Sonny Yohn
Sonny  Yohn

RS Senior

Alamosa, Colo.

High School:
Alamosa HS

197 lbs.



Golden Gophers Hand Out Postseason Awards

Zach Sanders voted team MVP second straight year


Wrapping up the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships

One National Champion, Seven All-Americans and National Coach of the Year


Sanders and Yohn Finish Careers as All-Americans

NCAA high seven Golden Gophers are All-Americans this season


Ness and Nelson Advance to NCAA Championship Match

Minnesota sits in second place behind Penn State going into the final day


Ness, Storley and Nelson Still Alive at NCAA Championships

Three move onto the semifinals; Gophers sit in fourth place


Top Ten Moments of 2012

Heading into NCAAs, relive the top 10 moments of the 2012 wrestling season.


Gopher Wrestling Team Captains

Get to know Gopher wrestling captains Zach Sanders, Sonny Yohn, Kevin Steinhaus and Tony Nelson.


Sonny Yohn

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Overall Record: 32-7
Dual Meet Record: 13-3
Big Ten Record: 6-1
Pins: 4
Major Decisions: 3
Technical Falls: 1

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.

Overall Record: 18-7
Dual Meet Record: 7-2
Big Ten Record: 1-1
Pins: 2
Major Decisions: 2
Technical Falls: 1

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.

Overall Record: 27-13
Dual Meet Record: 11-6
Big Ten Record: 5-3
Pins: 3
Major Decisions: 4
Technical Falls: 4

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.

Overall Record: 11-15
Dual Meet Record: 6-11
Big Ten Record: 2-6
Pins: 2
Major Decisions: 3
Technical Falls: 1

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.

2007-08 • REDSHIRTED:
A 24-1 record as a redshirt included four pins, six technical falls and three major decisions • Pinned Augustana's Beau Severtson in the championship match of the season-opening Daktronics Open to cap a 3-0 weekend • Named co-champion with teammate Roger Kish at Bison Open after pinning Joel Thoreson and defeating NDSU's Ken Moenkedick • His 5-1 record was good enough for third place at Kaufman-Brand Open • Cruised to the 184-pound title at Husky Open, registering a technical fall over St. John's' Dustin Baxter in the final • Defeated a pair of Iowa wrestlers - Brodie Ambrose and Luke Lofthouse - on his way to first place honors at Flash Flanagan • Earned technical falls in each of his three matches at the Worthington Open • Finished season with another tournament championship, this time at the North Country Open, following a 3-0 performance.

Native of Alamosa, Colo. and graduate of Alamosa High School • Three-time Colorado state champion, once at 171 lbs. and twice 189 lbs. • The second-ranked wrestler in the nation at 189 pounds according to WIN Magazine and Amateur Wrestling News and is the nation's 11th-ranked recruit overall by InterMat • High school career record of 153-15 • Won Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award at both the state and regional levels (one of five regional winners nationwide) • Three-time All-State selection • Four-time All-Conference winner and letterwinner in wrestling • NHSCA Junior Nationals Freestyle Champion in 2006, runner-up in 2007 • Placed first at 2007 U.S. Wrestling Junior Freestyle Nationals this summer • Eight-time All-American in various national and regional competitions • Member of 2007 ASICS All-America Second Team • Also had distinguished football career during high school • Was four-time letterwinner, three-time All-Conference selection and two-time All-State honoree in football • Also set Colorado state records for tackles in a season (336 in 2006-07) and career (582) • Posted 3.8 GPA in high school.

Son of Ken and Lauren Yohn • Brother, Cody, is ajunior wrestler for the Gophers next season • Enjoys mountain climbing, camping, motorcycles, boating, water skiing, gold prospecting, muscle cars/drag racing, reading, music, traveling, and being with family and friends. • Born July 28, 1988 • Majoring in kinesiology.

Season Wt. Overall Wt. Cl. Dual Big Ten Points Pins MD TF v.Rnk Strk Fast Pin Big Ten's NCAA's
2008-09 184 11-15 11-15 6-11 2-6 22-40 2 3 1 - - - 2-2/7th -
2009-10 184 27-13 6-1 3-1 3-1 - 1 1 2 - - - - -
197 27-13 21-12 8-5 5-3 28-18 2 3 2 8-11 2L 3:57 2-1/2nd 3-3/8th
2010-11 197 18-7 18-7 7-2 1-1 - 2 2 1 - - 1:16 2-2/5th 5-2/7th
2011-12 197 32-7 32-7 13-3 6-1 - 4 3 1 - - - 5-1/3rd 5-2/5th
Total 197 88-42 88-42 37-22 17-12 50-58 11 12 7 8-11 2L 1:16 - -


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

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5/20/2018 - Wrestling

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