Will Balow
Will  Balow

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Lake City, Minn.

High School:
Lincoln HS

Weight:
197

Experience:
1L


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

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

02/20/2017

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

01/28/2017

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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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

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

2016-17 • REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE
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

2015-16 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN

Overall Record:
16-11
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 

2014-15 • FRESHMAN (REDSHIRTED)

Overall Record:
16-10
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


HIGH SCHOOL
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


PERSONAL
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 - - - -
Totals 35-19 0-1 0-1 11 7 1 - - - -



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