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Hayden Zillmer earns Final X spot

By David Peterson, 06/02/18, 9:01PM CDT


2017 Freestyle and Greco National Team member and Minnesota native Hayden Zillmer brought had the Minnesota Wrestling fans on their feet and cheering with his resilient championship performance against Deron Winn at 92 kg.

Zillmer won the first bout with a solid 8-2 decision, but was forced to come back from a 7-3 deficit halfway through the second period in the second match. After a pair of step outs, Zillmer scored a takedown and went straight into a gut wrench in the final 40 seconds, leading him to a 9-7 victory and punching his ticket to Final X in Bethlehem, PA on June 23 to take on World and Olympic Bronze Medalist J’den Cox.