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Minnesota head wrestling coach J Robinson and the Gophers program have announced that five prep competitors have signed Acceptance of Admission forms and will join the 2011-12 Minnesota wrestling squad. New to the Gophers lineup next season will be Brenton Beard, Alex Daugherty, Tony Morrow, Zach Stepan and Jon Volp.

?These guys have*committed to work hard*to achieve their goals as student-athletes at the University of Minnesota. In turn, we have pledged to help them develop the skills to be successful student-athletes,? head assistant coach Joe Russell said. ?We are excited to have them join our team.?

A native of Elk, Wash., Beard twice placed at the state tournament while competing for Central Valley High School including taking third-place honors as a senior. The Minnesota newcomer was crowned the Northwest Regional Freestyle champion while also earning all-state academic honors. Beard is expected to wrestle at 141 lbs. for the Gophers.

A two-time captain on the Central Valley High School wrestling team, Daugherty is expected to wrestle at 285 lbs. when he joins the Gophers program. A native of Monaca, Pa., Daugherty was the 2011 MAC Tournament runner-up as well as the runner-up at the 2011 section tournament.

One of three Minnesotans to sign an Acceptance of Admission form, Morrow ended his prep career with a second-place finish in 2011 ? his second time placing at the state tournament. A member of the all-state academic team, Morrow was a two-time section champion and was named Kasson-Mantorville High School?s Male Athlete of the Year in 2011. The Kasson, Minn., native is expected to wrestle at 125 lbs. for Minnesota.

A native of Zimmerman, Minn., Stepan finished his prep career with 132 career wins.* The freshman to-be concluded his high school career with a second-place finish at the 2011 state tournament ? notching his third appearance at the event. Stepan is expected to compete at 133 lbs. for the Gophers.

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