Vance VomBaur goes from injury to victory

Vance VomBaur consistently failed before he finally reached an NCAA All-American title.

Vance VomBaur’s teammates were not supposed to be down on the mat watching him in the blood round at the 2024 NCAA wrestling tournament. He did not know how some of them even got there.

The feeling he had when he ran off the mat to his teammates after he defeated Josh Edmond from the University of Missouri, 8-5 in overtime, is one he said he will remember forever. VomBaur walked away from the mat as an NCAA All-American in the 141-pound weight class with a bloody mouth to prove it.

At the start of the season, VomBaur’s chances of being among the top eight wrestlers in the nation were minuscule. He underwent shoulder surgery and rehab entering the season before falling short in the finals to Gavin Drexler of North Dakota State University (NDSU) at the Bison Open, the Gophers’ season-opening tournament.

After the match, VomBaur said he called his dad – who offered words of encouragement – but VomBaur was more afraid of what his coaches were going to say. Continue reading at →

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