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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Tommy Askey to Join Gopher Wrestling Program

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota wrestling has added transfer Tommy Askey to the program, head coach Brandon Eggum announced Monday.

A native of Pine Bush, N.Y., Askey spent the past four seasons at Appalachian State, where he was a two-time SoCon champion and automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championships at 157 pounds. He finished with a record of 74-35 for the Mountaineers, including an unbeaten 15-0 mark in league duals the past two seasons, and was a two-time all-conference honoree.

“Tommy brings a fierce determination and a style perfectly suited for Minnesota Wrestling,” Eggum said. “His passion for the sport and eagerness to compete against the best are exactly what we look for in our athletes. We are excited to welcome him as a Golden Gopher.”

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Vance VomBaur goes from injury to victory

Vance VomBaur consistently failed before he finally reached an NCAA All-American title.

Vance VomBaur’s teammates were not supposed to be down on the mat watching him in the blood round at the 2024 NCAA wrestling tournament. He did not know how some of them even got there.

The feeling he had when he ran off the mat to his teammates after he defeated Josh Edmond from the University of Missouri, 8-5 in overtime, is one he said he will remember forever. VomBaur walked away from the mat as an NCAA All-American in the 141-pound weight class with a bloody mouth to prove it.

At the start of the season, VomBaur’s chances of being among the top eight wrestlers in the nation were minuscule. He underwent shoulder surgery and rehab entering the season before falling short in the finals to Gavin Drexler of North Dakota State University (NDSU) at the Bison Open, the Gophers’ season-opening tournament.

After the match, VomBaur said he called his dad – who offered words of encouragement – but VomBaur was more afraid of what his coaches were going to say. Continue reading at mndaily.com →

Minnesota Named to NWCA Team Scholar All-America

MINNEAPOLIS—The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced that Minnesota wrestling was among the programs named to the 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Team Scholar All-America top 30 rankings.

The Golden Gophers finished with a team GPA of 3.4170, good for 21st in Division I. Harvard took home team honors with a 3.6134 GPA, while only Northwestern (3.4818) and Michigan State (3.4308) ranked higher among schools in the Big Ten than Minnesota.

The Team Scholar All-America honor is just the latest classroom accolade for Minnesota.

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Eight Gophers Earn NWCA Scholar All-America Honors

MINNEAPOLIS — Eight members of the Minnesota wrestling program have been recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association for their work in the classroom and on the mat, the NWCA has announced.

Receiving honors for the Golden Gophers were sixth-year seniors Jake Gliva and Garrett Joles, senior Isaiah Salazar, redshirt junior Sam Skillings, redshirt sophomores Blaine Brenner, Drew Roberts, Vance VomBaur, and true freshman Tyler Wells.

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