Five Gopher alums wrestled in Iowa City in the hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team
With three wrestlers in the freestyle field and two more competing in Greco, the Gophers are well represented at this weekend’s tournament
Both Nelson and fellow Gopher alum Scott Schiller gave strong performances to Team USA at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul
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
Nine former Gophers will compete against the nation’s best in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics
Tony Nelson won his second straight NCAA title on Saturday night in Des Moines.
Heading into the 2013 NCAA Championships, we count down the top 10 moments from the 2012-13 season.
The Golden Gophers won the National Duals with a win over Oklahoma State.
The Gopher wrestling team advanced to the finals of the National Duals after beating Iowa.
The Gopher Wrestling team won the final four matches to beat Illinois, 18-14.
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.
Gophers Compete in Junior World Team Trials
Four Minnesota wrestlers were among those seeking a spot on Team USA in the weekend qualifying tournament hosted in Irving, Texas
McKee Wins Thriller at Beat the Streets
Overcoming deficits of 2-0 and 4-2, Gopher commit Mitch McKee earned a thrilling victory over the Asian junior champion at Beat the Streets in Times Square
Minnesota graduates four wrestlers from this year’s roster, each with their own unique path forward now that their collegiate wrestling careers have ended