WRESTLING


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.


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.