Minnesota placed 17th in the NCAA championships on Saturday at Madison Square G
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.
By the end of wrestling practice, the Gophers’ basement training area is limp from exhaustion.
When redshirt junior Brandon Kingsley pinned Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, the Williams Arena crowd erupted. Minnesota earned its second consecutive technical fall with the victory and took an 18-3 lead over No. 14 Iowa State.
The Gophers are ranked No.
Redshirt sophomore Nick Wanzek wrestled one of his best matches of the year to put the Gophers in position to win against Illinois.
The Gophers’ young team is drastically different than the one they sent to the mat a season ago, but redshirt junior Michael Kroells is one of the few constants. Kroells, a heavyweight wrestler, is the team’s only returning All-American
The outcome of a dual came down to the final match twice for the Gophers over the weekend.
The Gophers finished eighth at the NCAA Championships last year, but sport just a 7-7 dual record this season.
Junior Thomas Gilman of Iowa gave a thumbs-up to the more than 11,000 people in attendance at the Carver Hawkeye arena after he pinned redshirt freshman Skyler Petry. The pin was a sign of things to come, as the Hawkeyes opened the dual with two co
Transfer student Ben Morgan was ineligible the first half of the season but made his presence known in his Minnesota debut
Redshirt junior Ben Morgan earned a technical fall in his debut match for Minnesota, and the Sports Pavilion responded with a standing ovation.
Redshirt sophomore Nick Wanzek is wrestling at a different weight class than last year, but he is producing even better results. Wanzek is 13-7 at 174 pounds compared to his record of 16-12 at 165 pounds last year. &nb
Redshirt sophomore Chris Pfarr lost the last match of the dual, but the Sports Pavilion crowd still applauded. Even with the loss, No. 21 Minnesota edged No.
The Gophers returned to the locker room on Friday while the Sports Pavilion crowd waited to hear the outcome of the match. &nb
Redshirt sophomore Jake Short injured his hamstring for the second time in a year when he was competing in an open tournament on Nov.
Minnesota came into the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas as the defending champion of the tournament but finished in third this year. The Gophers earned 105 points as a team over the weekend and had three players finish second and one player finish third in their weight class.