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Tony Nelson named Most Valuable Wrestler
Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics
The Gophers will finish third at the national tournament
The Gophers will finish third at the national tournament with 103 team points
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 Action Photos
2012-13 REDSHIRT JUNIOR:
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.
2011-12 REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE:
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.
2010-11 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN:
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.
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.