Nick Dardanes  
Nick Dardanes

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Oak Park River Forest HS

Weight:
141

Experience:
1L


05/21/2013

Gophers Named NWCA All-Academic Top 30 Team

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

05/20/2013

Minnesota Wrestling Presents Team Awards

Tony Nelson named Most Valuable Wrestler

03/31/2013

Wrestling Places Eight on Winter Academic All-Big Ten

Overall conference list includes 90 wrestlers

03/27/2013

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.

03/23/2013

Minnesota Boasts Eight All-Americans at 2013 NCAA Championships

The Gophers will finish third at the national tournament

02/23/2013

Gophers Advance to Finals

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

01/25/2013

Minnesota Wrestling: Cribs

Golden Gopher wrestlers take you behind the scenes.

11/12/2012

Minnesota-Hofstra Recap

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

11/29/2014

Gophers vs Cowboys

Wrestling Action

11/21/2014

Gophers vs Spartans

Big Ten Wrestling

03/09/2014

Session Three

Big Tens

03/08/2014

Big Tens First Session

Wrestling Championships

03/08/2014

Session Semi-finals

Big Tem Wrestling

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

2013-14 • REDSHIRT JUNIOR
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

2012-13 • REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE

Overall Record:
30-9
Dual Meet Record:13-5
Big Ten Record:6-2
Pins:1
Major Decisions:12
Technical Falls:0

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

2011-12 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN
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

2010-11 • FRESHMAN (REDSHIRTED)
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

HIGH SCHOOL
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

PERSONAL
Signed with Minnesota along with twin brother, Chris

Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins MD TF Big Ten Finish NCAA Finish
2011-12 22-10 12-4 5-2 2 9 1 4th -
2012-13 30-9 13-5 6-2 1 12 - 3rd 7th
2013-14 34-5 13-1 7-1 1 5 2 3rd -
Total 86-24 38-10 18-5 4 26 3 - -