Minnesota Golden Gophers wrestling

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Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota Golden Gophers logo.svg
UniversityUniversity of Minnesota
Head CoachBrandon Eggum (7th season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationMinneapolis, MN
ArenaMaturi Pavilion
(Capacity: 5,700)
ColorsMaroon and gold[1]
Team national championships
National championship years
2001, 2002, 2007
NCAA individual champions
23 (by 18 athletes)
195 (by 100 athletes)
Conference championships
94 (by 61 athletes)
Conference Tournament championships
1910, 1912, 1913, 1941, 1957, 1959, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are a Division I college wrestling team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are a member of the Big Ten Conference and NCAA. Wrestling began at the University of Minnesota in 1910, but the first formal dual meet was not until 1921 when coach Frank Gilman led the team to a victory over Wisconsin. The Gophers have won the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships team title three times, in 2001, 2002, and 2007.

J Robinson served as head coach for the team for thirty years, leading the Golden Gophers to three national championships until he was fired in 2016 over his handling of a prescription drug scandal involving his wrestlers.[2] Three-time Golden Gopher wrestling All-American Brandon Eggum was named as head coach following Robinson's departure.[3]

Home meets[edit]

Home meets are held in the 5,700-seat Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis. When large crowds are expected, meets are held in Williams Arena, capacity 14,321. This often happens for matches against archrivals Iowa and Oklahoma State. Several home matches each year are televised by the Big Ten Network. The school has also used Target Center in downtown Minneapolis for some matches.

Team championships[edit]

The 2001 team has two unique distinctions: All ten wrestlers in each weight class earned All-American (top eight) status and the school won the national team championship despite not having a single finalist.

NCAA individual champions[edit]

The Gophers have had eighteen NCAA individual champions. Five of those were two-time champions.

Dan Hodge Trophy[edit]


Notable Golden Gopher wrestlers[edit]


  1. ^ "Colors and Type – University Relations – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities". August 26, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2022.
  2. ^ Fuller, Marcus; Christensen, Joe (September 8, 2016). "J Robinson fired by University of Minnesota after 30 years as wrestling coach". Star Tribune.
  3. ^ "Brandon Eggum". University of Minnesota.
  4. ^ "Jayson Ness Wins Hodge Trophy". University of Minnesota Athletics. March 26, 2010. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
  5. ^ "Jayson Ness Wins Hodge Trophy". TheGuillotine.com. March 26, 2010. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-17.

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