Michael Kroells
Michael  Kroells

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Belle Plaine, Minn.

High School:
Scott West HS

Weight:
HWT

Experience:
2L


05/09/2016

NWCA Honors Gophers for Academics

The National Wrestling Coaches' Association announced its All-Academic teams and individuals on Monday, with the Gophers appearing on both lists

04/25/2016

Gopher Wrestling Wraps Up Season at Awards Banquet

Program celebrates the outstanding individual accomplishments of the previous season and the careers of its senior class

03/24/2016

2015-16 Gopher Wrestling: By The Numbers

Minnesota had a seasons of firsts, latests and mosts over the course of the past six months

03/23/2016

Gophers Earn Academic All-B1G Laurels

The Big Ten Conference has recognized 69 student-athletes from the University of Minnesota as Academic All-Big Ten honorees.

03/19/2016

Gophers Wrap Up Season at NCAAs

Both of Minnesota's All-Americans finish their seasons with victories in the medal rounds

03/19/2016

NCAAs Day Three

Medal Round

03/18/2016

Day 2 at National Championships

Wresting at NCAA's in NYC

03/17/2016

NCAA Wrestling Day One

NCAA Action

03/06/2016

Big Ten Wrestling Championships

Day Two Action

03/05/2016

B1G Wrestle1

Bigten Wrestling Day One

Photo Gallery


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two-time All-American ('15, '16)
  • Three-time letterwinner ('14-16)
  • Three-time Academic All-Big Ten ('14-16)
  • Two-time NWCA All-Academic ('15, '16)
  • Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District ('15, '16)

2015-16 • REDSHIRT JUNIOR

Overall Record:
35-9
Dual Meet Record: 14-4 
Big Ten Record: 7-2 
Pins: 2
Major Decisions: 8
Technical Falls: 2

All-American • Academic All-Big Ten • CoSIDA Academic All-District • NWCA All-Academic honoree • Letterwinner • placed seventh at NCAA tournament, finishing one position better than his 2015 finish • placed third in Big Ten, defeating Billy Smith (Rutgers) in sudden victory in the third place match • had third most wins on Minnesota team • recorded five regular season wins against ranked opponents • had 13 bonus point victories • had 5-2 record in overtime matches • won Daktronics Open to start season • placed second at Cliff Keen Invitational and third at Southern Scuffle • recorded two falls, one against Cory Daniel (North Carolina) and one against Chris Nelson (West Virginia)

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 two siblings: Becca and Cyndi (his twin sister) • 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
2015-16 35-9 14-4 7-2 2 8 2 3rd 7th
Totals 88-33 25-12 11-7 8 19 2 - - - -

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