Dec. 13, 2012
This past weekend, members of the University of Minnesota wrestling team participated in the University of Northern Iowa Open in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Twelve student-athletes competed in the tournament, which featured multiple fellow schools from the Big Ten Conference, with a few making high finishes on the weekend.
Matt Mincey was the Gophers’ top finisher at the event, rolling to a 4-1 overall record for a second-place finish in the 149-pound weight class. Mincey opened with a 15-0 technical fall over Wisconsin’s Lenny Bloom. In the second round, he defeated Joe Ducharme of Iowa by a 4-2 major decision. Mincey followed with two decision wins over Caleb Ervin (Illinois) and Zach Witte (Northern Iowa) to earn a spot in the finals, in which he fell to Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis.
Brett Pfarr had another successful showing at 184 lbs. He began with a three-match streak but fell to Sam Brooks of Iowa (5-4 decision) in the semifinals to move to the backdraw. Pfarr defeated Purdue’s Patrick Kissel, 6-1, then scored a 6-4 decision over Illinois’ Jeff Koepke to finish third.
In the heavyweight bracket, Michael Kroells also took third place. Much like Pfarr, Kroells started the day strong, defeating Darius Lewis (Lindenwood) and Ben Schnurr (Iowa Central College) by falls at 4:42 and 2:56, respectively. Kroells earned a 9-0 major over Upper Iowa’s Zach Rosol in the quarterfinals. While he fell in the semifinals by a 6-4 decision, he rebounded in the backdraw for a third pin of the day (4:51) to advance to the third-place match.
125 – Jordan Bremer, 2-2
125 – Jordan Kingsley, 2-2
133 – Randy Hanson, 1-2
141 – Josh Shupe, 1-2
149 – Jarod Donar, 2-2
149 – Tom Giaimo, 3-3, 6th
149 – Matt Mincey, 4-1, 2nd
149 – Conrad Rangell, 3-2
157 – Pat Smith, 3-2
184 – Alex Daugherty, 0-2
184 – Brett Pfarr, 5-1, 3rd
185 – Michael Kroells, 5-1, 3rd
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