Tony Nelson
Tony  Nelson

Position:
Administrative Assistant

2012:
NCAA Champion


06/11/2017

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

06/07/2017

Gophers Past and Present Prepared for World Trials

This weekend’s tournament in Lincoln, Neb., will determine the final U.S. roster for both the junior- and senior-level World Championships later this summer

04/30/2017

Smith Earns Spot on Team USA at U.S. Open

Pat Smith clinched the 71-kilogram spot on Team USA’s 2017 Greco World Championships roster by winning the U.S. Open title in Las Vegas this weekend

03/04/2017

Nelson Wins Gold in Ukraine

Two-time national champion Tony Nelson took three matches in Kiev, Ukraine to capture the 125-kilo title at the XXI Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial tournament

01/29/2017

Ness Wins Silver in Paris

A pair of Gopher alums, Jayson Ness and Tony Nelson, took on some of the world’s best wrestling freestyle at the 2017 Paris International

03/25/2013

Nelson wins second title

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

03/19/2013

Top 10 Moments

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

02/24/2013

Gophers Win National Duals

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

02/23/2013

Gophers Advance to Finals

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

01/22/2013

Minnesota rallies past Illinois

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

03/08/2014

Big Tens First Session

Wrestling Championships

03/08/2014

Session Semi-finals

Big Tem Wrestling

02/02/2014

Gophers Vs Indiana

Big Ten Wrestling

07/12/2012

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.

MORE HEADLINES

Gopher Wrestling Tickets Now On Sale

9/20/2017

Season tickets and single match tickets are now available for the University of Minnesota Wrestling 2017-2018 season.

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9/13/2017

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Miles and Miles

9/5/2017

Miles Patton traveled to Berlin, Germany for seven weeks this summer and was able to immerse himself into a different culture.

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