Zach Sanders

57 kg
Zach Sanders

Zach Sanders | @sanderszach

Minnesota Storm

Minnesota Training Center

Minneapolis, MN


Parents: Ron and Liz

Siblings: Eric and Katie

Hometown: Wabasha, MN

High School: Wabasha Kellogg High School

College: University of Minnesota

Degree: Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing Education

Professional Association: Administrative Assistant at University of Minnesota Gopher Wrestling


Personal Interests: Wrestling, weight training, sports, outdoor activities

Favorite Music: I like most genres of music but probably country and classic rock the most. AC/DC is the best band ever and Eric Church is the man. Keep your eyes and ears open for country singer Pat Smith (MTC member) in the future. He is pretty legit.

Favorite Quote: I have a couple…"I'm going to work so that it's a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it." –Steve Prefontaine


“When you get into those close matches remind yourself how much you love it. You love the pressure, you love the excitement, and you love putting it all on the line. For you, life would be too boring if you did it any other way."


Zach Sanders was born into wrestling. His father is a high school coach and former wrestler and his brother Eric wrestled at North Dakota State. His pedigree and hard work have led to a successful wrestling career. He was a five-time state champion in high school, beginning in eighth grade. He was a four-time NCAA All-American while wrestling at the University of Minnesota.


Zach currently works as a grad assistant for the Gopher wrestling program at the U of M. Even in his free time, Zach is around wrestling, but he also loves the outdoors.


Inside the wrestling room, Zach is intense and his particular training methods have allowed him to compete at the highest levels. With continued focus, we hope Zach will be able to reach his full potential and compete in the Olympic Games in 2016.


High school wrestling highlights:

5X Minnesota State Champion

NHSCA National Champion

Junior National Freestyle Champion

Cadet National Triple Crown Winner


College wrestling highlights:

4X NCAA D1 All-American


Freestyle wrestling highlights:

2015 NYAC Bill Farrell International silver medalist (New York City)

2015 Pan American Championships silver medalist (Chile)

2014 Pan American Championships Champion (Mexico)

2014 US Open National Championships All American

2014 Dave Schultz International silver medalist (Colorado)

2014 Storm Holiday Cup Champion

2013 World Cup Team Member (Iran)

2013 Storm Holiday Cup Champion

2012 Storm Holiday Cup Champion

2012 University World Championships silver medalist (Finland)

2012 Hargobind International Champion (Canada)

2008 Junior World Freestyle Championships (8th)



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