Tommy Thorn
Tommy  Thorn


St. Michael, Minn.

High School:
St. Michael-Albertville HS




Minnesota Wraps Up Opening Day at NCAAs

Five Gophers will look to work their way through wrestlebacks tomorrow to earn All-America honors


Gophers Prepared to Wrap Up Season at NCAAs

Minnesota wraps up its 2017-18 season looking for another strong finish at the national tournament


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


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


Gophers Hand Out Hardware at Team Banquet

Minnesota hosted the ceremonial end to its 2016-17 season Sunday in Minneapolis, handing out team awards and celebrating first-year letterwinners, All-Americans and departing seniors


NCAA Wrestling Day One

Division One Wrestling Action


First Day at Big Tens

Conference wrestling action.


Gophers vs Wildcats

Senior Day Wrestling Action


Minnesota vs Michigan

Big Ten Dual Meet


Minnesota vs Illinois

Big Ten Wrestling Action

Photo Gallery


  • All-American ('17)
  • Will enter senior season tied for 61st in career wins at 75
  • Three-time NCAA qualifier ('16, '17, '18)
  • Three-time letterwinner ('16, '17, '18)
  • Two top-six finishes at Big Ten Championships (4th in '16; 6th in '17)
  • Five-time open tournament champion
  • Led all Gopher redshirts in 2014-15 season in wins (32), falls (11) and major decisions (10)

Overall Record: 19-13
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Letterwinner • NCAA Qualifier (at-large) • Finished in second at Daktronics Open • Was second on the team in bonus point wins with 16 • Finished in seventh place at Cliff Keen Invite • Defeated No. 6, and eventual All-American, Joey McKenna of Ohio State on the road by major decision, 13-3 • Downed No. 18 Kanen Storr of Iowa State by pin • Shutout No. 18 Javier Gasca of Michigan State at home, 6-0. 

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All-American • Letterwinner • won UNI Open to begin season • took seventh at Southern Scuffle • finished dual season on five-match winning streak • defeated three top-10 opponents during season, including two at NCAA Championships • placed sixth at Big Ten Championships


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Letterwinner • placed fourth at Big Ten tournament • made first career NCAA tournament appearance, winning two matches • took home title at Daktronics Open to start season • made dual debut with 3-0 record at Gopher Duals • was second on team in wins (36) and tied for second in wins against ranked opponents (5) • earned 10 bonus point victories • earned first career ranking following Gopher Duals • earned first career ranked win with a 3-0 decision over Randy Cruz (Lehigh) • upset No. 4 Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) with an 8-1 decision • placed third at Cliff Keen Invitational and fifth at Southern Scuffle • had three separate win streaks of at least seven matches • earned two falls, both coming within the first 90 seconds of the match


Overall Record:
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Pins: 11
Major Decisions: 10
Technical Falls: 2

Competed in seven open tournaments and placed top-three in six of those events • Led all Minnesota redshirts in win (32), pins (11), major decisions (10), tournament top-threes (six) and tournament titles (three) • Began his collegiate career with three consecutive third-place finishes • Picked up positive momentum at the Luther Open, earning his first career fall by pinning Ben Henle (St. John's) in the first period of the opening match, then pinning three additional opponents in the tournament • Won his first collegiate tournament at the Cobber Open • Won the Wisconsin Open by pinning three straight opponents, then defeating Layten Binion (North Central (IL)) in a 13-0 major decision • Competed in the prestigious Midlands tournament, where he won three matches • Finished the season by taking first at North Country Open, winning one match by major decision, two by tech fall and two by fall

Four-time honoree at the All-City, All-County, All-Conference, All-Area and All-State levels (2011-14) • Four-time Minnesota State Champion (2011-14) • Named Mr. Minnesota Wrestler of the Year in 2014 • Posted a perfect record as a senior in high school (49-0) • Junior Nationals Freestyle Champion (2014) • USA Wrestling All-American in 2013 • Coached by Dan Lefebvre


Son of John and Brenda Thorn • Has two older brothers, Mike and David, and an older sister, Christine • Both of his older wrestled for the Gophers (Mike, Class of 2012 and David, Class of 2014), and his father was an All-American wrestler at Iowa State • Most memorable sports thrill was winning Junior Nationals in Fargo • Lists fishing and playing cards as interests outside of wrestling • Plans to major in business

Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2014-15 (RS) 32-5 - - - - 11 10 2 - - - -
2015-16 36-11 14-4 8-1 2 6 1 4th DNP
2016-17 20-10 6-2 5-2 3 1 0 6th 8th
2017-18 19-13 9-6 5-6 7 8 1 DNP DNP
Totals 75-34 29-12 18-9 12 15 2 - - - -


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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