Jan. 25, 2012
THIS WEEKEND’S MATCHUPS
The No. 3 Minnesota Gopher wrestling team will host the No. 11 Michigan Wolverines on Friday Jan. 27, inside the Sports Pavilion at 7:30p.m. Minnesota will then head down to take on No. 5 Iowa on Sunday Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. Sunday’s dual at Iowa will be broadcasted live on the Big Ten Network. Tim Johnson and Jim Gibbons will have the call, while Shane Sparks will be the mat side reporter, from Carver Hawkeye Arena.
MINNESOTA PROJECTED LINEUP
LAST TIME OUT
Minnesota stayed perfect on the season in Big Ten action last Sunday with a 37-3 victory over Wisconsin. The Gophers (8-2, 5-0 Big Ten) picked up bonus points in six matches against the Badgers.
Fans who can't make it to the dual against Michigan, Gopher All-Access is your place to be to watch all the action. You can join Gopher All-Access for $9.95 per month or $79.95 per year. Also, this winter you can watch several Gopher men's basketball and women's basketball games, along with select Gopher men's hockey and women's hockey games. Gopher All-Access is also part of the Big Ten Digital Network. If you upgrade to the Big Ten package, you can access hundreds of live events featuring all 12 conference schools.
If you cannot make it to either the Michigan or Iowa dual this weekend, make sure to tune into the live blog that gophersports.com will bring you. Also make sure to check out Gophers Inner Circle for updates from the teams trip to and from Iowa.
A LOOK AT THE WOLVERINES
Michigan is currently 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines have seven wrestlers ranked in the top 20 including No. 1 Kellen Russell at 141 lbs. Michigan is coming off a 23-14 victory over Central Michigan this past Sunday.
MICHIGAN PROJECTED LINEUP
ALL-TIME AGAINST MICHIGAN
Michigan leads the all-time series against the Gophers 30-27-2. Minnesota has defeated the Wolverines the last two years by a combined score of 52-18.
A LOOK AT THE HAWKEYES
Iowa is coming off back-to-back losses in the Big Ten to Ohio State (21-9) and No. 1 Penn State (22-12), both of which were on the road. The loss to Ohio State was its first in 50 road duals and the first against a Big Ten opponent in 39 duals.
IOWA PROJECTED LINEUP
ALL-TIME AGAINST IOWA
The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series against the Gophers 68-25-1 which has dated back to 1921. Minnesota’s last win against Iowa was at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Feb. 18 2007, when the Gophers defeated the Hawkeyes 29-13.
WHERE CAN I WATCH IT?
The Big Ten Network will broadcast the dual between No. 3 Minnesota and No. 5 Iowa live at 3:04 p.m. Tim Johnson and Jim Gibbons will have the call, while Shane Sparks will be the sideline reporter.
MATCH OF THE YEAR
The match that wrestling fans around the country have been waiting for all year will take place this Sunday at 125 lbs. No. 1 Zach Sanders will take on No. 2 Matt McDonough will square off for the fifth time in their careers, with McDonough leading the all-time series 4-0.
GOPHERS HAVE 9…HAWKEYES HAVE 6
In this week's InterMat Rankings, Minnesota has nine ranked wrestlers oppose to the Hawkeyes seven.
Sanders is currently tied for 12th all-time with Willy Short on the Gophers wins list. His overall record is 121-13-0 and he is six wins away from breaking assistant coach Luke Becker’s (126-29-0) all-time record.
FOUR ALL-AMERICAN CAPTAINS
The four returning All-Americans from last season have been named as team captains for the 2011-12 season. Sanders is joined by fellow senior Sonny Yohn and sophomores Kevin Steinhaus and Tony Nelson to guide the team. At the NCAA Championships last season Sanders finished 5th (125 lbs.), Yohn 7th (197 lbs.), Steinhaus 8th (184 lbs.) and Nelson 7th (Hwt.)
BROTHERS STICK TOGETHER
This season on the Gopher roster there are three sets of brothers who are wearing the Maroon and Gold. Redshirt freshman twins Chris and Nick Dardanes are the youngest set of brothers on the team. Two other sets, who are not twins are the Yohn brothers (Cody and Sonny) and the Zilverberg’s (Danny and David). Danny is a redshirt sophomore, while Cody is a redshirt junior and both David and Sonny are redshirt seniors.
DEITCHLER CAREER OVER
As of Jan. 4 redshirt sophomore and former US Olympian Jake Deitchler will no longer be competing for the Gopher wrestling program due to his history with concussions that have dated back since he was 7-years old. Deitchler will still be a member of the team and will continue his education at the University of Minnesota.
GOPHER COACHING STAFF
Minnesota's coaching staff is led by the legend J Robinson, who enters his 26th season at the helm. Longtime assistant Joe Russell left over the summer to take the head coaching job at George Mason University. Now, Brandon Eggum has moved up to Head Assistant Coach, while Luke Becker is a full-time assistant. Former National Champion Jayson Ness has also joined the staff as an assistant for the Gophers.
GOPHERS INNER CIRCLE
Make sure to check out the Minnesota Wrestling Blog (Gophers Inner Circle) for news, features, videos etc.
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