Wrestlers ready for tough challenge

first_imgWrestlers ready for tough challengeThe Gophers will take on Oklahoma State, a top-10 opponent, at home. Danny ChenNovember 26, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers defeated Oklahoma State last year by one point on the road.They’ll have a chance to replicate that performance on Saturday at home.Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said the Gophers will be facing a very good program when they take on the No. 8 team in the nation.“We expect a hard-fought battle this Saturday,” Eggum said. “They are a bigger team, and there is no question that our guys are excited about the opportunity to wrestle [Oklahoma State]. There [will] be some good matchups … and some fun battles to watch.”The 165-pound weight class will be especially notable.Redshirt freshman Nick Wanzek, who is ranked No. 15 in the nation, will be facing No. 1 Alex Dieringer.Wanzek said he is ready to take the mat and battle Dieringer.“I can’t be more excited,” Wanzek said. “[To] get Oklahoma State at home this year as a redshirt freshman … and to be competing against the No. 1 guy in the nation, it does not get better than that.”Dieringer won the NCAA championships last year in the 157-pound weight class against the Gophers’ Dylan Ness. Eggum said this upcoming match will be unlike any other Wanzek has competed in.“Dieringer is a great opponent, so it will be an exciting match for sure,” Eggum said. “[But] just like any meet, Nick knows that he has to be ready for battle and be ready to go.”Another notable matchup in the meet is No. 3 Josh Kindig of Oklahoma State against redshirt freshman Jake Short.Eggum said Short didn’t compete against Michigan State last week because of an injury he suffered in practice. But Short will likely participate Saturday.The 149-pound Kindig is a three-time NCAA qualifier. He made it to the NCAA finals before losing in a sudden victory.“I am going to let my wrestling do the talking,” Short said. “Whether he is ranked No. 1 or not ranked at all, I am going to take this match as serious as I take all my matches. I have been extremely pumped up and excited for this [matchup]. I know that I will be ready when the time comes.”Eggum said his team knows how to prepare for opponents like Oklahoma State, even without a reminder.“The big duals are the ones that they get excited for,” Eggum said. ‘You really don’t even have to talk about it much. When good teams come in, we know that our team is ready. It’s still November, but it is a good opportunity to see where we are so far [in the season].”last_img read more

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Ravens putting extra focus on youth in preseason opener

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — A day after declining to say whether Joe Flacco would play in Thursday’s preseason opener, Ravens coach John Harbaugh all but ruled his quarterback out against Carolina.And why would he want to force the issue with Flacco not missing as much as a single rep in training camp after undergoing ACL reconstruction surgery in his left knee just eight months ago? The ninth-year quarterback likely won’t be the only healthy veteran held out of the first preseason game with the focus clearly being placed on Baltimore’s youth.“I think everybody can figure out what’s going to happen,” Harbaugh said. “I just don’t want to get into everybody. I don’t want to be talking about who’s going to play and who’s not going to play. It’s going to be the young guys [playing]. It’s going to be the guys that need to play in this game that we want to find out about.“Anybody that has a health issue or anything like that is not even going to be thinking about playing. It’s just going to be one of those kinds of camp games that we learn about our young guys.”Harbaugh isn’t ruling out the possibility of left tackle Ronnie Stanley playing against the Panthers after he returned to the practice field on Tuesday.However, the 2016 first-round pick’s uncertain status certainly makes for an easier decision to sit Flacco if there were any lingering doubts about doing so. Stanley only missed one full workout after suffering a “soft tissue” injury over the weekend.“He wanted to be out there,” Harbaugh said. “I think he said right after [Saturday’s practice], ‘It’s nothing.’ I don’t know if anything is nothing, physically, in this league, but we’ll see if he can play Thursday night with how it feels out there and everything. It probably is a game-time decision.”Stanley wasn’t the only player to return to the field on Tuesday as rookie cornerback Maurice Canady and tight end Daniel Brown were also participating. Brown’s presence was surprising after he took a vicious hit to the upper body that left him groggy and forced him out of Monday’s practice.The Ravens were still without 12 members of their 90-man roster on Tuesday as wide receivers Chris Moore, Chris Matthews, and Michael Campanaro, tight ends Crockett Gillmore, Dennis Pitta, and Maxx Williams, and defensive end Bronson Kaufusi were sidelined. Wide receivers Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman, linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro remain on the physically unable to perform list and have yet to practice this summer.The extensive list of ailments likely prompted Harbaugh to use a walk-through practice format two full days before a game, an unusual measure.“We’ve had some really good practices, some really physical practices,” Harbaugh said. “This is an opportunity for us to recover a little bit from that and get ready for Thursday night and just focus on attention to detail. We emphasize technique and communication. We want our guys to exaggerate technique and exaggerate communication in this setting to build muscle memory in the way we play.”last_img read more

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Gunners open fire

first_imgArsenal star Granit Xhaka’s wife makes her Instagram private after death threats Granit Xhaka stripped of Arsenal captaincy after emotional outburst towards fans Wedding bells for Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and singer Perrie Edwards? Los Angeles: Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli scored in his Arsenal debut on Monday as the English Premier League club launched their pre-season tour of the United States with a 3-0 friendly win over the Colorado Rapids. Bukayo Saka and James Olayinka also scored for the Gunners, who cruised to the victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in suburban Denver. Martinelli, the forward signed from Ituano on July 2, was given a surprise start in attack by Unai Emery and sent an early chance wide. Saka, 17, was an energetic presence and put Arsenal up 1-0 in the 13th minute as he collected a through-ball from Eddie Nketiah. Another teenager Olayinka — doubled the score in the 29th, seizing a stray pass from defence and racing in to fire into the top left corner of the net.Related News Martinelli, having missed his early chance, capped the scoring in the 61st when he slotted home a cross from close range. The Rapids, in the midst of the Major League Soccer season, fielded a mostly reserve side that featured several players from the lower-rung Colorado Springs Switchbacks. Arsenal, too, started a reserve team as they begin their build up to the Premier League season after again failing to secure a Champions League berth. The tour hasn’t started without controversy. Captain Laurent Koscielny refused to travel to the US, and a group of influential Arsenal supporters’ organisations published a statement on Monday hitting out at Stan Kroenke’s “passive ownership”. Under a hashtag “WeCareDo You” the statement decried a “soulless” atmosphere at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and a lack of transfer strategy ahead of the new season. Kroenke, who began investing in the club in 2007 through his company Kroenke Sports Enterprises and took full ownership in 2018, also owns the Rapids as well as the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

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