The Minnesota Daily

Chris Pfarr’s legacy extends beyond performance

Senior Chris Pfarr at 174 takes on Northwestern's Johnny Sebastian during the match on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 at Maturi Pavillion.

Owen Mageau

February 8, 2018

With the Gophers lineup featuring six ranked wrestlers, redshirt senior Chris Pfarr can go unnoticed by the average fan.  However, he doesn’t go unnoticed by his teammates and coaches. Pfarr brings much needed leadership and a respectful quality to the program. He said when other people see him w...

Gophers drop fourth straight dual

Junior Brandon Krone at 197 wrestles a Northwestern wrestler during the match on Sunday, Jan. 28 at Maturi Pavillion.

Owen Mageau

February 5, 2018

Coming into the dual, head coach Brandon Eggum knew his team had a tough matchup with the seventh-ranked Hawkeyes. Iowa made sure to reaffirm Eggum's beliefs by the time the 10th match was finished. No. 18 Minnesota (5-6, 2-4 Big Ten) fell to No. 7 Hawkeyes (11-2, 6-2 Big Ten) 34-7, handing the Goph...

Rylee Streifel aims to keep starting position with Gophers wrestling

Sophomore heavyweight wrestler Rylee Streifel matches a Northwestern wrestler during the match on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Maturi Pavilion.

Owen Mageau

February 1, 2018

Sophomore heavyweight Rylee Streifel is in his first year as a starter for the No. 18 Gophers.  Despite a challenging schedule featuring many top ranked opponents, he's made strides. Streifel has compiled a 5-8 dual record and is 8-9 overall. He’s done so while facing some of the best heavywe...

Gophers lose on pin in final match

Sophomore Ben Brancale at 149 wrestles Northhwestern during the match on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 at Maturi Pavillion.

Owen Mageau

January 29, 2018

Minnesota found itself ahead of Northwestern 18-14 with one match remaining, but a pin in the final competition proved to be costly. Sophomore Ben Brancale was pinned in the first period of his match as No. 14 Minnesota (5-5, 2-3 Big Ten) lost to No. 20 Northwestern (8-2, 3-2 Big Ten) 20-18 Sunday af...

Jake Short and Nick Wanzek share bond on and off the mat

Redshirt seniors Nick Wanzek, left, and Jake Short, both from Inver Grove Heights, have known each other since first grade and now wrestle back-to-back in the Gophers lineup.

Owen Mageau

January 25, 2018

When attending a Minnesota wrestling dual, fans can expect to see redshirt seniors Jake Short and Nick Wanzek slotted next to each other in the lineup at 157 and 165, respectively.  They appear in back-to-back matches much of the time, and the two are close outside the sport as well. Wanzek and Short both g...

Wolverines take down Gophers at home

Senior Nick Wanzek at 165 wrestles with No. 5 Logan Massa during the dual against Michigan on Sunday. The Gophers lost to Michigan, their first loss of the season.

Owen Mageau

January 22, 2018

The Gophers efforts to make a statement against the higher-ranked Wolverines fell short on Sunday. The No. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) fell to No. 8 Michigan (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) 30-7 on Sunday at Maturi Pavilion. “As a team, there were some opportunities that we missed,” redshirt senior ...

Minnesota wrestling comes from behind to beat Illinois

Senior Jake Short at 157 attempts to take down Illini Kyle Langenderfer at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday.

Owen Mageau

January 15, 2018

The Fighting Illini started the dual by going up 12-8. Losses and a point deduction on the bench, it looked like Minnesota was well on its way to a second straight conference loss. Then, the comeback was on. No. 14 Minnesota won five of the last seven matches to beat No. 12 Illinois Fighting Illini ...

Minnesota dismantles Fresno State at home

Senior Chris Pfarr at 174 wrestles against sophomore Dominic Kincaid in the match against Fresno State at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Dec. 10.

Owen Mageau

December 11, 2017

The No. 10 Gophers overpowered Fresno State on Sunday afternoon at Maturi Pavilion.  Minnesota won all but two matches en route to a 38-7 victory. As a team, they had two pins, two technical falls and four major decision victories. “Their aggressiveness and the way they started the matches, fro...

Owen Webster finds success with Gophers wrestling after transferring from Augsburg

Sophomore Owen Webster at 184 wrestles against Air Force senior Zen Ikehara on Sunday, Nov. 12 at Maturi Pavillion in Minneapolis.

Owen Mageau

December 7, 2017

Sophomore Owen Webster is living his childhood dream with Minnesota, but that was not always the case. Webster transferred to Minnesota after a successful year on the mat with Division III Augsburg. Even though he had a good time at Augsburg, it was always a goal for Webster to wrestle at Minnesota, and now h...

Gophers wrestlers struggle in Las Vegas at Cliff Keen Invitational

Tommy Thorn competes against Rutgers wrestler Anthony Ashnault in the 141-pound matchup at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 17, 2016.

Owen Mageau

December 4, 2017

Minnesota didn’t bring some of its starters to Las Vegas for the Cliff Keen Invitational and by the end of the tournament, it showed. No. 3 Ethan Lizak at 125 was the only Minnesota wrestler to finish in the top-three for their weight, finishing in third place. The next best Gophers wrestlers were No. ...