Maroon and Gold Add Five to 2024 Class

The Gopher wrestling program is pleased to announce the addition of five new commits in the 2024 graduating class. Sam Skillings, Brady Spaeth, Isaiah Salazar, Aaron Nagao, and Ben Lunn are all officially now Maroon and Gold grapplers.

Collectively, the new class represents four different states and has won multiple combined state titles.

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Gophers Earn Seven Daktronics Open Titles

Across the border in South Dakota at the Daktronics Open, the Minnesota wrestling team earned six bracket titles plus a round-robin title.

Pat McKee, Mitch McKee, Baylor Fernandes, Bailee O’Reilly, Owen Webster, and Bobby Steveson all won their brackets while Devin Skatzka came out on top of the 174-pound round robin.

At 141-pounds Mitch McKee continued his torrid start to the season at 141-pounds with his second Open title in as many weeks. McKee notched his fifth consecutive pin in the second round to put him in Gopher’s history when it comes to consecutive pins.

He joins Jayson Ness, Tommy Owen, Owen Elzen, Brock Lesnar, Tim Hartung, and Chad Kraft at that spot on the list.

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Purdue 22, North Dakota State 12

No. 25 Purdue Pushes Past Bison 22-12

FARGO, N.D. – Purdue University won seven of 10 matches including a pair of sudden victory decisions at 157 and 197 pounds to defeat North Dakota State 22-12 in a non-conference dual on Sunday, Nov. 17, before 509 in Scheels Center.

North Dakota State (1-1, 0-0 Big12) is scheduled to travel to Bloomington to take on Indiana University at 6 p.m. Central Time on Friday, November 22.

Purdue (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten) won the first three bouts including No. 7-ranked Kendall Coleman’s 8-6 sudden victory-1 decision over No. 33 Jared Franek. Coleman and Franek went back and forth in the first three periods before Coleman’s takedown midway in the extra session for the win and a 9-0 lead in the dual. Franek lost for the first time in six matches.

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Sloan wins Daktronics Open title

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Tanner Sloan won the 197-pound title Sunday to lead the South Dakota State wrestling team to a strong showing in the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.

A redshirt freshman from Alburnett, Iowa, the top-seeded and sixth-ranked Sloan won both of his matches in decisive fashion. After receiving a first-round bye, Sloan posted a pin of North Dakota State’s Cole Wetzig in 2 minutes, 41 seconds.

In the championship match against Minnesota’s Dylan Anderson, Sloan raced out to a 10-0 lead in the opening minutes of the match with a takedown and pair of four-point near-falls. He closed out the title bout with a 16-3 major decision.

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