By Matt Krumrie
The fact that the 2020 NCAA Division I season was canceled just before the national championships still stings for coaches, wrestlers, and fans. It hurts even more when your team was supposed to host the premiere event, only to see it shut down due to a pandemic.
It was just last March when the Minnesota Gophers were preparing to host the 2020 NCAA DI championships at U.S. Bank Stadium, in what were supposed to be the first championships ever held in a football stadium, and were likely to set NCAA wrestling championship attendance records.
Eight Minnesota wrestlers qualified for those championships. And then, like that, it was canceled because of the Coronavirus. Several of those wrestlers are back this year and looking to take their frustrations out on the mat in 2020-2021.
“We have a lot of guys returning from last season when we were going to host the NCAA Championships at US Bank Stadium," said head coach Brandon Eggum. "That’s when everything got shut down, and that opportunity was taken from them. So for them to get another chance to go out there and compete is something they are really looking forward to."