Sam Brancale
Sam  Brancale


Eden Prairie, Minn.

High School:
Eden Prairie HS




Gophers Win Two Titles at UNI Open

Ethan Lizak and Tommy Thorn won the 125- and 141-pound titles, respectively, leading a group of 10 Gopher placewinners in Cedar Falls


Highlights: Collegiate Classic

Catch up on the biggest moves and critical moments from the Gophers’ trip east to compete in the Journeymen/Asics Collegiate Classic


Gophers Earn Four Titles in New York

Both 133-pounders and the Pfarr brothers finish first in their pools at the Journeymen/Asics Collegiate Classic


Gophers Place 18 at Daktronics Open

More than half of Minnesota's wrMore than half of Minnesota's wrestlers in the field on Sunday placed among the top six at their respective weightsamong the top six at their respective weights


Gophers Open Season at Daktronics Open

Almost the entire Minnesota roster will be in action at South Dakota State on Sunday


Gophers vs Cowboys

Wrestling Action


Session Semi-finals

Big Tem Wrestling


Gophers Vs Indiana

Big Ten Wrestling

Photo Gallery


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

Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record:
Big Ten Record:
Major Decisions:
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


Overall Record:
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

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

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

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

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 - - - -


Eight 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

Gophers Return to NCAA Top 10


Minnesota finished seventh at the 2017 NCAA Championships, marking the 19th time in 21 season the Maroon and Gold have finished among the nation’s 10 best

Four Gophers Become All-Americans; Two into Finals


A quartet of Gophers earned All-America status on the second day of the 2017 NCAA Championships, led by Ethan Lizak and Brett Pfarr, who will wrestle for individual titles on Saturday

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