Minnesota Golden Gophers wrestling
|Minnesota Golden Gophers|
|University||University of Minnesota|
|Head Coach||Brandon Eggum (7th season)|
|Colors||Maroon and gold|
|Team national championships|
|National championship years|
|2001, 2002, 2007|
|NCAA individual champions|
|23 (by 18 athletes)|
|195 (by 100 athletes)|
|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. Three-time Golden Gopher wrestling All-American Brandon Eggum was named as head coach following Robinson's departure.
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.
- NCAA Division I: 2001, 2002, 2007
- Big Ten Conference: 1910, 1912, 1913, 1941, 1957, 1959, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007
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
The Gophers have had eighteen NCAA individual champions. Five of those were two-time champions.
- John Whitaker: 1937
- Dale Hanson: 1939 (Most Valuable Wrestler)
- Leonard Levy: 1941
- Verne Gagne: 1948, 1949
- Dick Mueller: 1953
- Evan Johnson: 1976
- Pat Neu: 1977
- Marty Morgan: 1991
- Tim Hartung: 1998, 1999
- Brock Lesnar: 2000
- Luke Becker: 2002
- Jared Lawrence: 2002
- Damion Hahn: 2003, 2004
- Dustin Schlatter: 2006
- Cole Konrad: 2006, 2007
- Jayson Ness: 2010
- Tony Nelson: 2012, 2013
- Gable Steveson: 2021, 2022
Dan Hodge Trophy
- Verne Gagne, 1948
- Alan Rice, 1956
- Dan Chandler, 1976, 1980, 1984
- J Evan Johnson, 1976
- Jim Martinez, Bronze medalist 1984
- Evan Bernstein, 1988 for Israel
- Brandon Paulson, Silver medalist 1996
- Gordy Morgan, 9th place 1996
- Garrett Lowney, Bronze medalist 2000
- Jacob Deitchler, 12th place Beijing 2008
- Gable Steveson, Gold medalist 2020
Notable Golden Gopher wrestlers
- Evan Bernstein – Olympian in Greco-Roman wrestling at 1988 Summer Olympics
- Dan Chandler – Olympian in Greco-Roman wrestling at 1976 and 1984 Summer Olympics
- Jake Deitchler – Olympian in Greco-Roman wrestling at 2008 Summer Olympics
- Verne Gagne – two-time NCAA Champion
- Cole Konrad – MMA fighter, first Bellator Heavyweight World Champion, two-time NCAA Champion and three-time finalist
- Nik Lentz – UFC fighter
- Brock Lesnar – UFC Heavyweight Champion, professional wrestler, NCAA Champion and two-time finalist
- Leonard Levy – National Football League player, professional wrestler, NCAA Champion
- Garrett Lowney – Olympic bronze medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling at 2000 Summer Olympics
- James Martinez – Olympic bronze medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling at 1984 Summer Olympics, NCAA All-American
- Gordy Morgan – Olympian in Greco-Roman wrestling at 1996 Summer Olympics, NCAA All-American
- Marty Morgan – NCAA Champion at Minnesota
- Brandon Paulson – Olympic silver medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling at 1996 Summer Olympics, NCAA All-American
- Alan Rice – Olympian in Greco-Roman wrestling at 1956 Summer Olympics
- Dustin Schlatter – NCAA Champion and three-time All-American
- Gable Stevenson – Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling at 2020 Summer Olympics, professional wrestler, two-time NCAA Champion and three-time All-American
- Jacob Volkmann – UFC fighter, three-time NCAA All-American
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