The University of Minnesota wrestling program has announced the signing of Ben Berhow to a National Letter of Intent. In addition, Paul Ode and John Sundgren have signed Acceptance of Admission Forms and will join the program as recruited walk-ons. The three wrestlers will join the Golden Gophers for the 2006-07 season.
A native of Hayward, Minn., Berhow was the 2006 Minnesota State Champion at 285 pounds out of Albert Lea High School. He finished runner-up as a junior in 2005. Berhow is the eighth-ranked high school heavyweight in the country according to Intermat. A team captain on his football, wrestling and baseball teams, Berhow will compete in the Minnesota State High School League All-Star Football game this coming June.
A senior at Brandon Valley High School, Ode was a three-time placewinner at the South Dakota State Wrestling Championships, including a fifth-place finish this year. Ode compiled a 30-6 record during his senior season as he captured region and conference championships. He is projected to wrestle at 184 pounds for the Golden Gophers.
A senior at Blaine High School, Sundgren was a three-time Minnesota state placewinner, including a runner-up finish at 140 pounds this year. Sundgren overcame a pair of injuries, including a broken ankle suffered during the regular season, to finish in second place. He placed fifth as a junior at 119 pounds and second as a sophomore at 103 pounds. He is projected to wrestle at 149 pounds for the Golden Gophers.
The three wrestlers will join Minnesota’s fall signees, which include Brent Eidenschink, Scott Glasser, Jordan Kolbow, Yura Malamura, Jake Mellmer, Joe Nord, Brandon Sitch and Michael Thorn.