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Q&A with Future Gopher Tyler Safratowich

05/19/2004, 12:00am CDT
By Rob Litt

Other Gopher Sports

When you are one of the nation's top wrestling programs, you do not rebuild "“ you simply reload. And that is exactly what J Robinson and his Gopher wrestling program did with their 2004 recruiting class. It added depth at the 133/141 spot with the addition of Tyler Safratowich of Park Rapids High School.

Safratowich is a three-time state wrestling champion and finished his career with a gaudy 151-26 record. Safratowich recently spent time with to discuss his excitement about living out his dream of wrestling for the Golden Gophers. How does it feel to know that you are about to finish high school and will embark on a career as a collegiate wrestler?

Tyler Safratowich: It feels great. I am very excited about wrestling for the Gophers and I know I'll get education. I'll also be able to wrestle in front of my family and friends. What were the factors that led you to signing with the Gophers?

Safratowich: It was always my dream to wrestle for Minnesota. I still went through the recruiting process, but I was really impressed with Coach Morgan. He did a great job recruiting me and the facilities at Minnesota were awesome. I think most high school wrestlers in Minnesota would love to wrestle there and it was the same for me. What are your thoughts about wrestling for a legend like J Robinson?

Safratowich: It will be an honor to wrestle for him. He was one of the main reasons why I chose to go to Minnesota. He's a legend. HE can turn anyone into a great wrestler. He demands a lot from his wrestlers but everyone loves to work hard for him. That is what all the guys on the team told me when I was visiting the school. What weight are you going to wrestle at?

Safratowich: I will wrestle at either 133 or 141lbs. I will redshirt this next year but will still get to wrestle in five to six exhibitions to get some mat time. What type of wrestler can Gopher fans expect of you?

Safratowich: I am a battler. I have good technique, but more than anything I have a big heart and I think that is my biggest strength.

Talk about Tyler Safratowich and recruiting on the Gopher Wrestling message board.

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