Joe Russell to Receive Medal of Courage from National Wrestling Hall of Fame

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University of Minnesota assistant wrestling coach Joe Russell will be honored with the Medal of Courage from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Russell will be honored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Hall of Fame at a reception in Owatonna, Minn., this Saturday, Apr. 14., and will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame at the 2007 Honors Weekend Banquet and Induction Ceremony on June 2 in Stillwater, Okla. The Medal of Courage is presented annually to a wrestler or former wrestler who has overcome what appeared to be insurmountable challenges, which may be physical, mental or other handicaps that make his or her achievements all the more uplifting. Russell, who has spent the last 11 seasons as an assistant coach under J Robinson's, has helped lift the Golden Gopher wrestling program to new heights despite having to deal with severe physical challenges caused by a motorcycle accident just before his senior year in high school. One of the top high school wrestlers in the nation, Russell won two state titles while compiling a 90-1 record through his junior year at Gresham High School in Oregon. He was a double champion at the 1985 Junior Nationals and was an Espoir National Champion and placewinner at the Espoir World Championships. In addition, Russell claimed two World School Boy championships. In 1985, however, Russell's life changed when a horrifying motorcycle accident left him partially paralyzed on the left side of his body. He was riding on the back of a friend's motorcycle when a truck pulled out in front of them and, in an effort to avoid the truck, the cycle flipped and the bike's foot peg jammed three inches into Russell's skull. Russell spent three weeks in a drug-induced coma and the process of recovery was long and grueling, but he did recover and has not let his physical challenges stop him from achieving both on and off the mat ever since. Russell wrestled at the University of Minnesota from 1988-92, where he served as the team's captain in 1991-92 and was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team as a senior. He was also the winner of the team's Fraser Dean Most Courageous Wrestler award. As a student-athlete, Russell was named an IBM Student-Athlete of the Week and made the Dean's list in law school his last two years. Russell completed his juris doctorate in 1995 and earned his master's degree in sports management this past December. After serving two years as the marketing and promotions director for the Minnesota wrestling program, Russell has spent the last 11 seasons as an assistant coach under J Robinson. Since his first season as an assistant coach in 1996-97, Minnesota has finished in the top three at the NCAA Championships nine times, more than any other school in the country, including capturing the third national title in seven years last month. In addition, Minnesota has finished in the top two at the Big Ten Tournament nine straight years, including winning the conference title six times. In addition to his responsibilities with the Golden Gophers, Russell has also coached with the Minnesota Storm Junior World and University teams. Under Russell's tutelage, the Storm have won four FILA Junior National Championships in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. Russell's coaching career has also featured a number of assignments with the U.S. national teams. In 1999, Russell was named the USA Wrestling FILA Junior/University Person of the Year for his leadership within the organization. On Saturday, Russell will be inducted along with six other individuals at the Hall of Fame Banquet. Dr. Bill O. Manning will receive the Outstanding American Award, and Kenneth Bergstedt, Fran McCann, Chuck Prunty, Darrell Sohn and Virg Vagle will all be honored with the "Lifetime of Service" Award. Russell and his wife, Sadie, currently reside in Vadnais Heights, Minn.

Keystone Classic Seeds Released

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The 2017 Keystone Classic is going to be lit. Over a dozen ranked wrestlers are headed to the Palestra in Philly on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The Nittany Lions of Penn State headline the event by snagging eight No. 1 seeds. Check out the full list below.

5 Crucial Keystone Contests

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Hundreds of NCAA wrestlers, including 17 ranked in the top 20, are headed to the historic Palestra on UPenn's campus in Philadelphia for the 2017 Keystone Classic on Sunday.

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Five Ranked Matchups In Minnesota At Oklahoma State Dual

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We've got a Sunday matinee for you, and the slate is full of intriguing matchups.

What 2 Watch 4: Iowa Returns To Carver-Hawkeye

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You know it's definitely wrestling season when (a) Whiteboard Wars return and (b) the Iowa Hawkeyes kick off their season with the Iowa City Duals.

T-Row & Funky Episode 91: Live and Worldwide

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Ben is in Singapore for his retirement fight, but that won't stop the T-Row & Funky Show from breaking down the week in news and NCAA Wrestling results!

Flo Kickoff Classic 15u Preview

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The 2017 Flo Kickoff Classic is bringing together some of the top youth wrestlers in the country for its 21st annual tournament this weekend at the Expo Square Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Boise State President Bob Kustra To Retire

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Bob Kustra, the long-serving president of Boise State University and the driving force behind the school’s decision to abruptly drop the varsity wrestling program last spring, has announced that he will retire at the end of the school year, effective June 30, 2018.

Notable Competitors At Lindenwood Open

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The Lindenwood Open is providing the first look at some very talented freshman and a few of the NCAA's best this Saturday at Robert F. Hyland Arena in St. Charles, MO.

Marquee Matchup: #3 Bryce Meredith vs #6 Chad Red


This Friday night, one of the most exciting freshmen in the country takes on a former NCAA finalist in Lincoln, NE.