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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Gophers Ready for U.S. Open
A collection of Minnesota alums, along with current Gopher Bobby Steveson, will be wrestle both freestyle and Greco at this weekend’s U.S. Open
Gophers Ready to Tackle UWW Jr. Nationals
Five current Gophers will be in the field in Las Vegas for the nation’s premier 20-and-under wrestling freestyle and Greco tournaments
Gophers Collect More Academic Accolades
The National Wrestling Coaches Association recognized the Gophers as a team, as well as five individuals, for outstanding work in the classroom this season