Gopher Freshman Focus: Tyler Wells

There are seven newcomers to the Minnesota wrestling team for the 2023-24 season. In order to get to know them better, is doing Q&As with each. Up next, Tyler Wells, a freshman from Princeton, Minn. Wells was a four-time state champion at Princeton High School, one of 31 to accomplish the feat, and finished with a career record of 162-1 for a winning percentage of .994, the best in state history.

Wells is 9-2 overall this season at 133 pounds in his freshman season, including a 3-1 record in duals and a 2-0 mark in Big Ten competition. Among his season highlights, he made his Gopher debut by winning the 133-pound title at the Bison Open and won his first dual match in an upset of then-No. 17 Kurt Phipps of Bucknell. Continue reading at →

Tyler Wells Added to 2023 Recruiting Class

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota wrestling has added another piece to its 2023 recruiting class as Tyler Wells has signed a National Letter of Intent, head coach Brandon Eggum announced Friday.

Wells becomes the fifth member of a class that includes previously announced Rhett Koenig, Max McEnelly, Gavin Nelson, and Ethan Riddle. A Princeton, Minn., native, Wells joins McEnelly (Waconia) and Nelson (Inver Grove Heights) as in-state products.

“We are excited to add Tyler to an already great recruiting class,” Eggum said. “Tyler is a four-time Minnesota state champion and holds the best career winning percentage for the state of Minnesota. It’s always our goal to keep the best in-state kids home and are excited for the opportunity for Tyler to compete for his home state.”

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Princeton’s Tyler Wells earns his 4th state title

ST. PAUL – There was no doubt in Princeton senior wrestler Tyler Wells’ mind who was going to win between him and Marshall’s Dylan Louwagie in the Minnesota State High School League’s Class AA state individual championship match at 132-pounds on Saturday, March 4, at the Xcel Center.

“Every time I step out on the mat, I tell myself I am the best in the world, so I knew I was going to win that match, just how badly was I going to win,” said Wells.

Wells, of course, was right as the senior wrestler claimed his fourth state title, dominating Louwagie to a 19-7 victory by major decision. The victory closed an undefeated season for Wells at 38-0

The senior Princeton product winning his fourth title caught nobody by surprise. For Wells, he starts the season rolling and never stops until he is crowned champ, said coach Brian Hellman. Continue reading at →

The Guillotine – January 19, 2023

The January 19, 2023 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Building Culture By Building Family – Richard Schlotfeldt and Andover Wrestling | Less Is More – Tyler Wells | Lace ‘Em Up | Camps, Clinics, and Training | MWCA Update | Officially Speaking | High School Rankings | Performance Nutrition – Diets | Ask The Doc | View From The Matbird Seat.

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Less Is More – Tyler Wells

By Brian Jerzak

I was focused on the AA mat when I settled into my seat at the Xcel Energy Center, ready to watch the 132 championship matches. In my mind, it was the marquee matchup of the 2022 state wrestling tournament. As the whistle blew to start the match, I thought, “I bet I am doing a story next year on whoever wins this match.” Here we are, months later, and I am writing about three-time state champion Tyler Wells.

Wells’ journey to join the exclusive “three-time state champions” club and his continued journey to the even more exclusive “four-timers” club has followed a different path than most multi-champion wrestlers I have talked to walk. If you look at their TrackWrestling profiles, most guys have results from multiple tournaments each year. Not so for Wells. For the three-time champion, less is more.

“I was in first or second grade when I started wrestling,” Wells said. “My mom got me into wrestling because she was looking for a way to have me burn off energy—what would be better than wrestling?”

Wells’ “less is more” philosophy started right away.

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