Jayson Ness
Jayson  Ness

Bloomington, Minn.

High School:
John F. Kennedy HS

Administrative Assistant



Gophers Past and Present Prepared for World Trials

This weekend’s tournament in Lincoln, Neb., will determine the final U.S. roster for both the junior- and senior-level World Championships later this summer


Ness Brothers Qualify for World Team Trials

Gopher alums Jayson and Dylan Ness won the 61- and 70-kilogram titles at Saturday’s Last Chance Qualifier in Rochester, clinching spots at June’s World Team Trials


Smith Earns Spot on Team USA at U.S. Open

Pat Smith clinched the 71-kilogram spot on Team USA’s 2017 Greco World Championships roster by winning the U.S. Open title in Las Vegas this weekend


Ness Wins Silver in Paris

A pair of Gopher alums, Jayson Ness and Tony Nelson, took on some of the world’s best wrestling freestyle at the 2017 Paris International


Looking Back: 2007 National Champs

The wrestling program will honor the 10-year anniversary of the program's third national championship at this Friday's dual against Nebraska

After four seasons as the volunteer assistant coach at Minnesota, his alma mater, Jayson Ness moved into an administrative assistant role for 2015-16 as he attempted to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

Ness has a wealth of on-the-mat 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.


Lizak Takes Fourth as Gophers End Season at NCAAs

Lizak Takes Fourth as Gophers End Season at NCAAs

3/17/2018 - Wrestling

The last Gopher standing at the end of three grueling days of competition in Cleveland closed out Minnesota’s 2017-18 campaign

Lizak Becomes Two-Time All-American

Lizak Becomes Two-Time All-American

3/16/2018 - Wrestling

Ethan Lizak’s march through wrestlebacks highlighted Minnesota’s second day at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland

Minnesota Wraps Up Opening Day at NCAAs

Minnesota Wraps Up Opening Day at NCAAs

3/15/2018 - Wrestling

Five Gophers will look to work their way through wrestlebacks tomorrow to earn All-America honors

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