Michael Kroells
Michael  Kroells


Belle Plaine, Minn.

High School:
Scott West HS




Gophers Power Past Air Force

Three victories at crucial times, most notably a pin by Brandon Kingsley at 157 pounds, led the Gophers to a 22-12 win against Air Force


Minnesota Falls to Three Ranked Foes in New York

The Gophers lost matches to No. 5 Lehigh, No. 12 NC State and No. 13 North Carolina in the program's return to the Northeast Duals after a nine-year absence


No. 24 Minnesota Sweeps Gopher Duals

The Gophers begin their regular season 3-0 after a trio of victories over Grand Canyon, Virginia and South Dakota State


Gophers Win Three Titles at Dak

19 different Minnesota wrestlers bring home top-six performances from the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open


72 Gophers Earn B1G Distinguished Scholar Award

Nine Golden Gophers maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2014-15 academic year.


Gophers vs Air Force

Wrestling Dual vs Falcons


Day 2 NCAA

Wrestling Action


Day 1 NCAA

NCAA Wrestling Action


Session 3 WR

Big Ten Championships


Day one Big Tens

Conference Wrestling Tourney

Photo Gallery


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


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 - - - - - -


Gophers Head to Stillwater for Sunday Showdown


Minnesota renews its most-contested non-conference rivalry of the past quarter-century when it takes on No. 3 Oklahoma State this weekend

Gopher Wrestlers Talk Turkey (and other foods too)


In honor of the Thanksgiving season, Gopher wrestlers share their favorite holiday foods

Coach's Corner: November 25


In this week's installment of Coach's Corner, Brandon Eggum breaks down the Gophers 22-12 win last Saturday and looks at the lineup going forward

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