Danny Zilverberg
Danny  Zilverberg

RS Senior

Wayzata, Minn.

High School:
Wayzata HS




Minnesota Wrestling Presents Team Awards

Tony Nelson named Most Valuable Wrestler


Wrestling Places Eight on Winter Academic All-Big Ten

Overall conference list includes 90 wrestlers


Minnesota Places 62 on Winter Academic All-Big Ten Teams

For the second year in a row, gymnast Nathan Fortunato posted an unblemished 4.0 GPA.


Nine Still Alive as Storley and Nelson Advance to Semifinals

Minnesota remains in third with 47.5 points


8 of 10 Wrestlers Remain Alive for Titles after Session I

Minnesota sits third with 11 team points


Top 10 Moments

Heading into the 2013 NCAA Championships, we count down the top 10 moments from the 2012-13 season.


Session Three

Big Tens


Big Tens First Session

Wrestling Championships


Session Semi-finals

Big Tem Wrestling


Gophers Vs Indiana

Big Ten Wrestling


Danny Zilverberg

Danny Zilverberg Action Photos

Photo Gallery

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Technical Falls:1

All-American • Academic All-Big Ten • Finished seventh at NCAA Championships • Placed third at Big Ten Championships • Placed second at the Bison Open with a record of 3-1 • Went 4-1 at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open • Scored two Big Ten victories by major decision, first against Chad Welch of Purdue (10-2) and then against Frank Cousins Jr. of Wisconsin (10-2) • After suffering a regular season loss to Pierce Harger of Northwestern, defeated Harger three times in the Big Ten and NCAA Championships

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Academic All-Big Ten • Finished season with 18-13 overall record • Had a 3-7 dual record and 2-4 Big Ten record • Shared the "Chris Berglin "Most Improved" award with Cody Yohn • Defeated Joseph Napolia of Lehigh and Kyle Bradley of Missouri • Defeated No. 12 David Bonin of Iowa in a 3-1 decision • Took first place at the Finn Grinnaker Open (11/17/12) • Finished in fifth place overall at the Southern Scuffle • Defeated Matt Nora of Illinois to help the Gophers defeat the No. 5 ranked Illini (1/21/13) • Had a close loss against No. 12 Taylor Walsh of Indiana in a 8-7 decision (1/13/13) • Had a close loss against No. 1 Derek St. John of Iowa in a 6-2 decision to help the Gophers stay competitive against the No. 4 ranked Hawkeyes (1/26/13) • Won four matches by major decision and one by technical fall

Overall Record:0-6
Dual Meet Record:0-4
Big Ten Record:0-1
Major Decisions:0
Technical Falls:0

Moved into the starting lineup at 157 pounds late in the season • Wrestled in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Dual Championships • Competed at the Big Ten Championships • Letterwinner

Overall Record: 19-15
Dual Meet Record: 10-8
Big Ten Record: 4-3
Pins: 1
Major Decisions: 5
Technical Falls:0

Received the Chris Berglin Most Improved Wrestler Award • Finished the season 19-15 overall was 10-8 in dual meets • Went 4-3 in Big Ten competition • Recorded one pin and five major decisions • Won the Bison Open, going 4-0 while recording two major decisions and two decisions • Finished sixth in his first appearance at the Big Ten championships in 2011, losing to champion Frank Molinaro in the opening round • Went 3-2 at the Southern Scuffle, picked up back-to-back major decisions over Indiana's Alex Warren (8-0) in the second round and Penn's Andrew Lenzi (9-0) in the third round • Majored Shawn Perry of Wisconsin • Won a 7-1 decision over Ohio State's Mike Fee • Beat Eric Grajales of Michigan 4-3 on Feb. 11 • Defeated Iowa's Mark Ballweg 5-3 • Earned his first letter

Posted 17-5 mark at 149 in his first season with the Golden Gophers, wrestling only in open meets • Won six matches by fall, including a team best 0:15 over Justin Koob of Augsburg • Won one match by major decision • First career win came in first career match as s 2:43 fall over Mac Rivard of St. Cloud State • Was runner-up at the North Country Open with 4-1 mark, and forfeit loss in the championship match snapping a season long seven match winning streak • Co-champion at the Worthington Open on 1/16 with a 3-0 mark, scoring two falls and a tech fall • Runner-up at the Dragon Open with a 3-1 mark, losing only to Steven Monk of North Dakota, 4-10 in the championship match • Went 4-2 at the Kaufman-Brand Open • Placed second at the Bison Open with a 3-1 tally, losing only to teammate and No. 11 ranked Mario Mason in the championship match

2009 graduate of Wayzata High School • Coached by Ross Johnson and Dave Droegemueller • Three-time all-state performer • 26-0 and the 145 lb. AAA state champion as a senior • Posted a 48-2 record as a junior and finished third at the 2008 state meet after taking fourth as sophomore in 200-137 • Won of over 140 matches in his career • Named All-American as a senior in 2009 • Led his team to two state consolation championships


Born Nov. 28, 1990 • Son of Pat and Linda Zilverberg • Has three siblings, David (20), Jamie (22) and Laura (24) • Brother David was also a Golden Gopher wrestler • Father Pat was a Minnesota letterwinner in 1974 • Uncles Larry (1974-76) and Daniel (1978-80) were All-Americans for the Golden Gophers • Majoring in Business Marketing Education • List winning the state title as a senior as his most memorable sports thrill

Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins MD TF Big Ten Finish NCAA Finish
2009-10 17-5 - - 6 1 - - -
2010-11 19-15 10-8 4-3 1 5 - - -
2011-12 0-6 0-4 0-1 - - - - -
2012-13 18-13 3-7 2-4 - 3 1 5th DNP
2013-14 24-15 6-8 4-3 1 7 1 3rd 7th
Total 78-54 19-27 10-11 8 16 2 - -


Wrestling Adds All-American Sean Russell

Wrestling Adds All-American Sean Russell

5/23/2018 - Wrestling

University of Minnesota head wrestling coach Brandon Eggum has announced the addition of 125-pound, 2017 All-American, Sean Russell to the Golden Gophers.

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.

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