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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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