Nick Wanzek
Nick  Wanzek


Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

High School:
Simley HS




Lizak Becomes Two-Time All-American

Ethan Lizak’s march through wrestlebacks highlighted Minnesota’s second day at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland


Minnesota Wraps Up Opening Day at NCAAs

Five Gophers will look to work their way through wrestlebacks tomorrow to earn All-America honors


Gophers Prepared to Wrap Up Season at NCAAs

Minnesota wraps up its 2017-18 season looking for another strong finish at the national tournament


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


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


Friday Wrestlebacks

NCAA Wrestling Action


NCAA Wrestling Day One

Division One Wrestling Action


Final Day at Big Tens

Big Ten Wrestling Action


First Day at Big Tens

Conference wrestling action.


Gophers vs Wildcats

Senior Day Wrestling Action

Photo Gallery


  • Three-time NCAA qualifier ('16, '17, '18)
  • Four-time letterwinner ('15, '16, '17, '18)
  • Four-time Academic All-Big Ten ('15, '16, '17, '18)
  • Four-time open tournament champion
  • Two-time blood-round finsiher at NCAAs
  • NWCA All-Academic ('18)
  • 91 career wins (49th most in Minnesota history)
  • Two-time placewinner at Big Ten Championships

Overall Record: 25-12
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Major Decisions:
Technical Falls:

NCAA Qualifier • Letterwinner • Academic All-Big Ten • NWCA All-Academic  finished one match shy of All-America finish at NCAA Championships • Won Daktronics Open to begin season • Began season 6-0 • Led team in major decisions • Won the team's award as most dedicated wrestler • Was winner of Verne Gagne Leadership Award • Reached semifinals of Cliff Keen Invite • Went 4-0 at South Beach Duals, which included three major decisions and a tech fall • Took down No. 8 Anthony Valencia of Arizona State, 2-1 at Cliff Keen Invite • Knocked off No. 14 Te'Shawn Campbell of Ohio State, 8-5 • Upset No. 5 Logan Massa at home, 14-8 • Leaves with the most wins of his senior class with 91 • Wrestled the most ranked wrestlers throughout the season at 17.

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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


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: 10-6
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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
2016-17 29-14 8-4 6-3 2 6 1 6th DNP
2017-18 25-12 12-6 8-9 2 10 2 8th DNP
Totals 91-51 37-21 24-18 6 26 6 - - - -


Zillmer, Nelson Compete in World Team Trial Finals

Zillmer, Nelson Compete in World Team Trial Finals

5/20/2018 - Wrestling

There were two Minnesota wrestlers who battled in the best-of-three finals at the World Team Trials with Hayden Zillmer earning a Final X birth at 92-kilograms.

Two Minnesota Wrestlers Reach World Trial Finals

Two Minnesota Wrestlers Reach World Trial Finals

5/19/2018 - Wrestling

It was a day highlighted by the Minnesota heavyweights, but a total of eight Minnesota wrestlers took part in the senior level of the World Team Trials.

Steveson Earns Junior World Team Trials Final Bid

Steveson Earns Junior World Team Trials Final Bid

5/18/2018 - Wrestling

Two current and three incoming University of Minnesota wrestlers took part in the junior level of the World Team Trials on Friday.

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