Zach Sanders  
Zach Sanders

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Wabasha, Minn.

High School:
Wabasha-Kellogg HS

Position:
125 lbs.

Experience:
4L


07/11/2012

Gophers Place 86 on Big Ten Distinguished Scholar List

List of student-athletes with a 3.7 or better GPA grows by 26 percent

05/08/2012

J Robinson Named Dan Gable Coach of the Year

Three Gophers named to NWCA All-Academic team

04/29/2012

Golden Gophers Hand Out Postseason Awards

Zach Sanders voted team MVP second straight year

04/24/2012

Wrestlers Wrap up 2012 Olympic Trials

C.P. Schlatter wrestled in the championship of the 66kg Greco-Roman division

04/18/2012

Golden Gophers Ready for U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Event takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City

03/08/2012

Top Ten Moments of 2012

Heading into NCAAs, relive the top 10 moments of the 2012 wrestling season.

02/28/2012

National Duals Reflections

Members of the Golden Gophers reflect on their National Duals title.

01/24/2012

Gopher Wrestling Team Captains

Get to know Gopher wrestling captains Zach Sanders, Sonny Yohn, Kevin Steinhaus and Tony Nelson.

12/05/2011

G-60: Zach Sanders

Gopher wrestler Zach Sanders is featured in the G-60 series.

07/12/2012

Zach Sanders

Zach Sanders Action Photos

Photo Gallery

2011-12 • REDSHIRT SENIOR:
Overall Record: 32-4
Dual Meet Record: 15-2
Big Ten Record: 7-1
Pins: 3
Major Decisions: 6
Technical Falls: 5

All-American • Became the seventh four-time All-American in Golden Gopher history with his third place finish at the NCAA championships • Finished his career ranked sixth on the all-time wins list with a record of 134-27-1 • Recorded his third 30-win season • Named team MVP for second straight season • Had six wins by a major decision, three falls, and five tech falls • Bison Open Champion • Scored a 6-4 overtime win over Cornell's Frank Perrelli in his final match, at the NCAA championships • Took second at the Big Ten championships with a 2-1 record • Took first at the Bison Open, defeating NDSU's Trent Sprenkle by a 16-7 major decision for the title • Won 6-3 at the over No. 8 Frank Perrelli of Cornell in his first dual of the season • Defeated No. 18 Nico Megaludis of Penn State in a 6-2 dual victory • Defeated North Dakota State's No. 7 Trent Sprenkle by a 4-2decision • Defeated No. 19 Joe Roth of Central Michigan via technical fall (24-9) • Beat Oklahoma State's No. 13 Ladd Rupp in a 15-7 major decision • Crowned Southern Scuffle Champion after defeating No. 3 Alan Waters of Missouri 1-0 victory • Defeated No. 15 Johnni Dijulius of Ohio State by a 20-10 major decision • Rallied from a 9-0 deficit to top Illinois' No. 5 Jesse Delgado for a 14-13 decision • Had a 20 match win streak during the season • Was ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation during the season • Named to the Big Ten All-Academic Team • Named upperclassmen academic award winner • Earned his fourth varsity letter.

2010-11 • REDSHIRTJUNIOR:
Overall Record: 34-6
Dual Meet Record: 18-2
Big Ten Record: 7-1
Pins: 7
Major Decisions: 11
Technical Falls: 4

All-American • Placed fifth at the NCCA championships • Finished in third at the Big Ten Tournament • Named Most Valuable Wrestler • Went 34-6 overall on the season, tying Kevin Steinhaus for second-most wins on the team behind Mike Thorn (39) • Finished 18-2 in duals meets and posted a team best 7-1 record in the Big Ten • Recorded seven pins and had 11 major decisions with four technical falls • Finished third at the Big Ten championships after a 22-7 tech fall first round victory of Ohio State's Bo Touris, pinning Indiana's Justin Brooks in the quarterfinals at 2:37, and falling in the semifinals to Northwestern's Brandon Precin (who would finish second) • Came back in the consolation round to pin Thomas Kelliher of Wisconsin at 3:29, before earning a 12-4 major decision against Michigan's Sean Boyle in the third place match • Defeated Brad Pataky of Penn State (10-8) in the Gophers 18-18 tie against the Nittany Lions • Pinned Michigan's Sean Boyle at 4:46 on Feb. 11 • Added his 10th major decision of the season when he scored an 18-4 win over Ohio State's Bo Touris in Columbus • Posted a 4-0 record at the National Duals with 16-8 major decision over Northern Illinois Nick Smith, an 11-5 decision over Allen Bartelli of Boise State, a 4-3 decision over Cornel's Frank Perrelli, and a 12-4 major decision over Wisconsin's Thomas Kelliher to cap off the weekend • Went 4-0 at the Bison Open to earn top honors after scoring a fall at 4:56 over Southwest Minnesota State's Seifemichael Kenea in the first round before rallying off two-straight technical falls over Mary's Matt Garcia (25-10) and Minnesota State-Moorhead's Corey Ulmer (23-5) to advance to championship match against North Dakota State's Trent Sprinkle where he won a 10-6 decision to pick up his first title of the season • Big Ten All-Academic Team • Picked up his third letter.

2009-10 • REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE:
Overall Record: 29-7
Dual Meet Record: 11-3
Big Ten Record: 4-1
Pins: 6
Major Decisions: 4
Technical Falls: 2

All-American, placing fifth place the NCAA Tournament • Third place at the Big Ten Tournament • Winner of the Most Dedicated award • Went 29-7 on the season, tying Mike Thorn with the third most wins behind only Jayson Ness and Scott Glasser (31) • Went 11-1 in dual meets and 4-1 in the Big Ten • One of six wrestlers with 10 or more dual meet wins and one of eight with 20 or more wins • Charted six falls, for major decisions and two tech falls • Went 7-7 against ranked opponents • Opened season with 11 straight wins • Went 6-2 at the NCAA Championships, recovering from a first round loss to fifth, his best career finish • At the NCAA Tournament: opened with 7-17 loss to No. 14 Jarrod Garnett, beat Aaron Kalil of Navy 11-5, beat Frank Lomas of Cal State Bakersfield 8-6, beat No. 15 Jason Lara of Oregon State 6-4, beat Fred Santaite of Boston University 9-4, beat No. 19 Nikko Triggas of Ohio State 8-3, and fell 3-10 to No. 1 Angel Escobedo to slide to the fifth place match • Earned fifth place with a 6-2 win over No. 20 Cashe Quiroga of Purdue • Went 3-1 and took third at the Big Ten Championships, losing only to Big Ten runner-up Matt McDouough • Opened Big Ten Tournament with a 6-1 win over Nikko Triggas in the quarterfinals, lost 0-8 to No. 3 Matt McDounough of Iowa in the semifinals, beat No. 18 Cashe Quiroga of Purdue and beat No. 12 Brad Patacky of Penn State 13-11 SV in the third place match • Lost to No. 4 Matt McDonough of Iowa 2-13 • Beat Cashe Quiroga of Purdue 10-6 • Bested Drew Hammen of Wisconsin 17-3 • Beat Sean Boyle of Michigan 14-5 • Pinned Brennan Lyon of Michigan State in 3:59 • Went 3-1 at the National Duals, winning by forfeit against Missouri and beating Matt Steinrager of Central Michigan 5-2 and Nikko Triggas of Ohio State 10-3, losing only to No. 4 Matt McDonough of Iowa 4-6 • Lost 4-8 to No. 13 Andrew Long of Iowa State • Placed third at the Southern Scuffle with a 5-1 mark, beating Frank Lomas of Cal State Bakersfield in the third place match, and losing only to champion and No. 1 ranked Angel Escobedo of Indiana, 2-8 • Beat Tony Mustari of Northern Colorado 10-6 • Tech falled David Klingsheim of Nebraska 23-8 in 6:23 • Beat No. 7 Chris Notte of Oklahoma State 11-5 • Tech falled Tyler Iwamura of Cal State Bakersfield 21-5 in 6:04 on 11/28 • Opened season with a Bison Open Championship, going 4-0 and beating Trent Sprenkle of North Dakota State 17-7 in the Championship match • Winner over James Nicholson of Old Dominion in the NWCA All-Star Classic • Earned second letter.

2008-09 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN:
Overall Record: 39-10
Dual Meet Record: 19-4
Big Ten Record: 5-3
Pins: 6
Major Decisions: 9
Technical Falls: 5

Earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships • Named to the Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Team • Named Most Outstanding Freshman and Most Exciting Wrestler by his teammates • Placed sixth at 125 lbs. after going 4-3 at the NCAA's • Won his first two matches at the National Championships before falling in the quarterfinals, but rebounded to defeat No. 5 Charlie Falck of Iowa and earn a major decision over No. 18 Nicholas Bedelyon of Kent State • Fell in the fifth place match to No. 3 Angel Escobedo of Indiana • Placed fifth in the Big Ten at 125 lbs., going 4-2 at the meet • Beat B.J. Futrell of Illinois in the fifth place match • Led Minnesota in victories, going 39-10 on the season • Went 9-10 against ranked opponents • Wrestled all matches at 125 lbs. • One of three Golden Gopher wrestlers (Ness, Safratowich) to appear in all 23 dual meets • Tied teammate Jayson Ness in dual meet victories with a 19-4 record • Earned 79 team points in dual meets while only surrendering 13 • Went 5-3 in Big Ten Duals • Won six total matches by fall, the sixth best mark on the team, and never lost by fall • Tied with Tyler Safratowich with a team-high five wins by technical fall and never lost by tech fall • Won a team-high nine matches by major decision • Opened the 2008-09 campaign with a season-high 15 straight wins, and strung together another streak of 12 straight later in the season • Began season with a title in the Bison open, going undefeated through the tournament including major decisions in the semifinal and championship matches • Champion at the Kaufman/Brand Elite, finishing 3-0 • Notched three wins at the Northern Quad as the Golden Gophers swept, including a fall (Portland State) and a technical fall (North Dakota State) • Tabbed runner-up honors at the Las Vegas Invite, going 4-1 in the meet • Won his first match of the Invite by major decision • Won by technical fall at Nebraska • In the New Year's Day match with Oklahoma State, earned a 7-6 decision over No. 14 Obenson Blanc • Went 3-0, including a fall and major decision, as Minnesota swept through the Lone Star Duals • Collected wins in all five matches at the National Duals, including two falls and one major decision • The only Golden Gopher to win all five matches, and one of five to appear in all five matches • Earned a major decision as Minnesota beat Arizona State • Earned his first Big Ten win with a major decision against Michigan State as Minnesota won 30-6 • Notched a 13-7 decision against No. 5 Ohio State to bring Minnesota within one at 15-16, before they won 18-16 • Won an 11-6 decision over Michigan's No. 17 Mike Watts • Dropped a close 7-8 decision to No. 3 Brandon Precin of No. 16 Northwestern • Began the meet with a win, earning a 10-4 decision against Wisconsin • Started the meet with No. 1 Iowa with a 5-4 decision over Charlie Falck • Dropped a close 2-3 decision to No. 10 Tyler Clark of No. 4 Iowa State • In the regular season finale lost a 7-8 decision to No. 5 Angel Escopedo of 18th ranked Indiana • Named a U of M Maroon Scholar Athlete • Earned first letter.

2007-08 • REDSHIRTED:
Began his Gopher wrestling career by winning his first 26 matches of his redshirt season • Recorded seven pins among his 26 triumphs • Competed in seven events as a redshirt, winning six titles • Recorded pair of major decisions on his way to championship honors at Daktronics Open • Named co-champion of Bison Open after 3-0 performance that included two major decision and a pin • Recorded two more major decisions on his way to a title at Kaufman-Brand Open • Notched another pin and a technical fall during 5-0 showing to capture Husky Open title (12/8) • Two more major decisions and two pins gave Sanders the Flash Flanigan title • Pinned MSU-Mankato's Andy Forstner in title match of Worthington Open to polish off 3-0 weekend • Finished season with second place performance at North Country Open.

HIGH SCHOOL:
Wabasha, Minn. native attended Wabasha-Kellogg High School • National winner of Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award as top high school wrestler in country • Top-ranked recruit at 119 pounds by a number of publications and was ranked 15th overall by InterMat • Five-time state champion • Compiled a career record of 223-5 • Won the Class A 119-pound title in 2007, the 112-pound title as a junior and sophomore and the 103-pound title as a freshman and eighth grader • Ended high school career with three undefeated seasons • Cadet and Junior Freestyle national champion • Placed second at 2007 U.S. Wrestling Junior Greco-Roman Nationals and third at Freestyle Nationals • 2007 NHSCA senior champion at 119 pounds • ASICS First Team All-American in 2006 and 2007 • Named Mr. Minnesota of Wrestling in 2007 by the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association • Also lettered twice in both cross country and baseball in high school • Had a 3.58 GPA.

PERSONAL:
Son of Ron and Liz Sanders • Has a brother Eric and a sister Katie • Enjoys hunting, fishing and traveling • Brother Eric wrestled at North Dakota State, while father Ron wrestled at UM-Morris • Born April 27, 1988 • Majoring business marketing education.

Season Wt. Overall Wt. Cl. Dual Big Ten Points Pins MD TF v.Rnk Strk Fast Pin Big Ten's NCAA's
2008-09 125 39-10 39-10 19-4 5-3 79-13 6 9 5 5-4 15W - 4-2/5th 4-3/6th
2009-10 125 29-7 29-7 11-3 4-1 46-10 6 4 2 7-7 11W 2:27 3-1/3rd 6-2/5th
2010-11 125 34-6 34-6 18-2 7-1 - 7 11 4 - 12W 2:37 4-1/3rd 5-2/5th
2011-12 125 32-4 32-4 15-2 7-1 - 3 6 5 10-1 20W 5:53 2-1/2nd 6-1/3rd
Total 164-27 164-27 63-11 23-6 125-23 22 30 16 22-12 20W 2:27 - -