Ethan Lizak
Ethan  Lizak


Schnecksville, Pa.

High School:
Parkland 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


Five Gophers Place at University Nationals

Tommy Thorn marched to the title bout at 65 kilograms, while teammates Ethan Lizak, Skyler Petry, Bobby Steveson and Rylee Streifel all reached the podium


Gophers Send 14 to University Nationals

Spread across seven different weight classes, 14 current Gophers will wrestle freestyle in Akron, Ohio this weekend in one of the nation’s top summer tournaments for collegiate wrestlers


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


Minnesota vs Michigan

Big Ten Dual Meet


Minnesota vs Illinois

Big Ten Wrestling Action


Gophers vs. Bulldogs

Gopher wrestling action!


Home Opener Wrestling vs Air Force

First Dual Action


Day 2 at National Championships

NCAA Wrestling Continues

Photo Gallery


  • All-American ('17)
  • NCAA finlist ('17)
  • Two-time NCAA Qualifier ('15, '17)
  • Two-time letterwinner ('15, '17)
  • NWCA All-Academic ('17)
  • Academic All-Big Ten ('17)
  • Four career open tournament titles
  • Earned bonus point victories in 22 of 30 wins during 2016-17 and in 16 of 17 wins during redshirt season (2015-16) the year prior

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

All-American • NCAA Finalist • Letterwinner • Academic All-Big Ten • NWCA All-Academic • Southern Scuffle champion • won all five matches at Southern Scuffle with bonus points (four major decisions, one tech fall) • also won two open tournament titles - the Daktronics Open to begin season and UNI Open • runner-up at Cyclone Open • finised 3rd at Big Tens • Led team in bonus point wins (22) and tech falls (10) • 22 of 30 wins on the season came with bonus points


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record:
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Big Ten Record:
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Pins: 7
Major Decisions: - -
Technical Falls: 9

Won Cyclone Open, UNI Open, and Duhawk Open • placed in four tournaments • recorded one pin and two technical falls in tournament final matches • recorded nine technical falls • recorded six falls, five of which came in the first period • had nine match win streak in which every victory came by pin or technical fall • three of four losses came against ranked opponents • won by fall or technical fall in every round of the three tournaments he won

2014-15 • FRESHMAN
Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: 2-4
Big Ten Record: 1-3
Pins: 3
Major Decisions: 7
Technical Falls:

NCAA qualifier • Letterwinner • Began season wrestling in open tournaments, but pressed into action when the starter and backup at 125 were injured during the season • Began season by competing in five open tournaments and finishing top-five in each event • Of his five losses in open tournaments, only two came to non-Gopher wrestlers • Won the 125 title at the Cobber Open • Placed (seventh) at the prestigious Midlands tournament in late December • Made his career dual debut at Penn State on Jan. 25 • Began his dual career by facing three consecutive top-10 ranked wrestlers, including eventual national champ Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) • Won his first career dual match with an 11-0 major decision over Josh Polacek (Maryland) on Feb. 8 • Earned his first career victory over a ranked opponent on Feb. 15 by defeating No. 13 Josh Rodriguez (North Dakota State), 2-1 • Placed seventh at the Big Ten Championships • Won two matches as an unseeded competitor at the NCAA Championships, including an 11-4 decision over No. 20 Josh Martinez (Air Force)

Four-time Regional Champion • Three-time District Champion • Two-time State Champion • Two-time All-American, once at Fargo Junior Freestyle and once at FILA Junior World Team Trials • Coached by Ryan Nun


Son of Rich and Ann Lizak • Has two younger brothers, Jake and Adam • Most memorable sports thrill was winning his first State Championship • Lists playing video games as his main interest outside of wrestling • Plans to major in kinesiology

Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2014-15 28-15 2-4 1-3 3 7 4 7th DNP
2015-16 (RS) 17-4 - - - - 7 - - 9 - - - -
2016-17 30-7 4-4 3-4 4 8 10 3rd 2nd
Totals 58-22 6-8 4-7 7 15 14 - - - -


Sanders Takes Gold in Cuba

Sanders Takes Gold in Cuba

2/22/2018 - Wrestling

Zach Sanders along with Minnesota Storm wrestler Hayden Zillmer earned gold medals at Cerro Pelado in Havana, Cuba.

The Man of Many Weights

The Man of Many Weights

2/22/2018 - Wrestling

Junior Brandon Krone has won matches at 165, 174, 184 and 197-pounds throughout his nearly four years in a Maroon and Gold singlet.

Match of the Week - Feb. 21

Match of the Week - Feb. 21

11/21/2017 - Wrestling

Each week the Gophers sit down with a wrestler to discuss the best match of that week.

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