This weekend’s tournament in Lincoln, Neb., will determine the final U.S. roster for both the junior- and senior-level World Championships later this summer
Pat Smith clinched the 71-kilogram spot on Team USA’s 2017 Greco World Championships roster by winning the U.S. Open title in Las Vegas this weekend
Former Gophers Tony Nelson, Jayson Ness and Zach Sanders all delivered podium performances at the Bill Farrell Open on Saturday, with Nelson winning the 125 kilogram title
One of just 10 four-time All-Americans in program history, Sanders brings a track record of consistent success to the Gophers' volunteer assistant position
Alec Ortiz's championship performance in Greco at 75 kilograms guarantees him a spot in next weekend's U.S. Olympic Team Trials tournament
Zach Sanders joined the University of Minnesota wrestling staff as an administrative assistant following a successful career on the mat for the Gophers. The 2016-17 was his first as the team's volunteer assistant coach, but fifth on the program's staff.
In 2012, Sanders became the seventh four-time All-American in Gopher history with a third-place finish in the 125-pound division at the NCAA Championships. He finished his career ranked sixth on the Gophers' all-time wins list with a record of 134-27-1.
Sanders was ranked as high as No. 1 nationally during his senior season. He was named Team MVP for the second year in a row after going 32-4. Sanders took second at the Big Ten Championships, his best finish following two consecutive third-place showings.
Sanders finished sixth at the NCAA Tournament as a freshman before finishing fifth his next two years. He was named to the Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Team and voted both Most Outstanding Freshman and Most Exciting Wrestler by his teammates in 2009. Sanders was also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree during his career.
Following the end of his senior season, Sanders competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials in freestyle wrestling.
Wrestling Announces 2018-19 Schedule
6/4/2018 - Wrestling
Minnesota announced its 2018-19 schedule, which features a pair of the best rivalries in the sport of wrestling.
McKee Captures U23 Crown in Akron
6/3/2018 - Wrestling
For the second straight year, Mitch McKee will represent the United States at the U23 World Championships.
Eight Gophers Gearing Up for U23 World Team Trial
5/30/2018 - Wrestling
Minnesota will send eight wrestlers to Akron, Ohio at the Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House for the U23 World Team Trial.