Sam Brancale  
Sam  Brancale

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Eden Prairie, Minn.

High School:
Eden Prairie HS

Weight:
125

Experience:
2L


11/11/2012

Minnesota Crowns Five Champions at Bison Open

Gophers go undefeated on the day to capture titles

10/10/2012

Get to Know Your Gophers: Sam Brancale

GopherSports will be doing a series of Q&As with incoming freshmen wrestlers to lead into the season.

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


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

Finished 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
Born March 15, 1994 • Son of David and Roxanne Brancale • Has an older sister, Alex, and a younger brother, Ben • Father David wrestled for the Gophers from 1975-76 and younger brother Ben is currently a freshman for the Gophers • Names most memorable sports thrill as winning state as a senior • Lists fishing and hunting as interests outside of wrestling • Plans to major in business


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 - - - -
Totals 22-15 5-8 3-3 5 8 2 - - - -