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2012-13 REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE:
After sitting out the first half of the season due to injury, returned to action for the Southern Scuffle Named Most Exciting Wrestler Earned All-American honors for the second year Finished season with 20-6 overall record Recorded 7-2 dual record and 5-1 Big Ten record Finished Southern Scuffle in consolation round Was victorious against Ian Paddock of No. 5 Ohio State, helping the Gophers to win the dual (1/11/13) Had a major decision victory against Dan Osterman of Michigan State to help the Gopher defeat the Spartans 32-6 (2/3/13) Only conference loss was to Caleb Ervin of Illinois Finished first at the Big Ten Championships after scoring a forfeit at 3:37 in the finals against No. 4 Jake Sueflohn of Nebraska At the NCAA Championships finished in fourth with a 6-2 record Fell to No 5. Steve Santos of Columbia 7-3 decision in the consolation round.
2011-12 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN:
All-American 2012 NCAA Runner-up at 149 lbs. Named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Year on the team Voted Freshman of the Year on the team Named Best Male Freshman of the Year at the 2012 Golden Goldy's Fell to Penn State's Frank Molinaro (4-1) in the championship match Defeated undefeated (32-0) Jamal Parks of Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals by a 3-2 decision Finished second in votes for 2012 Freshman of the Year by InterMat Went undefeated at the National Duals, including a sudden victory against Missouri's Kyle Bradley Won a 15-5 major decision over teammate Matt Mincey to claim the Bison Open championship Dropped two regular season duals to No. 1 Frank Molinaro of Penn State (10-16) and No. 2 Jamal Parks of Oklahoma State (5-6) Defeated No. 14 Kyle Bradley of Missouri in the Southern Scuffle (T.N.) semifinals en route to a second place finish Met a string of other ranked opponents during Big Ten competition in which he went 5-3, falling to No. 16 Cam Tessari of Ohio State and No. 7 Eric Grajales of Michigan but defeating three other ranked wrestlers by pinning No. 10 Eric Terrazas of Illinois at 7:08, pinning No. 14 Cole Scmitt of Wisconsin at 2:35, and defeating No. 13 Ivan Lopouchanski of Purdue (11-4) Letterwinner.
A 2010 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School Named "Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler" by the MNWrestling Coaches Association in 2010 Ranked No. 4 nationally at 145 by InterMat and No. 6 by Amateur Wrestling News USA Wrestling Triple Crown Cadet National winner.
Son of Jay and Sally Ness Brother of former Gopher All-American and national champion Jayson Ness.