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    Ten Years of: Minnesota Wrestling (2013-22)

    2x Hodge Trophy winner Gable Steveson (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    Welcome to a new, regular feature for InterMat! Every day, for the next few months, we'll look into the recent history of a DI wrestling program with our "Ten Years of…" feature. Even if you're a die-hard supporter of a particular school, there will be good information you may have forgotten. For others, it's a quick way to learn about a program you may not be familiar with. We're going in alphabetical order for this one, so next up is...Minnesota!

    For past teams:

    Air Force

    American

    Appalachian State

    Arizona State

    Army West Point

    Binghamton

    Bloomsburg

    Brown

    Bucknell

    Buffalo

    Cal Poly

    Campbell

    Central Michigan

    Chattanooga

    Clarion

    Cleveland State

    Columbia

    Cornell

    CSU Bakersfield

    Davidson

    Drexel

    Duke

    Edinboro

    Franklin & Marshall

    Gardner-Webb

    George Mason

    Harvard

    Hofstra

    Illinois

    Indiana

    Iowa

    Iowa State

    Kent State

    Lehigh

    Lock Haven

    Maryland

    Michigan

    Michigan State

    NCAA Qualifiers (82)

    2022


    125: Patrick McKee (#8); 133: Jake Gliva (#29); 141: Jakob Bergeland (#10); 149: Michael Blockhus (#31); 165: Cael Carlson (#28); 174: Bailee O'Reilly (#21); 184: Isaiah Salazar (#19); 197: Michial Foy (#26): 285: Gable Steveson (#1)


    2021

    125: Patrick McKee (#15); 133: Boo Dryden (#23); 141: Marcos Polanco (#28); 149: Michael Blockhus (#14); 157: Brayton Lee (#6); 165: Andrew Sparks (#24); 174: Jake Allar (#24); 184: Owen Webster (#17); 285: Gable Steveson (#1)


    2020

    125: Patrick McKee (#24); 141: Mitch McKee (#10); 149: Brayton Lee (#7); 165: Bailee O'Reilly (#28); 174: Devin Skatzka (#7); 184: Owen Webster (#18); 197: Hunter Ritter (#29); 285: Gable Steveson (#1)


    2019

    125: Sean Russell (#6); 133: Ethan Lizak (#6); 141: Mitch McKee (#7); 149: Tommy Thorn (#20); 157: Steve Bleise (#10); 165: Carson Brolsma (#28); 174: Devin Skatzka (#9); 285: Gable Steveson (#3)


    2018

    125: Ethan Lizak (#8); 133: Mitch McKee (#16); 141: Tommy Thorn; 149: Steve Bleise; 157: Jake Short; 165: Nick Wanzek (#12); 184: Brandon Krone


    2017

    125: Ethan Lizak (#6); 133: Mitch McKee (#14); 141: Tommy Thorn (#14); 157: Jake Short (#8); 165: Nick Wanzek (#16); 174: Chris Pfarr; 184: Bobby Steveson; 197: Brett Pfarr (#2); 285: Michael Kroells (#8)


    2016

    141: Tommy Thorn (#11); 149: Jake Short; 174: Nick Wanzek; 197: Brett Pfarr (#3); 285: Michael Kroells (#9)


    2015

    125: Ethan Lizak; 133: Chris Dardanes (#1); 141: Nick Dardanes (#6); 157: Dylan Ness (#3); 174: Logan Storley (#6); 184: Brett Pfarr (#11); 197: Scott Schiller (#5); 285: Michael Kroells (#9)


    2014

    133: David Thorn (#8); 141: Chris Dardanes (#6): 149: Nick Dardanes (#2); 157: Dylan Ness (#9); 165: Danny Zilverberg (#15); 174: Logan Storley (#6); 184: Kevin Steinhaus (#7); 197: Scott Schiller (#4); 285: Tony Nelson (#1)


    2013

    125: David Thorn; 133: Chris Dardanes (#5); 141: Nick Dardanes (#8); 149: Dylan Ness (#6); 157: Danny Zilverberg; 165: Cody Yohn (#11); 174: Logan Storley (#6); 184: Kevin Steinhaus (#5); 197: Scott Schiller (#10); 285: Tony Nelson (#2)


    National Champions

    Gable Steveson (285 - 2021, 2022)

    Tony Nelson (285 - 2012, 2013)


    NCAA All-Americans

    2022: Patrick McKee (125 - 5th); Jakob Bergeland (141 - 7th); Gable Steveson (285 - 1st)

    2021: Patrick McKee (125 - 3rd); Brayton Lee (157 - 6th); Gable Steveson (285 - 1st)

    2019: Ethan Lizak (125 - 7th); Mitch McKee (141 - 6th); Devin Skatzka (174 - 8th); Gable Steveson (285 - 3rd)

    2018: Ethan Lizak (125 - 4th)

    2017: Ethan Lizak (125 - 2nd); Tommy Thorn (141 - 8th); Brett Pfarr (197 - 2nd); Michael Kroells (285 - 7th)

    2016: Brett Pfarr (197 - 3rd); Michael Kroells (285 - 7th)

    2015: Chris Dardanes (133 - 4th); Dylan Ness (157 - 6th); Logan Storley (174 - 4th); Scott Schiller (197 - 4th); Michael Kroells (285 - 8th)

    2014: David Thorn (133 - 5th); Dylan Ness (157 - 2nd); Danny Zilverberg (165 - 7th); Logan Storley (174 - 3rd); Kevin Steinhaus (184 - 5th); Scott Schiller (197 - 3rd); Tony Nelson (285 - 2nd)

    2013: David Thorn (125 - 7th); Chris Dardanes (133 - 6th); Nick Dardanes (141 - 7th); Dylan Ness (149 - 4th); Cody Yohn (165 - 7th); Logan Storley (174 - 4th); Scott Schiller (197 - 5th)

    NWCA All-Americans

    Mitch McKee (141 - Second Team)

    Brayton Lee (149 - First Team)

    Devin Skatzka (174 - First Team)

    Gable Steveson (285 - First Team)


    Round of 12 Finishers

    Owen Webster (2021 - 184)

    Sean Russell (2019 - 125)

    Tommy Thorn (2019 - 149)

    Steve Bleise (2019 - 157)

    Mitch McKee (2017, 2018 - 133)

    Nick Wanzek (2017, 2018 - 165)

    Jake Short (2017 - 157)

    Chris Dardanes (2014 - 141)

    Kevin Steinhaus (2013 - 184)


    Big Ten Champions

    2022: Gable Steveson (285)

    2021: Gable Steveson (285)

    2020: Gable Steveson (285)

    2015: Chris Dardanes (133)

    2014: Tony Nelson (285)

    2013: Dylan Ness (149); Tony Nelson (285)


    Big Ten Runner's-Up

    2019: Gable Steveson (285)

    2018: Ethan Lizak (125)

    2017: Brett Pfarr (197)

    2015: Dylan Ness (157); Brett Pfarr (184)

    2013: Kevin Steinhaus (184); Scott Schiller (197)


    Dual Record

    2021-22: 4-6

    2021: 7-2

    2019-20: 9-8

    2018-19: 14-3

    2017-18: 10-8

    2016-17: 7-5

    2015-16: 10-8

    2014-15: 12-3

    2013-14: 14-1

    2012-13: 16-2


    Big Ten Tournament Placement

    2021-22: 6th

    2021: 5th

    2019-20: 8th

    2018-19: 4th

    2017-18: 7th

    2016-17: 5th

    2015-16: 9th

    2014-15: 3rd

    2013-14: 3rd

    2012-13: 2nd


    NCAA Tournament Team Placement

    2021-22: 11th

    2021: 7th-tie

    2019-20: No Tournament

    2018-19: 8th

    2017-18: 17th

    2016-17: 7th

    2015-16: 17th

    2014-15: 8th

    2013-14: 2nd

    2012-13: 3rd


    Head Coaching History

    Brandon Eggum (2016-Present)

    J Robinson (1986-2016)


    Best Lineup (comprised of wrestlers from 2013-22)

    125 - Patrick McKee: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#8 and #15 seeds); 2x NCAA All-American (3rd, 5th)

    133 - Ethan Lizak: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#6 x2 and #8 seeds); 3x NCAA All-American (2nd, 4th, 7th), 2018 Big Ten Runner-Up

    141 - Chris Dardanes: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#1, #5, #6, and #10 seeds); 3x NCAA All-American (4th x2, 6th), 2015 Big Ten Champion

    149 - Dylan Ness: 4x NCAA All-American (2nd x2, 4th, 6th); 2013 Big Ten Champion, 3x Big Ten finalist

    157 - Brayton Lee: 2x NCAA Qualifier (#6 and #7 seeds); 2021 NCAA 6th Place

    165 - Cody Yohn: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#10, #11, #12 seeds); 2013 NCAA 7th Place

    174 - Logan Storley: 4x NCAA All-American (3rd, 4th x2, 6th); 2012 Big Ten Runner-Up

    184 - Kevin Steinhaus: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#5 x2, #7 and #8 seeds); 2012 Big Ten Champion, 3x Big Ten finalist

    197 - Brett Pfarr: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#2, #3, and #11 seeds); 2x NCAA All-American (2nd, 3rd); 2x Big Ten Runner-Up

    285 - Gable Steveson: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#1 x3 and #3 seeds); 2x NCAA Champion; 3x NCAA All-American (1st, 1st, 3rd); 3x Big Ten Champion


    Recruiting

    Number of Big Boarder's Per Year


    2022: #15 Troy Spratley (TX); #79 Hunter Lyden (MN); #195 Drayden Morten (MN)

    2021: #22 Bennett Tabor (MN); #47 Tagen Jamison (TX); #65 Blaine Brenner (WI); #67 Drew Roberts (ID); #92 Vance Vombaur (CO); #117 Jager Eisch (WI); #153 Gabe Nagel (MN); #229 Mason Gehloff (MN)

    2020: #39 Aaron Nagao (CA); #41 Andrew Sparks (CA); #45 Isaiah Salazar (CO); #142 Sam Skillings (WI)

    2019: #28 Devin Winston (MO); #44 Matt Ramos (IL)

    2018: #1 Gable Steveson (MN); #11 Brayton Lee (IN); #13 Patrick McKee (MN); #30 Ryan Thomas (OH); #84 Garrett Joles (WI)

    2017: #25 Jake Allar (MN)

    2016: #21 Mitchell McKee (MN); #37 Hunter Marko (WI); #101 Lucas Jeske (MN)

    2015: #12 Bobby Steveson (MN); #20 Fredy Stroker (IA); #21 Larry Early (IL)

    2014: #29 Tommy Thorn (MN); #37 Nathan Rose (MN); #60 Ethan Lizak (MN); #113 Jack Bass (VA); #141 Stephen Polkowski (IL)

    2013: #18 Jake Short (MN); #23 Nick Wanzek (MN); #120 Judson Preskitt (TX)

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