Sam Brancale
Sam  Brancale

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Eden Prairie, Minn.

High School:
Eden Prairie HS

Weight:
133

Experience:
3L


04/25/2016

Gopher Wrestling Wraps Up Season at Awards Banquet

Program celebrates the outstanding individual accomplishments of the previous season and the careers of its senior class

03/24/2016

2015-16 Gopher Wrestling: By The Numbers

Minnesota had a seasons of firsts, latests and mosts over the course of the past six months

03/05/2016

Gophers Wrap Up First Day of Big Tens

Five Minnesota wrestlers will be in action on the final day of the conference tournament

02/12/2016

Gophers Drop Big Ten Finale to Illinois

After splitting the night's 10 matches, bonus points made the difference in the final score

02/07/2016

Gophers Take Border Battle Over Badgers

A tech fall by Brett Pfarr at 197 pounds provides the needed bonus points in a 17-16 win

11/29/2014

Gophers vs Cowboys

Wrestling Action

03/08/2014

Session Semi-finals

Big Tem Wrestling

02/02/2014

Gophers Vs Indiana

Big Ten Wrestling

Photo Gallery


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three-time letterwinner ('14, '15, '16)
  • Placed at 2016 Southern Scuffle (eighth)
  • Won team's 2015-16 "Most Falls" award
  • Bison Open champion ('14)


2015-16 • REDSHIRT JUNIOR
Overall Record:
15-18
Dual Meet Record:
5-10 
Big Ten Record:
0-7
Pins:
7
Major Decisions:
3
Technical Falls:

Letterwinner • Began season with third-place finish at Daktronics Open • recorded four falls at Daktronics Open, including pins in his first three matches of the season • led all non-redshirts on team with seven pins during the season • wrestled a team-high 14 regular season matches against ranked opponents, including wins over No. 9 Mason Beckman (Lehigh) and No. 6 Rossi Bruno (Michigan) • won four of first five dual matches • placed eighth at Southern Scuffle • earned bonus points in 11 of 15 wins • had three-match winning streak during duals season, including a major decision over A.C. Headlee (North Carolina) • won in first round of all three regular season tournaments in which he competed, including two pins and a technical fall

2014-15 • REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE

Overall Record:
8-5
Dual Meet Record: 2-3
Big Ten Record: 0-1
Pins: 3
Major Decisions: 1
Technical Falls: 1

Letterwinner • Began season with back-to-back first period pins against Aaron Dick (Concordia-Moorhead) and Tirso Lara (North Dakota State) at the Bison Open • Won 125 title at the Bison Open • Earned a 17-11 victory over No. 8 Tyler Cox (Wyoming) during a road dual on Nov. 15 • Earned a second period tech fall, 15-0, over Sean Badua (Army) during the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas on Dec. 5 • Suffered a shoulder injury during pre-match warmups prior to the Gophers' home dual against Northwestern on Dec. 18 and missed the next eight weeks of action • Returned from injury to wrestle at 133 against No. 10 Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) in a road dual on Feb. 6


2013-14 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN
Overall Record: 14-10
Dual Meet Record: 5-7
Big Ten Record: 3-2
Pins: 2
Major Decisions: 7
Technical Falls: 1

LetterwinnerFinished the season with a 14-10 record • Went 4-1 and took second place at Bison Open, including a victory by major decision and another by pin • Went 5-0 at Harold Nichols Cyclone Open with three victories by major decision • Pinned No. 3 Tom Gilman of Iowa to score a critical six points in Minnesota's 19-15 win at Iowa on Jan. 25

2012-13 • FRESHMAN (REDSHIRTED)
Overall Record: 3-1
Dual Meet Record: - -
Big Ten Record: - -
Pins: - -
Major Decisions: - -
Technical Falls: - -

Finished the season with a 3-1 record • Went 3-1 at the Bison Open, where he earned a 6-1 overtime sudden victory over teammate Corey Hodowanic • Fell to No. 12 Trent Sprenkle in the finals at the Bison Open in a 6-5 decision

HIGH SCHOOL
Named 2012 Eden Prairie High School Male Athlete of the Year • Won the individual state title in 2010 and 2012 • Took sixth place at state as a freshman and third and a junior • Earned All-Conference honors in 2010, 2011, and 2012 • Named to the All-State team all four years of high school • Received All-America accolades for his efforts during the senior season in 2012 • Posted an overall record of 144-9 over his four years with the high school program • Four-time letterwinner • Coached by Tom Gruhlke and Jeremy Anderson

PERSONAL
Son of David and Roxanne Brancale • Has two siblings, Alex and Ben • Father David wrestled for the Gophers from 1975-76 and younger brother Ben is currently a redshirt freshman for the Gophers • Names most memorable sports thrill as winning state as a senior • Lists fishing and hunting as interests outside of wrestling • Majoring in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance


Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2012-13 (RS) 3-1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2013-14 14-10 5-7 3-2 2 7 1 DNP - -
2014-15 8-5 0-1 0-1 3 1 1 - - - -
2015-16 15-18 5-10 0-7 7 3 1 DNP - -
Totals 37-33 10-18 3-10 12 11 3 - - - -

MORE HEADLINES

Gophers Welcome Five Newcomers This Season

8/23/2016

Four highly touted prep recruits and a two-time Division III All-American will join the Gophers this fall

Gophers to Visit Minnesota State Fair

8/17/2016

Golden Gopher teams and coaches are scheduled to appear at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair Aug. 29-31.

Summer Update: Brett Pfarr

8/8/2016

Before entering his senior year, wrestler Brett Pfarr studied abroad in Italy this summer.

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