Jayson Ness became a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Minnesota, his alma mater, in 2011. He previously served as a graduate assistant for a year after finishing his career as a wrestler.
Ness adds to the coaching staff a wealth of experience from his All-American career at Minnesota. A National Champion and the most-decorated wrestler in program history, Ness holds the school record for career pins with 73, and ranks third in career victories with a record of 148-15-0. He is the sixth Gopher to earn four All-America titles.
Ness ended his career with as the 2010 NCAA National Champion in the 133-pound weight class. He was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament on his way to receiving the Dan Hodge Trophy as the nation's best wrestler.
Ness posted a perfect record of 31-0 that season, part of 33-match win streak overall. He won 10 matches against ranked opponents. The fastest of his 19 pins came at the 40-second mark.
In his senior year, Ness claimed his second Big Ten title to cap off a conference season that saw him earn Big Ten Wrestler of the Year honors. Ness was also named to the Academic All-America and Academic All-Big Ten rosters. He earned the Minnesota athletic department's Golden Goldy's Male Athlete of the Year and the team's MVP award.
Ness finished second at the NCAA Championships in 2008 and third in 2009. As a freshman in 2007, he won a Big Ten title (125 lbs) and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year as Minnesota won the team crown. His fifth-place, All-American finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships helped the Gophers capture a team National Championship.
11/20/2017 - Wrestling
The No. 6 Gophers split in their ranked weekend with a win against No. 16 SDSU and a loss to No. 3 Oklahoma State. Here are some of the best highlights from the epic weekend.
Gophers Drop Tough Road Dual to Cowboys
11/19/2017 - Wrestling
The University of Minnesota wrestling team suffered its first defeat of the season, 30-3, to Oklahoma State on Sunday afternoon.
Gophers Earn Titles at Finn Grinaker Cobber Open
11/18/2017 - Wrestling
The University of Minnesota sent four wrestlers down to Concordia College to take on the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open, and three came back with first place finishes, along with a third place...