|| Minnesota at Nebraska l vs. Boise State
Nov. 15, 2012
THIS WEEK IN MINNESOTA WRESTLING
Minnesota gets conference action started this weekend with an early trip to Lincoln, Neb. this Friday. The Gophers will face the Cornhuskers in a 7:00 p.m. matchup. On Sunday, the team will return to the Sports Pavilion to meet Boise State at 11:00 a.m.
SCOUTING NO. 9/NO. 14 NEBRASKA
Nebraska enters its second season as a member of the Big Ten Conference and has been given the No. 9 rank in the most recent USA Today/NWCA/AWN poll.
The Cornhuskers, coached by Mark Manning in his 13th year, returns six 2012 NCAA qualifiers to this season's roster, including current top-10 individuals, James Green (No. 5), Robert Kokesh (No. 8), and Josh Ihnen (No. 6). The team opened the year last weekend with two victories over Northern Colorado and Wyoming.
SCOUTING NO. 24/NO. 16 BOISE STATE
Boise State opened its season with a 12-26 loss to Wyoming on Nov. 1. The team followed by visiting the Cowboys again two days later for an open tournament where they left with four wrestlers finishing in the top three.
Jason Chamberlain anchors the starting lineup at 149 pounds. Chamberlain, who redshirted his senior season but compiled a 29-2 record as a junior, was placed at No. 2 in InterMat's individual rankings. The Broncos will visit North Dakota State for a Friday night dual before travling to the Twin Cities on Sunday.
TOP OF THE NATION
For the second week in a row, the Maroon and Gold have been named the No. 1 team in the nation, receiving 398 total points, including eight first-place votes, in the USA Today/NWCA/Amateur Wrestling News Division I Coaches Preaseason Poll. Defending national champions Penn State received two first-place votes to rank at No. 2, while Oklahoma State came in at No. 3. Iowa and Ohio State rounded out the top five, at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
InterMat's Tournament-Strength Rankings placed the Gophers at No. 3, trailing Iowa (No. 2) and Penn State (No. 1).
ROBINSON CLOSE TO HISTORY
Head Coach J Robinson has developed an environment of excellence that has seen Minnesota rise to elite status in college wrestling. Over 27 years with the Golden Gophers, Robinson has compiled a record of 389-129-4, placing him second behind Wally Johnson (head coach, 1952-86) for most wins in program history. With just four more victories, Robinson will surpass Johnson as the all-time winngingest coach (Johnson ended his career 392-209-11).
To make matters sweeter, should the Gophers win-out, the record-setting win would occur against Robinson's alma mater Oklahoma State on Dec. 2.
THE 900 CLUB
With an 896-429-25 overall record in the history of Gopher Wrestling, Minnesota is closing in on an incredible feat that limited number have achieved before. The Gophers have the potential to eclipse 900 wins this season, becoming only the sixth program in the nation to do so.
Since its inaugural season in 1910, the Gophers have established a .674 winning percentage with help from 66 winnning seasons. In that time, the Maroon and Gold have garnered 34 NCAA Top 10 finishes, collected 10 Big Ten Championships, and claimed three national championship titles (2001, 2002, 2007).
NELSON ON A STREAK
In 2012-13, Nelson posted a largely impressive record of 32-2, including an undefeated 8-0 conference run. With both losses stemming from the first half of the season, Nelson was able to build to a 25-match win streak which he has extended to 30 after strong showings against Hofstra and at the Bison Open.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONS NAMED CAPTAINS
Sophomore Tony Nelson and junior Kevin Steinhaus have been named team captains for the current season, each receiving the honor for the second year in a row. Nelson and Steinhaus were voted to guide the team after proving leadership and excellence both on and off the mat last season.
Wrestling fans will be able to follow all the live action this year through Gopher All-Access, now a part of the Big Ten Digital Network. Montly and yearly subscriptions for live and on-demand content are available at http://www.gophersports.com/allaccess/
IOWA DUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
The Minnesota wrestling team will host its annual Gopher/Hawkeye dual in Williams Arena this year on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3:00 p.m. Don't miss your chance to see the epic rivalry in person! Tickets are available now online at www.mygophersports.com