Nick Dardanes
Nick Dardanes

Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Oak Park River Forest HS




Gophers Named NWCA All-Academic Top 30 Team

Nick Dardanes, Scott Schiller, and Kevin Steinhaus receive individual recognition


Minnesota Wrestling Presents Team Awards

Tony Nelson named Most Valuable Wrestler


Wrestling Places Eight on Winter Academic All-Big Ten

Overall conference list includes 90 wrestlers


Minnesota Places 62 on Winter Academic All-Big Ten Teams

For the second year in a row, gymnast Nathan Fortunato posted an unblemished 4.0 GPA.


Minnesota Boasts Eight All-Americans at 2013 NCAA Championships

The Gophers will finish third at the national tournament


Gophers Advance to Finals

The Gopher wrestling team advanced to the finals of the National Duals after beating Iowa.


Minnesota Wrestling: Cribs

Golden Gopher wrestlers take you behind the scenes.


Minnesota-Hofstra Recap

Recap of Minnesota's 32-6 win over Hofstra at the Sports Pavilion.


Day 1 NCAA

NCAA Wrestling Action


Session 3 WR

Big Ten Championships


Day one Big Tens

Conference Wrestling Tourney


Gophers vs Iowa

Big Ten Wrestling


Gophers vs Cowboys

Wrestling Action

Photo Gallery


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: 9-1
Big Ten Record: 6-1
Pins: 3
Major Decisions: 7
Technical Falls: - -

NCAA Qualifier • Letterwinner • Winner of the team's Intensity Award • Returned to 141 after wrestling at 149 last season • Began his season 17-1 • Won the 141 title at the Bison Open, opening the tournament with a fall sandwiched between two major decisions • Took 3rd place at the Cliff Keen Invitational with a 6-3 win over No. 16 Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) in the third-place match • Won nine of his 10 dual matches, with only one victory coming by fewer than four points • Only dual loss was a 10-9 decision against four-time national champ Logan Stieber on Feb. 6, the closest match Stieber wrestled all season • Pinned three opponents, a new single-season career high • Scored pivotal bonus points by earning major decisions over George Fisher (Michigan) on Jan. 9 and Kade Moss (Penn State) on Jan. 25, both duals which Minnesota won by a single point • Took 3rd place at the Big Ten Championships • Earned his 100th career victory with win over Fisher on Jan. 9

Overall Record: 34-5
Dual Meet Record: 13-1
Big Ten Record: 7-1
Pins: 1
Major Decisions: 5
Technical Falls: 2

National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Top-30 team • Finished the season with a 34-5 overall record, including a 13-1 dual record and 7-1 Big Ten record • Took first place at the Bison Open with a 5-0 record, including victories by pin in the semifinals against Hank Goettl of South Dakota State and by technical fall over Nathaniel Rykerd of North Dakota State in the championship match • Took first place in the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open with a record of 5-0 • Finished as the runner-up in the Southern Scuffle with a record of 4-1, which included a victory by technical fall over Natrelle Demison of Air Force • Defeated No. 13 Brody Grothus of Iowa 5-3 as part of the Gophers 19-15 victory in Iowa City on January 25 • Defeated Zach Beitz of Penn State in a sudden victory to secure critical points in Minnesota's victory over the top-ranked Nittany Lions on February 9 • Defeated No. 20 Ian Paddock of Ohio State in the semifinal round of the National Duals Championship • Placed third at the Big Ten Championships with a record of 4-1 • Qualified for NCAA Championships


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: 13-5
Big Ten Record: 6-2
Pins: 1
Major Decisions: 12
Technical Falls: - -

All-American • Academic All-Big Ten • Named to National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Top-30 team • Finished the season with a 30-9 overall record, including a 13-5 dual record and 6-2 Big Ten record • Shared team's Intensity Award • Finished seventh at the NCAA Championships with a 9-5 decision over Zach Neibert of Virginia Tech • Finished third at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-1 record • Won by major decision against No. 5 Brandon Nelsen of Purdue • Finished in first place at Bison Open (11/10/12) • Had string of major decision victories from Nov. 16 - Nov. 24 • Finished third in the Southern Scuffle after a 10-4 decision over Chris Mecate of Old Dominion in the third round • Had 12-4 major decision over No. 7 Mark Ballweg of Iowa at the National Duals Finals

Overall Record: 22-10
Dual Meet Record: 12-4
Big Ten Record: 5-2
Pins: 2
Major Decisions: 9
Technical Falls: 1

Academic All-Big Ten • Finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships • Appeared in his first NCAA championships and finished with a record of 2-2 • Finished the season with 22 wins and nine major decision victories • Had a seven-match winning streak over the course of the season • Won the Bison Open championship after meeting teammate Seth Lange in the title match (11-10 decision) • Fell 9-6 decision to No. 17 Mike Nevinger of Cornell before winning five straight dual matches, including a sudden victory (14-12) over No. 7 Josh Kindig of Oklahoma State • Went 5-2 in Big Ten competition, dropping close matches to No. 6 Hunter Stieber of Ohio State (8-10) and No. 7 Montell Marion of Iowa (2-3),but finishing the stretch with a 3-2 victory over No. 5 Jake Sueflohn of Nebraska • Went undefeated with two major decisions in the National Duals • Earned his first letter

Went 20-4 overall in his first season with the Gophers • Recorded four pins, six major decisions and one technical fall • Placed second in the Bison Open to begin the season • Won his first title as a Gopher at the Kaufman-Brand Open after claiming a 13-3 major decision in the quarterfinals and a 10-5 decision over Seth Noble of Northern Iowa in the championship • Edged Augsburg's Cody Hansen in the finals with a 9-6 decision to pick up his second title of the season • Defeated Northwestern's Colin Shober 7-4 at the Midlands Championship • Wrapped up his first season of action at the Flash Open taking third place, beating Wisconsin's Thomas Glenn by a 14-3 major decision in the third-place match

A 2010 graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School • Two-time Illinois state champion • Won his second-straight state title as a senior in 2010 at 140-pounds • Ranked No. 2 nationally at 140 by InterMat and No. 3 by Amateur Wrestling News • Rated No. 19 overall high school senior by InterMat • Placed second at the USA Wrestling Junior National Freestyle Tournament • Captured his first state championship at 130-pounds as a junior

Signed with Minnesota along with twin brother, Chris

Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2010-11 (RS) 20-4 - - - - 4 6 1 - - - -
2011-12 22-10 12-4 5-2 2 9 1 4th DNP
2012-13 30-9 13-5 6-2 1 12 - - 3rd 7th
2013-14 34-5 13-1 7-1 1 5 2 3rd DNP
2014-15 23-5 9-1 6-1 3 7 - - 3rd DNP
Totals 109-29 47-11 24-6 7 33 3 - - - -


Coach’s Corner: November 25


In this week’s installment of Coach’s Corner, Brandon Eggum breaks down the Gophers 22-12 win last Saturday and looks at the lineup going forward

Highlights: Air Force


Relive some of the most important moments of last Saturday's dual at the Sports Pavilion

Gophers Power Past Air Force


A pin by Brandon Kingsley and bonus point decision by Brett Pfarr led the Gophers to a 22-12 win against Air Force

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