Gophers Celebrate 2018-19 Season at Awards Banquet

The University of Minnesota wrestling team capped off the 2018-19 season at its annual awards banquet on Sunday evening. After finishing fourth at the Big Ten Championships and eighth in the nation at the NCAA Championships, the Gophers had four All-American awards, 11 seniors, and plenty to celebrate with families and friends of the program.

All-American Awards
133-pound Ethan Lizak (7th)
141-pound Mitch McKee (6th)
174-pound Devin Skatzka (8th)
Heavyweight Gable Steveson (3rd)

Senior Honorees
197-pound Will Balow
157-pound James Berg
157-pound Steve Bleise
174-pound Brandon Krone
133-pound Ethan Lizak
157-pound Miles Patton
125-pound Skyler Petry
125-pound Steve Polakowski
125-pound Sean Russell
197-pound/Heavyweight Rylee Streifel
149-pound Tommy Thorn

Letterwinners
125-pound Sean Russell (28-6, 11-2 Dual, 14-4 B1G)
141-pound Brent Jones (7-7, 0-1 Dual, 1-1 B1G)
149-pound Jakob Bergeland (5-4, 2-2 B1G)
165-pound Jake Allar (19-5, 2-3 B1G)
174-pound Devin Skatzka (30-11, 13-4 Dual, 13-5 B1G)
174-pound Bailee O’Reilly (23-8, 1-4 B1G)
Heavyweight Gable Steveson (35-2, 17-0 Dual, 16-2 B1G)

Academic Awards
157-pound Miles Patton
174-pound Caden Steffen

Most Outstanding Wrestler
Heavyweight Gable Steveson (35-2, 17-0 Dual, 16-2 B1G)

Freshman of the Year
Heavyweight Gable Steveson (35-2, 17-0 Dual, 16-2 B1G)

Chris Berglin Most Improved Wrestler
174-pound Devin Skatzka (30-11, 13-4 Dual, 13-5 B1G)

Fraser Dean Most Courageous Wrestler
149-pound Tommy Thorn (21-12, 12-5 Dual, 9-3 B1G)

Most Dedicated Wrestler
125-pound Sean Russell (28-6, 11-2 Dual, 14-4 B1G)

Most Exciting
133-pound Ethan Lizak (32-7, 13-2 Dual, 17-5 B1G)

Most Falls (10)
141-pound Mitch McKee (24-8, 12-3 Dual, 14-6 B1G)

Verne Gagne Leadership
157-pound Steve Bleise (21-9, 11-4 Dual, 12-7 B1G)

Check out Gopher Wrestling at gophersports.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

View More College News

Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.