Brett Pfarr
Brett  Pfarr


Le Sueur, Minn.

High School:
Le Sueur-Henderson HS




Scholarships Take Center Stage

At its annual scholarship banquet on Monday night, the Golden Gopher Fund celebrated donors, student-athletes and the importance of scholarships


Brett Pfarr Selected for NWCA All-Star Classic

The Gopher captain and returning All-American will take on Brett Harner of Princeton in the event’s 197-pound contest


Summer Update: Brett Pfarr

Before entering his senior year, wrestler Brett Pfarr studied abroad in Italy this summer.


Gophers Earn 72 Distinguished Scholar Awards

Eight Gophers who boasted a perfect 4.0 GPA


Five Gophers Earn Academic All-America Nods

The five at-large honorees raises Minnesota’s Academic All-America season total to eight – the most accolades in school history.


NCAAs Day Three

Medal Round


Day 2 at National Championships

Wresting at NCAA's in NYC


NCAA Wrestling Day One

NCAA Action


Big Ten Wrestling Championships

Day Two Action


B1G Wrestle1

Bigten Wrestling Day One

Photo Gallery


  • All-American ('16)
  • Two-time NCAA qualifier ('15, '16)
  • Three-time letterwinner ('14, '15, '16)
  • Big Ten runner-up at 184 pounds ('15)
  • Three-time Academic All-Big Ten ('14, '15, '16)
  • Two-time NWCA All-Academic ('15, '16)
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-American ('16)
  • Won 40 matches during 2015-16 season, tied for seventh-most in Gopher history
  • Won 18 matches by major decision in 2015-16, the most by a Gopher in more than 20 years


Overall Record: 40-4
Dual Meet Record: 18-0
Big Ten Record: 9-0
Pins: 3
Major Decisions: 18
Technical Falls: 4

All-American • Academic-All Big Ten • Letterwinner • placed third at NCAA Tournament with a 2-1 decision over No. 3 Nathan Burak (Iowa) in the third place match • placed third at Big Ten Tournament with a 3-1 decision over No.11 Aaron Studebaker (Nebraska) in third place match • won Daktronics Open to begin season • placed second at Cliff Keen Invitational and Southern Scuffle • won 16 straight matches to open season • won 15 matches against ranked opponents • all four losses came to opponents who finished in the top-four at his weight class • had most victories of any Gopher wrestler • had 18 victories by major decision, the most by any Gopher in more than 20 years • became tenth Minnesota wrestler to reach 40 win mark • had a plus 68 scoring differential • reached double-digit points in 23 of his wins • posted a perfect 9-0 record in dual meets • won first match of the season with a first period fall against Caleb Ward (South Dakota State) • only posted losing record against two opponents during season • earned one fall in a dual match, coming in the first period against Jake Masengale (Indiana) • had three separate streaks with at least three straight bonus point victories 


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: 10-5
Big Ten Record: 6-3
Pins: - -
Major Decisions: 9
Technical Falls: 2

NCAA Qualifier • Finalist at 184 pounds at Big Ten Championships • Academic All-Big Ten • NWCA All-Academic honoree • Letterwinner • Winner of the team's Most Dedicated Wrestler Award • 19 matches against ranked opponents was the second-most on the team • Nine victories by major decision was second-most on the team • First season as full-time starter • Began season with a runner-up finish at the Bison Open after starting off the tournament with a pair of tech falls and a major decision • Began dual season 6-0, including three consecutive major decision over Konner Witt (Air Force), No. 15 Ben Stroh (Wyoming) and Austin Guan (Grand Canyon) • Took fifth at the Cliff Keen Invitational, defeating three ranked opponents in the event, including No. 6 Kenny Courts (Ohio State) • Recorded consecutive victories over ranked opponents twice during the season, defeating No. 20 Nikko Reyes (Illinois) and No. 16 Matt McCutcheon (Penn State) during the dual season and then knocking off No. 12 Courts and No. 13 McCutcheon during the Big Ten Championships


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: 3-0
Big Ten Record: 1-0
Pins: 3
Major Decisions: 7
Technical Falls: 5

Academic All-Big Ten • Finished second at the Daktronics Open with a record of 4-1 • Placed first in the different open competitions - the Bison Open, the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open and the North Country Open • Went 5-2 at Southern Scuffle • Competed in three dual meets in November, winning each match by major decision or technical fall • Defeated No. 16 Benjamin Stroh of Wyoming by major decision, 10-1


Overall Record: 28-5
Dual Meet Record: - -
Big Ten Record: - -
Pins: 3
Major Decisions: 8
Technical Falls: 3

Finished the season with a 28-5 overall record, competing solely in open meets • Finished in second place overall at the Daktronics Open (11/4) and Bison Open (11/10) • Claimed first place titles at the Finn Grinaker Open (11/17), MSU Moorhead Open (12/1), Flash Flanagan Open (1/12) and North Country Open (2/2) • Finished the UNI Open with a 5-1 record • In consolation round saw 6-1 decision over Patrick Kissel before defeating Jeff Koepke of Illinois to finish third overall • Fell to No. 15 Kevin Radford of Arizona State in 5-4 decision • Won eight matches by major decision


2012 Minnesota State High School League State champion at 182 lbs • Totaled 191 career wins • Earned All-America accolades from NHSCA and USA Wrestling in 2010-12 • Helped team to three consecutive conference championships in 2008, 2009, and 2010 • Aided team to a runner-up finish at 2011 sectionals • Six-time letterwinnerfor varsity wrestling • Was named All-Conference during five years of participation in wrestling • Member of Valley Elite Wrestling Club • Active in both Freestyle and Greco wrestling styles • Also letteredin cross country and track • Graduated with distinction


Son of Dave and Robyn Pfarr • Has three siblings; Matthew, Erin, and Chris • Brother Chris also is a Gopher wrester • Brother Matthew wrestled for St. John's University • Lists most memorable sports thrill as becoming a double All-American at the Junior Fargo Nationals • Majoring in agriculture and food business management

Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2012-13 (RS) 28-5 - - - - 3 8 1 - - - -
2013-14 25-3 3-0 1-0 3 7 5 - - - -
2014-15 24-12 10-5 6-3 - - 9 3 2nd DNP
2015-16 40-4 18-0 9-0 3 18 4 3rd 3rd
Totals 89-19 31-5 16-3 6 34 12 - - - -


Get to Know Zach Sanders


One of just 10 four-time All-Americans in program history, Sanders brings a track record of consistent success to the Gophers’ volunteer assistant position

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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