Gophers open season at Daktronics Open

As the team did last season, Minnesota will kick off the 2016-17 campaign by sending almost its entire roster of wrestlers to the Warren Williamson / Daktronics Open in Brookings, S.D. on Sunday. Minnesota had 38 different wrestlers across all 10 weights in last year’s brackets, and similar numbers can be expected tomorrow.

The Gophers captured three individual titles at last year’s event: Tommy Thorn (141), Brett Pfarr (197) and Michael Kroells (285). Pfarr will not be in action on Sunday, as he will compete Saturday night at the NWCA All-Star Classic in Cleveland, Ohio.

minnlogoAlong with those three titles, Minnesota had seven additional top-three finishers. Brandon Kingsley (157) and Rylee Streifel (285) each finished as runners-up, while Sam Brancale (133), Fredy Stroker (149), Larry Early III (157), Nick Wanzek (174) and Chris Pfarr (184) all took third.

Action is set to get underway from Frost Arena at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning. Fans can follow live stats for all tournament matches at For updates throughout the day about how Gopher wrestlers are faring, follow Gopher Wrestling (@GopherWrestling) on Twitter. A recap of the action will be here on following the tournament’s conclusion. is your home for all Gopher Wrestling news from the season’s first matches this weekend to the final bouts in March. Whether you’re looking for open tournament results, dual recaps, features on the wrestlers you’re seeing on the mat each week or team stats, we will have it all for you right here. Be sure to follow Gopher Wrestling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

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