Will Balow
Will  Balow


Lake City, Minn.

High School:
Lincoln HS




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


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


Streifel Wins Title in Colorado Springs

A foursome of Minnesota wrestlers made the trip to the Air Force Academy over the weekend to compete in the U.S. Collegiate Championships and each won at least one match


Balow Racks Up Bonus Wins at Duhawk Open

Will Balow’s third-place performance at the 2017 Duhawk Open marked by several big wins

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  • Letterwinner (2016)
  • Two-time Academic All-Big Ten ('16, '18)
  • Two-time Worthington Open champion ('16, '17)

Overall Record:

Dual Meet Record:

Big Ten Record: - -

Major Decisions:

Technical Falls:
Did not compete for the Gophers in 2017-18


Overall Record: 19-8
Dual Meet Record: - -
Big Ten Record: - -
Pins: 5
Major Decisions: 3
Technical Falls: 1

Shared Worthington Open title with teammate Dalton Lunde (double forfeit in title bout) • Reached at least the semifinal round in three open tournaments • Reached semifinals of Husky Open, placed third • Reached semifinals at Daktronics Open, placed fifth • Won six matches at Duhawk Open (6-1 at event), placed third


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: 0-1 
Big Ten Record: 0-1
Pins: 6
Major Decisions: 4
Technical Falls: - -

Letterwinner • Academic All-Big Ten • made career dual debut against Purdue (1/24) • placed in four open tournaments, finishing in the top-four all four times • won 184-pound title at the Worthington Open • recorded six falls, including three in a row between the UNI Open and Worthington Open, all coming in the first period • rattled off five straight wins in wrestlebacks en route to a fourth place finish at Duhawk Open • pinned Mason Reinhardt (Wisconsin) in third-place match at UNI Open • earned a fall in first match of the season over Nick Lawrence 


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: - -
Big Ten Record: - -
Pins: 3
Major Decisions: 4
Technical Falls: - -

Placed in four open tournaments during the season, recording a top-five finish in all four instances • Finished second at both the Cobber Open and the Wisconsin Open • Earned three falls during the season -- including two first period pins -- without being pinned by an opponent • Earned four major decisions, notably recording a pair back-to-back over Spencer Ward (Simpson) and Aburough Abegesah (Cornell College) during the Luther Open

Five-time wrestling letterwinner • Four-time All-Conference honoree (2010-13) • Two-time All-State (2012, 2013) • USA Wrestling All-American in Folkystyle in 2013 • Minnesota State Champion in 2013 • Also lettered in football and track • Honorable Mention All-State in football in 2012 • 4.0 student • Triple `A' Award State Finalist • School ExCEL Award winner • AP Scholar with Honors • Academic All-State in 2013 • Coached by Lonnie West, Justin Harkins, Rob Nutt and Trevor Narum

Son of Tom and Dawn Balow • Has three siblings: Abbey, Maggie and Max • Father Tom played football at Winona State from 1983-86 • Most memorable sports thrill was stepping onto the mat for a state finals match • Lists fishing and playing the guitar and drums as interests outside of wrestling • Majoring in mechanical engineering

Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2014-15 (RS) 16-10 - - - - 3 4 0 - - - -
2015-16 16-11 0-1 0-1 6 4 0 - - - -
2016-17 19-8 - - - - 5 3 1 - - - -
2017-18 0-0 - - - - 0 0 0 - - - -
Totals 35-19 0-1 0-1 11 7 1 - - - -


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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