Ethan Lizak
Ethan  Lizak


Schnecksville, Pa.

High School:
Parkland HS




Lizak Takes Fourth as Gophers End Season at NCAAs

The last Gopher standing at the end of three grueling days of competition in Cleveland closed out Minnesota’s 2017-18 campaign


Lizak Becomes Two-Time All-American

Ethan Lizak’s march through wrestlebacks highlighted Minnesota’s second day at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland


Minnesota Wraps Up Opening Day at NCAAs

Five Gophers will look to work their way through wrestlebacks tomorrow to earn All-America honors


Gophers Prepared to Wrap Up Season at NCAAs

Minnesota wraps up its 2017-18 season looking for another strong finish at the national tournament


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


Final Day of NCAA Championships

Wrestling action


Friday Wrestlebacks

NCAA Wrestling Action


NCAA Wrestling Day One

Division One Wrestling Action


Final Day at Big Tens

Big Ten Wrestling Action


First Day at Big Tens

Conference wrestling action.

Photo Gallery


  • All-American ('17, '18)
  • NCAA finalist ('17)
  • Three-time NCAA Qualifier ('15, '17, '18)
  • Three-time letterwinner ('15, '17, '18)
  • NWCA All-Academic ('17)
  • Two-time Academic All-Big Ten ('17, '18)
  • Five career open tournament titles
  • Earned bonus point victories in 20 of 30 wins during 2017-18 season, 22 of 30 wins during 2016-17 and in 16 of 17 wins during redshirt season (2015-16) the year prior
  • Voted as the team's most outstanding wrestler ('18)

Overall Record: 30-7
Dual Meet Record: 12-3
Big Ten Record: 6-5

Pins: 5

Major Decisions: 6

Technical Falls: 9

All-American • NCAA Qualifier • Letterwinner • Academic All-Big Ten • NWCA All-Academic • Daktronics Open Champion • finised 2nd at Big Tens • Led team in bonus point wins (20) and tech falls (9) • 20 of 30 wins on the season came with bonus points • Finished in third place at Cliff Keen Invite • Finished with most ranked wins on the team • Started season 9-0 • Second straight 30-win season • Finished with sixth most tech falls in the nation (9) • Became 53rd multiple time All-American at Minnesota.  

Dual Meet Record: 30-7
Big Ten Record: 4-4

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
2017-18 30-7 12-3 6-5 5 6 9 2nd 4th
Totals 88-29 6-8 4-7 12 21 23 2nd 2nd


Steveson Awarded Junior Hodge Trophy

Steveson Awarded Junior Hodge Trophy

5/24/2018 - Wrestling

Incoming freshman, and No. 1 recruit, Gable Steveson has been named the Junior Dan Hodge Trophy winner by WIN magazine.

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.

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