Minnesota Golden Gophers wrestling

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Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota Golden Gophers athletic logo

University University of Minnesota
Conference Big Ten
Location Minneapolis, MN
Head Coach J. Robinson (23rd year)
Arena Sports Pavilion
(Capacity: 5,700)
Nickname Gophers
Colors Maroon and Gold


NCAA Tournament Champions
2001, 2002, 2007[1]
Conference Tournament Championships
1910, 1912, 1913, 1941, 1957, 1959, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are a Division I college wrestling team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are a member of the Big Ten Conference and NCAA. Wrestling began at the University of Minnesota in 1910, but the first formal dual meet was not until 1921 when coach Frank Gilman led the team to a victory over Wisconsin. The Gophers have won the NCAA wrestling team championship three times, in 2001, 2002, and 2007. WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar won the 2000 NCAA Wrestling Championship as a heavyweight after placing second in 1999.

Home Meets[edit]

Home meets are held in the 5,700-seat Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis. When large crowds are expected, meets are held in Williams Arena, capacity 14,321. This often happens for matches against archrivals Iowa and Oklahoma State. Several home matches each year are televised by the Big Ten Network. The school has also used Target Center in downtown Minneapolis for some matches.

Team Championships[edit]

NCAA Individual Champions[edit]

The Gophers have had seventeen NCAA individual champions. Four of those were two-time champions.

  • John Whitaker: 1937
  • Dale Hanson: 1939 (Most Valuable Wrestler)
  • Leonard Levy: 1941
  • Verne Gagne: 1948, 1949
  • Dick Mueller: 1953
  • Evan Johnson: 1976
  • Pat Neu: 1977
  • Marty Morgan: 1991
  • Tim Hartung: 1998, 1999
  • Brock Lesnar: 2000
  • Luke Becker: 2002
  • Jared Lawrence: 2002

Dan Hodge Trophy[edit]

Main article: Dan Hodge Trophy

Current Roster[edit]

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  1. ^ History - Past Champions - NCAA.com
  2. ^ "Jayson Ness Wins Hodge Trophy". University of Minnesota Athletics. March 26, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  3. ^ "Jayson Ness Wins Hodge Trophy". TheGuillotine.com. March 26, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 

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