Alec Ortiz's championship performance in Greco at 75 kilograms guarantees him a spot in next weekend's U.S. Olympic Team Trials tournament
Nine wrestlers with ties to the Minnesota program will be in action this weekend in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier tournament
Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
Nick Dardanes, Scott Schiller, and Kevin Steinhaus receive individual recognition
Tony Nelson named Most Valuable Wrestler
Heading into the 2013 NCAA Championships, we count down the top 10 moments from the 2012-13 season.
The Gopher Wrestling team won the final four matches to beat Illinois, 18-14.
Recap of Minnesota's 32-6 win over Hofstra at the Sports Pavilion.
Heading into NCAAs, relive the top 10 moments of the 2012 wrestling season.
Get to know Gopher wrestling captains Zach Sanders, Sonny Yohn, Kevin Steinhaus and Tony Nelson.
2013-14 REDSHIRT SENIOR
Dual Meet Record:10-2
Big Ten Record:6-1
All-American Academic All-Big Ten Big Ten Distinguished Scholar NCAA Qualifier Finished fifth at NCAA Championships Placed fourth at Big Ten Championships Finished first at UNI Open with a 5-0 record, scoring a victory by decision, major decision (two), technical fall and pin en route to the championship Placed fourth at Southern Scuffle with a record of 4-2 Defeated No. 19 John Rizqallah of Michigan State by technical fall, 16-1 Scored major decision victories in three matches at Big Ten dual meets, defeating Jacob Berkowitz of Northwestern 14-5, Dylan Iczkowski of Wisconsin 16-4 and Lucas Sheridan of Indiana 15-2
2012-13 REDSHIRT JUNIOR
Dual Meet Record:18-0
Big Ten Record:8-0
Finished season with 29-4 record Was undefeated in Big Ten and dual matches Voted as the Verne Gagne "Leadership Award" winner named to 2012-13 CoSIDA Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team Had 18-0 dual record and 8-0 Big Ten record Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors named to National Wrestling Coaches Association All Academic Top 30 Team Fell to No. 1 Ed Ruth of Penn State in 6-4 sudden victory to finish second place at Big Ten Championships Saw two technical falls at Big Ten Championships Finished in third place at Southern Scuffle Tournament (1/2/13) Scored a 9-1 major decision against C.J. Magrum of Ohio State Was 11-4 against ranked opponents overall All losses came from ranked opponents Notable victories against No. 6 Josh Ihnen, No. 12 Cody Dixon, No. 10 Mike Larson, and No. 12 Tony Dallago Won nine matches by major decision Had three straight victories winning by technical fall (12/7/12-1/1/13)
2011-12 REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE
Dual Meet Record:14-3
Big Ten Record:8-0
All-American Finished fifth at the NCAA championships Voted the Most Dedicated Wrestler of the Year on the team One of the four team captains that also won 30 or more matches on the season Big Ten Champion at 184 pounds Went 34-6 and led the team with 10 wins by major decision Finished a perfect 8-0 in Big Ten dual matches Named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week in week one after upsetting defending NCAA champion Quentin Wright (6-1 decision) of Penn State Won 21 straight matches during the season that included a Southern Scuffle title and last second victories over No. 7 Josh Ihnen of Nebraska (3-2, 3-1 SV) Went a perfect 4-0 and claimed a Bison Open title to start off the season Outscored his opponents 141-42 in the month of January after going 12-1 Named to the Big Ten All-Academic Letterwinner
2010-11 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN
Dual Meet Record:14-6
Big Ten Record:5-2
All-American as a freshman Co-Most Outstanding Freshman team award recipient with Tony Nelson Voted Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, Dec. 14 34-12 overall in first year with the Gophers, 14-6 in duals meets and a 5-2 record in the Big Ten Had one pin, two technical falls and tied for first on the team with Zach Anderson with 11 wins by major decisions and 34 total wins Finished as the runner-up in the 2011 Big Ten Championships Made his first-career appearance at the NCAA championships and finished eighth Opened the year with a 4-0 showing at the Bison Open, after beating his opponents by a combined score of 54-20 to earn his first Golden Gopher title Finished second at the Kaufman-Brand Open with a 4-1 record; only loss was a 2-1 decision in the finals Finished third at the Southern Scuffle with a 6-1 record Went 10-1 in December In January, Steinhaus took care of Iowa States' Richard Shafer in a demolishing 18-2 technical fall victory Earned his first letter
2009-10 FRESHMAN (REDSHIRTED)
Winner of the team Academic Award with the highest GPA among the freshman class Posted a 20-3 record in his first season at Minnesota, competing solely in open meets Was one of eight Gophers to log 20 or more wins on the season, and the only freshman to do so Went 11-3 at 174 in the first half of the season and 9-0 at 184 in the second half Won two matches by pin and 11 by major decision, tying Mike Thorn for the team lead Ended the season on an 11-match winning streak, and won 18 of his last 19 bouts First collegiate win came in his first career match, over Phillip Downs of Northern State 13-3 on 11/14 Champion at the North Country Open, going 5-0 and beating Mic Berg of St. Cloud State 4-3 in the championship match Champion at the Worthington Open, going 4-0 and beating Mic Berg of St. Cloud State 5-2 in the championship match Placed third at the Dragon Open, going 4-1 beating Carl Serck of Augustana with his only blemish a 0-2 setback to Jarrett Hall Champion at the Kaufman-Brand Amateur, beating Celb Kolb of Nebraska 4-3 in the Championship match Placed fifth at the Bison Open after a 3-2 mark at the tournament, beating William Fate of Southwest Minnesota in the fifth place match, with his only losses to teammates Scott Glasser and Cody Yohn
2009 graduate of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg High School Coached by Wes Haglund and Craig Johnson Three-time Minnesota state champion, four-time finalist, and a five-time place winner First team academic all-state selection 160lbs. champion as a senior posting an unblemished 50-0 record Won the 152-pound Class A title as a junior after capturing the 145-pound title as a sophomore During junior campaign, posted a 47-0 record, and went 39-0 as a sophomore Four-time All-Conference performer Led his squad to a team state title as a senior in 2009 No. 5-ranked prospect in his weight class The 2008 NHSCA Junior National Championships runner-up Three-sport athlete, also competing in football and track and field Football team was state champion as a senior Member of the National Honor Society
Born Jun. 14, 1990 Son of Mike and Suzanne Steinhaus Has one sister, Kristi (23) Majoring in kinesiology Lists greatest sports thrill as winning a state team championship
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