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 →

Gopher Round Table: Isaiah Salazar and Vance VomBaur

Welcome to Gopher Round Table, presented by Affinity Plus! An all-new podcast series where Gopher student-athletes sit down and chat with their peers.

In episode 6, Elizabeth Overberg of Gopher Soccer is joined by Isaiah Salazar and Vance VomBaur of Gopher Wrestling. Isaiah, Vance, and Elizabeth preview tonight’s dual against rival Wisconsin and share some of their favorite moments from their time on campus.

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Meet The Gopher Freshmen: Vance VomBaur

With the season just about to get underway we have finally made it to the final “Meet the Freshman” feature for the incoming Class of 2021. This week’s featured freshman is two-time Colorado state champion and Top-100 recruit in the nation Vance VomBaur.

GopherSports: Why did you choose the University of Minnesota?

VomBaur: A lot of it had to do with the coaches. A lot of injuries kept me from competing so I never was able to showcase my potential, but I felt like the coaches here at Minnesota believed in me like I believe in myself. That’s probably the biggest reason why, but they promised me that they are going to help me get to my full potential. Continue reading at →