Jan. 2, 2012
Zach Sanders - Championship Match
Chris Dardanes - Championship Match
Tony Nelson - Championship Match
The No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team finished in second place at the 2012 Southern Scuffle, after scoring 177.5 points. Three Gophers were crowned individual champions of their respective weight classes. Zach Sanders, Chris Dardanes and Tony Nelson all finished the weekend with a perfect 6-0 record. Penn State won the overall team title with 191.5 points.
Sanders defeated Alan Waters of Missouri by a 1-0 decision, to cap off the title at 125 lbs. With the perfect finish Sanders is now 16-0 on the season and ranked No. 1 in the country.
Dardanes defeated Nick Soto of host school Chattanooga, by a 7-2 decision and Nelson picked up a 2-0 decision over Oregon State’s Clayton Jack, in their championship matches.
True freshman Logan Storley finished in third place at 174 lbs. after a 4-1 decision over Patrick Wright of Missouri. Kevin Steinhaus finished in third as well, after defeating Hofstra’s Ben Clymer in a 4-0 decision; at 184 lbs. Sonny Yohn took third place after picking up a 4-1 decision of Indiana’s Matt Powless.
The Gophers will next be in action this Sunday, when they host Ohio State on Sunday Jan. 8 at 1 pm., at the Sports Pavilion.
Gophers Compete in Junior World Team Trials
Four Minnesota wrestlers were among those seeking a spot on Team USA in the weekend qualifying tournament hosted in Irving, Texas
McKee Wins Thriller at Beat the Streets
Overcoming deficits of 2-0 and 4-2, Gopher commit Mitch McKee earned a thrilling victory over the Asian junior champion at Beat the Streets in Times Square
Minnesota graduates four wrestlers from this year’s roster, each with their own unique path forward now that their collegiate wrestling careers have ended