Graduating Gophers: Brad Dolezal

The ability to jump into the lineup of a Division I wrestling team at a moment’s notice and compete against some of the best in the country may be underappreciated, but it doesn’t make it any less valuable. During the back-half of his Gopher career, Brad Dolezal filled this role in the middle weights for the Gophers, stepping in on late notice at both 157 and 165 pounds.

It requires the perfect attitude for someone as accomplished in his junior wrestling career as Dolezal, who won a cadet national title and Pan Am Games gold in Greco in addition to three Wisconsin state titles in folkstyle, to fill that integral need for a college program.

“It is a different mindset,” said Dolezal. “You just have to be ready. You never know when they are going to need you.” Continue reading at