Nick Wanzek
Nick  Wanzek


Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

High School:
Simley HS




Gophers Rout Cyclones in Regular Season Finale

Minnesota scores 40 points in a dual for the first time in more than three years in a blowout victory over regional rival Iowa State on Sunday in Ames


Highlights: Ohio State

After splitting the afternoon’s 10 matches, bonus points played the role of tiebreaker Sunday at the Sports Pavilion


Ohio State Edges Gophers

After splitting the afternoon's 10 matches, bonus points played the role of tiebreaker Sunday at the Sports Pavilion


Gophers Fall to Hawkeyes

Minnesota took three of the final five matches of the dual, but a slow start was too much to overcome against yet another top-five opponent


Highlights: Purdue

In its first trip to West Lafayette in five years, Minnesota took control of its dual with Purdue by scoring bonus points in five of its seven wins


Gohpers vs Buckeyes

Big Ten Wrestling Action


Gophers vs Cowboys

Wrestling at the Pav


Gophers vs Jackrabbits

Wrestling Home Opener


Day 2 at National Championships

Wresting at NCAA's in NYC


NCAA Wrestling Day One

NCAA Action

Photo Gallery


  • Two-time letterwinner ('15, '16)
  • NCAA qualifier ('16)
  • Two-time Academic All-Big Ten ('15, '16)
  • Three-time open tournament champion: 2014 Bison Open, 2014 North Country Open, 2014 Dragon Open

Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: 10-6
Big Ten Record:
Major Decisions:
Technical Falls:
- -

Letterwinner • Academic All-Big Ten • came in ninth at Big Ten tournament • made first career NCAA tournament appearance • placed third at Daktronics Open, recording a 12-0 major decision over Carter Nielsen (North Dakota State) in third place match • upset No. 4 Zac Brunson (Illinois) with a 13-10 decision in final Big Ten dual of the season for first career victory against top-10 opponent • ended dual season on four match win streak • earned consecutive bonus point victories in duals for the first time in his career by pinning Josh Snook (Maryland) and earning a 10-1 major decision over Dustin Williams (Nebraska) • earned 8-0 major decision over Mitch Silga (Northwestern) in first round of Big Ten tournament


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: 7-5
Big Ten Record: 3-3
Pins: - -
Major Decisions: 6
Technical Falls: 2

Letterwinner • Academic All-Big Ten • Won his opening match of the season by tech fall, 18-3, over Daniel Murakami (Minnesota State Moorhead) at the Bison Open • Went on to add two major decisions on his way to the Bison Open title • Made his career dual at Air Force, defeating No. 15 Jesse Stafford, 9-3 • Began his dual career with four consecutive wins, including a victory over No. 18 Dakota Friesth (Wyoming), 3-1 • Opened the Cliff Keen Invitational with three straight wins, including a 10-0 major decision over Bradley Christensen (California Baptist) to start the event • Finished the dual season with a pair of bonus point victories, first with a 22-4 tech fall over T.J. Guidice (Maryland), then an 11-3 major decision over Steven Keogh (North Dakota State)


Overall Record: 18-4
Dual Meet Record: - -
Big Ten Record: - -
Pins: 1
Major Decisions: 6
Technical Falls: 2

Finished the season with an 18-4 overall record, competing solely in open meets • Finished third at Bison Open with a record of 5-1 • Avenged opening match loss to Jake Krogstad of Concordia-Moorhead by defeating Krogstad by major decision later in tournament • Went 5-1 at Harold Nichols Cyclone Open, losing only to fellow Gopher Danny Zilverberg • Finished first at Dragon Open with a record of 4-0 • Finished first at North Country Open with a record of 4-0


2013 graduate of Simley High School • Minnesota High School League Academic State Champion Academic • Two-time All-State Academic Team • Earned letters in wrestling and football • All-Conference 2008-13 • All-State 2010-13 • 3 time State Champion • Team MVP • Runner-Up at Fargo Nationals


Son of Tim and Susan Wanzek • Siblings are Brittany and Nolan • Lists winning his first state championship as his most memorable sports thrill • Lists drawing as his talent

Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2013-14 (RS) 18-4 - - - - 1 6 2 - - - -
2014-15 16-12
7-5 3-3 - - 6 3 DNP - -
2015-16 21-13 10-6 6-3 2 4 - - DNP DNP
Totals 37-25 17-11 9-6 2 10 3 - - - -


Gophers Rout Cyclones in Regular Season Finale


Minnesota scores 40 points in a dual for the first time in more than three years in a blowout victory over regional rival Iowa State on Sunday in Ames

Streifel Wins Title in Colorado Springs


A foursome of Minnesota wrestlers made the trip to the Air Force Academy over the weekend to compete in the U.S. Collegiate Championships and each won at least one match

Coach’s Corner with Brandon Eggum (Feb. 16)


In this week's Coach's Corner, Brandon Eggum breaks down last Sunday's Senior Day dual against Ohio State and offers a preview of this weekend's regular-season finale against Iowa State.

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