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HOMETOWN:

Crosby, Minnesota

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HAYDEN ZILLMER

WEIGHT:

125 Kilograms

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2022 World Team member at 125-kilograms

  • Four-time USA Wrestling freestyle national team member (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)

  • Two-time USA Wrestling Greco-Roman national team member (2016, 2017)

  • Two-time Senior Nationals champion (2019, 2022)

YEAR-BY-YEAR BREAKDOWN:

2022: Placed 5th at the 2022 World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia with a 2-1 record • Placed 2nd at the Zouhaier Sghaier Ranking Series event • Earned a World Team spot by defeating Nick Gwiazdowski in a three-match set at Final X: NYC • Won his semifinals match at the WTT Challenge tournament against Dom Bradley to punch his ticket to Final X • 2022 U.S Open champion at 125 kilograms.

 

2021: Placed third at the World Team Trials in Lincoln, NE., at 125 kilograms •  Earned a bronze medal at the Mateo Pellicone International. 

 

2020: Placed 3rd at Senior Nationals in freestyle.

 

2019: Won the 97-kilogram bracket at Senior Nationals • Took 2nd at the World Team Trials challenge tournament • Earned 2nd Place at the U.S. Open •  Earned the bronze medal at the Bill Farrell International. 

 

2018: Was the Final X runner-up at 92-kilograms • Took first at the World Team Trials challenge tournament • Placed second at the U.S. Open in freestyle • Earned a fifth-place finish at the Granma Cup in Greco-Roman • Placed third at the Cerro Pelado International

2017: Earned a Greco-Roman bronze medal in the Gedza Memorial • Placed at the U.S World Team Trials in both international styles (3rd in freestyle, 2nd in Greco-Roman) • Last Chance Open champion in freestyle • Earned second-place finishes in the U.S Open, Dave Schultz Memorial International, and Herman Kare International in Greco-Roman. 

2016: Placed 2nd at the Bill Farrell International in Greco-Roman competition • Earned third-place Greco-Roman finishes in both University Nationals and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials • Last Chance qualifier champion in Greco-Roman. 

2015: University National champion in Freestyle

2013: University Nationals champion in Greco-Roman

What sets the Gopher WC apart?

As an upper weight, the Gopher Wrestling Club has the best partners in the United States. 

College attended and degrees attained

North Dakota State University, Bachelor of Science - Health & Physical Education 

Masters - Recreational Leadership in Sport 

Post-wrestling professional/career aspirations

Coaching, Administration, small business entrepreneur

Why give to the Gopher Wrestling Club

The Gopher Wrestling Club gives the University of Minnesota wrestling program an advantage over the competition! It provides college athletes another path to be successful, even after graduation. Athletes can wrestle for the United States of America in world and Olympic competitions.

ALMA MATER:

North Dakota State University