Gophers Add Dawson Johnson to Signing Class

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota wrestling added another member to its 2024 signing class Tuesday with the addition of Dawson Johnson, who signed a letter of acceptance with the Golden Gophers.

Johnson attends Cumberland High School in Cumberland, Wis., and recently claimed his fourth state championship, as he won the DIII, 138-pound title to cap an undefeated senior season at 58-0. According to news reports, he is now just the 29th wrestler in Wisconsin history to win four individual state titles. Last season, Johnson took home the crown at 126 pounds after winning at 120 pounds as a sophomore and 106 pounds as a freshman.

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Penn State goes wire-to-wire atop Coaches Poll, ends dual season 12-0

With 639 duals involving Division I men’s wrestling teams in 2023-24 now complete, Penn State closed the regular as the only unbeaten and a wire-to-wire unanimous No. 1 as the final NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll of the season was released on Tuesday.

Penn State (12-0) finished out the regular season with a 55-0 home win over Edinboro to run its dual meet win streak to 54 in a row. The Nittany Lions will start next season with the fourth-longest win streak in major college wrestling history.

Iowa returned to No. 2 after heading to Stillwater, Oklahoma, and taming then-No. 2 Oklahoma State 22-9 in front of over 13,000 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena in the third-largest dual meet crowd in school history. Oklahoma State dropped back to fourth this week.

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Trinity School at River Ridge, Minneapolis Roosevelt, and Anoka are top MWCA Academic Teams

Each year, coaches look at their post-season roster and take ten of those individuals to compile their team GPA. These teams can either qualify for a Silver Award (3.00-3.49) or Gold Award (3.5+) cumulative GPA.

This season, Class A was led by Trinity School at River Ridge, with a 10-member cumulative team GPA of 3.985. The top team in Class AA was Minneapolis Roosevelt, with a 3.975 cumulative GPA. Class AAA was led by Anoka with a 3.860 GPA.

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Minnesota Wrestling Round Table

Listen to the latest episode of the Minnesota Wrestling Round Table Podcast brought to you by KNUJ Radio out of New Ulm, Minn.

Brandon Eggum Joins the podcast, Corey Olson from NYWA joins….and you don’t want to miss the conversation from Adam Bartels, Larry “the Sod Buster” Baumbardt, Jim Augustin, Cathy Koob, and Jim Bartels. State High School Tourney chatter and more.

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