Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics
Three Gophers named to NWCA All-Academic team
NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals
A victory will give the Gophers the Big Ten regular season title
Gophers host Wolverines Friday night and travel to face the Hawkeyes on Sunday
Brandon Eggum wrapped up his 12th year on the Golden Gopher staff in 2012-13 and his first as an head assistant coach. Prior to being named assistant coach, Eggum was the team's strength and conditioning coordinator.
Since joining the staff in 2001, Eggum has helped train three NCAA championship teams, nine individual national champions, five Big Ten title teams, 27 individual conference champions and 62 All-America honorees.
During Eggum's tenure as strength and conditioning coordinator, Minnesota experienced unprecedented success. The Golden Gophers captured back-to-back NCAA Championships and three straight Big Ten Championships. He trained a total of five NCAA individual champions, 16 Big Ten champions and 31 All-Americans.
In Eggum's first season in 2001, the Golden Gophers earned the program's first national championship with an NCAA record 10 All-Americans. The team also captured the Big Ten Championship, as well as the National Duals Championship.
A year later, Minnesota capped off a perfect season with its second straight NCAA Championship and a Big Ten title. The Golden Gophers crowned a pair of individual national champions, seven All-Americans and five Big Ten champions on their way to an unbeaten 19-0 season which also included a National Duals team title.
Minnesota earned its third straight Big Ten title in 2003, led by a trio of individual champions. The Golden Gophers claimed second place at the NCAA Championships and Damion Hahn won the first of his back-to-back titles at 197 pounds.
In 2004, Eggum's training helped propel Minnesota to a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships with Hahn and Jacob Volkmann earning individual titles. The 2004 season also saw the emergence of redshirt freshman heavyweight Cole Konrad. Konrad earned All-American status and tallied the most wins (38) ever by a Golden Gopher heavyweight. Hahn, then, capped off his record-breaking career with his second NCAA Championship and fourth All-American citation.
In 2011-12, Eggum helped coach the Gophers to a 14-3 overall finish and a 7-1 rate of success in conference duels. The team finished second in the Big Ten, with Tony Nelson and Kevin Steinhaus winning individual titles for the first time in their respective careers. Eggum helped guide the team to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships, marking the Gophers' best finish on the national stage since winning the title in 2007. Nelson continued his success to become Minnesota's first NCAA Individual Champion since 2010 and the first heavyweight champion since 2007.
Last season, the Maroon and Gold witnessed another successful year on the mat. Through Eggum's guidance, Minnesota posted a 16-2 overall mark on the year with a 7-1 record in conference action. Eggum coached the Golden Gophers to a second-place finish at the 2013 Big Ten Championships and helped crown individual champions Tony Nelson and Dylan Ness. Minnesota qualified all 10 wrestlers for the NCAA Wrestling Championships for the first time since 2005. Collectively, the team wrapped up the championships with a third-place finish and a tournament-high eight All-Americans. Eggum helped Tony Nelson reach the national stage once again and coached him to become only the fifth back-to-back national champion in Minnesota's history books.
Prior to joining the Minnesota staff, Eggum was a three-time All-American and four-year letter winner for the Golden Gophers from 1997 to 2000. As a sophomore, Eggum earned his first All-American certificate with a fifth-place finish at 177 pounds at the 1998 NCAA Championships.
In 1999, Eggum claimed his first Big Ten Championship at 184 pounds and turned his best performance at the NCAA Championships, finishing second to Iowa State's Cael Sanderson. Eggum finished with a 34-2 overall record that year, including an 18-1 dual meet mark.
In his senior season, Eggum earned his second straight Big Ten Championship, as well as a third-place finish at nationals. The three-time All-American posted a 33-5 overall record, including a 15-3 dual meet record. At NCAAs, Eggum rebounded from a semifinal loss to Sanderson to claim third place at 184 pounds. For his efforts, Eggum was awarded the 2000 Big Ten Medal of Honor.
For his career, Eggum ranks tied for 17th in school history in wins with a 115-23-0 overall record, while his .833 winning percentage ranks tied for 15th. Eggum is tied for 11th place all-time with a stellar 61-11 dual meet record.
Competing internationally also brought Eggum acclaim as he took home the silver medal at the 2001 World Freestyle Championships. He placed second at the 2002 Pan American Freestyle Championships and third at the 2003 U.S. National Freestyle Championships.
Eggum has also spent a number of years working with local wrestling clubs, most notably, the Hi-Flyers. One of the top youth clubs in Minnesota, Eggum coached the Hi-Flyers, to nine straight team state titles.
A standout in the classroom, Eggum was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection during his collegiate days. A native of Sydney, Mont., he graduated from Minnesota in May of 2000 with a degree in applied economics.
Eggum and his wife, Katrina, reside in Minneapolis with a son, Grayson, and a daughter, Lillian.