The Minnesota Daily

Nick Wanzek seeks better results at Las Vegas meet

Owen Mageau

November 30, 2017

Last December, redshirt senior Nick Wanzek didn’t do as well as he wanted to at the Cliff Keen Invitational, finishing eighth at 174. This Friday and Saturday, he will have a chance to have a better showing, as the Gophers travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for this year’s Cliff Keen Invitational.  Wanzek had multi...

Gophers split weekend on road against ranked foes

Sophomore Ethan Lizak takes on Nebraska's Tim Lambeth at the Sports Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 20.

Owen Mageau

November 20, 2017

The No. 6 Gophers (2-1) went on the road this weekend to face two tough tests. Friday night they passed their test by defeating No. 16 South Dakota State (0-1) 20-12.  Minnesota wasn’t as fortunate Sunday with No. 3 Oklahoma State (2-0) handing them a lopsided 30-3 defeat.  Minnesota picked up points...

After several stints of not competing, Lizak sets mind on national title

Sophomore Ethan Lizak takes on Nebraska's Tim Lambeth at the Sports Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 20.

Owen Mageau

November 16, 2017

At the Scottrade center in St. Louis, Missouri, Division I wrestlers accomplished goals they've dreamed about so much, only Ethan Lizak didn't have the storybook ending he wanted. The 125-pounder lost to Lehigh junior Darian Cruz in the 125-pound national championship on March 18. Fast forward to today,...

Gophers make easy work of Air Force

Junior Gannon Volk at 141 wrestles Air Force's Alec Opsal at on Sunday, Nov. 12 at Maturi Pavillion in Minneapolis.

Owen Mageau

November 13, 2017

For Minnesota, a victory was never in doubt at Maturi Pavilion. In the first dual of the season, the Gophers won all but two matches and defeated Air Force 29-6 Sunday afternoon at Maturi Pavilion.  “Overall, it was good,” said head coach Brandon Eggum. “Some guys could have wrestled a bit b...

Logan Storley: From the mat to the cage

Senior Logan Storley wrestles against Illinois at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 18.

Drew Cove

July 10, 2017

After four years as an All-American wrestler for Minnesota, Logan Storley is taking on a different fighting technique.Storley signed with Bellator MMA in late June, and is prepping for his first match with the club on July 14. The 2015 Minnesota graduate will debut for the club at Bellator 181 at th...

No ‘wrest’ for the wicked

Coach Shawn Daivari demonstrates a move on a student in the ring while other students observe at The Academy in Minneapolis.

Gunthar Reising

June 28, 2017

In the lobby of The Academy’s warehouse, a cabinet of action figures lines one wall, with plastic versions of coaches throughout their careers as professional wrestlers. In the training room, a ring is surrounded by 10-foot tall prints of the coaches, glaring in their pre-fight stances.The Academy: ...

Lizak, Pfarr lead Gophers to seventh place NCAA finish

Gophers sophomore Ethan Lizak takes on Johnny Jimenez in the Gophers match against the Badgers at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Lizak beat Jimenez 2-0.

Kyle Steinberg

March 22, 2017

Brett Pfarr only won one state title while at LeSeur-Henderson High School — making it all the more gratifying when he took the mat to wrestle for an NCAA championship last weekend.The redshirt senior made his first appearance in an NCAA title match at 197 pounds, falling to top-ranked — a...

Gophers take fifth at Big Ten Championships

Senior Brett Pfarr takes on Iowa's Cash Wilcke at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Gophers lost 11-27 against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

Kyle Steinberg

March 8, 2017

The Gophers wrestling team used performances from some surprise NCAA qualifiers to boost itself to a fifth-place finish at llast weekend’s Big Ten championships.The No. 13 Gophers (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) entered the weekend as the seventh-ranked Big Ten team in the nation according to Intermat, but thank...

Gophers wrestling finish dual season, crushing Iowa State

Senior Brett Pfarr takes on Iowa's Cash Wilcke at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Gophers lost 11-27 against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

Kyle Steinberg

February 22, 2017

An early upset by Chris Pfarr over a top-ten wrestler set the tone for Minnesota on Sunday against Iowa State.The No. 13 Gophers (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) didn’t look back and earned bonus points in seven of their eight victories to secure a 40-7 win over the Cyclones in Ames, Iowa. “In the first half, ...

Gophers finish dual season with domination over Cyclones

Junior Chris Pfarr takes on Ryan Christensen in the Gophers match against the Badgers at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Pfarr beat Christensen 7-4.

Kyle Steinberg

February 21, 2017

An early upset by Chris Pfarr over a top-ten wrestler set the tone for Minnesota on Sunday against Iowa State.The No. 13 Gophers (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) didn’t look back and earned bonus points in seven of their eight victories to secure a 40-7 win over the Cyclones in Ames, Iowa. “In the first half, ...