University of Minnesota Gopher Wrestling will host their February 21 dual with Rider University at Northrop, instead of their usual home venue of Maturi Pavilion. Northrop, presenter of world-class dance and music performances, and host to speakers, films, comedians, exhibits and more, will transform to host a wrestling match for the first time in its nearly 90-year history.
Similar matches have been hosted at campus performing arts centers in the past at the University of Missouri and Virginia Tech.
Head Coach Brandon Eggum said, “It's going to be a really amazing and unique opportunity for our supporters, coaches, and wrestlers. Anyone who's been to Northrop knows how cool the building is and the way the seating is set up will have our fans almost on top of the mat. It'll be especially cool for our seniors to wrestle their final career home match in a unique venue."