Minneapolis - The University of Minnesota Wrestling team and head coach J Robinson will host a Public Practice on Saturday, Nov. 7. The event is completely free and open to the public, as well as the media.
Gopher Wrestling's Public Practice will take place in the gymnasium in the Bierman Field Athletic Building and will begin at 9:00 a.m. There will be plenty of seating for spectators as the new edition of Minnesota Wrestling hits the preseason home-stretch, just a week away from their first competition.
The Minnesota football team plays host to Illinois at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, and fans are welcome to come and take in a little wrestling practice before making the short walk down to TCF Bank Stadium. There are still some great seats available for the game, so fans don't miss a chance for a maroon and gold filled saturday with a preview of Gopher Wrestling followed by Gopher Football action.
Minnesota will be looking to return to the top of both the Big Ten and NCAA in 2009-10 led by seniors Jayson Ness (Bloomington, Minn.) and Dustin Schlatter (Massillion, Ohio). The pair will each be gunning for their fourth All-America certificate this season while Ben Berhow (Hayward, Minn.), Zach Sanders (Wabasha, Minn.) and Mike Thorn (St. Michael, Minn.) look to return to the NCAA Tournament.
Student-athletes and coaches will be available for interviews after practice on Saturday and all media requesting coach or athlete interviews after the practice session are encouraged to contact either Pat McCabe at email@example.com, or Joe Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday (Nov. 6) afternoon.
The Golden Gophers begin their season on Nov. 14 at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D. Minnesota's first dual of the season is at home in Williams Arena on Nov. 28 when they host Cal State-Bakersfield. The following week, the Gophers get their first ranked opponent when they visit the sixth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.