Gophers Wrestling 2023-24 Season

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Wrestling unveils Full 2023-24 schedule at this link:



Here is the roster, including some exciting freshmen and returning contenders:



Season tickets are only $70:

 

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Wrestling unveils Full 2023-24 schedule at this link:



Here is the roster, including some exciting freshmen and returning contenders:



Season tickets are only $70:

Season Tickets for only $70.00 is a steal. Some good young additions to the squad but it will be a struggle to finish any higher than 5th place in the B10 this year.

I wonder how many more disappointing seasons Eggum can survive. Falling farther behind PSU and Iowa while programs like OSU, Michigan and Wisconsin move ahead.
 

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Incoming freshman Max McEnelly is going to be great. He will need a little time.

This preview was posted elsewhere, adding it to this thread:



Penn State is a NIL machine. They went on a transfer portal spree with volleyball, football that is a top 3 elite power in Big Ten, wrestling, and more.



Minnesota Wrestling has such a strong history, especially with heavyweights, that I have to think they can navigate this new college environment better than others. NIL has changed everything.

Here are the D1 player rankings by Flowrestling. Makes me wince to see Penn State with so many players:


We will see.
 

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the U as a top program may be over. Nagao going from the U to PSU is just the latest example of this shrinking program. other programs are attracting top wrestlers to transfer in, and the U is not
 

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The NIL era.

Ohio State AD says football recruits asking $5,000 just to visit campus.



Since Gophers wrestling tickets are so cheap, maybe we can go to DinkyTown Athletes and pitch in a little NIL to Gophers players.

 


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Top Wrestlers Coming to Minnesota Gophers

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Koy Hopke, Amery (Wisconsin), junior


Also a standout football player, the well-rounded Minnesota commit is a three-time state champion heavyweight (220) who took gold in Greco-Roman and freestyle at last summer’s U17 Pan-American Championships. He's SBLive's No. 1 wrestler in the nation at 285 pounds.

Max McEnelly, Waconia (Minnesota), senior

After his 132-match high school winning streak came to an end in December, he went on to win his fourth Minnesota state championship at 195. The future Minnesota wrestler is also a standout football player who rushed for 31 touchdowns last fall. He's Mr. Minnesota Wrestler of the Year and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame named him a winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence award for his achievement as a wrestlers, student and citizen. McEnelly also earned the bronze at last summer’s U17 World Championships.

Gavin Nelson, Simley (Minnesota), senior

Another multi-sport star, Nelson is a play-every-down football player and a wrestling leader for Simley. He is a two-time state champion who has signed to wrestle for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Nelson won his third state title in March and is one of the top wrestling prospects in the country.



The school that produced legendary heavyweights like Verne Gagne, Brock Lesnar, Garrett Lowney, Cole Konrad, Tony Nelson, and Gable Steveson has its next big man. The University of Minnesota received a verbal commitment from the #3 overall recruit in the Class of 2024 Koy Hopke (Amery, WI).

In MatScouts most recent ranking update (without the Class of 2023), Hopke is the top-ranked wrestler at 285 lbs and #2 overall in the pound-for-pound rankings....

He'll be the centerpiece of a Minnesota Class of 2024 that already includes two other wrestlers in the top-100, #22 Charlie Millard (WI) and #79 Jack Nelson (MN), along with one that just missed #104 Blake Beissel (WI). The Gophers have typically recruited Wisconsin well and Hopke would be the third wrestler from Wisconsin in the class.



Max McEnelly, is ranked as the No. 8 recruit in MatScouts' Class of 2023 Big Board....

Gavin Nelson hails from Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and is a two-time state champion for Simley high school under head coach and Gopher alumni Will Short... the second-ranked pound-for-pound wrestler in Minnesota per TheGuillotine. Nelson is also a highly-touted recruit nationally as the No. 23 wrestler in MatScouts Class of 2023 Big Board.

"Gavin is another one of those highly-touted recruits in the nation, and we're really happy to have him in a Gopher singlet," said Coach Eggum. "He's one of those guys that committed to us early on in the process, and we've really been able to build a strong relationship with him. He's been determined since a young age to excel in our sport and win at the highest level, and we've been really impressed with his drive and desire to get better each and every day."

Ethan Riddle comes out of Germantown, Wis. Riddle earned his first Wisconsin state title at 160 pounds in Division-I and is... MatScouts puts Riddle at No. 138 in the Class of 2023 Big Board.... Rhett Koenig, hailing out of Prairie Du Chien, Wis. Koenig is a three-time Wisconsin state champion in Division-III, and currently holds a 119-9 career prep record. Koenig also excels academically, sitting at the top of his class with a 4.0 GPA.


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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.... "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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Minnesota Gophers Wrestling is an historically strong wrestling program. Don't count out Minnesota. NIL is a challenge in the new today. Minnesota Wrestling will be strong.


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interesting bison open for the gophers.

Tyler Wells and Max McEnelly were amazing. Tyler was originally committed to St Cloud State but switched to the U. At 133 he's going to push Gliva for that starting spot

McEnelly crushed all his opponents. It will be interesting to see what the U does at 184 with NcEnelly and Salazar being two of their best wrestlers
 



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interesting bison open for the gophers.

Tyler Wells and Max McEnelly were amazing. Tyler was originally committed to St Cloud State but switched to the U. At 133 he's going to push Gliva for that starting spot

McEnelly crushed all his opponents. It will be interesting to see what the U does at 184 with NcEnelly and Salazar being two of their best wrestlers


 



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The #Gophers home opener Sunday is also Military Appreciation Day! All current military members and veterans can receive a discounted ticket to the dual; visit the ticket office on the day of the dual to receive the discounted ticket.

Promos/Tickets: https://z.umn.edu/WRPromos


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against south dakota state. can we trade coaches during the match? Damion Hahn please
 

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MINNEAPOLIS -- After opening the dual season with a 3-0 East Coast road trip, No. 13 Minnesota hosts No. 12 South Dakota State in its home opener Sunday at Maturi Pavilion. The match is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. and will be available to stream on B1G+ with live results on TrackWrestling.com.

Minnesota leads the all-time series with South Dakota State, 27-5, including 11 straight wins dating to 1977. The teams have met each season since the 2015-16 campaign, except for 2020-21 when the Gophers faced a conference-only slate.

The Golden Gophers are looking to win their season opener for the second straight year after topping Binghamton, 19-15, to open 2022-23. Minnesota has won four straight home openers since the 2019-20 season.
u Since the beginning of last season, Minnesota has won six of its last seven home duals at Maturi Pavilion.

South Dakota State is led by head coach Damion Hahn, a two-time NCAA champion and four-time All-American for Minnesota (2000-04). A three-time Big Ten champion, Hahn was the conference's Male Athlete of the Year in 2004. He was inducted into the University of Minnesota's M Club Hall of Fame in 2018.

Last season in Brookings, trailing 16-7 with four bouts remaining, the Gophers rattled off four-straight decision victories to complete the comeback and beat No. 24 South Dakota State, 19-16. Isaiah Salazar won with a major decision victory over Bennett Berge, 12-0 at 184 pounds, while Patrick McKee defeated Tanner Jordan by a 7-3 decision at 125 pounds. The match of the night came at 141 pounds, where Vance VomBaur upset former All-American and sixth-ranked Clay Carlson by a score of 6-4. With the dual on the line, Michael Blockhus closed out the comeback win with a 4-1 decision victory over Alek Martin at 157 pounds.

Sunday's dual could feature as many as five ranked matchups, according to Intermat, with the Golden Gophers having the edge at 125 pounds with No. 6 Patrick McKee taking on No. 22 Tanner Jordan, as well as at 184 pounds with No. 7 Isaiah Salazar facing No. 19 Bennett Berge. In addition, Minnesota has the advantage on paper at 133, 141 and 149 with No. 20 Jake Gliva, #31 Vance VomBaur and No. 19 Drew Roberts, respectively, taking on unranked Jackrabbit foes.

PARKING ADVISORY
Fans arriving on campus should park in the Gold, Ski-U-Mah, Victory, or Gopher surface lots east of Huntington Bank Stadium or the Oak Street or Fourth Street Parking Ramps south and west of 3M Arena at Mariucci. Limited ADA space is available at University Avenue Ramp for fans with the appropriate state issued handicap designated tag or pass.

FAN PROMOTIONS
Military Appreciation:
All current military members and veterans can receive a discounted ticket to the dual. Visit the ticket office on the day of the dual to receive your discounted ticket.

Pre-match Youth Clinic: For $12, your child will receive a ticket to the dual and a chance to participate in a pre-match youth clinic taught by the Gophers. All participants will receive a Gopher Wrestling water bottle.

IN THE POLLS
The Golden Gophers moved up one spot in the latest NWCA Coaches Poll from 14th to 13th. Minnesota is also No. 16 in the WIN Tournament Power Index and No. 18 in the InterMat TPI. As a team South Dakota State enters Sunday ranked 13th by the NWCA, WIN TPI and Intermat TPI.

Eight Gopher wrestlers are ranked in at least two of the major polls, while 10 Gophers appear in at least one poll.

Patrick McKee and Isaiah Salazar lead the way by appearing in all four: Intermat, WIN, Flo and OpenMat. McKee is slated 3rd by WIN, 6th by InterMat and OpenMat and 8th by Flo, while Salazar is ranked 5th by WIN and 7th by the other publications.

New to the polls this week, Tyler Wells found himself ranked 17th by Flo at 133 pounds, while Bennett Tabor also entered the Flo rankings at No. 33.

Full rankings for Minnesota can be found on Page 5 of the notes.

GOPHERS GO 3-0 ON EAST COAST ROAD TRIP
Minnesota began the dual season with a 3-0 record following a East Coast road trip last week.

The Gophers kicked things off with a 37-3 win at Bucknell Thursday. In the first ever meeting between the schools, the Golden Gophers secured five bonus point-victories, including a pair of pins, two major decisions and one tech fall. The victory marked the most points and the largest margin of victory for Minnesota in a season opener since shutting out Portland State, 54-0, to start the 2008-09 campaign.

Among the highlights, at 133 pounds freshman Tyler Wells made his collegiate dual debut by knocking off the Bison's 17th-ranked Kurt Phipps in an 11-5 decision. The lone ranked matchup of the night proved to be the closest as No. 18 Drew Roberts squeaked by 33rd-ranked Dylan Chappell, 2-1, at 149 pounds.

on Saturday, the Gophers shut out Morgan State, 52-0, and followed that with a 37-6 victory over host-George Mason.

The Golden Gophers had little trouble with Morgan State, a first-year HBCU program, as they won all nine contested matches by bonus points. Two victories were by pin, while six were tech fall and one was a major decision (MSU forfeited at heavyweight). Only one bout made it past the second period and no takedowns were recorded by the Bears. The shutout was the team's first since a 48-0 win over Maryland in Jan. of 2021, and it was the Gophers' largest win, and first time reaching 50 points, since a 53-0 victory over Duke in Jan. of 2019.

Against the Patriots, Minnesota recorded six of its seven victories by bonus points. Four wins were by tech fall, two by major decision and one by injury default.

DAKTRONICS OPEN
Those Gopher wrestlers that didn't travel to the East Coast headed to Brookings, S.D., for the Daktronics Open the following day. Minnesota claimed two individual titles as redshirt freshman Hunter Lyden (165) and true freshmen Max McEnelly (184) won the championships.

Lyden captured the Daktronics Open title at 165 pounds. Facing off with Northern Iowa's Evan Yant, Lyden trailed 4-1 going into the final period, but he escaped within the first 20 seconds to cut the margin to 4-2 and then used a takedown before riding out Yant over the final 1:22 to claim the victory. Lyden opened the day with a 4-1 sudden victory over South Dakota State's Brock Fettig, then held off Iowa State's Connor Euton, 8-7, to reach the finals.

McEnelly rolled through the competition at 184 pounds by a combined score of 44-12. He opened the day with two tech falls, running his total to six in six matches at that point of the season. In the finals, he faced his toughest competition yet but a first-period takedown was enough in a 5-4 decision over CJ Walnorth of Northern Iowa. It's the second title of the season for McEnelly, who also won 184 at the Bison Open to kick off the season.

True freshman Gavin Nelson was the runner-up at 197 pounds. He scored a pair of major decision in the quarterfinals and semifinals to earn a spot against No. 24 Wyatt Voelker of Northern Iowa in the finals. Voelker's first period takedown and escape in the third was enough to combat Nelson's escape in the second stanza. Nelson also finished as runner-up at 197 at the Bison Open, and his only two losses this season have come by decision to ranked opponents.

Three other Gophers finished in sixth place with Theo Cha at 149 pounds, Tim Stapleton at 165 pounds and Kyler Wong at 157 pounds.
 

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Gophers win 19-13 against a good South Dakota State team, just outside the top-10.


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Blaine Brenner of Gophers this weekend upset No. 19/20 Tanner Cook of South Dakota State, 9-6.

 

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intermat rankings come out on tuesdays. minnesota now ranked 22 - eesh. what use to be a top 5 team annually now outside the top 20. those who rank wrestlers just don't see any major point getters on this gopher squad

rumors about steveson returning for one last season. if he does guessing he'd be worth as much as 30 tourney points, which would put the gophers around 10th

reminder of how we got here:
 

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Coyle strikes me as an AD that doesn't care all that much about non-revenue sports (...at least compared to prior athletic directors such as Maturi...), and probably is fine with status quo as long as the program isn't committing violations or absurdly bad.

However, what do others think?
 

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Coyle strikes me as an AD that doesn't care all that much about non-revenue sports (...at least compared to prior athletic directors such as Maturi...), and probably is fine with status quo as long as the program isn't committing violations or absurdly bad.

However, what do others think?
doesn't appear to care much about mens basketball either
 


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Minnesota #12 in coaches poll.


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thats the dual meet rankings. the gophers have several wrestlers ranked in the 20 to 30 range in their weight class - so they can do okay in a dual

the gophers are not in the top 30 for tournament rankings. first time i can recall this happening. none of the gopher wrestlers are expected to collect a lot of points in the tournament - so we're ranked behind teams like UALR and Wyoming.

given what transpired with JROB I understand Eggum was in a tough situation, but Coyle has let this go on for too long. Should have brought on Damion Hahn or another coach a few years ago
 

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thats the dual meet rankings. the gophers have several wrestlers ranked in the 20 to 30 range in their weight class - so they can do okay in a dual

the gophers are not in the top 30 for tournament rankings. first time i can recall this happening. none of the gopher wrestlers are expected to collect a lot of points in the tournament - so we're ranked behind teams like UALR and Wyoming.

given what transpired with JROB I understand Eggum was in a tough situation, but Coyle has let this go on for too long. Should have brought on Damion Hahn or another coach a few years ago

Good comments.

What is the NIL situation? Does this program have big benefactors at Dinkytown Athletics?

Penn State is a big machine for NIL. Nebraska is to the stronger side for NIl in all their sports. Wisconsin in football and volleyball seems stronger. Iowa is Iowa.

Cause and effect.

Some good young Gophers guys coming up too.
 


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Contract extension will keep coach Brandon Eggum at the helm of his alma mater through the 2025-26 season.

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ouch. on the tourney rankings the gophers are no longer in the top 30. from a team that used to be top 5 nationally.
 

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Contract extension will keep coach Brandon Eggum at the helm of his alma mater through the 2025-26 season.

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I guess utter failure is rewarded at the U. What a devastating announcement for the future of this program.
 






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