Tyrik Henderson, a defensive back from Illinois who gave the Gophers a verbal commitment in April, announced Friday that he is reopening his recruiting.

Henderson, a 5-11, 165-pound senior at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream, Ill., is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.

"This is a tough decision for me and my family, but I have decided to decommit from the University of Minnesota," Henderson tweeted.

"I never wanted to be that guy but it's just something I have to do. Thank you to Coach [P.J.] Fleck and Coach Cal [assistant coach Brian Callahan] for all they have done. It is greatly appreciated. To all the Minnesota commits I wish you all best of luck as future Gophers and I love you all as brothers."

Henderson's decision leaves the Gophers with 23 commitments for the Class of 2018, with the early national signing period beginning Dec. 20.

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U wrestler in semis

Gophers wrestler Nick Wanzek defeated Anthony Valencia of Arizona State 2-1 in the 165-pound quarterfinals on the first day of the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas. He won 9-7 in overtime over Jake Wentzel of Pittsburgh in his previous match.

Two of Wanzek's teammates lost in the quarterfinals. After pins in his first three matches, Tommy Thorn, the No. 3 seed at 141 pounds, lost 4-3 to Josh Alber of Northern Iowa Ethan Lizak, the top seed at 125, lost 4-3 to Taylor LaMont of Utah Valley.


• Freshman Mackenzie Padington won the women's 200-yard freestyle in the Minnesota Invitational in 1 minute, 44.15 seconds, a program record. Senior Danielle Nack — whose record Padington broke — won the 100-yard butterfly in 51.79, the second-fastest time in program history.

• The Gophers women's track and field team announced eight signings, including three athletes from Minnesota: Libby Halbmaier, Minnetonka middle-distance runner; Julia Hayes, Irondale hurdler; and Natalie Windels, Eagan hurdler.