Jan. 31, 2014
THIS WEEK IN MINNESOTA WRESTLING
The No. 3 University of Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team will return to the Sports Pavilion on Sunday afternoon to host the No. 21 Indiana Hoosiers. The dual will begin at noon on Sunday, Feb. 2. The Gophers are currently 8-1 on the season and 5-1 in the Big Ten with their only loss to Big Ten foe, Michigan.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Last weekend, the Hoosiers hosted the Wisconsin Badgers at University Gym. The Hoosiers were unable to top their Big Ten opponent, falling 23-12 to the Badgers, resulting in their fifth consecutive conference loss.
On Friday evening, the Hooisers will host in-state rival Purdue in hopes of finding their first conference win of the season. With two ranked wreslters, the No. 21 Hooisers hope to top the No. 24 Boilermakers in a rivalry that allows Indiana to boast a 53-34-3 lead in the all-time series meetings between the two teams.
REWIND - IOWA
Despite the 8-3 advantage in the last 11 meetings the Hawkeyes had going into the weekend, the Gophers were able to defeat rival, Iowa, last Saturday in Iowa City, 19-15. The Gophers now sit 70-26-1 in the all-time series.
The dual started off with a strong performance from Sam Brancale at 125 who was able to pin No. 3 Tom Gilman in 2:03 and grab six crucial points for the Gophers.
BRANCALE COMES UP B1G
Redshirt freshman Sam Brancale came up with a big win over third-ranked Tom Gilman last weekend. He was named FloWrestling's Brute Wrestler of the Week and also picked up Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors. He was a first-time recipient of both awards.
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 (3), the InterMat rankings (2) and WIN's Jan. 27, 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. 6 Chris Dardanes (141), No. 3 Nick Dardanes (149), No. 8 Dylan Ness (157), No. 6 Logan Storley(174), No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (184), No. 1 Scott Schiller (197) and No. 4 Tony Nelson (HWT).
SECOND YOUTH WRESTLING CLINIC PRESENTED BY G&K SERVICES
This Sunday, before the Indiana dual, the Gophers will host their second youth clinic of the season presented by G&K Services. The sold-out youth clinic will have two sessions, 9:30 a.m. and 10:20 a.m., as the youth of Minnesota learn from their favorite Gopher wrestlers.
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 Sunday, Feb. 9, the Gophers will host No. 1 Penn State at the Sports Pavilion in front of a sold out crowd. If you didn't already purchase tickets, you will be able to watch the Gophers and Penn State on the Big Ten Network.
You can purchase single event tickets for when the Gophers host Indiana (Feb. 2). Don't miss out on your opportunity to see the Gophers in action on their home mat. The Penn State dual is sold out.
BE PART OF THE ACTION
You can be part of the action by liking Gopher Wrestling on Facebook or by following @GopherWrestling and using the hashtag #GopherTough. News about the program, live bout updates and other information can be at your finger tips by following our social media accounts.
For live dual results, please follow along via trackwrestling.com. Results will be posted on Twitter.
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.
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