Nick Dardanes, Scott Schiller, and Kevin Steinhaus receive individual recognition
Tony Nelson named Most Valuable Wrestler
Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics
Overall conference list includes 90 wrestlers
For the second year in a row, gymnast Nathan Fortunato posted an unblemished 4.0 GPA.
Heading into the 2013 NCAA Championships, we count down the top 10 moments from the 2012-13 season.
Golden Gopher wrestlers take you behind the scenes.
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.
2014-15 • REDSHIRT SENIOR
Overall Record: 29-7
Dual Meet Record: 10-2
Big Ten Record: 7-2
Major Decisions: 10
Technical Falls: - -
All-American • Academic All-Big Ten • NWCA All-Academic honoree • Letterwinner • Winner of the team's Verne Gagne Scholarship/Leadership Award • Led team in major decision (10) • Did not lose a match wrestled to completion against any unranked wrestlers • Began season with an exhibition victory over No. 1 J'Den Cox (Missouri) at the NWCA All-Star Classic • Suffered injury in the Bison Open title match after scoring back-to-back falls over Kody Vandeneykel (Concordia-Moorhead) and teammate Nate Rose, an injury that forced him to miss the season's first three duals • Returned to action with a second-period fall over Nick McDiarmid (Michigan State) and an 11-4 victory over No. 19 Austin Schafter (Oklahoma State) • Finished second at the Cliff Keen Invitational, losing the title match to eventual national champ Kyven Gadson (Iowa State) • All four victories at Cliff Keen Invitational were by major decision (three) or fall (one) • Won 197 pound title at Aloha Open with 4-0 record • Finished third at Big Ten Championships • Finished fourth at NCAA Championships • Joined a club of just 25 Gophers to earn at least three All-America medals during their careers
2013-14 • REDSHIRT JUNIOR
Overall Record: 34-5
Dual Meet Record: 12-3
Big Ten Record: 7-1
Major Decisions: 10
Technical Falls: - -
All-American • Academic All-Big Ten • Began season by winning his first 24 matches • NCAA Qualifier • Placed third at NCAA Championships • Placed third at Big Ten Championships • Finished first at Bison Open, pinning each of his final three opponents • Finished first at Harold Nichols Cyclone Open with a record of 5-0 • Finished first at Southern Scuffle with a 5-0 record • Defeated No. 16/17 Braden Atwood of Purdue by major decision, 15-7 • Defeated No. 1 Taylor Meeks of Oregon State by scoring a take down in sudden victory overtime • Defeated No. 16 Nathan Burak of Iowa by major decision, 16-5 • Avenged loss to Kyven Gadson of Iowa State from earlier dual meet by defeating Gadson twice at NCAA Championships
2012-13 • REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE
Overall Record: 29-6
Dual Meet Record: 16-1
Big Ten Record: 8-0
Major Decisions: 6
Technical Falls: - -
All-American • Academic All-Big Ten • National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Top-30 team • Finished the season with a 29-6 overall record, including 10-6 against ranked opponents • Earned Gophers Most Dedicated honor • Named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Jan 22 • Had 16-1 dual record and 8-0 Big Ten record • Finished fifth at NCAA Championships defeating No. 6 Kyven Gadson in a 6-2 decision • Also defeated No. 2 Quentin Wright and No. 11 Gonzalez • Took second at the Big Ten Championships • Went 3-0 at the National Duels • Only dual loss was to No. 10 Taylor Meeks of Oregon State • Had notable victories against No. 6 Nathan Burak, No. 9 Andre Campolattano, and No. 6 Mario Gonzalez • Defeated Joel Bauman to finish in first place of Bison Open (11/10/12) • Finished in fifth place overall at the Southern Scuffle Tournament (1/2/13) • Won six matches by major decision
2011-12 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN
Overall Record: 26-4
Dual Meet Record: 1-0
Big Ten Record: 1-0
Major Decisions: 7
Technical Falls: 2
Finished the season with a record of 26-4, primarily in open tournaments • Recorded three wins by fall, seven by major and two by technical fall • Started the season off with a 3-1 performance at the Bison Open • Scored three major decision on 41 points • Won a title at the UNI Open after going 4-0 • Pinned Quintin Edwards of Iowa Wester at the 3:33 mark • Went 4-0 at the Husky Open for a championship • Picked up a 17-6 major decision over Mic Berg of St. Cloud State • Pinned Minnesota Moorhead's Eric Lehmann at the 4:56 mark • Finished 8-2 at the Southern Scuffle • Losses came to teammate Sonny Yohn and NCAA Champion Cameron Simaz of Cornell • Pinned Colynn Cook of Navy at 1:59 • Scored a 20-4 technical fall against Daniel Mills of Army • Won an 11-6 bout over Morgan McIntosh of Penn State • Jumped into the starting lineup on the road in the Purdue dual • Beat Justin Dinius by a 21-6 technical fall • Won a title at the North Country Open to close out the season • Letterwinner
2010-11 • FRESHMAN (REDSHIRTED)
Finished overall in his first season with the Gophers with three pins • Won the North Country Open with a 9-8 decision over St. John's Tony Willaert, the No. 1 seed in the tournament • Took second Husky Open with a pair of falls over Brandon Ross of Minnesota State-Mankato, Jordan Arndt of St. Cloud State and added an 11-3 major decision against Logan Johnson of Iowa Central in the semifinals of the 197 lbs. division • Took second at the Kaufman-Board Open • Placed fourth at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open at South Dakota State University
A 2010 graduate of West Fargo Senior High School • Earned three-consecutive North Dakota state titles • Finished his high school career with a 165-27 overall record • Posted a perfect 43-0 record as a senior in route to a state championship at 215-pounds • Ranked No. 4 in the nation in his weight class as a senior • Named North Dakota's Senior Wrestler of the Year in 2010 • Captured the state title as a junior at 189-pounds • Won his first state championship as a sophomore, claiming the title at 171-pounds
|Season||Overall||Dual||Big Ten||Pins||Maj. Dec.||Tech. Fall||B1G Finish||NCAA Finish|
|2010-11 (RS)||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -|
|2011-12||26-4||1-0||1-0||3||7||2||- -||- -|
|Totals||116-22||39-6||23-3||21||33||2||- -||- -|
Meet Newcomer Steve Bleise
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Wrestling Welcomes Fans to Open Practice
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Big Ten Announces Wrestling Broadcast Schedule
The Big Ten Conference office announced today its broadcast schedule for the 2017-18 wrestling season, which will include three of eight road duals for the Gophers this season.