Michael Kroells
Michael  Kroells

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Belle Plaine, Minn.

High School:
Scott West HS

Weight:
HWT

Experience:
2L


06/20/2017

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

05/11/2017

Seven Gophers Named Academic All-District

The University of Minnesota led all NCAA Division I programs with seven CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large honorees.

04/18/2017

Gophers Collect More Academic Accolades

The National Wrestling Coaches Association recognized the Gophers as a team, as well as five individuals, for outstanding work in the classroom this season

04/09/2017

Gophers Hand Out Hardware at Team Banquet

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

03/30/2017

2016-17 Gopher Wrestling: By The Numbers

By many measure, the Gophers outperformed expectations this season. Take a journey through some of the highlights of the 2016-17 season, by the numbers

03/18/2017

Final Day of Action

NCAA Wrestling

03/17/2017

Day 2 at National Championships

NCAA Wrestling Continues

03/16/2017

NCAA Wrestling Day One

NCAA Wrestling Action in St. Louis

03/05/2017

Big Ten Wrestling Finals

Conference Wrestling Action

03/04/2017

First Day of Big Tens

Tournament Wrestling Action

Photo Gallery


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three-time All-American ('15, '16, '17)
  • Three-time top-five finisher at Big Ten tournament (fifth in '15, third in '16, fourth in '17)
  • Four-time letterwinner ('14, '15, '16, '17)
  • Four-time Academic All-Big Ten ('14, '15, '16, '17)
  • Three-time NWCA All-Academic ('15, '16, '17)
  • Three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District ('15, '16, '17)
  • CoSIDA Academic All-American ('16)
  • 119 career wins are 17th-most all-time in Gopher history

2016-17 • REDSHIRT SENIOR
Overall Record:
31-11
Dual Meet Record:
9-3
Big Ten Record:
7-2
Pins:
3
Major Decisions:
3
Technical Falls:
7

All-American • Academic All-Big Ten • CoSIDA Academic All-District • NWCA All-Academic honoree • Letterwinner • placed seventh at NCAA tournament, making him the 26th Gopher to be a three-time All-American • placed fourth in Big Ten • placed second at Southern Scuffle and third at Cliff Keen Invitational • 31 wins and seven tech falls tied for most on team • 11 wins over ranked opponents, nine dual wins and seven Big Ten wins all second-best on team

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-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)

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

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
2016-17 31-11 9-3 7-2 3 3 7 4th 7th
Totals 119-44 34-15 18-9 11 22 9 - - - -

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