Steve Polakowski
Steve  Polakowski

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Libertyville, Ill.

High School:
Libertyville HS

Weight:
125/133

Birthdate:
11/15/1995

Experience:
2L


06/04/2017

Five Gophers Place at University Nationals

Tommy Thorn marched to the title bout at 65 kilograms, while teammates Ethan Lizak, Skyler Petry, Bobby Steveson and Rylee Streifel all reached the podium

06/02/2017

Gophers Send 14 to University Nationals

Spread across seven different weight classes, 14 current Gophers will wrestle freestyle in Akron, Ohio this weekend in one of the nation’s top summer tournaments for collegiate wrestlers

01/21/2017

Lunde and Balow Share Worthington Open Title

Dalton Lunde's first career collegiate tournament title and Will Balow's second headlined a day when seven Gopher wrestlers produced top-four performances

01/02/2017

Gophers Take Fourth at Southern Scuffle

By almost any measure, the program's performance in this year's tournament was its best showing in several year

01/01/2017

Gophers Hanging Tough at Southern Scuffle

With four wrestlers in the semifinals and five more alive in wrestlebacks, the Gophers sit in fifth place and are in the hunt for a trophy finish tomorrow in Chattanooga

03/05/2016

B1G Wrestle1

Bigten Wrestling Day One

02/19/2016

Gophers vs Cyclones

National Duals

01/24/2016

Gophers vs Boilermakers

Big Ten Dual

01/08/2016

Minnesota vs Maryland

Big Ten Wrestling

Photo Gallery


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two-time letterwinner ('16, '17)
  • Picked up a win in his first career dual appearance, a 7-1 decision over Michael Beck (Maryland)
  • Finished one match shy of placing at 2016 Southern Scuffle, his varsity debut
  • During his redshirt season (2014-15), was the only Gopher to win open tournament titles at two different weights: Daktronics Open 125-pound champ; Wisconsin Open 133-pound champ 

2016-17 • REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE
Overall Record:
10-6
Dual Meet Record:
1-0
Big Ten Record:
1-0
Pins:
1
Major Decisions:
2
Technical Falls:
2

Letterwinner • competed at both 125 and 133 pounds during the season • opened season by finishing sixth at Daktronics Open, including a wild, 29-14 tech fall in the second round over Shane Sutera • picked up a dual-sealing win in a road upset over Michigan by defeating Austin Assad (Michigan), 6-4, at 125 pounds • went 3-2 at Southern Scuffle wrestling at 125 • finished third at Worthington Open at 133

2015-16 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN

Overall Record: 13-8
Dual Meet Record: 3-2
Big Ten Record: 2-2
Pins: 2
Major Decisions: 1
Technical Falls: 1

Letterwinner • made dual debut with a 7-1 decision over Michael Beck (Maryland) • placed at two open tournaments • won title at Husky Open • earned first career ranked victory with a 11-9 upset over Zeke Moisey in first round of Southern Scuffle • earned four bonus point victories • put together winning record in dual matches • won first career Big Ten Tournament match with an 11-1 major decision over Michael Beck (Maryland) in the first consolation round • started season with 9-2 record  

2014-15 • FRESHMAN (REDSHIRTED)

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

Competed in four open tournaments, two at 125 pounds and two at 133 pounds • Was the only Gopher to win tournament championships at two different weights, capturing the Daktronics Open title at 125 and the Wisconsin Open crown at 133 • Began college career with five consecutive victories • Claimed the Daktronics Open title by defeating teammates Ethan Lizak and Skyler Petry in the semifinals and finals, respectively • Earned a major decision to begin the Wisconsin Open, a 13-3 victory over Casey McWhirter (North Central (IL)) • Finished off run at Wisconsin Open with consecutive victories over Purdue wrestlers Jonathan Marmolejo and Luke Schoreder


HIGH SCHOOL
Four-time letterwinner in wrestling • Three-time All-Conference honoree (2012-14) • 2014 All-State • Asics Freestyle Nationals All-American in 2013 • Coached Dale Eggert • Senior year Libertyville finished with a 45-2 record and finished as the runner-up in the state of Illinois

PERSONAL

Son of Jim and Michele Polakowski • Has an older sister, Laura • Most memorable sports thrill was making the state wrestling finals • Lists fishing, Frisbee golf and playing video games as interests outside of wrestling.



Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2014-15 (RS) 8-3 - - - - - - 1 - - - - - -
2015-16 13-8 3-2 2-2 2 1 1 DNP - -
2016-17 10-6 1-0 1-0 1 2 2 - - - -
Totals 23-14 4-2 3-2 3 3 3 - - - -



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Match of the Week - Nov. 21

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11/21/2017 - Wrestling

Each week the Gophers sit down with a wrestler to discuss the best match of that week. Stay updated with each week with this Match of the Week page that will be updated all season long!

Highlights: SDSU/OSU

Highlights: SDSU/OSU

11/20/2017 - Wrestling

The No. 6 Gophers split in their ranked weekend with a win against No. 16 SDSU and a loss to No. 3 Oklahoma State. Here are some of the best highlights from the epic weekend.

Gophers Drop Tough Road Dual to Cowboys

Gophers Drop Tough Road Dual to Cowboys

11/19/2017 - Wrestling

The University of Minnesota wrestling team suffered its first defeat of the season, 30-3, to Oklahoma State on Sunday afternoon.

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