Tijani Karaborni
Tijani  Karaborni

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Cupertino, Calif.

High School:
Monta Vista HS

Weight:
174

Experience:
1L


03/22/2017

Nine 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

01/29/2017

Brancale Captures North Country Open Crown

Ben Brancale’s march to the top of the podium in Collegeville, Minn. gave him his first collegiate tournament title since last year’s North Country Open

12/10/2016

Five Gophers Stand on Husky Open Podium

Eight Minnesota wrestlers were on the St. Cloud State campus on Saturday for the Husky Open, where five placed

12/03/2016

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

06/05/2016

Petry Paces Gophers at University Nationals

Skyler Petry and Michael Kroells provided bookends for Minnesota, earning podium finishes in the lightest and heaviest weight classes

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Team's Freshman Academic Award winner ('15)
  • Team's Upperclassman Academic Award winner ('16)
  • Earned first career victory with a first-period fall at the 2015 Luther Open

2017-18 • REDSHIRT JUNIOR
Overall Record:
0-6
Dual Meet Record: 
- - 
Big Ten Record: 
- - 
Pins: -

Major Decisions: 
- -
Technical Falls: 
- -

Letterwinner • competed in three open tournaments

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

Competed at three open tournaments • picked up second-period pin over Michael Donnay in opening round of North Country Open

2015-16 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN

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

Competed at four open tournaments • earned first period pin over Jacob Flynn (MWC) in the first round of the Cyclone Open 

2014-15 • FRESHMAN (REDSHIRTED)

Overall Record:
6-14
Dual Meet Record: - -
Big Ten Record: - -
Pins: 3
Major Decisions: - -
Technical Falls: - -

Competed in seven open tournaments during the season • Earned his first victory by pinning Levi Henry (Upper Iowa) in the first period of his opening round match at the Luther Open • Won a season-best three straight matches at the Wisconsin Open en route to the fifth place finish • Earned back-to-back first period falls during the Wisconsin Open, first over Esteban Gonzalez (Triton College) at 1:39, then over Matt Murphy (Triton College) at 2:23


HIGH SCHOOL
Three-time letterwinner in wrestling and two-time letterwinner in football • All-Conference and All-County in football (2013) • California Greco State Champion (2014) • Placed fifth at 2014 Western Junior Regionals at 195 • Earned College Football Hall of Fame NorCal Scholar Athlete Award in 2013 • Coached by Kevin Klemm and Ian Bork

PERSONAL

Son of Sami and June Karaborni • Has two siblings, Faris and Maryam • Faris, his twin brother, also wrestles for the Gophers • Most memorable sports thrill was winning the California Junior Greco Tournament by fall in 2014 • Lists plane-spotting as his interest outside of wrestling • Plans to major in chemical engineering


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



MORE HEADLINES

Steveson Awarded Junior Hodge Trophy

Steveson Awarded Junior Hodge Trophy

5/24/2018 - Wrestling

Incoming freshman, and No. 1 recruit, Gable Steveson has been named the Junior Dan Hodge Trophy winner by WIN magazine.

Wrestling Adds All-American Sean Russell

Wrestling Adds All-American Sean Russell

5/23/2018 - Wrestling

University of Minnesota head wrestling coach Brandon Eggum has announced the addition of 125-pound, 2017 All-American, Sean Russell to the Golden Gophers.

Zillmer, Nelson Compete in World Team Trial Finals

Zillmer, Nelson Compete in World Team Trial Finals

5/20/2018 - Wrestling

There were two Minnesota wrestlers who battled in the best-of-three finals at the World Team Trials with Hayden Zillmer earning a Final X birth at 92-kilograms.

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