Zach Sanders voted team MVP second straight year
NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals
Gophers will wrestle at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.
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
2011-12 REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE:
Overall Record: 6-1
Dual Meet Record: 1-1
Big Ten Record: 1-0
Major Decisions: 1
Technical Falls: 1
Wrestled in seven matches before he had to end his career due to multiple concussions Won the Bison Open to start the season with a record of 5-0 Scored a fall over Kevin Fynboh of Concordia at the 2:40 mark Picked up a 17-1 major decision against Anthony Caputo of North Dakota State Won a 7-5 decision over the Bison's Steven Monk in overtime Fell to Kyle Dake of Cornell by a 5-0 decision Rebounded two days later to defeat Dylan Alton of Penn State by a 9-4 decision Letterwinner.
2010-11 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN:
Did not compete due to injury.
Went 8-2 on the season at 157, competing solely in open meets Tallied four falls and two tech falls, and ended the season on a four-match winning streak Went 1-1 against ranked opponents, pinning No. 6 Steve Brown of Central Michigan in 4:41, but falling 3-4 to No. 18 Keegan Davis of Oregon State Placed second at the Worthington Open on 1/16, going 4-0 with two tech falls before withdrawing in the championship match Placed fourth at the Midlands Championships on 12/30, posting a 4-2 mark in the first competition of his career First career match came on 12/30 and was a fall in 4:26 over David Helmer of Northwestern.
2008 graduate of Anoka High School Teammate or fellow Gopher newcomer Jake Kettler Coached by former Golden Gophers Brandon Paulson and Todd Springer 2007 NHSCA Junior National Champion at 145 pounds Represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing in the 66 kg./145.5 lb. Greco-Roman division, becoming the first high school wrestler to make the U.S. Olympic team since Mike Farina in 1976 Following the Olympics, decided to train and wrestle full time at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs Competing with USA Wrestling gave the chance to take on the best wrestlers on the planet in meets in countries all over the world, including Russia, Sweden, Turkey, Cuba and China Junior Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year for 2007 Minnesota's Mr. Wrestling 2007 and 2008 One of the highest-ranked recruits in the class of 2008 regardless of weight class, originally signed a national letter of intent with the Gophers in November of 2007 The five-time state placewinner, winning three State Championships Compiled a 201-38 record as a prep and was a dominating 125-1 over his last three seasons Team finished third at the state tournament in 2006 and 2007.
Born Dec. 1, 1989 Son of Jason and Racheal Deitchler Has two younger sisters, Abigail (15) and Angelina (8) Majoring in sports management Greatest sports thrill was making the US Olympic team in 2008.
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