Jan. 17, 2014
THIS WEEK IN MINNESOTA WRESTLING
The No. 2 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers will continue Big Ten competition as the hit the road for the weekend to take on Michigan State on Friday evening in East Lansing and No. 19 Michigan on Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
The Michigan State Spartans are 5-5 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten. The Spartans have had a week off and the last time they wrestled was in Iowa City as they were handed their second Big Ten loss of the season against No. 3 Iowa.
The Spartans hit their home mat for the first time since their Big Ten opener on Dec. 8 against Wisconsin. Next weekend, Michigan State will travel to Ann Arbor to take on instate Big Ten foes, Michigan.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
The No. 19 University of Michigan Wolverines have a jam packed weekend as they travel to Champain, Ill. to take on No. 11 Illinois and then return to their home mat to take on No. 2 Minnesota. The Wolverines are 5-2 overall and 1-0 in Big Ten competition.
Michigan opened BIg Ten dual season last weekend as they took down Purdue on Jan. 10.
REWIND - NORTHWESTERN AND WISCONSIN
The Golden Gophers continued their undefeated season with two Big Ten conference wins over Northwestern and Wisconsin.
No. 1 Scott Schiller (197) was able to win both of his bouts on the weekend and is the only Gopher who remains undefeated going into this weekend.
No. 2 Tony Nelson fell in a tough bout in sudden victory against Wildcat foe, Mike McMullan. Nelson then went onto defeat Connor Medbery of Wisconsin in order to extend his record to 21-1 on the season.
GOPHERS IN THE RANKINGS
The Golden Gophers sit in the top 5 in three major team rankings including the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll (2), the InterMat rankings (3) and WIN’s Jan. 13, 2014 Tournament Power Index (2).
Eight Gophers made their way into the InterMat rankings in their respective weight classes including No. 9 David Thorn (133), No. 5 Chris Dardanes (141), No. 2 Nick Dardanes (149), No. 8 Dylan Ness (157), No. 5 Logan Storley(174), No. 9 Kevin Steinhaus (184), No. 1 Scott Schiller (197) and No. 2 Tony Nelson (HWT).
A CHANCE TO BE DIFFERENT: Tony Nelson
Two-time heavyweight national champion, Tony Nelson, has started his season on track with his goal to become Minnesota's first ever three-time national champion. Thus far, he has been ranked No. 1 in every edition of InterMat's rankings and is undefeated (19-0) on the season. His quest for a third national championship was featured in this month's edition of Ski-U-Mah Magazine.
The Golden Gophers will hit the road and spend next weekend in Michigan. Minnesota will take on Michigan State at 6 p.m. before heading to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
You can purchase single event tickets for when the Gophers host Indiana (Feb. 2) and Penn State (Feb. 9). Don't miss out on your opportunity to see the Gophers in action on their home mat.
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LIVE ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK
Fans will be able to see the Gophers live on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, February 9 as Minnesota hosts Penn State.
Seven Gophers Will Enter Season Ranked
Seven Gophers will begin the 2017-18 season as top-20 wrestlers, with the team coming in at No. 6 in the dual meet rankings and No. 7 in the tournament rankings.
Meet Newcomer Steve Bleise
This week we meet with Steve Bleise, a redshirt junior from Chelsea, Mich. who was an All-State wrestler in high school.
Wrestling Welcomes Fans to Open Practice
Fans who are eager for wrestling season will have an opportunity to come have an early look at the 2017-18 Gopher wrestling team.