Tony Nelson  
Tony Nelson

RS Senior

Cambridge, Minn.

High School:
Cambridge-Isanti HS



NCAA Champion


Gophers Celebrate Golden Gopher Fund Annual Banquet

The Golden Gopher Fund Annual Banquet provides donors with an opportunity to see, firsthand, the impact they have on Gopher student-athletes' lives.


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 Wins Back-to-Back National Titles

The Gophers will finish third at the national tournament with 103 team points


Nelson wins second title

Tony Nelson won his second straight NCAA title on Saturday night in Des Moines.


Top 10 Moments

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


Gophers Win National Duals

The Golden Gophers won the National Duals with a win over Oklahoma State.


Gophers Advance to Finals

The Gopher wrestling team advanced to the finals of the National Duals after beating Iowa.


Minnesota rallies past Illinois

The Gopher Wrestling team won the final four matches to beat Illinois, 18-14.


Big Tens First Session

Wrestling Championships


Session Semi-finals

Big Tem Wrestling


Gophers Vs Indiana

Big Ten Wrestling


Tony Nelson

Tony Nelson Action Photos

Photo Gallery

2013-14 SEASON

Overall Record:22-4 (4-4)
Technical Falls:

Overall Record: 33-1
Dual Meet Record: 17-0
Big Ten Record: 8-0
Pins: 7
Major Decisions: 1
Technical Falls: 0

NCAA Heavyweight Champion for the second consecutive year • Defeated Northwestern's No. 5 Mike McMullan in the finals by a 6-2 decision • also defeated top-10 opponents in No. 10 Jarod Tice (Central Michigan) and No. 3 Alan Gelogaev (Oklahoma State) on the way to the title • All-American for the third time • Big Ten Champion for the second year in a row • Also defeated No. 2 McMullan (4-1) in the Big Ten finals • won by decisions over No. 8 Ben Apland (Michigan) and No. 4 Bobby Telford (Iowa) to reach the final • Pinned No. 3 Gelogaev to help the Gophers win the National Duals title (2/23/13) • Led Gophers with 33-1 overall record • Was undefeated in both overall and conference dual competition, finishing the regular season with a perfect 17-0 dual record and 8-0 Big Ten record • Was 16-1 against ranked opponents • Only loss of season came against No. 2 Dom Bradley of Missouri at the Southern Scuffle to finish tournament in second place (1/2/13) • Had notable victories against No. 2 Alan Gelogaev in a 2-0 decision (12/2/12) and No. 6 Chad Hanke of Oregon State (12/8/12) • Also defeated No. 8 Bobby Telford of Iowa on Jan. 26, 2013 and No. 7 Michael McClure of Michigan State on Feb. 3, 2013 • Won seven matches by fall • Won six matches off forfeits • Ranked as high as No. 1 in 2013 • Named team's Most Valuable Wrestler of the Year.

Overall Record: 32-2
Dual Meet Record: 15-2
Big Ten Record: 8-0
Pins: 7
Major Decisions: 2
Technical Falls: 0

2012 NCAA Heavy National Champion • All-American • Defeated 2011 NCAA champion Zach Rey of Lehigh in the finals by a 4-1 decision • Named Best Male Athlete of the Year at the 2012 Golden Goldy's • Awarded the Most Outstanding Wrestler on the team • Big Ten Champion • Finished the season 32-2 overall and 25 consecutive wins • Second on the team with eight falls • Posted a perfect 8-0 record in Big Ten dual matches • Defeated Peter Sturgeon of Central Michigan in the second round of the NCAA's by a 6-0 decision to erase a previous loss earlier in the season • Gave up just four points at the NCAA's • Outscored his opponents 150-55 on the season • One of four captains who posted 30 or more wins on the year • Started off the season with a Bison Open title • Posted a 4-0 record at the Bison Open to win the heavyweight title • Picked up wins over No. 4 Cameron Wade of Penn State (5-0) and No. 20 Matthew Gibson of Iowa State (4-0) • Defeated Oregon State's Clayton Jack to earn the Southern Scuffle (T.N.) championship • Posted a perfect 8-0 record against regular season Big Ten opponents, highlighted by victories over No. 17 Peter Capone of Ohio State, No. 11 Ben Apland of Michigan, and No. 9 Tucker Lane of Nebraska • Went 2-0 at the National Duals, including a sudden victory over Kent State's Brendan Barlow (5-4) • Letterwinner.

Overall Record: 33-8
Dual Meet Record: 13-4
Big Ten Record: 4-3
Pins: 2
Major Decisions: 3
Technical Falls: 0

All-American as a freshman, finished seventh at the NCAA national championships • Co-Most Outstanding Freshman team award winner with Kevin Steinhaus • Finished 33-8 overall with a record of 13-4 in duals matches and 4-3 in Big Ten matches • Recorded two pins and three major decisions • Opened the year with a pair of individual championships at the Bison Open and the Kaufman-Brand Open, finishing with a combined record of 8-0 • Finished third at the Southern Scuffle with a 6-1 record • Won the National Duals after beating Stryker Lane of Cornell in the semi-finals and Wisconsin's Eric Bugenhagen in the championship match • Finished second at the 2011 Big Ten Championships • Earned first letter.

2009-10 • REDSHIRTED:
Went 9-0 at heavyweight in his first season in the maroon and gold competing solely in open meets, joining Jayson Ness as the only Gophers to finish the season unbeaten • Won three matches by fall and one by major decision • Went 3-0 and was champion at the Duhawk Open beating Blake Rasing of Iowa 8-7 for the Championship • Went 4-0 at the Dragon Open, winning his first three matches by fall, and beating Tim Johnson of MSU Moorhead 4-2 in the Championship match • Opened the season with a split Championship at the Bison Open, going 2-0 share champion honors with Ben Berhow.

2009 graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School • Nation's top prospect at 215 lbs. • Two-time Minnesota State champion (197, Hwt.) • 2009 Minnesota Class AAA state champion with a 47-0 record, including a staggering 35 wins by fall • Captured the 2009 National Wrestling Championship in the 215-pound class with a 6-0 mark during the tournament • Tallied three pins in the tournament including the National Championship match with a fall in 30 seconds • State tournament place-winner as a junior and a sophomore, finishing as the runner-up in 2008 after recording a third-place finish in 2007 • Also won more than 40 bouts in each of the final three seasons of his prep career, going 44-3 as a junior and 41-6 as a sophomore • Concluded high school career with an impressive 141-18 record as a prep, including 80 victories by fall • Named an academic All-American for his success in the classroom • Also starred on the gridiron as a standout defensive end and linebacker • 2008 Mississippi Eight Conference Linebacker of the Year • Collected 112 tackles, including 20 for losses • Earned all-metro and all-conference accolades, and received honorable mention all-state recognition from The Associated Press • Finished his three-year football career with 259 tackles.

Born Sep. 27, 1990 • Son of Todd and Sandi Nelson • Has one brother Evan (22) and two sisters Kelli (21) and Grace (16) • Majoring in engineering • Lists winning national titles in both freestyle and folkstyle as his greatest sports thrills.

Season Wt. Overall Wt. Cl. Dual Big Ten Points Pins MD TF v.Rnk Strk Fast Pin Big Ten's NCAA's
2010-11 HWT 33-8 33-8 13-4 4-3 - 2 2 1 - - - 2nd 7th
2011-12 HWT 32-2 32-2 15-2 8-0 - 7 2 - 5-1 W25 1:10 3-0/1st 5-0/1st
2012-13 HWT 33-1 33-1 17-0 8-0 - 7 1 - 16-1 W17 3-0/1st 5-0/1st
Total 98-11 98-11 45-6 20-3 - - 5 1 21-2 - 1:10 - -