Tony Nelson
Tony  Nelson

Position:
Administrative Assistant

2012:
NCAA Champion


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

11/11/2016

Trio of Gopher Alums Shine in NYC

Former Gophers Tony Nelson, Jayson Ness and Zach Sanders all delivered podium performances at the Bill Farrell Open on Saturday, with Nelson winning the 125 kilogram title

04/11/2016

Gophers Compete at Olympic Trials

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

04/07/2016

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

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

Eight Gophers Named Academic All-Big Ten

3/22/2017

Five of the team’s NCAA qualifiers are among those honored by the conference for achievements in the classroom

Gophers Return to NCAA Top 10

3/18/2017

Minnesota finished seventh at the 2017 NCAA Championships, marking the 19th time in 21 season the Maroon and Gold have finished among the nation’s 10 best

Four Gophers Become All-Americans; Two into Finals

3/17/2017

A quartet of Gophers earned All-America status on the second day of the 2017 NCAA Championships, led by Ethan Lizak and Brett Pfarr, who will wrestle for individual titles on Saturday

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