the Minnesota Storm, Rau, Stanghill and Allen, set to compete in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Malcolm Allen wins the 2017 Dave Schultz Memorial International

Published February 2nd, 2017 by MTC Staff

“It shows I can do it,” Allen explained, after winning his first international competition in as many attempts. He joined the Minnesota Storm last year and has been improving ever since.

Storm blows into Vegas and returns home with another Greco-Roman championship

Published December 21st, 2016 by MTC Staff

Pat Smith led the charge for the Minnesota Storm picking up a championship at the U.S. Open in Greco-Roman at 71kg in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 17. 

Minnesota Freestylers Going after Greco National Titles

Published December 14th, 2016 by MTC Staff

 "Wrestling is Wrestling."

Minnesota Storm Freestyle Standouts will compete in the upcoming Senior National Championships in Greco-Roman wrestling.


Nelson leads the way at the Bill Farrell International

Published November 12th, 2016 by MTC Staff

The Minnesota Storm came away with five medals at the Bill Farrell International in New York City this weekend. Tony Nelson lead the way by defeating Dom Bradley in the freestyle finals at 125 kilograms (275 lbs).

Minnesota Storm advance four to the finals of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Published April 10th, 2016 by MTC Staff

Storm teammates filled the finals in four of the six Olympic weight categories at the U.S. Greco Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City. Pat Smith, Andy Bisek, Jake Clark and Joe Rau each represented the Storm in the best of three format in the finals.

Minnesota Storm well-represented at upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City

Published April 5th, 2016 by MTC Staff

The Minnesota Storm will send 18 wrestlers to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City on April 9-10, the most of any privately-operated training location in the United States.

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Minnesota Storm takes four gold medals at Greco-Roman Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier

Published April 5th, 2016 by MTC Staff

Four Minnesota Storm athletes qualified for the Olympic Trials after winning the Last Chance Qualifier in Cedar Falls. Photo by Tony Rotundo/

Holm wins gold, Rau takes bronze in Greco-Roman at Pan American Olympic Qualifier

Published March 7th, 2016 by MTC Staff

Jordan Holm won a gold medal at the Pan Am Olympic Qualifier on Sunday, March 6 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Tony Rotundo)

MTC's Pat Smith wins second Pan Am Gold

Published February 28th, 2016 by MTC Staff

Minnesota Training Center athlete Pat Smith won his second straight Pan American Championship on Sunday in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Stuart Spears).

Two-time World Teamer Jake Clark featured on Guillotine Grapevine Podcast

Published January 1st, 2016 by MTC Staff

Two-time World Team member Jake Clark talks about his comeback to competition and what it's like being back training in Minnesota after a number of years in Hawaii.

Joe Rau featured on USA Wrestling Bonus Points Podcast

Published December 22nd, 2015 by MTC Staff

U.S. National Champion Joe Rau joins Richard Immel of USA Wrestling on Episode 24 of the Bonus Points Podcast. 

Schiller, Nelson qualify for Olympic Trials with solid Vegas performance

Published December 20th, 2015 by MTC Staff

Scott Schiller (pictured) was one of two Minnesota Storm freestyle athletes to earn berths to the 2016 Olympic Trials in Iowa City in April. 

Rau goes big, Clark shuts out competition as MTC takes two Greco titles in Vegas

Published December 19th, 2015 by MTC Staff

Joe Rau (blue) took Caylor Williams for a ride on Friday night in Las Vegas en route to a U.S. Open Championship title. Six additional Storm wrestlers earned qualification spots for the Olympic Trials.

5 things to look for on DAY 1 of competition in Vegas

Published December 17th, 2015 by MTC Staff

Five things every fan should keep an eye on going into this weekend of competition at the Olympic Team Trials Qualifier and US Nationals in Las Vegas.

Greco-Roman preview for Olympic Team Trials Qualifier and U.S. Nationals in Vegas

Published December 15th, 2015 by MTC Staff

Olympic silver medalist Brandon Paulson runs the Storm wrestlers through a light day of practice as the Greco-Roman athletes prepare for Las Vegas. 

Freestyle preview for Olympic Team Trials Qualifier and U.S. Nationals in Vegas

Published December 14th, 2015 by MTC Staff

Catching up with Gopher legend Marty Morgan as he helps Storm wrestlers prepare for their run towards the Olympic Games in 2016.

Brian Graham qualifies for Olympic Trials with bronze medal finish at Vantaa Cup

Published November 23rd, 2015 by MTC Staff

As outlined in USA Wrestling's Olympic Trials Qualification Procedures, Brian Graham's bronze medal finish earned him a chance to compete in Iowa City at the Olympic Trials in April.

Zach Sanders takes silver, Tony Nelson bronze at Bill Farrell International in New York

Published November 7th, 2015 by MTC Staff

Zach Sanders (pictured) and Tony Nelson won medals at the Bill Farrell Memorial International in New York City on Saturday. 

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