Chris Pfarr
Chris  Pfarr


Le Sueur, Minn.

High School:
Le Sueur-Henderson HS




Gophers Score Big in the Classroom

Whether measured by grade point averages, conference rankings or individual academic accolades, 2016-17 set a new academic standard for Gopher Wrestling


Gophers Collect More Academic Accolades

The National Wrestling Coaches Association recognized the Gophers as a team, as well as five individuals, for outstanding work in the classroom this season


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


2016-17 Gopher Wrestling: By The Numbers

By many measure, the Gophers outperformed expectations this season. Take a journey through some of the highlights of the 2016-17 season, by the numbers


Nine Gophers Named Academic All-Big Ten

Five of the team's NCAA qualifiers are among those honored by the conference for achievements in the classroom


First Day at Big Tens

Conference wrestling action.


Minnesota vs Michigan

Big Ten Dual Meet


Minnesota vs Illinois

Big Ten Wrestling Action


Gophers vs. Bulldogs

Gopher wrestling action!


NCAA Wrestling Day One

NCAA Wrestling Action in St. Louis

Photo Gallery


  • NCAA Qualifier ('17)
  • Four-time letterwinner ('15, '16, '17, '18)
  • Four-time Academic All-Big Ten ('15, '16, '17, '18)
  • NWCA All-Academic ('17)
  • Maintained 4.0 GPA

Overall Record: 13-13
Dual Meet Record: 9-9

Big Ten Record: 3-7

Pins: 1

Major Decisions: 4

Technical Falls: 0

Letterwinner • Academic All-Big Ten • Wrestled entire season at 174 • Picked up ranked win over No. 16 Brandon Womack of Cornell duruing South Beach Duals in sudden victory • Won six straight matches, the longest in his career, which spanned over a month (Dec. 10 - Jan. 12) • Faced five 2018 All-Americans during the season • Took third at Daktronics Open at the start of the season.

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

NCAA Qualifier • Letterwinner • Academic All-Big Ten • NWCA All-Academic •
earned automatic berth at Big Ten tournament to qualify for first career NCAA Championships • began season wrestling 184 before dropping down to 174 at Southern Scuffle • won his group at Journeymen Collegiate Classic by going 3-0 wrestling at 184 •
also placed fourth at Daktronics Open and UNI Open wrestling 184 • finished one match shy of placing at 174 at Southern Scuffle • picked up his first career Big Ten victory and won a home dual for the Gophers by defeating No. 20 Ryan Christensen (Wisconsin) in the last match of the meet on Jan. 15 •
upset No. 10 Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State), 10-4, during dual on Feb. 19


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: 3-14
Big Ten Record: 0-8
Pins: 1
Major Decisions: - -
Technical Falls: 1

Letterwinner • Academic All-Big Ten • won first career dual match against Cale Wilson (Grand Canyon) at Gopher Duals • won seven of first eight matches to start season • placed third at Daktronics Open • earned first period fall over Josh Casperson (South Dakota State) in round of 12 at Daktronics Open • wrestled six matches against ranked opponents • earned an 18-3 technical fall over Alexander Bleeker (North Dakota State) in first match of season • had four matches decided in overtime periods  


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: 0-3
Big Ten Record: - -
Pins: 4
Major Decisions: 1
Technical Falls: - -

Letterwinner • Academic All-Big Ten • Competed in four open tournaments while also appearing in three duals early in the season, replacing Scott Schiller who was out with injury • Made his career dual debut in season-opening meet at Air Force, dropping a major decision to Jack Carda • Finished the season with back-to-back third-place finishes in tournaments • Began third-place run at Wisconsin Open with consecutive pins of Justin Benero (Harper College) and teammate Faris Karaborni • Also eanred a major decision during the Wisconsin Open, defeating Taylor Hilderbrandt (Wisconsin-Whitewater), 11-2, in the consolation semifinals • Began North Country Open with a first-period pin against Alex Kubicek (Rochester Community & Technical College) en route to a third-place finish


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

Finished the season with a 11-12 overall record, competing solely in open meets • Recorded his first career pin at Minnesota during the Dragon Open against Trevour Chavez of North Dakota State • Won three matches at North Country Open, one by pin, one by major decision and one by technical fall


2013 graduate of Le Sueur-Henderson High School • Graduated with High Honors • Lettered in football, wrestling and baseball • All-Conference Baseball 2013 • All-Conference Football 2013 • All-Conference Wrestling 2010 and 2013 • All-State wrestling 2011, 2012, and 2013 • Academic All-State


Son of David and Robyn Pfarr • Siblings Matthew, Erin and Brett • Brother Brett also is a Gopher wrestler • Brother Matthew wrestled at St. John's • Lists going to State in football as his most memorable sports thrill • Enjoys hunting, fishing and going to the lake

Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2013-14 (RS) 11-12 - - - - 2 1 1 - - - -
2014-15 11-9 0-3 - - 4 1 - - - - - -
2015-16 9-21 3-14 0-3 1 - - 1 DNP - -
2016-17 18-15 3-5 2-5 1 3 2 DNP DNP
2017-18 13-13 9-9 3-7 1 4 0 DNP - -
Totals 51-58 15-31 5-15 7 8 3 - - - -


Zillmer, Nelson Compete in World Team Trial Finals

Zillmer, Nelson Compete in World Team Trial Finals

5/20/2018 - Wrestling

There were two Minnesota wrestlers who battled in the best-of-three finals at the World Team Trials with Hayden Zillmer earning a Final X birth at 92-kilograms.

Two Minnesota Wrestlers Reach World Trial Finals

Two Minnesota Wrestlers Reach World Trial Finals

5/19/2018 - Wrestling

It was a day highlighted by the Minnesota heavyweights, but a total of eight Minnesota wrestlers took part in the senior level of the World Team Trials.

Steveson Earns Junior World Team Trials Final Bid

Steveson Earns Junior World Team Trials Final Bid

5/18/2018 - Wrestling

Two current and three incoming University of Minnesota wrestlers took part in the junior level of the World Team Trials on Friday.

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