WRESTLING


12/6/2016, 1:05pm

Gophers wrestling place fourth in Cliff Keen Invitational in Vegas

Minnesota and 34 other teams competed in the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas Friday and Saturday, and the Gophers placed fourth overall. Redshirt senior Brett Pfarr at 197 and redshirt junior Jake Short at 157 were the two title winners for the Gophers. The fourth-place finish comes a week after No. 10 Minnesota lost 34-3 to No. 1 Oklahoma State. “I thought the team ... had some good improvements over the last couple of weeks,” said interim head coach Brandon Eggum.


12/1/2016, 8:02am

Lower weight wrestlers face early adversity

The wrestlers in Minnesota’s five lower weights have had to overcome a lot during the beginning of the season. Only one wrestler who has made a start in the Gophers’ 125, 133, 141, 149 and 157-weight classes is an upperclassman, and the team overall has started their dual schedule with matchups against No. 20 South Dakota State and No. 1 Oklahoma State. The group is also down a couple of key players.


11/18/2016, 3:27pm

Minnesota to host first dual since termination of head coach

The Gophers are wrestling for at the Sports Pavilion for the first time this season – and one notable face will be missing. Saturday will be their first dual at home since 1986 without former head coach J Robinson at the helm. Interim head coach Brandon Eggum, who has been on the staff since 2001, said the team has adjusted well without Robinson in the first two opens of the season.


9/28/2016, 7:55am

U athletics department knew of drug problem months before taking action

Evidence suggests several University of Minnesota Athletics Department administrators and staff members knew of at least one University of Minnesota wrestler using and selling drugs as early as December 2015 — exactly four months before an anonymous wrestler informed police of a drug ring within the team, documents obtained by the Minnesota Daily through a data request reveal. Senior Associate Athletic Director Marc Ryan sent an email on Dec.


9/8/2016, 2:13am

Report details 'serious misconduct' with J Robinson's handling of team's drug problem

Former University of Minnesota wrestling team head coach J Robinson tried to shield Minnesota wrestlers allegedly involved in a drug ring from punishment, while obstructing investigations of the claims, a University investigation has found. The thirty one-page, partially redacted report, released Wednesday, was launched after allegations surfaced that Robinson sought to internally handle a drug use and distribution ring among wrestlers that formed early this year.


8/24/2016, 2:57pm

Eggum named wrestling head coach

The University of Minnesota has named Brandon Eggum the acting head coach of the Gophers wrestling team as the school continues its investigation of J Robinson.


7/6/2016, 12:00am

No charges for Robinson, wrestlers

No charges will be filed against University of Minnesota wrestlers involved in the alleged sale and use of Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug. In addition, the team’s head coach, J Robinson, will not face charges for attempting to resolve the issue internally.   While the announcement signals an end to a police investigation of alleged drug sales, the coach remains under scrutiny from an internal investigation following claims that he obstructed the investigation.


6/1/2016, 12:00am

Allegations against J Robinson disputed

Amid allegations over University of Minnesota wrestling Coach J Robinson’s  attempt to self-police a drug problem within the wrestling team, Robinson’s agent disputed such claims on Monday. The allegations arose last week after an anonymous source told the Star Tribune that Robinson collected about 1,400 pills of Xanax — a prescription sedative — from his team, opting to not report the issue to police.


4/11/2016, 12:00am

Alumni fail to qualify

Five Gophers alumni wrestled in the Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, over the weekend, but none of them qualified for the Olympics.     Pat Smith made it the farthest of the five, but he lost in the 66 kilogram finals of Greco-Roman wrestling.


4/7/2016, 12:00am

Five alumni to attend Olympic Team Trials

The United States Olympic Team Trials take place this weekend in Iowa City, and five Minnesota alumni will compete for the chance to wrestle in Rio de Janeiro this summer.     Alec Ortiz and Pat Smith will compete in the Greco-Roman side of the field,


3/3/2016, 7:01pm

Every day, every hour

By the end of wrestling practice, the Gophers’ basement training area is limp from exhaustion. Its cushioned floor is slick with sweat smears, and only the athletes’ jagged panting can slice through the thick, muggy air. The 90-minute practices are only part of a daily grind for the University of Minnesota’s 44 wrestlers, who equip themselves for competition through a disciplined lifestyle unique to the sport. Each wrestler maintains a regimen of healthy eating, sleeping and exercising, in hopes of making the most of their seven minutes on the mat. “Having the lifestyle of a wrestler is getting up super early to do extra lifts.