MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota wrestling senior Jake Bergeland has announced that he will elect to return to the program for an additional year of competition next season.
The Hugo, Minn., native will be exercising his extra year of eligibility, which was granted under NCAA guidelines due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bergeland was one of the more fascinating stories in all of collegiate wrestling last season, going from relatively unknown to a 2022 NCAA All-American at 141 pounds earlier this March. In his first season as a starter for the Maroon & Gold, Bergeland posted a 24-9 record on the season, including 12 wins over ranked opponents and a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Detroit.
His career marks currently sit at a record of 57-25, with 22 bonus-point victories and a 5-4 record in dual competition.
Now heading into the 2022-23 season, there will be lofty expectations for the sixth-year senior as Bergeland heads into next year as the fourth-highest returning NCAA placewinner and will also be one of the leaders of a deep Golden Gopher program that will return nine starters from a season ago.
Dates and opponents for the 2022-23 season are still yet to be announced.