The Big Ten Championships provided plenty of excitement for Minnesota this year. As a team, the Gophers returned to the conference’s top five for the 20th time in the past 21 seasons. Individually, nine different Gophers automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships, the largest Minnesota contingent in the event since 2014.
Eight different Gophers placed at the Big Ten tournament, led by Brett Pfarr’s runner-up finish at 197 pounds. Ethan Lizak took third at 125, Michael Kroells took fourth at heavyweight and Jake Short finished fifth at 157. Three different Gophers finished sixth: Mitch McKee (133), Tommy Thorn (141) and Nick Wanzek (165). Bobby Steveson jumped up from the 10th seed at 184 to take seventh, and Chris Pfarr rounded out the automatic qualifiers by wrestling for, and winning, true ninth at 174.
With Big Tens now complete, the only event left on the 2016-17 schedule is the biggest of them all, the NCAA Championships. The national tournament gets started on Thurs., March 16 and will run through Sat., March 18.
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Through the Lens - Owen Webster
12/14/2017 - Wrestling
Owen Webster did not start his college wrestling career at the University of Minnesota, but now that he has arrived, he is setting new goals and doing everything he can to reach them.
Match of the Week - Dec. 13
11/21/2017 - Wrestling
Each week the Gophers sit down with a wrestler to discuss the best match of that week. Stay updated with each week with this Match of the Week page that will be updated all season long!
Coach's Corner With Brandon Eggum Dec. 12
12/12/2017 - Wrestling
This past Sunday the University of Minnesota wrestling team earned their third dual victory of the season over Fresno State.