Michael Kroells
Michael  Kroells


Belle Plaine, Minn.

High School:
Scott West HS




Gophers Earn 72 Distinguished Scholar Awards

Eight Gophers who boasted a perfect 4.0 GPA


Five Gophers Earn Academic All-America Nods

The five at-large honorees raises Minnesota’s Academic All-America season total to eight – the most accolades in school history.


Five Gophers Earn Academic All-America Nods

The five at-large honorees raises Minnesota's Academic All-America season total to eight -- the most accolades in school history.


Petry Paces Gophers at University Nationals

Skyler Petry and Michael Kroells provided bookends for Minnesota, earning podium finishes in the lightest and heaviest weight classes


Gophers Send 10 to University Nationals

A group of 10 Minnesota wrestlers will compete in freestyle at the national summer tournament for collegiate student-athletes


NCAAs Day Three

Medal Round


Day 2 at National Championships

Wresting at NCAA's in NYC


NCAA Wrestling Day One

NCAA Action


Big Ten Wrestling Championships

Day Two Action


B1G Wrestle1

Bigten Wrestling Day One

Photo Gallery


  • Two-time All-American ('15, '16)
  • Two-time top-five finisher at Big Ten tournament (fifth in '15, third in '16)
  • Three-time letterwinner ('14, '15, '16)
  • Three-time Academic All-Big Ten ('14, '15, '16)
  • Two-time NWCA All-Academic ('15, '16)
  • Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District ('15, '16)
  • CoSIDA Academic All-American ('16)


Overall Record:
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-American and 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)


Overall Record:
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


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record:
Big Ten Record:
 - -
Major Decisions:
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


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

Big Ten Record: - -

Major Decisions: - -

Technical Falls:

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


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


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 - - - -


Get to Know Zach Sanders


One of just 10 four-time All-Americans in program history, Sanders brings a track record of consistent success to the Gophers’ volunteer assistant position

Lawrence and Neu Celebrate Hall of Fame Inductions


Two former national champs entered the “M” Club Hall of Fame on Thursday and then appeared at sporting events throughout the weekend to celebrate their accomplishments

Gopher to Host Open Practice


Get a sneak peek at the 2016-17 Minnesota wrestling team during an open-doors practice on Oct. 29

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