Minnesota today announced that Owen Webster will join the team this fall as part of the program’s current recruiting class. Webster competed for Division III Augsburg in Minneapolis this past season after a high school career at Shakopee (Minn.) High School.
Last season at Augsburg, Webster took third in the country at 184 pounds as a true freshman at the NCAA Championships. He won his weight at the NCAA Division III Regional, the last in a long line of tournament wins for Webster during his rookie season with the Auggies. During the regular season, Webster won or reached the championship bout in several open tournaments.
A 2014 Minnesota state champ, Webster made a name for himself on the Olympic-style circuit as a high-schooler, winning USA Wrestling Nationals in 2014 wrestling Greco at 160 pounds and finishing as the freestyle runner-up at that same weight. At UWW Nationals in 2015, Webster flipped that order, finishing as the Greco runner-up but capturing the cadet national title at 85 kilograms. As a member of the United States’ World Cadet team that year, Webster won a bronze medal. He also won USA Wrestling’s 2016 junior national freestyle title at 182 pounds.
Webster is the seventh member of the incoming recruiting class for the Gophers. He joins three signees from the November signing period (Jakob Bergeland, Alex Crowe, and Brent Jones) and three more from the April signing period (Jake Allar, Bailee O’Reilly, and Tyler Watterson).