WRESTLING


Wrestling 7/10/2017, 6:12am

Logan Storley: From the mat to the cage

After four years as an All-American wrestler for Minnesota, Logan Storley is taking on a different fighting technique. Storley signed with Bellator MMA in late June, and is prepping for his first match with the club on July 14.


6/28/2017, 6:56am

No 'wrest' for the wicked

In the lobby of The Academy’s warehouse, a cabinet of action figures lines one wall, with plastic versions of coaches throughout their careers as professional wrestlers.


3/21/2017, 9:36pm

Lizak, Pfarr lead Gophers to seventh place NCAA finish

Brett Pfarr only won one state title while at LeSeur-Henderson High School — making it all the more gratifying when he took the mat to wrestle for an NCAA championship last weekend. The redshirt senior made his first appearance in an NCAA title match at 197 pounds, falling to top-ranked — and Olympic bronze medalist — J’den Cox of Missouri by 8-2 decision. “I made the most of every moment,” said Pfarr. “It was an incredible experience.”


3/7/2017, 8:21pm

Gophers take fifth at Big Ten Championships

The Gophers wrestling team used performances from some surprise NCAA qualifiers to boost itself to a fifth-place finish at llast weekend’s Big Ten championships. The No. 13 Gophers (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) entered the weekend as the seventh-ranked Big Ten team in the nation according to Intermat, but thanks to nine NCAA qualifiers, were able to jump Rutgers and Illinois for the fifth spot.


2/22/2017, 11:00am

Gophers wrestling finish dual season, crushing Iowa State

An early upset by Chris Pfarr over a top-ten wrestler set the tone for Minnesota on Sunday against Iowa State. The No. 13 Gophers (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) didn’t look back and earned bonus points in seven of their eight victories to secure a 40-7 win over the Cyclones in Ames, Iowa.


2/21/2017, 9:57am

Gophers finish dual season with domination over Cyclones

An early upset by Chris Pfarr over a top-ten wrestler set the tone for Minnesota on Sunday against Iowa State. The No. 13 Gophers (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) didn’t look back and earned bonus points in seven of their eight victories to secure a 40-7 win over the Cyclones in Ames, Iowa.


2/16/2017, 9:16am

Mitch McKee learning on the job as a true freshman wrestler

College wrestling is no easy feat — particularly in the Big Ten — but it’s even harder when wrestling as a true freshman. Gophers wrestler Mitch McKee is experiencing that firsthand this year, holding down the starting spot at 133 pounds despite lacking any collegiate experience prior to the season.


2/13/2017, 9:03am

Gophers wrestling falls to fourth-ranked Buckeyes

Even wrestling without the number one heavyweight in the country, No. 4 Ohio State proved its ranking on Sunday. The Buckeyes (11-2, 7-2 Big Ten) took down the 12th ranked Gophers (6-5, 5-4 Big Ten) at the Sports Pavilion 24-20, due in large part to the efforts of the other two top-ranked wrestlers on their roster. “It was a really good dual,” said Minnesota head coach Brandon Eggum.


2/9/2017, 11:00am

Waiting for their shot: Gophers wrestlers pair with veterans

At Minnesota, wrestling practice consists of a little light jogging, some warm-up somersaults and cartwheels and loud music ranging from “Somethin’ Bout a Truck” to “Gangsta’s Paradise” from mix CDs. In a room where photos of All-Americans and National Champions of the past adorn the walls, today’s Gophers starters work to emulate their predecessors, but they aren’t the only ones working to get better. Meet their practice partners —members of the team who don't typically start in dual matches but compete in open tournaments and practice with the team.


2/2/2017, 10:12am

Gophers wrestling team prepare for showdown with Iowa

One of the biggest rivalries in college wrestling will be renewed this weekend, and one team looks to turn the tides on what has been a somewhat one-sided affair. No. 10 Minnesota (6-3, 5-2 Big Ten) hosts No. 3 Iowa (8-2, 4-1 Big Ten) on Sunday at the Sports Pavilion, and the Gophers are looking to grab their first win in the series since the 2013-14 season — a season in which Minnesota placed second in the NCAA Tournament.


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.


1/17/2017, 11:30am

Minnesota wrestling fights back to defeat Wisconsin

For redshirt junior Chris Pfarr, no moment is too big when he doesn’t know the score. Pfarr’s comeback 7-4 win over No. 20 Ryan Christensen at 174 pounds lifted No. 12 Minnesota (4-2, 3-1 Big Ten) to a hard-fought 18-15 victory over No. 21 Wisconsin (3-3, 1-3 Big Ten) at the Sports Pavilion Sunday. “I knew it was close, and I knew I had to win,” Pfarr said.


12/8/2016, 11:05am

Short changes mental approach after defeat

Jake Short wishes he could’ve wrestled against Oklahoma State. The redshirt junior was planning all week on wrestling against the top-ranked team but found out his coaches had other plans. On the day of the dual, Short’s coaches informed him he wouldn’t be competing, forcing him to sit out and watch the Gophers lose 34-3 on Nov.