Ben Brancale
Ben  Brancale

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Eden Prairie, Minn.

High School:
Eden Prairie HS

Weight:
141/149

Experience:
1L


06/04/2017

Five Gophers Place at University Nationals

Tommy Thorn marched to the title bout at 65 kilograms, while teammates Ethan Lizak, Skyler Petry, Bobby Steveson and Rylee Streifel all reached the podium

06/02/2017

Gophers Send 14 to University Nationals

Spread across seven different weight classes, 14 current Gophers will wrestle freestyle in Akron, Ohio this weekend in one of the nation’s top summer tournaments for collegiate wrestlers

04/09/2017

Gophers Hand Out Hardware at Team Banquet

Minnesota hosted the ceremonial end to its 2016-17 season Sunday in Minneapolis, handing out team awards and celebrating first-year letterwinners, All-Americans and departing seniors

02/19/2017

Gophers Rout Cyclones in Regular Season Finale

Minnesota scores 40 points in a dual for the first time in more than three years in a blowout victory over regional rival Iowa State on Sunday in Ames

01/29/2017

Brancale Captures North Country Open Crown

Ben Brancale’s march to the top of the podium in Collegeville, Minn. gave him his first collegiate tournament title since last year’s North Country Open

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Letterwinner ('17)
  • Two-time North Country Open champion ('16, '17)
  • Worthington Open champion ('16)
  • Six-time top-four finisher in open tournaments

2016-17 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN
Overall Record:
10-8
Dual Meet Record:
0-1
Big Ten Record:
- -
Pins:
5
Major Decisions:
1
Technical Falls:
- -

Letterwinner • Made career dual debut vs. Gabe Moreno (Iowa State) on Feb. 19 • Won North Country Open title • Won all three matches at North Country Open with bonus points (two pins, one major decision) • Took sixth at Daktronics Open

2015-16 • FRESHMAN (REDSHIRTED)
Overall Record:
18-7
Dual Meet Record: - - 
Big Ten Record: - -
Pins: 3
Major Decisions: 2
Technical Falls: 2


Made collegiate debut at Daktronics Open, placing fourth • placed at five open tournaments, winning titles in two • reached the championship match of final three open tournaments of the season, winning titles at the Worthington Open and North Country Open • earned an 18-2 technical fall over Joe Fischenich (Augustana) in finals of Worthington Open • went 14-2 in his final 16 matches of the season, including winning seven straight to end the season • won three matches by fall and did not lose by fall during season


HIGH SCHOOL
Six-time wrestling letter winner • Six-time All-Conference selection • Three-time All-State pick (2012, `14, `15) • Captured state title as a senior • Earned USA Wrestling All-America accolades in 2012, '14 and '15 • Earned Golden Eagle Award at Eden Prairie High School for his academic achievements • Coached by Scot Davis and Tom Gruhlke


PERSONAL
Son of David and Roxanne Brancale • Has two siblings, Alex and Sam • Sam also wrestles for the Gophers • Father David wrestled for the University of Minnesota in the mid-1970s • Most memorable sports thrill was winning a national title in Greco-Roman at the 2015 Junior Nationals in Fargo • Away from wrestling, he enjoys fishing and spending time outdoors • Currently undecided on his major



Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2015-16 (RS) 18-7 - - - - 3 2 2 - - - -
2016-17 10-8 0-1 - - 5 1 - - - - - -
Totals 10-8 0-1 - - 5 1 - - - - - -



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