Minnesota adds two-time NCAA qualifier Ritter

Hunter Ritter gets in on a shot against Michael Macchiavello in the finals of the U23 Trials (Photo/Sam Janicki,

The University of Minnesota wrestling program and head coach Brandon Eggum are happy to announce the addition of Hunter Ritter, an upperweight from Perryville, Maryland, who began his career at Wisconsin.

"We're excited to have Hunter join our Gophers family," Eggum said. "We're looking forward to working with him and helping him reach his individual goals. We know Hunter's abilities as an athlete and leader and hope he'll help in our pursuit of our own team goals as we work to improve on our top-eight finish at NCAAs."

Ritter arrives in the Twin Cities as a two-time national qualifier with one year of remaining eligibility. During his two seasons as the Badgers' starter Ritter twice placed at the Big Ten Championships including a third place finish in 2017.

Ritter was coached by current Gophers assistant coach Trevor Brandvold during their time in Madison. In his last two seasons as a starter, Ritter amassed 46 victories.

As a high school prospect, Ritter, a three-time state champion, was ranked No. 3 at his weight-class by InterMat and was the Super 32 Challenge champion. He was also a U23 Trials freestyle finalist in June 2018.


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