Sonny Yohn  
Sonny Yohn

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Alamosa, Colo.

High School:
Alamosa HS

Position:
197 lbs.

Experience:
4L


04/29/2012

Golden Gophers Hand Out Postseason Awards

Zach Sanders voted team MVP second straight year

03/20/2012

Wrapping up the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships

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

03/17/2012

Sanders and Yohn Finish Careers as All-Americans

NCAA high seven Golden Gophers are All-Americans this season

03/16/2012

Ness and Nelson Advance to NCAA Championship Match

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

03/16/2012

Ness, Storley and Nelson Still Alive at NCAA Championships

Three move onto the semifinals; Gophers sit in fourth place

03/08/2012

Top Ten Moments of 2012

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

01/24/2012

Gopher Wrestling Team Captains

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

07/13/2012

Sonny Yohn

Sonny Yohn Action Photos

Photo Gallery

2011-12 • REDSHIRT SENIOR:
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.

2010-11 •REDSHIRT JUNIOR:
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.

2009-10 • REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE:
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.

2008-09 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN:
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.

HIGH SCHOOL:
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.

PERSONAL:
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 - -