Sam Brancale
Sam  Brancale


Eden Prairie, Minn.

High School:
Eden Prairie HS




Gopher Wrestling Wraps Up Season at Awards Banquet

Program celebrates the outstanding individual accomplishments of the previous season and the careers of its senior class


2015-16 Gopher Wrestling: By The Numbers

Minnesota had a seasons of firsts, latests and mosts over the course of the past six months


Gophers Wrap Up First Day of Big Tens

Five Minnesota wrestlers will be in action on the final day of the conference tournament


Gophers Drop Big Ten Finale to Illinois

After splitting the night's 10 matches, bonus points made the difference in the final score


Gophers Take Border Battle Over Badgers

A tech fall by Brett Pfarr at 197 pounds provides the needed bonus points in a 17-16 win


Gophers vs Cowboys

Wrestling Action


Session Semi-finals

Big Tem Wrestling


Gophers Vs Indiana

Big Ten Wrestling

Photo Gallery


  • Three-time letterwinner ('14, '15, '16)
  • Placed at 2016 Southern Scuffle (eighth)
  • Won team's 2015-16 "Most Falls" award
  • Bison Open champion ('14)

Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record:
Big Ten Record:
Major Decisions:
Technical Falls:

Letterwinner • Began season with third-place finish at Daktronics Open • recorded four falls at Daktronics Open, including pins in his first three matches of the season • led all non-redshirts on team with seven pins during the season • wrestled a team-high 14 regular season matches against ranked opponents, including wins over No. 9 Mason Beckman (Lehigh) and No. 6 Rossi Bruno (Michigan) • won four of first five dual matches • placed eighth at Southern Scuffle • earned bonus points in 11 of 15 wins • had three-match winning streak during duals season, including a major decision over A.C. Headlee (North Carolina) • won in first round of all three regular season tournaments in which he competed, including two pins and a technical fall


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: 2-3
Big Ten Record: 0-1
Pins: 3
Major Decisions: 1
Technical Falls: 1

Letterwinner • Began season with back-to-back first period pins against Aaron Dick (Concordia-Moorhead) and Tirso Lara (North Dakota State) at the Bison Open • Won 125 title at the Bison Open • Earned a 17-11 victory over No. 8 Tyler Cox (Wyoming) during a road dual on Nov. 15 • Earned a second period tech fall, 15-0, over Sean Badua (Army) during the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas on Dec. 5 • Suffered a shoulder injury during pre-match warmups prior to the Gophers' home dual against Northwestern on Dec. 18 and missed the next eight weeks of action • Returned from injury to wrestle at 133 against No. 10 Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) in a road dual on Feb. 6

Overall Record: 14-10
Dual Meet Record: 5-7
Big Ten Record: 3-2
Pins: 2
Major Decisions: 7
Technical Falls: 1

LetterwinnerFinished the season with a 14-10 record • Went 4-1 and took second place at Bison Open, including a victory by major decision and another by pin • Went 5-0 at Harold Nichols Cyclone Open with three victories by major decision • Pinned No. 3 Tom Gilman of Iowa to score a critical six points in Minnesota's 19-15 win at Iowa on Jan. 25

Overall Record: 3-1
Dual Meet Record: - -
Big Ten Record: - -
Pins: - -
Major Decisions: - -
Technical Falls: - -

Finished the season with a 3-1 record • Went 3-1 at the Bison Open, where he earned a 6-1 overtime sudden victory over teammate Corey Hodowanic • Fell to No. 12 Trent Sprenkle in the finals at the Bison Open in a 6-5 decision

Named 2012 Eden Prairie High School Male Athlete of the Year • Won the individual state title in 2010 and 2012 • Took sixth place at state as a freshman and third and a junior • Earned All-Conference honors in 2010, 2011, and 2012 • Named to the All-State team all four years of high school • Received All-America accolades for his efforts during the senior season in 2012 • Posted an overall record of 144-9 over his four years with the high school program • Four-time letterwinner • Coached by Tom Gruhlke and Jeremy Anderson

Son of David and Roxanne Brancale • Has two siblings, Alex and Ben • Father David wrestled for the Gophers from 1975-76 and younger brother Ben is currently a redshirt freshman for the Gophers • Names most memorable sports thrill as winning state as a senior • Lists fishing and hunting as interests outside of wrestling • Majoring in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance

Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2012-13 (RS) 3-1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2013-14 14-10 5-7 3-2 2 7 1 DNP - -
2014-15 8-5 0-1 0-1 3 1 1 - - - -
2015-16 15-18 5-10 0-7 7 3 1 DNP - -
Totals 37-33 10-18 3-10 12 11 3 - - - -


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Lawrence and Neu Celebrate Hall of Fame Inductions


Two former national champs entered the “M” Club Hall of Fame on Thursday and then appeared at sporting events throughout the weekend to celebrate their accomplishments

Gopher to Host Open Practice


Get a sneak peek at the 2016-17 Minnesota wrestling team during an open-doors practice on Oct. 29

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