SDSU Wrestling Falls To UNI 30-10 – KELOLAND TV


BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State’s Henry Pohlmeyer picked up an upset win at 149 pounds, but Northern Iowa’s four other ranked wrestlers in the lineup all earned victories to propel the 14th-ranked Panthers to a 30-10 dual victory before a crowd of 1,327 Friday night at Frost Arena.

UNI evened its dual record at 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12 Conference. The Jackrabbits dropped to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league duals. All four of SDSU’s dual losses have been to nationally ranked squads.

The Panthers controlled the early portion of the match, racing out to a 14-0 lead through three matches. Jay Schwarm opened with a pin at 125 pounds, followed by a 9-4 decision by the Panthers’ Jack Skudlarczyk over SDSU reserve Rylee Molitor in the 133-pound weight class.

At 141 pounds, 10th-ranked Josh Alber posted a 22-7 technical fall win over the Jackrabbits’ Aric Williams.

The night’s marquee matchup came at 149 pounds, where Pohlmeyer battled against ninth-ranked Max Thomsen. The 20th-ranked Pohlmeyer scored on an escape early in the second period and overcame a penalty point for locking hands midway through the third period to ride out the remainder of the final stanza on top to pick up the decisive point in a 2-1 victory by way of a minute-plus advantage in riding time.

Sophomore Colten Carlson made it two wins in a row for SDSU, pulling the Jackrabbits to within 14-7 with an action-packed bonus-point victory in the 157-pound matchup. Carlson gave up three first-period takedowns, but countered with three of his own for a 9-8 lead. The Willmar, Minnesota, native controlled the final two periods, pulling away for a 26-12 major decision.

UNI quickly seized the momentum back in its favor through the strength of its lineup. Starting with 12th-ranked Bryce Steiert at 165 pounds, three ranked Panther wrestlers tallied 13 points over the next three matches. Steiert and eighth-ranked 174-pounder Taylor Lujan each won by technical fall, while fifth-ranked Drew Foster edged the Jackrabbits’ Zach Carlson, 3-1, at 184 pounds.

Martin Mueller earned the final victory of the night for SDSU, recording a takedown midway through overtime for a 3-1 sudden victory over Tyrell Gordon in the 197-pound matchup.

Izaak Shedenhelm capped the UNI victory with another 3-1 decision over Blake Wolters in the heavyweight bout.

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#14 NORTHERN IOWA 30, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 10
125: Jay Schwarm (UNI) def. Gregory Coapstick (SDSU), by fall 1:45
133: Jack Skudlarczyk (UNI) dec. Rylee Molitor (SDSU), 9-4
141: #10 Josh Alber (UNI) tech. fall Aric Williams (SDSU), 22-7 (7:00)
149: #20 Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU) dec. #9 Max Thomsen (UNI), 2-1
157: Colten Carlson (SDSU) major dec. Patrick Schoenfelder (UNI), 26-12
165: #12 Bryce Steiert (UNI) tech. fall Logan Peterson (SDSU), 18-2 (2:59)
174: #8 Taylor Lujan (UNI) tech. fall Brett Bye (SDSU), 19-2 (4:57)
184: #5 Drew Foster (UNI) dec. Zach Carlson (SDSU), 3-1
197: Martin Mueller (SDSU) dec. Tyrell Gordon (UNI), 3-1 [SV-1]
285: Izaak Shedenhelm (UNI) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 3-1

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Huskers name teen who lost part of leg to cancer wrestling captain​; 'He needs that more than anything right now' – Omaha World-Herald


Harley Kessler started noticing an ache in his shins in the summer.

But Kessler, and mom, chalked it up to shin splints or growing pains. He is 16 after all. 

They weren’t worried about a bump on his leg, half the size of a golf ball.

Then, three days into the school year, the pain became so bad that it dropped the Lincoln teen to his knees. 

After a series of X-rays and additional tests, doctors diagnosed Kessler with osteosarcoma.

About 600 new cases of osteosarcoma are diagnosed annually in the United States. Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer among children, according to Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s.

Tests showed that the bone cancer had taken over Kessler’s shin bone. Later doctors would amputate part of his left leg, and they’d find cancerous lesions on his lungs.

Kessler is still undergoing chemotherapy, and his family is optimistic.

Before his diagnosis, Kessler hoped to make the University of Nebraska-Lincoln wrestling team. He hoped to go on to become a wrestling coach. Shortly after his amputation, Kessler told mom he planned to start training as soon as he healed.

“He’s going to continue to pursue everything he dreamed of doing,” Kessler’s mom Stephanie Duley said. “He will push himself to go forward. … That’s what a mom needed to hear.”

Kessler discovered wrestling when he got to junior high. The sport stuck. Kessler wrestled at school competitions, but it didn’t stop there. He also wrestled with his step-brother at home.

“It was always in the house,” Duley said. “We are definitely a wrestling family.”

Kessler’s wrestling family at Lincoln’s North Star High School supported him, helping with his crutches and visiting him at the hospital.

“It becomes a lifestyle,” mom said about wrestling. “They are truly a family. All of them become friends and continue to push each other. They never let go of that.”

And lately, Kessler’s been feeling the love from another wrestling family — the Huskers.

Kessler connected with the team’s coach, Mark Manning, through a Union Bank and Trust program, Magic Moments. Manning and the team took things a step further by inviting Kessler to be honorary captain during a Jan. 6 dual against Northwestern.

On his night as honorary captain, Kessler looked the part, sporting a Husker sweatshirt and stocking cap. Kessler stood on crutches along the team’s sideline during the dual. 

Kessler said the energy on the sidelines was even better than watching the matches in the stands. He enjoyed a different view of things.

“It was super cool that they would do that,” he said. “I was excited.”

Duley said she’s grateful her son had the opportunity to join the team. 

“Seeing his face, he truly was lit up and excited. He felt everybody’s support that day,” Duley said. “He needs that more than anything right now.”

Kessler wasn’t the only one to gain something from the experience. Husker wrestler Tyler Berger felt a connection to the teen and reached out before Kessler’s surgery. Berger sent a note of encouragement along with a pair of autographed wrestling shoes to Kessler’s hospital room. 

Now the shoes sit on a shelf in Kessler’s bedroom. It’s near a Husker wrestling poster that features Berger.

Weeks later on the sidelines, Berger was gearing up for one of his biggest matches of the season. But, he said, Kessler’s presence put things in perspective.

“The battle of me wrestling a top wrestler is … microscopic compared to a young boy who just lost half his leg,” Berger said. “Seeing that and being able to talk to him was emotional and very humbling.”

Berger said he hopes to keep in touch with Kessler. While he may be able to offer a tip or two about wrestling, Berger said he’s got a lot to learn from the teen.

The way Kessler faced a difficult situation head on showed courage, Manning said. 

“That’s what athletics is all about. It’s not just about winning and losing. It’s so much more. When people are taught the right lessons and principles, great things will happen,” he said of the teen’s attitude. “Harley is a great example of that.”



Extreme Championship Wrestling legend Sabu to release tell-all book – Lansing State Journal


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Terry Brunk, 55, grew up in Lansing, Mich. and doesn’t appear willing to retire from the ring anytime soon. He has penned a book about his life.
Eric Lacy, Lansing State Journal

LANSING — A professional wrestler from Lansing, considered one of the most unpredictably extreme and violent in his profession, plans to release a tell-all book next month. 

Terry Brunk, who goes by the wrestling name Sabu, penned “Scars, Silence, and Superglue” with former wrestler and manager Kenny Casanova.

“He’s pretty honest with everything,” Casanova said. “He talks about battling addiction. He talks about behind-the-scenes kind of stuff. He talks about stuff that I would be embarrassed to tell.” 

Terry Brunk, 55, grew up in Lansing and wrestles professionally under the name Sabu. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Terry Brunk)

Brunk recently moved to Las Vegas after spending several years in New Jersey, Casanova said, and continues to wrestle around the world. 

Contacted this week by the State Journal, Brunk declined to discuss details of the book and his career.

“Thanks for reaching out, but I just hate talking about myself,” Brunk said in a Facebook message. 

Brunk did share that he’s 55 and graduated from Sexton High School in 1982.

His Lansing-area ties run deep. 

Brunk is the nephew of 2007 World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee Edward Farhat, known as The Original Sheik.

Farhat was born in Lansing and lived most of his life in Williamston. He died at the age of 78 in 2003.

Edward Farhat, born in Lansing, was known as The Original Sheik during a pro wrestling career that spanned nearly 50 years. (Photo: Courtesy image)

Brunk in far from bashful in the ring. His career as Sabu dates back to the mid-1980s.

Fans fell in love with Sabu because of his willingness to repeatedly sacrifice his body. He learned how to push the sport’s limits as a hardcore bruiser in the Japanese wrestling scene. 

Casanova describes Brunk, competing as Sabu, as the “first professional wrestler to use his body as a suicidal weapon.” 

Sabu has body slammed opponents on tables, smacked them with steel chairs, dodged balls of fire and fallen on piles of tacks. 

Over the years, Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment have sold lines of Sabu action figures because of his popularity with fans. 

Brunk competed as Sabu in ECW from 1993 to 2000 and in WWE from 2006 to 2007. 

“I think he’s just carrying on his uncle’s legacy,” Casanova said. “His uncle wrestled for 30, 40 years. He went all over the world and just kept going and going. 

“It’s almost as if (Brunk) took on his uncle’s identity.” 

Wrestler Justin Credible puts a choke hold on his opponent Sabu during a 2009 Extreme Championship Wrestling match in Orlando. Sabu, whose real name is Terry Brunk, grew up in Lansing. (Photo: Associated Press file photo)

When the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Brunk is in his Sabu character, he wears a turban similar to the one his uncle wore in the ring for several years.

Sabu is nicknamed “The Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death–Defying Maniac” who has a signature move known as “the Arabian facebuster,” according to WWE.com. 

Brunk doesn’t appear anywhere close from retiring.  

In 2016, wrestling fans raised nearly $28,000 to help Brunk get hip replacement surgery. 

“He’s said before that he’s not quite where he was when he was younger,” Casanova said. “But he’s going to (wrestle) until he can’t do it no more.”

Casanova has some cachet as a wrestling writer.

He’s also co-authored books about Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Tito Santana, Vader, Buggsy McGraw and Dangerous Danny Davis. 

Casanova said the Brunk’s nearly 400-page book will be available for pre-order starting Feb. 1 at wohw.com and to be available at Amazon.com and other retailers starting in mid-February.

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Eric Lacy is a reporter for the Lansing State Journal. Contact him at 517-377-1206 or elacy@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @EricLacy.

 

 

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Wrestling: Yorkville edges Morris, takes sixth at Sycamore Invite – Kendall County Now


The wrestling conference and state series meets are just around the corner – and Yorkville hopes to be as healthy as possible just in time.

The Foxes, missing four starters, edged Morris 36-33 in a dual meet on Thursday at Yorkville, before coming back to take sixth at the Sycamore Invite on Saturday.

Against Morris, Yorkville got pins from Roger Schillinger at 170 pounds, Gabe Taylor (285), Cole Farren (126) and Joe Roberts (160).

Roberts, with a pin on the last match of the meet, sealed the Foxes’ come-from-behind win.

“Knowing Joe was the last guy gave us some confidence,” Yorkville coach Jake Oster said. “Missing four starters, we still didn’t expect it to be that close of a meet.”

Yorkville was without Nick Stemmet, resting an injured shoulder, and Zack Katula, out with a concussion.

Schillinger, in and out of the lineup this year, pinned Dominik Griffin in 44 seconds.

“He came up big getting that win that ultimately saved us,” Oster said.

Ben Stemmet notched a 3-1 decision at 195, and Cole Ferguson won a 6-1 decision at 132. At 152 Anthony Cantu was able to hold on to a 9-2 loss, keeping the score at 33-30 to set the stage for Roberts.

“He got on his back a couple times early, so that was a little nerve-racking,” Oster said. “He didn’t get the win but he kept us alive.”

Yorkville took nine wrestlers to Sycamore, scoring 401 points for sixth place in a 24-team meet won by Downers Grove South with host Sycamore fifth.

Roberts (160), Nick Stemmet (182) and Ben Stemmet (195) won titles. Fisher (220) took second, Cole Ferguson (132) third and Derek Butts (106) fourth. Schillinger and Cantu both reached the consolation finals.

“We had six make it to the championship bracket,” Oster said. “Having a limited number of guys and taking sixth was good.”

Tyler Peach, just cleared from injury, returned to the lineup at Sycamore. Oster hopes to get Katula back by regionals or potentially conference.

The conference meet is Jan. 19 at La Salle-Peru, with DeKalb the likely team to beat.

“They’re probably the favorites,” Oster said. “We will have five to six guys that we should be able to get into the finals. Hopefully we can give them a go.”



Pro Wrestling League a great platform for young wrestlers, says Bajrang Punia – The Indian Express


Bajrang Punia, who competes in the 65kg category, also credited the league for helping him understand the game better. (PTI)

Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medallist Bajrang Punia on Tuesday said the upcoming Pro Wrestling league (PWL) will provide young Indian grapplers a great platform to learn from the international wrestlers.

The fourth edition of the PWL will be held from January 14-31. The event offers a purse of Rs 1.9 crores for the winning team and Rs 1.1 crore for the runners-up team.

“It’s indeed helpful to see and learn from their (international wrestlers) style of training and preparing before a game. Apart from the high competitive level among wrestlers young wrestlers are also exposed to high level of training and competition,” Bajrang said in a PWL release.

Bajrang, who competes in the 65kg category, also credited the league for helping him understand the game better.

“For me, personally, PWL has been an amazing platform to train with some of the best wrestlers in the world.

“It really helps to get a better understanding of the game while competing and practising with some of the top players from the world,” Bajrang said.

Asked about the World Championship in Astana which is also the first qualifying event for the 2020 Olympics, the 24-year-old grappler said the league will help to assess himself ahead of major events.

“The World Championships are very important for any wrestler PWL will definitely act as a reality check for me. It will give me an opportunity to have a good look at myself and see where I stand ahead of important events like the World Championships and the Olympics.”



Bullet Club Member Signs With NJPW – Wrestling Inc.


Chase Owens announced on Twitter he has re-signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Debuting with the company back in 2014, Owens would later join the Bullet Club in October of 2015.

Earlier this year, due to Tama Tonga, Tonga Loa, and Haku attacking the Bullet Club in July at NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco over their frustration with Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, and The Young Bucks, Owens ended up in limbo and didn’t side with either group.

Over the weekend at NJPW New Year Dash, Owens (and Yujiro Takahashi) helped out Tonga, Loa, and Ishimori retain the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Titles against Toru Yano, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Togi Makabe. The duo was then welcomed back into the group.

Owens and Takahashi also defeated Toa Henare and Tomoaki Honma at New Year Dash.

Bullet Club currently consists of: Jay White (leader), Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens, Tonga Loa, Hikuleo, Taiji Ishimori, Gedo, Jado, and Robbie Eagles.