Nick Wanzek
Nick  Wanzek

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

High School:
Simley HS

Weight:
165

Experience:
3L


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

05/22/2017

Ness Brothers Qualify for World Team Trials

Gopher alums Jayson and Dylan Ness won the 61- and 70-kilogram titles at Saturday’s Last Chance Qualifier in Rochester, clinching spots at June’s World Team Trials

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

03/22/2017

Nine Gophers Named Academic All-Big Ten

Five of the team's NCAA qualifiers are among those honored by the conference for achievements in the classroom

01/28/2018

Gophers vs Wildcats

Senior Day Wrestling Action

01/21/2018

Minnesota vs Michigan

Big Ten Dual Meet

12/10/2017

Gophers vs. Bulldogs

Gopher wrestling action!

03/17/2017

Day 2 at National Championships

NCAA Wrestling Continues

03/16/2017

NCAA Wrestling Day One

NCAA Wrestling Action in St. Louis

Photo Gallery


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two-time NCAA qualifier ('16, '17)
  • Three-time letterwinner ('15, '16, '17)
  • Three-time Academic All-Big Ten ('15, '16, '17)
  • Three-time open tournament champion

2016-17 • REDSHIRT JUNIOR
Overall Record:
29-14
Dual Meet Record:
8-4
Big Ten Record:
6-3
Pins:
2
Major Decisions:
6
Technical Falls:
1

NCAA Qualifier • Letterwinner • Academic All-Big Ten • dropped down from 174 to 165 at the Southern Scuffle • finished one match shy of All-America finish at NCAA Championships • took third at Daktronics Open and eight at Cliff Keen Invitational wrestling at 174 • picked up three ranked wins while at 174, over No. 15 David Kocer (South Dakota State), 3-2; No. 11 Jadaen Bernstein (Navy), 4-3, and; No. 9 Myles Amine (Michigan), 6-4 • finished fourth at Southern Scuffle after dropping to 165 • took sixth at Big Tens • wrestled a team-high 43 matches this season

2015-16 • REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE

Overall Record:
21-13
Dual Meet Record: 10-6
Big Ten Record:
6-3
Pins:
2
Major Decisions:
4
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

2014-15 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN

Overall Record:
16-12
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)


2013-14 • FRESHMAN (REDSHIRTED)

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


HIGH SCHOOL

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

PERSONAL

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
2016-17 29-14 8-4 6-3 2 6 1 6th DNP
Totals 66-39 25-15 15-9 4 16 4 - - - -



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