By many measure, the Gophers outperformed expectations this season. Take a journey through some of the highlights of the 2016-17 season, by the numbers
Tony Nelson named Most Valuable Wrestler
The Gophers will finish third at the national tournament
With 68 points, Minnesota sits third headed into the final day of competition
Minnesota remains in third with 47.5 points
Heading into the 2013 NCAA Championships, we count down the top 10 moments from the 2012-13 season.
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.
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.
2014-15 • SENIOR
Overall Record: 31-7
Dual Meet Record: 12-2
Big Ten Record: 7-2
Major Decisions: 5
Technical Falls: 5
All-American • Letterwinner • Winner of the team's Most Exciting Wrestler Award • Led team in tech falls (five) • 12 victories over ranked wrestlers were second-most on the team • Did not lose a match to any wrestler not ranked in the top 10 nationally • Began season with Bison Open title, a four-match run that included a major decision, a tech fall and two falls • Pin of Mathew Totay (Northland Community and Technical College) in just 25 seconds during Bison Open was fastest fall by a Gopher during the season • Began season with eight consecutive bonus point victories, four at the Bison Open and four more to open the dual season • Won Aloha Open title with a 3-0 record • Finished fourth at Big Ten Championships • Finished fourth at NCAA Championships • Reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships for the fourth consecutive year • Fourth-place finish at NCAA Championships put him in a group of just 10 Gophers who finished collegiate careers as four-time All-Americans
2013-14 • JUNIOR
Overall Record: 35-6
Dual Meet Record: 12-2
Big Ten Record: 6-1
Major Decisions: 8
Technical Falls: 6
All-American • Finished third at NCAA Championships • Finished fourth at Big Ten Championships • Finished first at Bison Open with a record of 4-0 • Began event by winning by technical fall, then pin, then technical fall again • Finished first at Harold Nichols Cycloen Open with a record of 5-0 • Placed third at Southern Scuffle with a record of 6-1 • Avenged only loss at Southern Scuffle by defeating No. 3 Mathew Brown of Penn State 8-4 when Minnesota knocked off the top-ranked Nittany Lions during a dual meet later in the season • Won all three of his matches as part of Minnesota's third-straight National Duals Championship • Defeated No. 11 Tanner Weatherman of Iowa State, 10-6 • Defeated three Big Ten opponents by major decision, and a fourth by technical fall, Kevin Nash of Michigan State
2012-13 • SOPHOMORE
Overall Record: 28-5
Dual Meet Record: 14-0
Big Ten Record: 7-0
Major Decisions: 10
Technical Falls: 2
All-American • Finished season with 28-5 overall record • Was undefeated in both dual and Big Ten play • Recorded 14-0 dual record and 7-0 Big Ten record • Given the Fraser Dean "Most Courageous" Award • Named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Feb. 26 • Finished in first place at Bison Open Tournament (11/10/12) • First loss of season came against No. 1 Chris Perry of Oklahoma State to finish in second place at Southern Scuffle (1/2/13) • Finished fourth at NCAA Championships after 3-1 sudden victory against No. 4 Robert Kokesh of Nebraska • Took seventh at the Big Ten Championships • Went 3-0 at National Dual Finals • Defeated No. 4 Mike Evans of Iowa in 4-3 decision • Only losses came from ranked opponents • Had nine wins by major decision • Ranked as high as No.1 by end of season
2011-12 • FRESHMAN
Overall Record: 25-9
Dual Meet Record: 9-3
Big Ten Record: 7-0
Pins: - -
Major Decisions: 6
Technical Falls: 5
All-American as a true freshman • Finished sixth at the NCAA championships • Went 25-9 in his first season wearing the Maroon and Gold • Named the Most Exciting Wrestler of the 2011-12 season • Started the season 8-0 before sustaining an injury which sidelined him for one month • Finished runner-up to Penn State's Ed Ruth at the Big Ten Championships • Went 7-0 in Big Ten dual matches • Undefeated (5-0) in the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open in a return to South Dakota • Wrestled No. 7 Christopher Spangler at the Iowa State dual and dropped a 3-5 decision • Picked up a 2-1 decision over Dan Stelter at the Illinois dual • Upset fifth ranked Justin Zeerip of Michigan in overtime to help guide the Gophers to a victory • Beat Iowa's No. 9 Ethan Lofthouse 5-3 in the Gopher loss (19-17) in the highly-anticipated rivalry dual • Welcomed Nebraska to the Big Ten with a 5-2 win over Tyler Koehn in a dual match • Beat Missouri's Dorian Henderson and Kent State's Brandon Johnson during National Duals with a 2-0 and 13-3 margins, respectively • Letterwinner
Graduated from Webster High School in South Dakota • High school coaches were John Schiley, Wade Rausch and Leron Pasek • 2010 NHSCA Junior National Champion • Awarded the Disney Duals MVP after finishing 12-0 • Fargo Freestyle National Champion in 2009 • 2011 Jr. Hodge award • 2011 South Dakota Dual Schultz Winner • MVP of 2011 state tournament • USA Folkstyle National Champion in 2008 and NHSCA folkstyle Freshman National Champion • Six-time state champion (7th grade-12th grade) • Won four letters in football.
Born on September 8, 1992 • Son of Larry and Jodi Storley • Plans to major in business • Has two sisters, Jade and Janessa • Honor senior year with a 3.5 GPA • Enjoys snowmobiling, wakeboarding and mixed martial arts
|Season||Overall||Dual||Big Ten||Pins||Maj. Dec.||Tech. Fall||B1G Finish||NCAA Finish|
|Totals||119-27||47-7||27-3||12||29||18||- -||- -|
Gophers Score Big in the Classroom
Whether measured by grade point averages, conference rankings or individual academic accolades, 2016-17 set a new academic standard for Gopher Wrestling
Bleise Becomes Newest Gopher
Two-time NCAA qualifier Steve Bleise will transfer from Northern Illinois and join the Gophers this fall
McKee Earns Junior World Team Spot
Mitch McKee will represent the USA at 60 kg in Finland this August, while Tony Nelson earns a senior national team spot by finishing third at 125 kg