Gophers wrestling: Farm-boy Brett Pfarr makes it big

Growing up on a farm in Le Sueur, Minn., 60 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, Brett Pfarr learned that nothing ever comes easy.

“We did a lot of work on the farm, so that kind of mentality and that attitude of always putting work in and strapping up our boots carries over” to wrestling, Pfarr said.

The Pfarr family business is farming, but its passion is wrestling. Brett, a senior who wrestles at 197 pounds for the University of Minnesota, is ranked No. 2 in the nation after finishing third in both the NCAA and Big Ten tournaments last year. His brother Chris also wrestles for the Gophers; another brother, Matthew, wrestled at St. John’s.

Pfarr’s father, David, wrestled in high school and coached wrestling while Brett was growing up. David Pfarr turned his machine shop into a wrestling room, complete with a mat and weight equipment. Continue reading at

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