Gophers Wrap Up Season at NCAAs

Both of Minnesota’s All-Americans finish their seasons with victories in the medal rounds

Minnesota wrapped up the 2015-16 season on Saturday afternoon following the penultimate session of the NCAA Championships. The team’s two All-Americans, Brett Pfarr and Michael Kroells, were the last two Gophers on the mat, each competing in the tournament’s medal rounds. Pfarr, a first-time All-American at 197 pounds, finished third, while Kroells, a two-time All-American heavyweight, finished seventh. Minnesota sits in 17th place in the team race following Session V, with 26 points. The team’s final placement will be updated following tonight’s session.

“We brought five guys to the tournament and we had two All-Americans. You have to be grateful you got those two All-Americans,” said head coach J Robinson. “But then you have to reflect on where we are and what we need to do. Obviously, we have a long way to go. We have to go back and we’re going to have to change some things. It’ll be an interesting spring.” Continue reading

Two Gophers become All-Americans at NCAAS

The Gophers continued a streak more than three decades-long on Friday when 197-pounder Brett Pfarr and heavyweight Michael Kroells secured top-eight finishes at the NCAA Championships in New York City. Minnesota has now produced at least one All-American in 31 consecutive seasons, a run that spans the duration of head coach J Robinson’s 30-year tenure at the helm of the program.

Minnesota wrapped up its second day at Madison Square Garden tied for 21st with 19.5 team points. Both Pfarr and Kroells will wrestle on Saturday, the tournament’s final day, looking to help Minnesota improve on that position. Continue reading

Jackrabbit wrestlers end season at NCAAs

NEW YORK – The South Dakota State University wrestling team wrapped up a successful season Friday at the NCAA Division I Championships contested at Madison Square Garden.

The Jackrabbits entered the second day of the national tournament with four of their school-record five national qualifiers still in contention; however, the Jackrabbits went a combined 2-5 in competition on Friday. Continue reading

NDSU Run Ends at NCAA Wrestling Championships

NEW YORK CITY — North Dakota State University’s run at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships ended during Session IV on Friday, March 18, before a sellout crowd of 17,899 at Madison Square Garden.

North Dakota State 125 Josh Rodriguez lost in the consolation bracket fourth round, 184 Hayden Zillmer dropped an overtime decision in the third round and 149 Clay Ream dropped a major decision in the second round.

Rodriguez lost by fall at 2:26 to No. 9-seed Dylan Peters of Northern Iowa. Rodriguez finishes the season with a 36-10 record. He was 3-2 at the NCAA tournament this year and 5-4 overall. Continue reading