Whiting Added to Gopher’s Wrestling Roster

MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota wrestling has expanded its 2024-25 roster, welcoming Clayton Whiting from Oconto Falls, Wis., and the University of Missouri.

Whiting comes to Minnesota after two years competing at 184 pounds with the Tigers, during which time he posted a 25-5 overall record.

“We are excited to welcome Clayton to the Minnesota Wrestling program,” Minnesota head coach Brandon Eggum said. “Clayton was a top recruit in his class and has had success at every level, now he gets the opportunity to compete in the premier wrestling conference. With his hunger for success and a commitment to training, he’s poised to make a significant impact and will be a great fit with our team.”

This past season as a redshirt freshman, Whiting went 10-3 overall, including an 8-3 record in duals. Five of his wins were by major decision, three were by tech fall, and he added one by pin.

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Gopher Wrestling Sending Five to U.S. Open Championships

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota wrestling will be represented by five Gophers this week at the 2024 U.S. Open Championships in Las Vegas.

Max McEnelly, Brandon Morvari, Gavin Nelson, and Tyler Wells are all scheduled to compete in the U20 Freestyle competition, while Rhett Koenig is set to take part in both U20 Freestyle and Greco-Roman. All five were true freshmen for Minnesota last season.

The U.S. Open Championships takes place April 24-28 at the South Point Casino and will be streamed on FloWrestling.

Koenig will open the competition Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT with his Greco-Roman tournament, while the Freestyle portion of the event runs Friday and Saturday.

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Pat Smith Set for 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling

MINNEAPOLIS – Former Gopher wrestler Pat Smith is set to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling this weekend with eyes on the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics later this summer.

The two-day event runs Friday and Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. Action begins Friday morning at 9 a.m. CT with the Challenge Tournament preliminaries, quarterfinals and consolation rounds. The semifinals and finals take place Friday night beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday features the final best-of-three championship series starting at 9 a.m. CT and continuing at 5:30 p.m. Peacock and USA Network will provide streaming and linear coverage, while TrackWrestling will have live results.

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