March 23, 2013
Minnesota Wrestling boasts a tournament-high of eight All-Americans at the 2013 NCAA Championships as the event is nearing its end. This is the second year in a row the Gophers have topped the All-American numbers at the NCAAs.
Minnesota has locked in third place with 99 team points and is out of contention of winning of the team title. Penn State and Oklahoma State sit ahead with 114.5 and 111.5 team points, respectively. The national championship team will be determined by tonight’s final bouts. At fourth, Iowa sits a full 30 points behind the Gophers with 69 team points and Cornell sits closely behind with 61.
David Thorn took seventh at 125 lbs. after being unseeded to begin the competition. He capped off a fantastic season in style, pinning No. 12 Tyler Cox (Wyoming) at the 1:17 mark in the match’s first round. Nick Dardanes outscored Zach Neibert (Virginia Tech), 9-5, to earn his seventh-place finish.
As the team’s only starting senior, Yohn closes out his career with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA championships. He defeated Virginia’s Nicholas Sulzer by a score of 8-5 to go out on a high note to loud cheers and congratulations from the Gopher crowd.
After being picked at No. 10, Schiller disputed his original seed by placing fifth at 197 lbs. After falling 11-3 to Oregon State’s Taylor Meeks (No. 5) in the consolation semifinals, Schiller rebounded to push past No. 6 Kyvon Gadson and win 6-2.
Chris Dardanes, Dylan Ness, Logan Storley each became two-time All-Americans by placing in the top eight of their brackets. Ness and Storley found themselves battling third place but both has to settle for fourth after tough losses. Ness dropped a 7-3 decision to Steve Santos of Columbia, while Storley lost a 3-1 sudden victory to fellow South Dakota native Robert Kokesh (Nebraska). Dardanes took sixth after a 0-2 day on the mat.
Three-time All-American heavyweight Tony Nelson is the last man standing for the Maroon and Gold. He will defend his 2012 National Championship Title against Northwestern’s Mike McMullan tonight.
The championship matches will be live on ESPN starting at 7 p.m. In an experimental new format, competition will begin at 174 lbs. and circle back around to end with a marquee match at 165 lbs.
2013 NCAA Division I Championships Results for Minnesota
Minnesota sits third with 99 team points
125 - David Thorn placed 7th and scored 12.00 team points.
7th Place Match - David Thorn (MINN) won by fall over Tyler Cox (WYO), 1:17
133 - Chris Dardanes placed 6th and scored 11.00 team points.
Cons. Semi - Tyler Graff (WIS) won by decision over Chris Dardanes (MINN), 7-4
5th Place Match - Jonathon Morrison (OK ST) won by decision over Chris Dardanes (MINN), 6-4
141 - Nick Dardanes placed 7th and scored 7.50 team points.
7th Place Match - Nick Dardanes (MINN) won by decision over Zach Neibert (VT), 9-5
149 - Dylan Ness placed 4th and scored 14.50 team points.
Cons. Semi - Dylan Ness (MINN) won by decision over Drake Houdashelt (MIZZ), 4-2
3rd Place Match - Steve Santos (COLM) won by decision over Dylan Ness (MINN), 7-3
165 - Cody Yohn placed 7th and scored 6.50 team points.
7th Place Match - Cody Yohn (MINN) won in tie breaker over Nicholas Sulzer (UVA), 8-5
174 - Logan Storley placed 4th and scored 13.50 team points.
Cons. Semi - Logan Storley (MINN) won by decision over Nick Heflin (OSU), 3-2
3rd Place Match - Robert Kokesh (NEB) won in sudden victory over Logan Storley (MINN), 3-1
197 - Scott Schiller placed 5th and scored 11.00 team points.
Cons. Semi - Taylor Meeks (OR ST) won by major decision over Scott Schiller (MINN), 11-3
5th Place Match - Scott Schiller (MINN) won by decision over Kyven Gadson (ISU), 6-2
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