NCAA announces the 2020 NCAA wrestling award winners

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released the winners and final standings for the 2020 NCAA wrestling awards in Divisions I, II and III.

The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes who have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular season, conference tournaments and NCAA super regionals.

Leading the way as the Most Dominant Wrestler in each division are Spencer Lee of Iowa in Division I, Jared Campbell of Notre Dame (Ohio) in Division II and Troy Stanich of Stevens in Division III.

The award for most falls went to Jacob Schwarm of the University of Northern Iowa with 16 in Division I, Hayden Bronne of Tiffin in Division II with 20 and Marvin Cunningham of Johnson & Wales University (Providence) with 24.

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Gopher’s Seniors Close Out Careers Unceremoniously

With the 2019-20 season now suddenly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look back at our seven seniors who have closed out their careers in Maroon and Gold.

With over 300 combined victories, 150 bonus point victories, and 13 NCAA Tournament qualifications, this senior class has left an indelible mark in program history.

Now, we take a look at each individual Gophers senior and the accomplishments they racked up in Dinkytown. Plus, their thoughts on what wearing the Maroon and Gold singlet so special.

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Gable Steveson Named Hodge Trophy Finalist

MINNEAPOLIS – Sophomore heavyweight Gable Steveson has been named a finalist for The WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, the organization announced on Friday.

Steveson, the 2020 Big Ten Heavyweight champion, finished the season undefeated with a 15-0 record featuring victories over wrestler ranked 2,3,5,7,18,19, 23, and 25 in his weight class. Eleven of those 15 victories came by bonus points, including four first period pins that each came quicker than the one prior.

Now up to 17 straight victories dating back to last year, Steveson owns a 50-2 record through two seasons with the highest winning percentage of any Gopher wrestler with at least 50 victories (.962).

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Minneapolis hoping Wrestling Championships, other national college tournaments can be held here soon

The Gophers and Sports Minneapolis have bid for wrestling again and other national tournaments.

If the world were operating like business as usual, Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium might have gone something like this:

• Gophers heavyweight Gable Steveson would have advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Wrestling Championships on the strength of two dominant victories, with coach Brandon Eggum showing him the way.

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Gophers’ receive draws, Brackets released for 2020 NCAA Championships

The brackets have been released for the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Championships and the eight Gophers qualifiers now know their paths to the championship at next week’s tournament.

Heavyweight Gable Steveson leads the Maroon and Gold at the top of his weight class after a 15-0 season with victories over three of the top-five heavyweight wrestlers. Steveson will face the winner of the “pigtail bout” between Northern Iowa’s Max Ihry and Clarion’s Tyler Bagoly.

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NCAA President Mark Emmert’s statement on limiting attendance at NCAA events

The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance. While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.

-NCAA President Mark Emmert