MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota wrestling team honored its 2022-23 squad at its recent awards banquet.
Redshirt senior Michael Blockhus was named Most Improved. He went from 17-15 in 2021-22 to a 21-8 record last season at 149 pounds and earned All-America honors for the first time in his career as he claimed eighth place at the NCAA Championships. He also improved to 5-3 in the Big Ten this season after a 2-6 mark last year. Four of his five career pins came this year.
Blockhus was also recognized with the Upperclassmen Academic Award along with junior Isaiah Salazar and redshirt sophomore Sam Skillings. All three earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, while Salazar was also named an Academic All-District honoree from the College Sports Communicators.
Salazar was also co-winner of the Verne Gagne Leadership Award along with sixth-year senior Bailee O’Reilly. Salazar went 20-4 in his second season as a starter for Minnesota at 184 pounds and tallied a 2-2 record at the NCAA Championships. O’Reilly, meanwhile, closed out his Gopher career with a 20-7 record in his final season, and also went 2-2 at NCAAs. Like Salazar, O’Reilly was also an Academic All-Big Ten selection and an Academic All-District pick.
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