Nick Wanzek
Nick  Wanzek


Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

High School:
Simley HS




Highlights: Cliff Keen Invitational

As a team and on an individual basis, the Gophers posted strong results against some of the nation’s best during the two-day tournament in Las Vegas


Gophers Take Fourth in Las Vegas

Jake Short and Brett Pfarr won individual titles, helping to power Minnesota to a top-five finish in the Cliff Keen Invitational for the third straight season


Gophers in Third after First Day in Desert

With six wrestlers still alive for tomorrow’s final day, including four on the championship side, Minnesota is in position for a strong finish in the nationally acclaimed event


Gophers Fall to Top-Ranked Cowboys

Minnesota was unable to overcome a series of narrow defeats early in the dual to get ahead of No. 1 Oklahoma State on Sunday afternoon


Highlights: South Dakota State

Relive the pivotal moments and biggest swings from the Gophers' victory over South Dakota State in their dual season opener


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


Big Ten Wrestling Championships

Day Two 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 Hit the Road to Open Big Ten Season


Minnesota will visit East Lansing for the first time since the 2013-14 season to take on Michigan State and begin its Big Ten dual season

Coach’s Corner with Brandon Eggum (Dec. 8)


In this week’s venture into the Coach’s Corner, head coach Brandon Eggum provides his thoughts on strong performances at last weekend’s Cliff Keen Invitational and UNI...

Highlights: Cliff Keen Invitational


As a team and on an individual basis, the Gophers posted strong results against some of the nation’s best during the two-day tournament in Las Vegas

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