Gophers Inner Circle: Gophers Final Preparations

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The Golden Gopher wrestling team is all set for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Minnesota had one last team practice before wrestling gets underway from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., tomorrow morning. 330 student-athletes will be competing this week.

It was announced this afternoon that tickets for this week's three-day event have been sold out. More than 110,000 fans are expected to attend over the course of the week.

Head coach J Robinson and company are excited for the week and have a strong feeling about their upcoming performance for the week.

"We have to be consistent this week and score bonus points," Robinson said. "We lost to Penn State at the Big Ten Championships by 15 points and those points came from bonus points in the final round. We have to be very consistent for these next three days and with how consistent we wrestle, will impact where we finish on Saturday."

Action gets underway tomorrow at 11 a.m. with Session I. All sessions will be broadcasted on ESPN. A portion of matches through session V will be streamed. A full schedule can be found below.

Session I (Thursday Morning)

Mat 1
Mat 2
Mat 3
Mat 4

Session II (Thursday Night)

Mat 1
Mat 2
Mat 3
Mat 4

Session III (Friday Morning)

Mat 1 (Quarterfinals)
Mat 2 (Quarterfinals)
Mat 3 (Quarterfinals)
Mat 4 (Quarterfinals)

Session IV (Friday Night)


Session V (Medal Round)

Session VI (Final)



VIDEO: Top 10 Highlights of the Season

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As we get closer the 2012 NCAA Championships, Cole Schrupp put together his top 10 highlights of the 2011-12 Minnesota Wrestling season. 

So sit back and get your popcorn ready, for look back at an incredible season that the Gophers have had this season! 

VIDEO: 2012 Big Ten Championship Highlights

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What a season it had been for Golden Gopher Wrestling! It is not over yet as later today the field will be announced for the 2012 NCAA Championships, which will be held in St. Louis, Mo. March 15-17. 

First though we wanted to pass along highlights from this pass weekends Big Ten Wrestling Championships that were held at Purdue University. Big congrats goes out to Kevin Steinhaus (184) and Tony Nelson (Hwt.) on winning individual titles. 

Once again Cole Schrupp did an outstanding job of putting together this piece for Gopher fans!
Here you go Gopher fans, one of if not the best highlight video put together by Cole Schrupp. Check out some extra special effects he added to make it a more thrilling video. 

The video is below and check back later this week for more inside coverage of Minnesota wrestling!

Gophers Inner Circle: Press Clippings (2/24)

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Senior Zach Sanders leads the way for top-ranked Minnesota (

Twins have sights set on winning Big Ten, NCAA titles (

Here are the highlights from Minnesota's 16-15 win over Iowa in the National Dual Semifinals. It was the first win over Iowa since Feb. 18, 2007 when the Gophers won 29-13. 

Below you will see the latest creation from Cole Schrupp. As always we want to thank Cole for all the hard work and dedication he puts into making this amazing highlight videos. Thanks Cole!

Jake Deitchler Talks with Takedown Wrestling About his Career

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Many of you will recall 2008 Olympian Jake Deitchler.  After returning to the University of Minnesota following his Olympic pursuits Jake was forced to end his career at 22 years old.  From a very early age Jake has suffered headaches stemming from head injuries sustained in motocross riding and wrestling. Doctors and specialists weighed in and the talented young man from Anoka, Minn. had no choice but to walk away from competition in the sport he loves.

Take a look at this special interview  with Jake from Takedown Wrestling. The end result was assembled from over 3 hours of interviews. The conversations took place the afternoon of January the 14th 2011.

VIDEO: Highlights from the National Duals Regional

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We have highlights from the past weekend's National Duals Regional championship. Minnesota will next move onto the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals "Mat Mayhem" Final Four this Sunday in Stillwater, OK.

Check back later this week for more news regarding the final four. For now sit back and enjoy Cole Schrupp's latest creation. 

Minnesota 35, Kent State 3 Minnesota 26, Missouri 7

VIDEO: Highlights from the 26-7 win over Nebraska

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Happy Tuesday Gopher fans! Wanted to pass along highlights from the 26-7 victory over Nebraska. The win on Sunday gave Minnesota a share (Penn State) of the Big Ten Dual championship.  

Below you will find highlights made by the one and only Cole Schrupp. Also below is a video with Tony Nelson talking about his time as a Golden Gopher heavyweight. Enjoy!

Nebraska Highlights Tony Nelson

Jennie-O-Wrestler of the Week: Kevin Steinhaus

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In our last Jennie-O Wrestler of the Week series we caught up with Kevin Stienhaus from Pennock, Minn.

1.    Why did you choose the sport of wrestling?

I started when I was in kindergarten and really liked it so I just stuck with it.

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2.    What was the biggest adjustment you had to make when moving from high school wrestling to college wrestling?

The intensity level.  Everything is harder in college wrestling so you have to improve in all aspects.

3.    What is the feeling like after a big takedown or scoring a pin?

It gives you a bit of an adrenaline rush, the crowd plays into it too as they are always very loud.

4.    What team or individual performance are you most proud of?

Not sure, the end of the Wisconsin dual last year was probably the most exciting part of last season.

5.    Where is your favorite place to eat on campus?


6.    What is your favorite Minnesota tradition?

Not sure.

7.    What is the best part of being a member of the Minnesota wrestling team?

Our team is like a family.

8.    Why did you choose Minnesota?

I always wanted to wrestle here and knew this was the best place to come to accomplish my goals as a wrestler.

9.    Who on the team is the team prankster?

Brandon Biglebach

10. What have you learned from wrestling that has helped you in other aspects of your life?

The work ethic and discipline carries over into everything in life.

11. What is your favorite sports movie?

Remember The Titans

12. What are you listening to on your iPod right now?

If I were listening right now it would probably be Lecrae

13. Do you have any pre-match superstitions?


14. What are your goals for this season?

Win team and individual national titles.

15. What is your favorite sport outside of wrestling?


16.  What has been the best memory in your Gopher wrestling career?

Running out of the tunnel in the sports pavilion for the first time.

17. If you had the choice to travel either forward or backward in time, which would you choose? Why?

Neither, never know what you might miss out on.

18. Where do you like wrestling at more the Pavilion of Williams Arena?

Hard to pick, for a big dual with a lot of fans, I'd go with Williams.

19. What is your favorite TV show?

Everybody Loves Raymond

20. What is your favorite food?

Chicken Alfredo


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