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
Dalton Lunde's first career collegiate tournament title and Will Balow's second headlined a day when seven Gopher wrestlers produced top-four performances
Ethan Lizak and Tommy Thorn won the 125- and 141-pound titles, respectively, leading a group of 10 Gopher placewinners in Cedar Falls
Lizak's finishes second as Nebraska's Tim Lambert levels their season series at one match a piece while 10 other Gophers compete in Ames
More than half of Minnesota's wrMore than half of Minnesota's wrestlers in the field on Sunday placed among the top six at their respective weightsamong the top six at their respective weights
- Team's Freshman Academic Award winner ('17)
2016-17 • FRESHMAN (REDSHIRTED)
Overall Record: 10-6
Dual Meet Record: - -
Big Ten Record: - -
Major Decisions: 4
Technical Falls: - -
Won team's Freshman Academic Award • Season cut short by injury • Competed in four open tournaments • earned first career podium finish by taking fifth at UNI Open • reached quarterfinals at Daktronics Open and Worthington Open • six of 10 victories came with bonus points, including first career major decision over Zach Funderburk (Briar Cliff) at Daktronics Open and first career fall over Cole Race at UNI Open
Four-time wrestling letterwinner • Four-time Wisconsin state champion (106, 113, 126 and 138 pounds) • Three-time Fargo All-American in freestyle, including 2013 national title • Three-time national folkstyle finalist (2013, 2015, 2016) • 2-12 Fargo cadet national triple crown winner (Greco, freestyle and folkstyle) • Coached by Scott Marko, Greg Nicholas and Paul Enslin
Son of Scott and Brooke Marko • Has four siblings: Abby, Kole, Griffin and Zander • Father, Scott, wrestled for UW-River Falls • Most memorable sports thrill was winning his fourth state title in Wisconsin • Away from the mat and classes, he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time at the lake • Undecided on his intended major
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
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
11/21/2017 - Wrestling
Each week the Gophers sit down with a wrestler to discuss the best match of that week.