Zach Sanders voted team MVP second straight year
One National Champion, Seven All-Americans and National Coach of the Year
NCAA high seven Golden Gophers are All-Americans this season
Minnesota sits in second place behind Penn State going into the final day
Three move onto the semifinals; Gophers sit in fourth place
Sonny Yohn Action Photos
2011-12 REDSHIRT SENIOR:
All-American Finished fifth at the 2012 NCAA Championships to claim his third straight All-American status Voted the Verne Gagne "Leadership Award" winner on the team Closed out his final season with a record of 32-7 and 13-3 in dual matches Leaves the Gopher program ranked 25th on the all-time wins list with an overall record of 111-43 Placed third at the Big Ten Championships after going 5-1 Won a title at the Bison Open to start of the season Recorded two wins by fall and one by tech fall en route to his title Longest winning streak of the season was eight matches Placed third at the Southern Scuffle after defeating Indiana's Matt Powless (4-1 decision) and picked up two falls Went 6-1 in Big Ten dual matches Defeated Iowa's Grant Gambrall by a 5-3 count Picked up another win over Iowa's Vinnie Wagner (7-4 decision) in the NWCA National Dual semi-final match Defeated Blake Rosholt of Oklahoma State (3-1 decision) en route to the Gophers NWCA Team Title Letterwinner.
2010-11 REDSHIRT JUNIOR:
All-American, who made his third straight NCAA championship appearance and finished 3-3 to place eighth overall Went 18-7 overall in the 2010-11 season after missing more than a month of action due to a lower-body injury Finished fifth at the 2011 Big Ten Championships Finished 7-2 in dual matches and 1-1 in Big Ten matches Recorded two pins, two major decisions and one technical fall Opened the year with a 4-0 showing at the Bison Open, earning the individual championship Went 3-0 at the Northern Quad earning his lone pin of the season at the 1:16 mark against Central Michigan's Craig Kelliher Won his comeback match from the injury by recording a major decision over Penn State's Nicholas Ruggear Earned third letter.
2009-10 REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE:
All-American after placing eighth in his first appearance at the NCAA Tournament and first season at 197 Finished as Big Ten runner-up at 197 with a 2-1 tally Winner of the Chris Berglin Most Improved Wrestler award Went 3-3 at the NCAA tournament, falling 7-12 to No. 13 Alan Gelogaev in the seventh place match Opened the NCAA Tournament with a 7-1 win over No. 16 Dennis Drury of North Carolina and 4-2 TB1 win over No. 13 Alan Gelogaev of Oklahoma State before falling 0-4 to No. 1 Jake Varner of Iowa State Rebounded at the NCAAs with a 4-2 win over No. 17 Brent Jones of Virginia to earn All-America honors, and then fell 7-13 to No. 5 Trevor Brandvold of Wisconsin to go to the seventh place match Opened the Big Ten Tournament with a 2-1 TB1 win over Patrick Bond of Illinois and then beat top seed and No. 4 Chad Beatty of Iowa 7-6 in TB1 to advance to the championship match where he fell 1-3 to No. 7 Trevor Brandvold of Wisconsin Tallied a 27-13 overall record in the season at 184 and 197 One of eight Gophers to log over 20 wins on the season Went 6-1 at 184 and 21-12 at 197 Went 3-1 in duals at 184 and 8-5 in duals at 197, and was one of only six Gophers to tally over 10 dual meet wins Opened season at 197 before moving down to 184, but eventually went back to 197 for good Won three matches by fall, four by major decision and four by tech fall Wrested a team high 20 ranked opponents, going 8-12 in those matches Was ranked at either 184 or 197 for the entire season, finishing at No. 9, his highest rank of the season Closed regular season with a 14-5 major over David Cromwell of Penn State Beat Luke Lofthouse of Iowa 7-0 Beat No. 13 Matt Powless of Indiana Lost 4-9 to No. 14 Patrick Bond of Illinois Beat No. 11 Logan Brown of Purdue on 5-3 Lost 2-4 to No. 8 Trevor Brandvold of Wisconsin Lost 2-5 to No. 9 Anthony Biondo of Michigan Beat Tyler Dickenson of Michigan State 8-2 Went 3-1 at the National Duals with a 4-0 win over No. 11 Brent Haynes of Missouri, a 2-3 loss to Eric Simaz of Central Michigan, a 6-1 over Luke Lofthouse of Iowa, and a injury forfeit win over Cody Magrum of Ohio State Was pinned in 6:59 by No. 1 Jake Varner of Iowa State Returned to 197 for good at the Southern Scuffle and went 4-3 to place sixth Tech falled Eric Brennan of Northern Colorado 19-1 in 6:12 Beat Josh Ihnen of Nebraska 8-4 Lost 1-13 to No. 11 Clayton Foster at 184 Teched Mike Larson of Cal State Bakersfield 15-0 at 4:29 Was the Gophers only Elite Division Champion at the Kaufman-Brand Open, going 3-0 and pinning Vinnie Wagner of Iowa in 3:46 in the Championship match Champion at the Bison Open with a 4-0 mark and a 10-2 win over teammate Joe Nord in the Championship match.
2008-09 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN:
Posted a 11-15 at 184 lbs. Earned a seventh place tally at the Big Ten Championships, going 2-2 in the meet Appeared 17 of 23 dual meets and all eight Big Ten meets Tallied a 6-11 record in dual meets, and 2-6 mark in Big Ten duals Tallied three major decisions, two falls, and one technical fall Win total (11) led 184 pounders Wrestled against Portland State in the Northern Quad on Nov. 29, winning by fall in 29 seconds as Minnesota shutout PSU Dropped a narrow 5-7 decision to then 13th ranked Vince Jones of Nebraska Topped 20th ranked Jared Shelton of Oklahoma State 8-5 on New Year's Day Went 1-1 at the Lone Star Duals, aiding the Minnesota sweep At the National Duals, earned a win against Wisconsin to aid the Minnesota win over ninth ranked UW Claimed his first career Big Ten win with a decision in Minnesota's 30-6 win over Michigan State Closed the regular season with a 11-0 major decision in the 22-13 win over No. 18 Indiana.