The Gophers will finish third at the national tournament
With 68 points, Minnesota sits third headed into the final day of competition
Minnesota remains in third with 47.5 points
Minnesota sits third with 11 team points
All 10 Gophers remain in competition; 5 still in position to win titles
Chris Dardanes' furious comeback victory helped lead Minnesota past No. 9 Illinois.
Golden Gopher wrestlers take you behind the scenes.
Heading into NCAAs, relive the top 10 moments of the 2012 wrestling season.
2014-15 • REDSHIRT SENIOR
Overall Record: 27-2
Dual Meet Record: 8-0
Big Ten Record: 5-0
Major Decisions: 7
Technical Falls: 2
All-American • Big Ten Champion at 133 • Letterwinner • Winner of the team's Fraser Dean Most Courageous Wrestler Award • Returned to 133 after wrestling at 141 last season • Began season 26-0, setting a new career-best for most consecutive victories and for best start to a season • Led team with 14 victories over ranked opponents • Won 133 title at season-opening Bison Open, recording three major decision and a technical fall in the tournament • Helped Minnesota win a team title by claiming 133 crown at the prestigious Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, defeating three consecutive ranked opponents to seal the championship • Won the 133 title at the Aloha Open in late December • Over the final six duals of the season and the Big Ten Championships, defeated eight ranked opponents in the span of nine matches, seven of whom were ranked among the nation's top nine • Earned top seed at 133 for both the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Championships • Suffered first defeat of the season in the NCAA semifinals against eventual champion Cody Brewer (Oklahoma) • Joined a club of just 25 Gophers to earn at least three All-America medals during their careers
2013-14: REDSHIRT JUNIOR
Overall Record: 28-8
Dual Meet Record: 8-3
Big Ten Record: 3-2
Major Decisions: 11
Technical Falls: 1
Finished the season with a 28-8 overall record, including a 8-3 dual record and a 3-2 Big Ten record • Took first place at the Bison Open with a 5-0 record, winning each of his final four matches by major decision • Took first place in the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open with a 5-0 record, scoring both his only pin of the season and his only technical fall of the season on the way to the title • Took fourth place at Southern Scuffle • Defeated Logan David of Cornell by major decision in the final round of the National Dual Championships • Placed third at the Big Ten Championships with a record of 3-1, including a third round victory over Josh Dziewa of Iowa, avenging a loss from a meeting earlier in the season • Qualified for NCAA Championships
2012-13: REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE
Overall Record: 21-9
Dual Meet Record: 10-3
Big Ten Record: 4-2
Major Decisions: 5
Technical Falls: - -
All-American • Finished the season with a 21-9 overall record, including a 10-3 dual record and a 4-2 Big Ten record • Was 9-9 against ranked opponents • Shared team's Intensity Award • Defeated No. 8 John Morrison of No. 4 Oklahoma State in a 4-1 decision • Saw a major decision over Drew Van Anrooy of No. 13 Oregon State • Went 4-1 at the Southern Scuffle after a sudden victory over No. 15 George DiCamillo of Virginia • Went 2-1 at the National Duals Finals • Finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships after falling to No. 3 Tyler Graff of Wisconsin • Defeated No. 4 Jordan Conaway of Penn State in a 7-2 decision • Finished sixth at the NCAA Championships with a 4-3 record • Defeated Dylan Hyder of Air Force in a 6-3 decision in the first round before falling to No. 7 Jon Morrison
2011-12 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN
Overall Record: 25-12
Dual Meet Record: 7-4
Big Ten Record: 5-2
Major Decisions: 7
Technical Falls: 1
All-American • Academic All-Big Ten • Finished fourth at his first NCAA championship • UNI Open Champion • Southern Scuffle Champion • Voted the Gophers' Most Improved Wrestler of the Year • Moved into the starting lineup after winning the Southern Scuffle • First dual was a 5-3 decision over No. 2 Logan Stieber of Ohio State, scoring a late takedown to defeat the future NCAA champion • Took second at the Bison Open after falling to teammate David Thorn (2-1 decision) in the championship match • Finished second at the Body Bar with a fall over Virginia's Joe Martinez in the first round • Won the UNI title after defeating Iowa's Alden Isenberg 9-4 in the finals • Pinned Duane Robinson of Upper Iowa in the second round • Defeated No. 13 Nick Soto of Chattanooga 7-2 for the Southern Scuffle (T.N.) championship • Fell 9-6 to No. 5 Bernard Futrell of Illinois before battling picking up a 9-7 decision over No. 8 Cashe Quiroga of Purdue • Won a major decision over Wisconsin border rival Shane McQuade (14-4 major) • Beat No. 18 Zach Stevens of Michigan by a 5-1 decision • Dropped a 5-2 decision to Iowa's No.4 Tony Ramos before routing No.18 Ridge Kiley of Nebraska 15-6 • Earned his first letter
2010-11 • FRESHMAN (REDSHIRTED)
Did not see any action for the season.
A 2010 graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School • 2010 Illinois State Champion at 135-pounds • Placed fourth in the USA Wrestling Junior National Freestyle Tournament • Ranked No. 5 nationally at 135 by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 13 nationally by InterMat • Two-time state place winner as a junior and sophomore
Born Nov. 13, 1991 • Son of Deanne Glorioso and John Dardanes • Has two younger brothers, Jack and Luke, and one older brother, Eric • Twin brother, Nick, also is a member of the Gopher wrestling team • Majoring in Sport Management • His most memorable sports thrill was wrestling at Penn State in 2011 • Loves to hunt and fish
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Seven Gophers Will Enter Season Ranked
Seven Gophers will begin the 2017-18 season as top-20 wrestlers, with the team coming in at No. 6 in the dual meet rankings and No. 7 in the tournament rankings.
Meet Newcomer Steve Bleise
This week we meet with Steve Bleise, a redshirt junior from Chelsea, Mich. who was an All-State wrestler in high school.
Wrestling Welcomes Fans to Open Practice
Fans who are eager for wrestling season will have an opportunity to come have an early look at the 2017-18 Gopher wrestling team.