Introducing: Jared Krattiger

The Wisconsin native is looking to have no regrets after his career is finished in a Gopher singlet

Recently, Jared Krattiger announced that he would be taking his talents across the border to join Minnesota for the 2021-2022 season. The Waterford, Wis. native spent his first three collegiate seasons competing for B1G rival Wisconsin, where he compiled a 13-22 record, including a 9th-place finish at the B1G Tournament at 174 pounds last season.

Coming out of high school, Krattiger posted a 192-5 prep record, which includes becoming a 2018 WIAA State Champion as well as a four-time placewinner. Jared was also a 2016 Cadet Folkstyle national champion and a Cadet Freestyle state champion.

Now making his way to Dinkytown this fall, Jared is poised to make big strides in his first season in the Maroon & Gold, adding to an already experienced Gopher squad. Continue reading at →

Top-Ranked Cody Chittum Picks Minnesota

It only took two days after the recruiting period opened up for one of the biggest shoes to drop. Cody Chittum (Cleveland, TN) the top-ranked 145 lber in the country has given a verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota per his social media. Chittum will surely be one of the top sophomores in the nation during MatScouts updated Big Board for the Class of 2023.

Chittum was selected to wrestle in “Who’s #1” last fall and earned an 8-5 victory over Iowa-signee Wyatt Henson. He was the only sophomore invited to the event. Also in the fall, Chittum turned heads at the Elite 8 Duals when he moved up to 160 lbs and took out Arizona State signee Cael Valencia. Chittum also challenged Dean Hamiti, who finished the year #5 on the Big Board. That result didn’t go Chittum’s way, but his desire to bump up and compete against top-level talent like Valencia and Hamiti spoke volumes. Continue reading at →

Gophers Wrap Up Competition at UWW U23 Nationals

Four Golden Gophers placed at this weekend’s UWW U23 National Championships in Lincoln, Neb. Cael Carlson and Boo Dryden finished in third and fifth place, respectively, in Thursday’s Greco-Roman competition. Brayton Lee and Matt Ramos placed third and seventh, respectively, in freestyle on Saturday.

Carlson won four of five matches in the 77kg Greco-Roman bracket, including a 6-0 win against Jack Ervien, Jr., in the third-place match. Dryden battled back from a first round loss to finish 3-2, including a 12-3 win in the 60kg fifth-place match against Thomas Hicks.

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Steveson to Compete at Senior Pan American Championships

Minnesota heavyweight Gable Steveson will make his senior international debut on Sunday at the Pan American Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Steveson will be one of 11 members of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in the tournament.

Steveson will take part in a pool round-robin on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. with semifinals and the finals slated for later in the day. As part of Group A, he will face opponents from Canada, Colombia and Guatemala. Group B will feature competitors from Argentina, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

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Gophers Set to Compete at 2021 UWW U23 Nationals

Fifteen Golden Gopher wrestlers will compete at the 2021 UWW U23 National Championships this week at the Bob Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. The champion at each weight class in Greco-Roman and freestyle will represent Team USA at the UWW U23 World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in November.

Leading the Minnesota contingent are NCAA All-Americans Patrick McKee and Brayton Lee. McKee finished third at the 2021 NCAA Championships and earned the tournament’s Gorriaran Award for most pins (3) in the shortest amount of time.

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