March 22, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- After a successful Session V of the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships that saw five wins for the Golden Gophers, the University of Minnesota wrestling team leads the competition going into the final round with 104.0 team points. Reigning three-time champion Penn State is 2.5 behind the Maroon and Gold while Oklahoma State sits in third place with 87.5 points.
The success of the medal round cemented All-America honors for seven Golden Gophers.
Redshirt senior Danny Zilverberg earned his first All-America honor with a seventh place finish at 165 pounds. Zilverberg, who knew that any points he would score for the Gophers would be crucial, was able to top Pierce Harger of Northwestern by decision, 6-2. Zilverberg's seventh-place finish would be the first of five wins for the Gophers during the medal round.
Both David Thorn and Kevin Steinhaus ended their Gopher careers with fifth-place finishes. Thorn, who earned his second All-America honor, topped Mason Beckman of Lehigh at 133. Three-time All-American Steinhaus showed up big for the Gophers with a technical fall over Lorenzo Thomas of Pittsburgh, 18-2. This win helped lift the Gophers to first place in the team race as he earned bonus points for his dominating win.
Junior Logan Storley and his Nebraska opponent Robert Kokesh battled throughout the third-place bout in a rematch of last year's bronze medal matchup. In 2013, Kokesh came out on top, securing a spot on th podium but in this year's edition of their battle, Storley was able to defeat him 3-1 in tiebreaker 1 to earn third place. This victory for Storley marked his second victory over Kokesh and his third victory in extra minutes during the 2014 tournament. Storley is now a three-time All-American.
No. 4 seed and redshirt junior Scott Schiller improved on his 2013 finish by defeating familiar opponent Kyven Gadson of Iowa State to earn third-place and his second All-America accolade. The pair met earlier in the tournament and once in the regular season. He sealed the deal with a 9-6 victory over Gadson to finish the year 36-6 overall.
Four time All-American and back-to-back heavyweight champion Tony Nelson and three-time All-American Dylan Ness are the last two men standing for the Maroon and Gold as they both punched their tickets to the finals with wins last night. If Nelson were to win this evening's final bout, he will be the first Gopher to win three individual national titles.
The championship matches begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN. The round will start at 174 to highlight individual matches.
5th: David Thorn (Minnesota) dec. Mason Beckman (Lehigh), 5-3
7th: Danny Zilverberg (Minnesota) dec. Pierce Harger (Northwestern), 6-2
3rd: Logan Storley (Minnesota) dec. Robert Kokesh (Nebraska), 3-1 TB
5th: Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) tech. fall Lorenzo Thomas (Penn), 18-2
3rd: Scott Schiller (Minnesota) dec. Kyven Gadson (Iowa State), 9-6
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