Brancale starts at 133

Redshirt junior Sam Brancale has stepped into the starting role at 133 pounds for the Gophers after being injured for much of last year.

Brancale has started both the Gopher Duals and the Northeast Duals for the Gophers at 133 pounds and was 4-2 overall at the two events.

“I think [Brancale] is getting some consistency in his wrestling, and that comes with being in the lineup all the time,” head coach J Robinson said. “He’s also up a weight class, where weight isn’t such a factor as it has been in the past, and I think he can concentrate more on his technique and wrestling hard, and I think that has been very beneficial for him this year.” Continue reading at