Tony Nelson
Tony  Nelson

Position:
Administrative Assistant

2012:
NCAA Champion


12/20/2015

Three Gopher Alums Punch Tickets to Olympic Trials

With runner-up and third-place finishes at U.S Nationals this weekend, Scott Schiller, Pat Smith and Tony Nelson are now all guaranteed a spot in the field at April’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials

12/17/2015

Gopher Alums Prepare for U.S. Senior Nationals

Nine former Gophers will compete against the nation’s best in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics

11/09/2015

Gopher Alumni Compete on International Stage

Eight former U of M wrestlers competed in last weekend's Bill Farrell International Open in New York City

05/14/2015

Six Gophers Earn Academic All-District Honors

Hannah Brandt, Jessica Flakne, Mathieu Froment, Michael Kroells, Lindsay Mable and Jessica Plant were named to this year's Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team.

05/14/2015

Six Gophers Earn Academic All-District Honors

Hannah Brandt, Jessica Flakne, Mathieu Froment, Michael Kroells, Lindsay Mable and Jessica Plant were named to this year's Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team.

03/25/2013

Nelson wins second title

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

03/19/2013

Top 10 Moments

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

02/24/2013

Gophers Win National Duals

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

02/23/2013

Gophers Advance to Finals

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

01/22/2013

Minnesota rallies past Illinois

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

03/08/2014

Big Tens First Session

Wrestling Championships

03/08/2014

Session Semi-finals

Big Tem Wrestling

02/02/2014

Gophers Vs Indiana

Big Ten Wrestling

07/12/2012

Tony Nelson

Tony Nelson Action Photos

Tony Nelson is currently serving as an administrative assistant for the University of Minnesota wrestling team. He joins the staff after completing one of the greatest careers in Gopher wrestling history, one during which he compiled a record of 131-16 at heavyweight. His 131 wins are ninth-best in program history.

Nelson earned four All-American recognitions during his Gopher career, beginning in 2010-11 when he finished second at the Big Ten Championships and seventh on the NCAA stage. That season, he shared the team's Most Outstanding Freshman honor with Kevin Steinhaus.

The following season, Nelson captured the Big Ten Championship en route to a National Championship, defeating the reigning national champ to claim the title. Nelson was named the team's Most Outstanding Wrestler and the U's Best Male Athlete at the school's 2012 Golden Goldy's awards ceremony.

Amazingly, Nelson improved upon that 32-2 season the following year, going 33-1 as a junior and repeating as both the Big Ten and NCAA National Champion. That season, Nelson went 16-1 against ranked opponents and defeated three wrestlers ranked in the top 10 during his NCAA tournament run.

Nelson carried a 17 match winning streak into 2013-14, one which he extended to 36 before dropping a match in January. By season's end, Nelson became a three-time Big Ten champion at heavyweight and returned to the finals of the NCAA Championships but ultimately placed as the runner-up in that competition.

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