March 15, 2012
Minnesota sits in second place after day one of the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships with 33 points. Penn State leads the field with 38.5 and Cornell sits in third with 27.5.
The Golden Gophers have advanced eight wrestlers into tomorrow mornings quarterfinal round, which is the most in the entire field. Penn State advanced seven and Iowa who sits in sixth place adavanced six.
Ninth seed Dardanes scored an early 4-2 decision over North Carolina State’s eighth seed Darius Little. Dardanes lost to Little back at the Southern Scuffle in the quarterfinals 7-3. The Chicago native will square off with top ranked Kellen Russell of Michigan tomorrow morning. Dardanes nearly beat last year’s National Champion at the Big Ten Championships (3-1 dec.) a few weeks back.
Once again Steinhaus put Minnesota fans on the edge of their seat. The Penncok, Minn., native scored a last second takedown against Virginia’s Jon Fausey. Just like in the Big Ten Championship, Steinhaus blocked a shot from his opponent and turned it into his own takedown, bringing the Scottrade Center fans to their feet. Steinhaus will square off with Cornell’s Steve Bosak in the quarterfinals. Bosak beat Steinhaus by an 8-2 decision earlier in the season.
Yohn moved onto the quarterfinals tomorrow after knocking off Big Ten Champion Mario Gonzalez of Illinois. Yohn fell to Gonzalez by a 5-4 decision back in January, but the senior wrestled all seven minutes and pulled off win. The two-time All-American will take on Christopher Honeycutt of Edinboro, who is the second overall seed.
Nelson would close out the championship portion of matches for the Gophers with a 6-0 decision over Central Michigan’s Peter Stuergeon. The Cambridge, Minn., native fell to Sturgeon (6-4 dec.) for his first loss of the season, back in December.
Session I- 18,694
Session II- 18,8695
Results from Day 1
Champ Round 2 – Nick Dardanes 12-4 maj. Over Kevin Fanta (NIU)
Champ Round 3 –Nick Dardanes 4-2 dec. over Darius Little (NC State)
Champ Round 2- Dylan Ness 4-2 dec. Shane Welsh (Lehigh)
Champ Round 3-Dylan Ness 11-7 dec. Corey Jantzen (Harvard)
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