WRESTLING


1/30/2017, 9:33am

Minnesota takes down Purdue to start win streak

Thanks to three technical falls and two major decisions, the Gophers wrestling team defeated Purdue 29-12 on Sunday in West Lafayette, Indiana. No. 12 Minnesota (6-3, 5-2 Big Ten) got off to a quick start in the first match of the day, as redshirt sophomore and No. 6 Ethan Lizak earned a technical fall at 125 pounds.


1/26/2017, 7:37pm

Brandon Eggum named new Gophers head wrestling coach

Minnesota moved Brandon Eggum from interim head coach to the permanent head coach of the Gophers wrestling team Thursday. Eggum, a former Minnesota wrestler, was a three-time All-American during his collegiate wrestling career. “Anyone who knows me knows this is my dream job and I’m thankful for the opportunity to live out that dream,” Eggum said in statement.


1/26/2017, 11:44am

Wanzek thriving in third year, back at 165 pounds

After one season at his dream school, Nick Wanzek wasn’t sure he wanted to wrestle anymore. Wanzek, then a redshirt freshman, had been forced to drop down a weight class to 165 pounds — and the transition wasn’t going well. “I was young; I didn’t cut my weight very well,” he said.


1/23/2017, 9:44am

Minnesota wrestlers achieve road redemption

Fast starts seemed to be a theme for the Minnesota wrestling team this weekend, although they didn’t always pay off. The No. 12 Gophers (5-3, 4-2 Big Ten) lost to No. 5 Nebraska (10-1, 3-1 Big Ten) 21-11 on Friday night, but rebounded to defeat Indiana (7-5, 0-3 Big Ten) 28-9 on the road Sunday afternoon. The Gophers lost all five matches under 165 pounds but had the Huskers on upset alert early on Friday night and won four of the first five matches to take an 11-3 lead in the dual. Perhaps the most exciting match came at 197 pounds, where Minnesota’s No. 2 Brett Pfarr and Nebraska’s No. 7 Aaron Studebaker were locked in a tight match, tied at 3 in the third period. With just seconds remaining, Pfarr earned what appeared to be a takedown to give him the match, however it was not scored, sending the match to overtime.