May 8, 2012
Head coach J Robinson, who just wrapped up his 26th season at the helm of the University of Minnesota wrestling team, has been named the Dan Gable Coach of the Year for the third time (1998 and 2001) in his career.
Robinson led the Golden Gophers to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships and finished with a total of seven All-Americans, which was the most out of any school. Minnesota also took second place at the Big Ten Championships and were crowned the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Dual Champions, after defeating both Iowa (16-15) and Oklahoma State (18-13) in Stillwater to claim the title.
Currently Robinson holds a career record of 388-130-4 and is only five wins away passing Wally Johnson on the all-time wins list.
Robinson helped guide heavyweight Tony Nelson to a NCAA and Big Ten Championship. Helping the legend along the way this season were head assistant coach Brandon Eggum and assistant coaches Luke Becker and Jayson Ness.
NWCA All-Academic Team
The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced its annual Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams and the NWCA Individual All-Academic wrestling team for the 2011-12 wrestling season.
Minnesota had three representatives named the team: Chris Dardanes, Zach Sanders and Kevin Steinhaus were all honored. Sanders finished in third place (125) in his final championship appearance. Steinhaus took fifth (184) and Dardanes placed fourth (133) for the Gophers.
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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