WRESTLING


11/12/2015, 12:00am

Petry finds footing after yearlong wait

Redshirt freshman Skyler Petry finished last year with little collegiate experience.    Petry wrestled in five open tournaments last season, making it to the championship match of three of them, but always competed unattached. &nbs


11/4/2015, 12:00am

Pfarr puts on pounds to move up

Brett Pfarr was given a challenge before the season started.    The redshirt junior had to gain 13 pounds before the Gopher Duals, the first tournament of the fall season on Nov. 7.


7/1/2015, 12:00am

Carr bounces back to the wrestling mat

Before wrestling for a top-ranked program like Minnesota was even a possibility, redshirt freshman Colin Carr was prepared for the harsh reality that he may never wrestle again.  


3/23/2015, 12:00am

Gophers finish eighth at championships

After placing third in the Big Ten tournament and entering the NCAA championships as the fourth-ranked team in the nation, the Gophers’ expectations were high. They were following a three-year run of placing in the top three. But this year, they took eighth. Minnesota only scored 59.5 points at the 2015 NCAA championship over the weekend, after finishing with 104 points last year. The Gophers finished 42.5 points behind first-place Ohio State.


3/11/2015, 12:00am

Storley paves his legacy at Minnesota

Freshmen who come to Minnesota rarely ever compete as a true freshman, let alone have a starting spot immediately after their arrival. But Logan Storley wanted the chance to wrestle for the team as soon as he made it to campus four years ago. “Coming in, [Storley] said immediately, ‘I want to wrestle as a true freshman,’” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. “He competed well in the [training] room against guys that were very successful. You could just tell that he is ready to go.”


3/9/2015, 12:00am

Minnesota finishes Big Tens in third

The Gophers left the Big Ten championships on Sunday with a third-place finish and a senior earning a title — strikingly similar results to last year’s championship. Only this time the Gophers relied on their performance in the 133-pound weight class with redshirt senior Chris Dardanes taking home the title. Dardanes is one of seven Minnesota wrestlers who earned an automatic bid to the NCAA championships. Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said the team could qualify even more wrestlers, depending on at-large bids.


3/5/2015, 12:00am

Minnesota heads to Big Tens

The Gophers know regular season success doesn’t necessarily guarantee postseason success. Despite that, they’ll try building off a successful regular season as they head to Columbus, Ohio, to compete in the Big Ten championships. Minnesota finished 12-3 overall in dual meets while being ranked No. 5 in the nation as a team. Despite these accolades, head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said his team has to forget about what it has accomplished in the regular season. “Everything starts fresh from here on out,” Eggum said.


2/23/2015, 12:00am

Gophers fall in NWCA quarterfinals

It was supposed to be a run for a fourth-consecutive NWCA title. But the No. 4 Gophers fell to No. 5 Cornell in the quarterfinal match. The 19-17 loss came after Minnesota won 11 consecutive matches at the NWCA National Duals. Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said he knew Cornell would be tough going into the meet. “We figured that a couple matches could’ve been swing matches,” Eggum said. “If you win them, you could win [the meet] comfortably.”


2/23/2015, 12:00am

Gophers fall in NWCA quarterfinals

It was supposed to be a run for a fourth-consecutive NWCA title. But the No. 4 Gophers fell to No. 5 Cornell in the quarterfinal match. The 19-17 loss came after Minnesota won 11 consecutive matches at the NWCA National Duals. Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said he knew Cornell would be tough going into the meet. “We figured that a couple matches could’ve been swing matches,” Eggum said. “If you win them, you could win [the meet] comfortably.”


2/19/2015, 12:00am

True freshman Lizak steps up

Injuries and weight management issues gave a freshman wrestler an opportunity to compete at the varsity level. Ethan Lizak, the Gophers’ 125-pounder, was thrust into competing against top-ranked opponents in just the 10th dual meet of the season — and his first of the kind.


2/16/2015, 12:00am

Gophers advance to quarterfinals in NWCA national duals

Another year, another spot in the quarterfinals. The Gophers officially advanced to the next round of the NWCA national duals, defeating No. 23 North Dakota State with a score of 26-9. Minnesota will look for its fourth title in as many years next weekend. Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said he thought his teamed performed very well overall. “I thought we did a good job of scoring on the first takedown with most of our opportunities,” Eggum said. “We wanted to do that, and we talked about trying to score earlier.”


2/12/2015, 12:00am

Gophers head to NWCA National Duals

Winning any tournament three times in a row is hard enough. But taking the title at four in a row? The Gophers will attempt just that at the upcoming NWCA National Duals.


2/9/2015, 12:00am

Gophers split duals wins over weekend

The last weekend of the regular season might not have finished the way that it should have for the Gophers, but they ended it on a high note with a commanding victory. No. 5 Ohio State beat No. 2 Minnesota on the road 22-13 in an upset before the Gophers trampled on unranked Maryland 34-12. The Gophers looked like two different teams, winning only four matches in the first meet and seven in the second. In the Ohio State meet, the team came out with three consecutive losses and a 10-0 deficit.


2/5/2015, 12:00am

Pfarr embraces tradition

Tradition often starts when an individual wants to continue a passion and pass it on. In Brett Pfarr’s case, his father’s love for wrestling started a tradition for him and his brothers. So for the redshirt sophomore, it was just natural that he wrestled. “My dad wrestled in high school, and my older brother Matthew, who is four years older than me, wrestled at St. John’s [University],” Pfarr said. “I just went right into it, and it just took off.”


2/2/2015, 12:00am

Gophers end 17-meet win streak

With each Minnesota takedown Friday night, fans at Williams Arena stood up and cheered, creating an electric environment. But in front of 13,630 fans, No. 1 Minnesota was unable to extend its 17-match winning streak, losing to No. 2 Iowa 23-12. “We came here to wrestle, and some of our guys didn’t wrestle tonight,” head coach J Robinson said. “I thought that was pretty apparent.” Minnesota started the meet with three consecutive losses, including a pin in the very first match.


1/29/2015, 12:00am

Gophers, Hawkeyes set for marquee matchup

When a sporting event needs to relocate to a larger venue because its original facility won’t fit enough fans, the quality of competition is likely top-notch. That’ll be the case on Friday, when No. 1 Minnesota faces No. 2 Iowa in a marquee matchup at Williams Arena instead of the usual Sports Pavilion. The Sports Pavilion can seat only 5,840 fans, compared with 14,625 at Williams Arena. Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said with each program’s history, fans know that it’s worth the drive to come watch.


1/26/2015, 12:00am

Minnesota tops top-10 Penn State

The Gophers fell short of a national championship last year, only losing to Penn State. The No. 1 Gophers came up on top on Sunday, outplaying the No. 6 Nittany Lions 17-16 to remain undefeated in the season. This is the second consecutive year the Gophers defeated Penn State by one point in the regular season. “We split [the meet] five to five,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. “There were a lot of tough [matchups], but we were just proud that the guys are continuing every weekend to get out there and finding ways to win.”


1/22/2015, 12:00am

Minnesota set for top-10 matchup

The Gophers had the national championship in their grasps last season, leading Penn State 104 to 101.5. But as the final session unfolded, the Nittany Lions came back and took the title from the Gophers, ending the championship performance with 109.5 points. No. 2 Minnesota will have its shot at revenge against No. 10 Penn State this Sunday in Pennsylvania. Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said he is excited to see the teams face off.


1/20/2015, 12:00am

Dardanes comeback leads Minnesota over Illinois

In the third period of his match Sunday, redshirt senior Chris Dardanes found himself down 7-1. But instead of backing down, Dardanes came back and forced overtime for a sudden victory against Illinois’ Zane Richards. With the momentum from Dardanes, No. 1 Minnesota went on to defeat No. 9 Illinois 20-19. Head coach J Robinson said Dardanes’ performance motivated the team.