Tony Nelson
Tony  Nelson

Administrative Assistant

NCAA Champion


Gophers Compete at Olympic Trials

Five Gopher alums wrestled in Iowa City in the hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team


Five Gopher Alums Set for Olympic Team Trials

With three wrestlers in the freestyle field and two more competing in Greco, the Gophers are well represented at this weekend’s tournament


Tony Nelson Wins Silver Medal in Turkey

Both Nelson and fellow Gopher alum Scott Schiller gave strong performances to Team USA at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul


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


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


Nelson wins second title

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


Top 10 Moments

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


Gophers Win National Duals

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


Gophers Advance to Finals

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


Minnesota rallies past Illinois

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


Big Tens First Session

Wrestling Championships


Session Semi-finals

Big Tem Wrestling


Gophers Vs Indiana

Big Ten Wrestling


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.


Get to Know Zach Sanders


One of just 10 four-time All-Americans in program history, Sanders brings a track record of consistent success to the Gophers’ volunteer assistant position

Lawrence and Neu Celebrate Hall of Fame Inductions


Two former national champs entered the “M” Club Hall of Fame on Thursday and then appeared at sporting events throughout the weekend to celebrate their accomplishments

Gopher to Host Open Practice


Get a sneak peek at the 2016-17 Minnesota wrestling team during an open-doors practice on Oct. 29

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