VIDEO: Highlights from the 37-3 Victory Over Wisconsin

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Well lets see Minnesota is 8-2 overall, 5-0 in the Big Ten (1st overall in the Big Ten) and is looking really good as we get set close out the month of January. Once again we have some highlights for you from Cole Schrupp from yesterdays 37-3 smashing over Wisconsin! 

Hope you enjoy and keep checking back to this week for news/updates. 

Gophers Inner Circle: Behind the Scenes with Gopher Wrestling

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Last weekend the Gophers defeated Illinois and Purdue on the road. The hired Cole Schrupp this year to put together all of the outstanding videos, highlights, interviews etc. that you have seen on either of Facebook/Twitter

Over the weekend Cole decided to change things up and instead of just making a highlight video he chose to give fans an all-access behind the scenes of what the team does on the road. 

The piece is a four part series in which you can find below. I hope you all enjoy the great work Cole did on this and everything else he has put together for Minnesota Wrestling fans! 


Jennie-O-Wrestler of the Week: Alex Daughtery

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This week caught up with freshman Alex Daughtery. Alex is this week's Jennie-O-Wrestler of the week. Alex hails from  from Monaca, PA.  

Why did you first decide to become a wrestler? 

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Both my older brothers wrestled and they were very enthusiastic, talented, and dedicated; I had to join the family sport.

What made you want to come to Minnesota?

I chose Minnesota based on academic reputation.

What are you most looking forward to in college?

Definitely my classes; I can't wait to finally be in a college classroom environment.

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

I stretch and then, before I walk onto the mat, I slap my thighs and calves. My high school teammates made fun of it but it gets me a little extra hyped.

What is playing on your ipod right now?

Where are you going - Dave Matthews Band

What are your favorite movies?

Billy Madison, Friday Night Lights, and Tommy Boy are a few favorites.

What are some talents or skills you have outside of wrestling? 

I am pretty good at Calculus and NCAA Football for PS3.

What do you plan to major in?


If you had to pick one thing to eat the rest of your life what would it be? 

A potato, it's a pretty versatile food.

What are some of your goals for your first season as a Golden Gopher?

Learn what I can and improve my technique then finish the season with a winning record.

Favorite Sports Team?

Favorite food?
Mashed Potatoes

Favorite T.V. Show?
          Family Guy

Favorite vacation destination?

Favorite Cereal?
 Cocoa Puffs

Gophers Inner Circle: The Wrestling Room Gets a New Look

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First off how about this past weekend for our Gopher wrestlers? Congrats on a clean sweep in Big Ten action and the big goose egg they put up on Purdue! 

This Sunday Minnesota will take on Wisconsin in the annual "Border Battle" at Noon at the Sports Pavilion. Make sure to come out to see some great college wrestling.

Now on to the good stuff...over the winter break the team's workout room got a new look. Below are some pictures of the teams workout facility. There are photos scattered of former Minnesota Golden Gophers who were either a two-time All American or National Champion. 

What do you think?

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Happy Wednesday Gopher Wrestling fans and welcome back to the Gophers Inner Circle Blog. Below we have another highlight video for you to check out from the Gophers 24-13 smashing over Ohio State. 

Once again we would like to thank Cole Schrupp on another great piece of work! 

Enjoy and Go Gophers!

VIDEO: 2012 Southern Scuffle Highlights

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Wanted to pass along highlights from the 2012 Southern Scuffle. Another great piece of work put together by Cole Schrupp! Highlights from the dual this past Sunday should be up later today, please check back for more! 

Gophers Inner Circle: Monday's Press Clippings

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Good day Gopher fans! I hope you all enjoyed yesterday's win, what an exciting way to begin Big Ten action! 

Below you will find some press clips from the dual. The Gophers will be back in action this Friday when they travel to face Illinois and Purdue on Sunday. 

Check back for more details later in the week. 

Minnesota Daily (No. 3 Gophers Defeat No. 6 Ohio State)

Star Tribune (Gophers win Big Ten dual over Buckeyes)

InterMat (Storley sets tone as Minnesota tops Ohio State)

NCAA (No.3 Minnesota downs Ohio State) 

Jennie-O-Wrestler of the Week: Zach Sanders

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Each week of the season will feature a Jennie-O-Wrestler of the week. This week's wrestler is senior Zach Sanders from Wabasha, Minn.

1.     Why did you choose the sport of wrestling?

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I was born into a wrestling family.  I'm thankful it matches my abilities and personality.

2.     What was the biggest adjustment you had to make when moving from high school wrestling to college wrestling?

I had to be more physical to make up for a lack of strength/size and learning how to escape from bottom, which is what most freshman struggle with.

3.     What is the feeling like after a big takedown or scoring a pin?

It depends on the situation but here at Minnesota we take pride in dominating our opponents the best we can. 

4.     What team or individual performance are you most proud of?

It is yet to come.

5.     Where is your favorite place to eat on campus? 

Tony's Diner

6.     What is your favorite Minnesota tradition?

I am proud to be part of the program I grew up watching and dreaming of wrestling for in my home state.  I remember watching all the past "Gopher Greats" and getting goose bumps.  I like being part of the winning tradition. 

7.     What is the best part of being a member of the Minnesota wrestling team? 

The culture here is excellent.  We have awesome resources in our coaches, training partners, boosters, and fans.  My teammates are my best friends and its fun being part of it all.

8.     Why did you choose Minnesota?

It worked out well for me.  I knew I had to go to a good wrestling school to reach my potential and I saw myself fitting into the line-up.  I really liked the coaching staff and their system.  I had a lot of good friends and training partners here at Minnesota already.  Looking back now, I could not have imagined going anywhere else.

9.     Who on the team is the team prankster? 

I would have to say Coach Eggum.  He is always joking around and is hilarious.  He does a good job at keeping things loose when they need to be.

10.  What have you learned from wrestling that has helped you in other aspects of your life? 

I would say wrestling has helped me in almost every aspect of my life along with giving me a lot of opportunities. 

11.  What is your favorite sports movie? 

Probably For Love of the Game or Without Limits.

12.  What are you listening to on your iPod right now?

I listen to pretty much everything but lately I have been on a country music kick.    Teammate Joel Bauman produced a cool song in "Wonder That." Check it out on iTunes.

13.  Do you have any pre-match superstitions? 

Not really other than that I usually eat the same things before matches.

14.  What are your goals for this season? 

NCAA Champion.

15.  What is your favorite sport outside of wrestling? 

I liked to play a lot of sports like baseball, football, and golf.   I am also interested in sports that have a toughness factor to them such as MMA, triathlons, and marathons.

16.   What has been the best memory in your Gopher wrestling career? 

Earning All-American status as a freshman.

17.  If you had the choice to travel either forward or backward in time, which would you choose? Why?

I wish I was a freshman so I could have five more years living the dream.

18.  Where do you like wrestling at more the Pavilion or Williams Arena?

The NCAA Championships.  The atmosphere is second to none.

19.  What is your favorite TV show?

Prison Break

20.  What is your favorite food?




Happy Thursday Gopher Wrestling fans. I wanted to pass along another video which features Head Assitant Coach Brandon Eggum.

Eggum talks about what the Gophers will do with the little break they ahve in the 2011-12 season. Minnesota will next wrestle at the Southern Scuffle Jan 1-2. 


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VIDEO: Highlights from the 34-6 win over Iowa State

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Check out the latest highlights from the Gophers 34-6 win over Iowa State last Friday!


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