Jan. 24, 2014
THIS WEEK IN MINNESOTA WRESTLING
After their first loss of the 2013-2014 season, the No. 4 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers will reignite a long time rivalry with No. 2 Iowa as they travel to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes. The dual will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
Last weekend, the Hawkeyes were able to top Big Ten foe Nebraska in a 22-9 victory. Iowa won 7-of-10 bouts on the afternoon in order to run away with another Big Ten win. They have also been able to come away with conference wins against Purdue, Michigan State, Indiana and Nebraska as well as a conference loss to Penn State in late December.
The Hawkeyes have nine ranked wrestlers who will take the mat to compete against the Golden Gophers. Iowa is 11-1 overall and 4-1 in Big Ten competition with their only loss to top ranked Penn State.
REIGNITING THE RIVALRY
The Golden Gophers have hosted 9 of the last 11 meetings between the two teams so the trip to Iowa City is an unusual one. In the last 11 meetings, the Hawkeyes have an 8-3 advantage. The Gophers will look to bring home a win as Iowa leads the all-time series 70-25-1.
REWIND - MICHIGAN STATE & MICHIGAN
The Golden Gophers fell for the the first time this season as they left Michigan with a 1-1 record on the weekend. The Gophers were able to top the Michigan State Spartans but fell to No. 19 Michigan on Sunday afternoon.
At Michigan State, the Gophers were able to take home nine of ten bouts to cruise past the Spartans, 35-3. Josh Shupe was the only Gopher to fall at Michigan State at 141 pounds.
The Gophers were unable to top the Wolverines as they struggled early. After a comeback in the heavier weights, the dual came down to a No. 1-No. 2 matchup at 285. The Gophers ultimately fell 19-14.
No. 1 Scott Schiller (197) continued his undefeated season with two bout victories during the Michigan weekend. No. 2 Tony Nelson fell for the second time these season to No. 1 Adam Coon in a double OT battle.
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 (4), the InterMat rankings (3) and WIN’s Jan. 13, 2014 Tournament Power Index (3).
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. 3 Nick Dardanes (149), No. 14 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. His quest for a third national championship was featured in this month's edition of Ski-U-Mah Magazine.
Next weekend, the Golden Gophers will return to the Sports Pavilion to host Indiana in their only dual of the weekend. Come support the Gophers on Feb. 2. Dual kicks off at noon CT.
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.
BE PART OF THE ACTION
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For live dual results, please follow along via trackwrestling.com. Results will be posted on Twitter.
LIVE ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK
This weekend's rivalry will be on the Big Ten Network on Saturday afternoon. Fans will also be able to see the Gophers live on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, February 9 as Minnesota hosts Penn State.
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