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MINNEAPOLIS – Head wrestling coach at Minnesota Brandon Eggum announced the signing of transfer Cooper Flynn on Wednesday.

Flynn joins the Minnesota roster after competing for three years at 125 pounds at Virginia Tech, where he posted an overall record of 42-15, including 12-3 in doubles.

“We are pleased to welcome Cooper Flynn to Minnesota Wrestling,” said Eggum. “His talent is undeniable, but it is his character and dedication that truly sets him apart. Cooper embodies everything we look for in an athlete: hardworking, resilient and committed to excellence. We are confident he will have a significant impact on both and off-the-mat and fits perfectly with our team culture.”

Flynn, a native of Seymour, Tenn., entered last season as a redshirt sophomore with the intention of being a Olympic redshirt, but an injury elsewhere on the roster forced him into the Hokies lineup in December. He went on to have three top-five wins, an appearance in the ACC Championship finals and his first-ever trip to the NCAA Championships, where he was 1-2. Flynn went 15-6 this year, including a 9-1 mark in doubles and 5-2 in the ACC.

He was a two-time ACC Wrestler of the Week this past season, first December 20 when he defeated the No. 4 ranked wrestler in the country and later on January 9 after posting a pair of top-12 wins.

As a redshirt freshman in 2022-23, Flynn was 14-6 overall and 3-2 in doubles, including a major decision victory in his doubles debut. He won an individual title at the Purple Raider Open and was a finalist at both the Southeast Open and Keystone Classic.

It was after the 2023 campaign that Flynn won the U23 Freestyle Nationals and qualified for the Olympic Trials, prompting initial plans for an Olympic redshirt.

Flynn appeared in five tournaments as a true freshman during the 2021-22 season, where he was 13-3. He won titles at the Dave Lehman Open and Wolfpack Open and was a finalist at the Southeast Open.

Flynn was a four-year letterwinner and attended McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland. He was a two-time Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champion, adding a third appearance in the finals. Flynn was named the 2021 Maryland Wrestler of the Year and was the 2020 Super 32 champion. FloWrestling ranked him as the No. 3 recruit at 126 pounds and 22nd overall in the class of 2021.

In addition to his high school achievements, Flynn was also a three-time placer at Fargo, a 2020 national prep champion, a 2019 Walsh Ironman finalist, and a third-place finisher at the Beast of the East.

Flynn becomes the third Gophers transfer of the offseason to join Tommy Askey and Clayton Whiting. In addition, the team will welcome eight freshmen for the 2024-2025 season.