WRESTLING


12/4/2014, 12:00am

Gophers to face Big Ten foes at invite

Coming off a victory against top-10 Oklahoma State, the wrestling team will look to continue its momentum as it heads to the Cliff Keen Invitational. Among the 39 teams competing alongside Minnesota in the two-day event are Big Ten foes Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State and Nebraska. Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said his team knows all of the Big Ten schools very well, but it also expects to see different lineups at the invitational.


12/1/2014, 12:00am

Gophers beat top-10 Oklahoma State

The Gophers recorded a victory over a top-10 opponent Saturday — Oklahoma State. Despite the victory, head coach J Robinson said the team has room for improvement. “We didn’t wrestle as good as we should have,” he said. “It’s always good when you win, [but] there are things that we need to work on.” With a 6-0 decision in the 157-pound weight class, redshirt senior Dylan Ness clinched the 19-15 team victory for the No. 1 Gophers against the No. 8 Cowboys.


11/26/2014, 12:00am

Wrestlers ready for tough challenge

The Gophers defeated Oklahoma State last year by one point on the road. They’ll have a chance to replicate that performance on Saturday at home. Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said the Gophers will be facing a very good program when they take on the No. 8 team in the nation. “We expect a hard-fought battle this Saturday,” Eggum said. “They are a bigger team, and there is no question that our guys are excited about the opportunity to wrestle [Oklahoma State]. There [will] be some good matchups … and some fun battles to watch.”


11/24/2014, 12:00am

Two wins help team stay perfect

With a pin and a technical fall against Grand Canyon and Michigan State, respectively, senior Logan Storley electrified the crowd at the Sports Pavilion on two consecutive nights. No. 1 Minnesota won eight of the 10 matches against Grand Canyon and nine of the 10 matches against Michigan State. These were two dominating performances by the Gophers, but head coach J Robinson said his team still has some things to improve on.


11/24/2014, 12:00am

Two wins help team stay perfect

With a pin and a technical fall against Grand Canyon and Michigan State, respectively, senior Logan Storley electrified the crowd at the Sports Pavilion on two consecutive nights. No. 1 Minnesota won eight of the 10 matches against Grand Canyon and nine of the 10 matches against Michigan State. These were two dominating performances by the Gophers, but head coach J Robinson said his team still has some things to improve on.


11/20/2014, 12:00am

Kroells excels on, off mat

After two-time NCAA champion Tony Nelson graduated last spring, the Gophers wrestling program had a vacant starting spot at the heavyweight position. Redshirt sophomore Michael Kroells has taken Nelson’s spot and has big shoes to fill. The wrestling team has had 22 individual national championships, and seven of them have been heavyweights. Kroells, who is 2-0 to start the season, has a chance to add to that winning tradition. Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said Kroells has a chance to become great because of his discipline.


11/17/2014, 12:00am

Gophers win first two dual meets

Hours of traveling didn’t seem to fatigue the Gophers on Saturday, as they defeated both Air Force and Wyoming. Minnesota defeated Air Force 28-15 and Wyoming 30-7, starting their dual-meet schedule with two victories. The victories gave Minnesota its 11th- and 12th-consecutive nonconference dual meet victories since 2012. “I am really proud of the guys,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. “I thought it was a tough day overall, and we had wrestlers that stepped up and wrestled well.”


11/13/2014, 12:00am

Brancale hungry for improvement

After failing to qualify for the NCAA championships last year as a redshirt freshman, Sam Brancale is looking to have his best season yet as a Gophers wrestler. Last week, Brancale took first at the Bison Open in North Dakota, earning him the starting spot for the 125-pound weight class.


11/10/2014, 12:00am

Gophers dominate field at Bison Open

With the exception of the 2012-13 season, the Gophers have brought home seven or more individual titles at the Bison Open since they started competing at the meet in 2005. No. 1 Minnesota continued that dominance Saturday, winning seven individual titles and having a wrestler compete in all 10 weight-class title matches. Redshirt senior Nick Dardanes won his fourth consecutive title at the meet with a victory in the 141-pound weight class, and senior Logan Storley won the 174-pound weight class, his third Bison Open title.


11/6/2014, 12:00am

Minnesota begins season on top

The beginning of any season brings high hopes and expectations. For the Gophers wrestling team, which will begin the season as the No. 1 team in the nation, those high expectations aren’t unfounded. Minnesota finished second at the NCAA championships in March, just behind Penn State.