Oct. 10, 2012
GopherSports: When did you start to feel like you had the ability to wrestle in college?
Sam Brancale: I felt that midway through high school when I won my first state title I had the potential to wrestle in college at the U.
GS: Why did you choose to come to Minnesota?
SB: There is a great wrestling tradition. That and it’s so close to home.
GS: Your father wrestled for Minnesota in 75-76. What advice did he give you when you were making the college decision?
SB: He said to go where I wanted to, but he knew that the U of M was right for me.
GS: What other schools did you consider?
SB: NDSU, Northern Illinois, and Wisconsin
GS: What are some of your goals for your first season as a Golden Gopher?
SB: My goals are to win as many open tournaments I can and to improve to the ability of a starter.
GS: Do you have any rituals or superstitions before a competition?
SB: I don’t listen to music and I slap my whole body to pump myself up.
GS: You won two Minnesota state titles. Do you have a favorite?
SB: The last one was the best hands down. There was no greater way to end my high school career
GS: What was it like to be named Male Athlete of the Year at Eden Prairie High School?
SB: In a school so large, it was a great honor. It was also great because I was the first single sport athlete and first wrestler to win it.
GS: What is your favorite part of college so far?
SB: I enjoy the freedom and also the self-responsibility to manage my time effectively and organize my things.
GS: You are planning to get a degree in business. How did you choose that area of study?
SB: I have always been fascinated with the way money works and flows throughout industries.
Gophers Compete in Junior World Team Trials
Four Minnesota wrestlers were among those seeking a spot on Team USA in the weekend qualifying tournament hosted in Irving, Texas
McKee Wins Thriller at Beat the Streets
Overcoming deficits of 2-0 and 4-2, Gopher commit Mitch McKee earned a thrilling victory over the Asian junior champion at Beat the Streets in Times Square
Minnesota graduates four wrestlers from this year’s roster, each with their own unique path forward now that their collegiate wrestling careers have ended