|| National Duals Quarterfinals: No. 3 Minnesota vs. No. 6 Virginia Tech
Feb. 22, 2013
The fourth-ranked Minnesota wrestling team will compete in the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Dual Meet Championship this weekend, while also taking on hosting duties for the event. The Gophers were tabbed the No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 seed Virginia Tech in the 8 p.m. quarterfinal match.
THE QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS
6 p.m. #1 Oklahoma State vs. #8 Illinois
6 p.m. #4 Ohio State vs. #5 Missouri
8 p.m. #3 Minnesota vs. #6 Virginia Tech
8 p.m. #2 Iowa vs. #7 Cornell
Williams Arena will open its doors to the best in the nation beginning with two quarterfinal sessions on Friday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eight teams will be trimmed to four for semifinal round scheduled at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The winners will move on to battle for the title at 7:30 p.m. The two losers will also move on and compete for third place.
This weekend's action will feature eight teams in the top 10 of the latest national poll, as well as around 60 ranked wrestlers, inlcuding six No. 1 picks.
All 10 weight classes will feature at least five ranked competitors (out of eight) while three classes have seven of eight ranked according to Amateur Wrestling News (125, 165, 184).
NATIONAL DUALS HOMEPAGE
Stay up-to-date with event information, including brackets, recaps, and results, at the National Duals Homepage.
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!
Tickets to the National Duals event are on sale now! All-session packages are available for the reasonable price of $40. Single Session tickets are available for $15. For additional pricing, seating, and purchasing information, visit www.mygophersports.com.
The Big Ten Network will be live streaming all matches this weekend. To follow along, become a Gopher All-Access subscriber.
AWN/The Open Mat will be doing a live blog linked through the National Duals website.
MINNESOTA PROBABLE STARTERS
125 - No. 13 David Thorn
133 - No. 7 Chris Dardanes
141 - No. 8 Nick Dardanes
149 - No. 11 Dylan Ness
157 - Danny Zilverberg
165 - No. 14 Cody Yohn
174 - No. 1 Logan Storley
184 - No. 5 Kevin Steinhaus
197 - No. 10 Scott Schiller
285 - No. 2 Tony Nelson
DEFENDING THE TITLE
As the teams take to Williams Arena this weekend, the Golden Gophers have extra fire fueling their quest for the title. Not only does the team hold home advantage, it is also looking to defend the championship after winning the tournament in 2012. Minnesota has won the National Duals title seven times in the event's history, including the most recent crowning last year.
Minnesota made history defeating Iowa (16-15) and Oklahoma State, en route to being crowned champions. It was the first win over Iowa since Feb. 18, 2007 (29-13) and the first win against Oklahoma State, since Dec. 6, 2006 (21-15).
HEAVY WEIGHTS WORTH WAITING FOR
Minnesota's top four weight classes have proven a dominating force on the mat. Together, Logan Storley, Kevin Steinhaus, Scott Schiller, and Tony Nelson have combined for 44 dual wins and only one loss on the season. They also marked an unblemished 31-0 in Big Ten action.
Returning Big Ten Champions Nelson and Steinhaus lead the way with 12-0 records, 8-0 in Big Ten. Schiller is also 8-0 in league play and has only lost one dual this season (11-1). Storley (9-0, 7-0) rounds out the numbers, having a perfect slate since returning from injury.
STORLEY HOLDS THE TOP SPOT
Posting a 19-1 record on the season, sophomore Logan Storley has worked his way up to and maintained the top spot at 174 lbs. The previous top-ranked wrestler was Oklahoma State's Chris Perry. Perry saw his first loss of the season against Missouri's No. 15 Todd Porter on Feb. 1. All three wrestlers will be in Minneapolis this weekend.
IOWA CLINCHES BIG TEN TITLE
Iowa captured its fifth Big Ten regular season title in the last six years when it defeated Nebraska 31-7 on Feb. 10. The perfect conference record marked the fifth time in six seasons the Hawkeyes finished the Big Ten regular season with an undefeated rate.