Michael Kroells
Michael  Kroells

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Belle Plaine, Minn.

High School:
Scott West HS

Weight:
HWT

Experience:
2L


02/07/2016

Gophers Take Border Battle Over Badgers

A tech fall by Brett Pfarr at 197 pounds provides the needed bonus points in a 17-16 win

02/05/2016

Gophers Kick Off Weekend with Win Against Wildcats

Minnesota extends winning streak against Northwestern to 14 matches with Friday's victory

01/29/2016

Gophers fall in Iowa City

Wins by Tommy Thorn and Brett Pfarr provide bright spots for Minnesota in the loss

01/24/2016

Gophers Complete B1G Comeback in Win over Purdue

After falling behind by 12 points, Minnesota rattled off five consecutive wins to turn a possible loss into a five-point victory

01/17/2016

Gophers upset No. 8 Rutgers, 17-16

Bonus point win for Brett Pfarr makes the difference in Minnesota's victory

01/24/2016

Gophers vs Boilermakers

Big Ten Dual

01/08/2016

Minnesota vs Maryland

Big Ten Wrestling

11/21/2015

Gophers vs Air Force

Wrestling Dual vs Falcons

03/20/2015

Day 2 NCAA

Wrestling Action

03/19/2015

Day 1 NCAA

NCAA Wrestling Action

Photo Gallery


2014-15 • REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE

Overall Record:
27-17
Dual Meet Record: 8-7
Big Ten Record: 4-5
Pins: - -
Major Decisions: 7
Technical Falls: - -

All-American • Academic All-Big Ten • CoSIDA Academic All-District • NWCA All-Academic honoree • Letterwinner • Winner of team's Upperclassman Academic Award • Winner of team's Chris Berglin Most Improved Wrestler Award • Wrestled a team-high 44 matches • Wrestled against a team-high 23 ranked opponents (8-15 in these matches) • Finished second at the Bison Open • Finished fourth at the Cliff Keen Invitational, winning five consecutive matches in wrestlebacks to place • Finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships • Earned his first career All-America medal by placing 8th at the NCAA Championships • Clinched All-America status with a thrilling 4-3 win over No. 12 Spencer Myers (Maryland) in the Round of 12 in match that went through two sets of tiebreakers before Kroells was declared the winner on riding time


2013-14 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN

Overall Record:
26-7
Dual Meet Record:
3-1
Big Ten Record:
 - -
Pins:
6
Major Decisions:
4
Technical Falls: - -


Academic All-Big Ten • Finished the season with a 26-7 record • Finished third at Daktronics Open • Finished second to teammate Tony Nelson at the Bison Open • Finished with a 5-1 record at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open • Won the North County Open with a record of 4-0 • Won his first career dual match against John Gusewelle of North Dakota State by major decision and followed it up with another major decision victory, this time against Nick Tavanello of Ohio State • Compiled a 6-2 record at the Southern Scuffle


2012-13 • FRESHMAN (REDSHIRTED)

Overall Record: 28-6
Dual Meet Record: - -

Big Ten Record: - -

Pins:
7
Major Decisions: - -

Technical Falls:
2

Finished the season with a 28-6 overall record, competing solely in open meets • Took first place at the Daktronics Open • Won by decisions over Donny Longendyke and Collin Jensen of Nebraska to reach the final • Finished third at the Bison Open, Finn Grinaker Open and MSU Moorhead Open • Won by 7-5 decision over Brock Horwath of Wisconsin to reach the finals at the Flash Flanagan Open • Won four matches by falls • At the North Country Open with 10-1 major decision to defeat Concorida-Moorhead's Tom Bouressa in the finals


HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Scott West HS and wrestled under coaches Al Flynn, Darren Ripley, Jerold Stauffacher and Gopher great Dan Zilverberg • Helped team to back-to-back runner-up finishes at the state tournament • Member of 2012 Conference Championship squad • Was a two-time individual champion and four-year placer at the state tournament • Named 2012 All-Conference MVP • Earned multiple All-State accolades • Selected to USA Wrestling All-America First Team • Ranked as high as third in heavy weight class • Compiled a record of 181-28, the best in Scott West history • Owns the record for most pins in Scott West history • Two-time Rumble on the Red Champion • Two-time Christmas Tournament Champion • Also competed for Ghost Rider Wrestling Club • Has been involved in MN/USA Wrestling since 2007 • Multiple letterwiner, earning distinctions in wrestling (5), football (4), band (2), and academics (4) • Graduated at the top of his class with a 4.0 GPA • Two-time MWCA Academic All-State • Named Mr. Minnesota

PERSONAL

Born March 16, 1994 • Son of Larry Kroells and Laura Cunningham, and Lori Kroells • Has one older sister, Becca and a twin sister, Cyndi • List most memorable sports thrill as winning his first state championship in 2011 • Also enjoys hanging out with friends and playing video games • Majoring in aerospace engineering


Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2012-13 (RS) 28-6 - - - - 7 5 2 - - - -
2013-14 26-7 3-1 - - 6 4 - - - - - -
2014-15 27-17 8-7 4-5 - - 7 - - 5th 8th
Totals 53-24 11-8 4-5 6 11 - - - - - -

MORE HEADLINES

Gophers Take Border Battle Over Badgers

2/7/2016

A tech fall by Brett Pfarr at 197 pounds provides the needed bonus points in a 17-16 win

Tony Nelson Wins Silver Medal in Turkey

2/8/2016

Both Nelson and fellow Gopher alum Scott Schiller gave strong performances to Team USA at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul

Stroker Wins Don Parker Title

2/8/2016

Title is the third straight for Stroker on the open tournament circuit, a run built on a 13-match winning streak

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