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Luke Becker and Steve Bleise practice in the current wrestling space in Bierman Athletic complex. The University wrestling team received donations to move from their current practice facility to previous basketball practice facilities.

Four wrestlers shine after weight class jump

David Mullen
February 13, 2019

With only two weeks remaining in the regular season before the No. 7 Gophers (13-3, 6-2) host the Big Ten Championships, there are a lot of bright spots for the team.  One such spot is the success...

Freshman Gable Steveson competes during the match against the University of Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at Maturi Pavilion. The Gophers beat Maryland 45-0.

Gophers finish the weekend 1-1

David Mullen
February 11, 2019

The Gophers (13-3, 6-2 Big Ten) wrestling team dominated the Maryland Terrapins 45-0 Sunday, bouncing back after falling to Nebraska on Friday.  The win is the first shut-out for the Gophers in a...

Sean Russell takes Steve Polakowski at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 3 in Minneapolis.

In his first year with Minnesota, Sean Russell has taken charge as a leader

David Mullen
February 7, 2019

It is not often that one of the newest additions to a collegiate athletics team is someone who has four-years of prior experience. Sean Russell (19-3), the No. 6 wrestler in the 125-weight class is just...

Minnesota's Tommy Thorn takes on a Purdue's Parker Filius at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Gophers wrestling returns home with a victory

David Mullen
February 4, 2019

The No. 7 Gophers (12-2, 5-1 Big Ten) wrestling team dominated the Purdue Boilermakers in the team’s first dual at Maturi Pavilion in three weeks.  “I thought our guys came out with a lot of energy...

Luke Becker and Steve Bleise practice in the current wrestling space in Bierman Athletic complex. The University wrestling team received donations to move from their current practice facility to previous basketball practice facilities.

Now in his second year, Gophers wrestler Steve Bleise feels right at home

David Mullen
January 31, 2019

One year after arriving in Dinkytown from Illinois, Gophers wrestler Steve Bleise is starting to feel right at home.  Bleise transferred to the University of Minnesota from Northern Illinois last...

Freshman Gable Steveson at 197 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers wrestling wins big in Madison

David Mullen
January 26, 2019

No. 7 Minnesota (11-2, 4-1 Big Ten) wrestling team traveled to Madison with one goal: a victory.  In the 97th meeting between the two border rivals, the Gophers continued the athletic department's...

Mitch McKee warms up during practice at the new Gopher Wrestling Training Facility on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Mitch McKee is back and better than ever after his third torn meniscus

David Mullen
January 24, 2019

Wrestling is brutal on the body; it’s common for wrestlers to participate while dealing with aches and pains. Junior Mitch McKee has taken this to the extreme, fighting back from severe injury to quickly...

Freshman Gable Steveson at 197 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers bounce back with two victories in Illinois

David Mullen
January 21, 2019

Minnesota's wrestling team (10-2, 3-1 Big Ten) got back on the winning path in Illinois over the weekend as the Gophers toppled Illinois 26-15 Friday, and Northwestern 29-12 Sunday afternoon.  “It...

Redshirt senior Sean Russell at 125 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers topple Fresno State 31-6

Paul Hodowanic
December 10, 2018

The Gophers ended their non-conference dual schedule on Saturday night, beating Fresno State 31-6. The victory moved the team to 3-1 on the season. "We were pleased, we scored some good bonus points in...

Redshirt senior Ethan Lizak at 133 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Maturi Pavilion.

Ethan Lizak primed for another NCAA run at a different position

Paul Hodowanic
December 6, 2018

There isn't much Ethan Lizak hasn't achieved in his first four years as a Gophers wrestler. The redshirt senior is a two-time All-American and a three-time NCAA qualified — earning a fourth place finish...