Dylan Ness
Dylan  Ness


Bloomington, Minn.

High School:
John F. Kennedy HS




Minnesota Wrestling Presents Team Awards

Tony Nelson named Most Valuable Wrestler


Seventh Annual Golden Goldys Handed Out at TCF Bank Stadium

Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics


Minnesota Boasts Eight All-Americans at 2013 NCAA Championships

The Gophers will finish third at the national tournament


Nelson to Defend Title in Heavyweight Championship

With 68 points, Minnesota sits third headed into the final day of competition


Nine Still Alive as Storley and Nelson Advance to Semifinals

Minnesota remains in third with 47.5 points


Ness Pins, Gophers Win

Dylan Ness' pin helped Minnesota upset #1 Penn State at the Sports Pavilion.


Top 10 Moments

Heading into the 2013 NCAA Championships, we count down the top 10 moments from the 2012-13 season.


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.


Day 2 NCAA

Wrestling Action


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

Photo Gallery


Overall Record:
Dual Meet Record: 13-1
Big Ten Record: 8-0
Pins: 12
Major Decisions: 7
Technical Falls: - -

All-American • Finalist at 157 pounds at Big Ten Championships • Letterwinner • Winner of the team's Most Valuable Wrestler Award • Lead team in pins (12) and bonus point wins (19) • 12 pins tied career high and are tied for 25th-most in a single season in Gopher history • Began season 26-0, setting a new career high for most consecutive wins and for best start to a season • 31 wins on the season set a new career high • Won individual titles at the Bison Open, the Cliff Keen Invitational and the Aloha Open • Dominated the field at the Bison Open, opening with two falls and a major decision before beating No. 18 Cody Pack (South Dakota State) in the title match • Overwhelmed the competition at the Cliff Keen Invitational, earning three falls and a major decision before defeating No. 2 James Green (Nebraska) for the championship • Defeated 10 ranked opponents on the season • Suffered shoulder injury during first period of his semifinal match at the NCAA Championships that ended his season • Sixth-place finish at NCAA Championships put him in a group of just 10 Gophers who finished collegiate careers as four-time All-Americans

Overall Record: 23-6
Dual Meet Record: 9-2
Big Ten Record: 5-1
Pins: 12
Major Decisions: 3
Technical Falls: 1

All-American • NCAA Runner-up at 157 lbs. • Took first place at Bison Open • Defeated No. 14 Andy McCulley of Wyoming by pin on Nov 24 • Defeated No. 2 Derek St. Jon of Iowa to help Minnesota win at Iowa on Jan 25 • Defeated Dylan Alton of Penn State by pin to score a critical six points as Minnesota defeated top-ranked Penn State on Feb 9 • Won his matches at three consecutive dual meets by pin, beginning with Penn State and then against Nicholas Olejnik of North Dakota State and Brian Realbuto of Cornell • Placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships

Overall Record: 20-6
Dual Meet Record: 7-2
Big Ten Record: 5-1
Pins: 5
Major Decisions: 3
Technical Falls: - -

All-American • Finished fourth at NCAA Championships, with a record of 6-2 • Named Most Exciting Wrestler • Finished season with 20-6 overall record • Recorded 7-2 dual record and 5-1 Big Ten record • Finished Southern Scuffle in consolation round, his season debut after sitting out the first half of the season due to injury • 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

Overall Record: 24-9
Dual Meet Record: 10-6
Big Ten Record: 5-3
Pins: 8
Major Decisions: 5
Technical Falls: - -

All-American • 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

Overall Record: 16-1
Dual Meet Record: - -
Big Ten Record: - -
Pins: 9
Major Decisions: 3
Technical Falls: - -

Finished the season with a 16-1 overall record, competing solely in open meets • Started out the season as co-champions with teammate Danny Zilverberg at the Bison Open • Won his first title in the Maroon and Gold at the Kaufman-Brand Open, after scoring a 6-4 decision in the second round before recording three falls, a major decision and pin of Iowa's Jake Ballweg in 1:54 in the championship match • Won the Husky Open after pinning Augsburg's Tony Valek in the final at 2:22


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

Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2010-11 (RS) 16-1 - - - - 9 3 - - - - - -
2011-12 24-9 10-6 5-3 8 5 - - 2nd 2nd
2012-13 20-6 7-2 5-1 5 3 - - 1st 4th
2013-14 23-6 9-2 5-1 12 3 - - 6th 2nd
2014-15 31-4 13-1 8-0 12 7 - - 2nd 6th
Totals 98-25 39-11 23-5 37 18 - - - - - -


Steveson Awarded Junior Hodge Trophy

Steveson Awarded Junior Hodge Trophy

5/24/2018 - Wrestling

Incoming freshman, and No. 1 recruit, Gable Steveson has been named the Junior Dan Hodge Trophy winner by WIN magazine.

Wrestling Adds All-American Sean Russell

Wrestling Adds All-American Sean Russell

5/23/2018 - Wrestling

University of Minnesota head wrestling coach Brandon Eggum has announced the addition of 125-pound, 2017 All-American, Sean Russell to the Golden Gophers.

Zillmer, Nelson Compete in World Team Trial Finals

Zillmer, Nelson Compete in World Team Trial Finals

5/20/2018 - Wrestling

There were two Minnesota wrestlers who battled in the best-of-three finals at the World Team Trials with Hayden Zillmer earning a Final X birth at 92-kilograms.

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