Jan. 2, 2013
Wrapping up the final day at the 2012 Southern Scuffle, the No. 3 Golden Gopher wrestling team finished in fourth place with 139.5 total team points. For the second year in a row, Penn State captured the Scuffle title in Chattanooga, Tenn., gathering 178.5 points on the day. The next closest team was Oklahoma State who tallied 158.0 points. Missouri finished just head of the Gophers with 147.5 points.
Despite failing to crown a single champion at the event, Minnesota was able to pull out other top finishes. Three grapplers placed second, while others finished third in their respective brackets.
Tony Nelson, Logan Storley, and Chris Dardanes each finished runner-up. Nelson fell to Missouri’s Dom Bradley by a 2-1 decision in a tiebreaker round. The loss snaps Nelson’s 40-match win streak that dates back to last season.
Storley got a shot at Oklahoma State’s No. 1 Chris Perry and narrowly missed the championship title with a 7-6 decision loss. Dardanes also came up short of the crown, losing 3-2 to Jon Morrison, also of Oklahoma State.
The Maroon and Gold returns to dual competition on Jan. 11 when the team travels to Columbus, Ohio for a Big Ten meet against the Buckeyes.
Highlights: Air Force
Relive some of the most important moments of last Saturday's dual at the Sports Pavilion
Gophers Power Past Air Force
A pin by Brandon Kingsley and bonus point decision by Brett Pfarr led the Gophers to a 22-12 win against Air Force
Eight Gophers Place at Cobber Open
Bobby Steveson captures 197-pound title in his collegiate debut to lead the way for the Gophers