Travel Blog: On Our Way Back Home

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Sunday Jan. 29 7:48 p.m.

Well after a tough loss (19-17) the team is back on the road making the haul to Minneapolis. First we made a quick stop at Wendy's and are back on the road.

Hope you all enjoyed the travel blog with all the updates from the weekend. The next time I have the opportunity to travel with the team again, I will conduct another one.

For now I am going to sit back and relax on the trip home. Next Sunday's dual against Nebraska will be a good one. The Huskers are tied with Penn State for first in the conference (5-1) and host the Nittany Lions on Friday night in Lincoln.

Catch you later Gopher fans!

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Travel Blog: Count Down

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Sunday Jan. 29 1:27 p.m.

Well I am sitting inside Carver Hawkeye in press row. We still have about a half hour until the teams will weigh in. Iowa's crew is putting the finishing touches on the mat and setting up each team's bench.

The team had a good final workout before resting up for weigh ins. They look focused and ready to go.

Remember I will have a live blog if you won't be able to tune into the dual. Check Gophersports at 2:45 CST for the blog!

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Travel Blog: En Route to Carver Hawkeye Arena

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Sunday Jan. 29 Noon

We are en route to Carver Hawkeye Arena. The team will report to the locker room and get in a quick warm-up before the 2 p.m. weigh in.

We are getting close.

Big Ten Network start time is scheduled for 3:04 p.m. (CST)

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Travel Blog: It is Almost Time

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Sunday Jan. 29 8:43 p.m.

Today is the day there is no other way to explain it. Minnesota vs. Iowa: a rivalry, a battle and a thriller. So many things can be said about this upcoming dual. We are still over six hours away from action. The team will be at the hotel focusing and relaxing up until a few hours before.

I will have keep you posted when we are en route for Iowa.

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Travel Blog: Team Practice at Iowa

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Saturday Jan. 28 5:38 p.m.

After a little rest at the team hotel, the Gophers made the short drive to Iowa's campus for a workout. It was a little busy on campus when we arrived. The crowd was clearing up from the women's basketball game that took place in the afternoon.

The team is currently working out in Iowa's wrestling room and they are getting a very solid workout in. They went through a warm-up, individual drills, team drills, live action and cool down period. Everyone looks focused and ready to get the job done tomorrow.

After the workout the team will get cleaned up and head back to the hotel and rest up for the evening.

We are less than 24 hours away from the dual!

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Travel Blog: Made it to Iowa

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Saturday Jan. 28 3:15 p.m.

Well the squad has made it to Iowa City. Currently everyone is resting up for a bit after the drive and soon they will head over for a light workout.

The weather was clear all day from the time we left Minneapolis, which made it for a smooth ride.

Check back later for a report from practice.

Travel Blog: Little Panera Lunch Break

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Saturday Jan. 28 1:22 p.m.

After being on the road for a little more than three hours the team stopped in Waterloo, IA for some lunch at Panera Bread. It was a pretty quick stop as some of the team brought their own lunch and had eaten it already on the drive.

Coach Becker was trying to make a bet with Ben Berhow in regards to these big loafs of bread they had for sale. No loaf of bread was eaten, but it made for a good laugh.

We are back on the road with about an hour an half to go until we arrive at the hotel. The plan is to check in and head over to the campus to get a workout in.

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Travel Blog: Gophers En Route to Iowa

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Saturday Jan. 28 9:42 a.m.

Well the team has packed the vans and is en route to Iowa. We are in four vans carrying the team and staff, as I am typing this we are currently missing one van because head coach J Robinson (Van #2) forgot something as we were pulling out of the parking lot and needed to go back to his office. I am sure they will catch up to the group shortly.

The team was all in smiles as they loaded up, last night's win was a thriller, but the team is now poised and focused on their next test...Iowa.

For now we will just sit back and enjoy the ride down 35 W South.

 

 

 

 



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Welcome Gopher Wrestling fans to this travel blog that I will be
conducting with the team as we head down to Iowa.

During the weekend I will be giving updates on the teams journey to Carver Hawkeye Area. The team and staff are scheduled to leave at 9:30 am this morning. Please check back later for more information!

Jennie-O-Wrestler of the Week: Nick Dardanes

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This week Gophersports.com caught up with redshirt freshman Nick Dardanes. Nick is this week's Jennie-O-Wrestler of the week and he hails from  from Chicago, Ill.  

1.     Who is the funniest guy on the team?

        Brandon Bigelbach

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2.     Who is the least funny guy on the team?

       Sonny Yohn                                                                                                                     


3.    
What is your favorite class at Minnesota?

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       Kinesiology

4.     What is your best memory you have had as a Minnesota Wrestler?

       Going to watch NCAA's last year

5.     What is the best advice you have for the freshman on the team?

       Come to practice with a purpose each day

6.     Do you have any match rituals or superstitions?

      Good hard warm up

7.     Who has the strangest pre-match ritual or superstitions? What is it?

       Alec Ortiz crazy jump rope

8.     What is on your IPod right now? 

       Country, rap ,alternative

 9.     Where is your favorite place to eat around campus?

        Jimmy johns

10.   What is your favorite Gopher team to watch outside of Wrestling?

        Women's gymnastics

11.   What is the best part about being a Minnesota Golden Gopher Wrestler?   

       When we get muscle milk

12.   What are your favorite hobbies off the mat?

        Watching tv, fishing

13.   What are your expectations for yourself and the team this year? 

        Win a NCAA Championship

14.   What was the last movie you saw?

        Bad teacher

15.   What is your favorite TV show?

         70's show

16.   What is one food that is hard not to eat when cutting weight?

        Ice cream

17.    What is one thing you really miss most about being away from home?   

         Mom waking me up