March 22, 2014
OKLAHOMA STATE, Okla. -- The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team capped off their 2013-14 season with a second-place finish with 104 team points at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Penn State University clinched their fourth consecutive NCAA championship with two wins in the final round and eneded the three day event with 109.5 team points.
Despite having two Gophers in the final round of competition, the Maroon and Gold would not have a national champion in 2014.
Redshirt senior and four-time All-American Tony Nelson fell to Nick Gwiazdowski of North Carolina State, 4-2. Nelson had defeated Gwiazdowski earlier this season at the Southern Scuffle but was unable to overcome two third period takedowns to win his third national championship. Nelson finishes his last season as a Gopher with an overall record of 33-5. Throughout his time with the Minnesota wrestling program, Nelson won three Big Ten heavyweight titles and two national championships.
Redshirt junior and three-time All-American Dylan Ness made his way to the finals in surprising fashion. Ness, who began the tournament as an underdog for a championship run as the ninth seed, upset top-seeded James Green of Nebraska and the fourth-seeded Ian Miller of Kent State University en route to a championship appearance. He tallied three pins on the tournament while finishing the season with twelve. He would ultimately fall to Oklahoma State University's Alex Dieringer who was the No. 3 seed, 12-4.
The second-place finish for the Golden Gophers marks the ninth time the Gophers have finished in the top ten in the last ten years.
NCAA Championships Final Team Standings
1. Penn State 109.5
2. Minnesota 104
3. Oklahoma State 96.5
4. Iowa 78.5
5. Edinboro 62
6. Ohio State 57
7. Cornell 53
8. Virginia Tech 49
9. Northwestern 46
10. Oklahoma 45
Five Gophers Earn Academic All-America Nods
The five at-large honorees raises Minnesota’s Academic All-America season total to eight – the most accolades in school history.
Petry Paces Gophers at University Nationals
Skyler Petry and Michael Kroells provided bookends for Minnesota, earning podium finishes in the lightest and heaviest weight classes
"M" Club Hall of Fame Welcomes 11
Minnesota's alumni letterwinners club will add to its Hall of Fame 11 former student-athletes who represented 10 Gopher programs in six different decades