WRESTLING


1/26/2015, 12:00am

Minnesota tops top-10 Penn State

The Gophers fell short of a national championship last year, only losing to Penn State. The No. 1 Gophers came up on top on Sunday, outplaying the No. 6 Nittany Lions 17-16 to remain undefeated in the season. This is the second consecutive year the Gophers defeated Penn State by one point in the regular season. “We split [the meet] five to five,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. “There were a lot of tough [matchups], but we were just proud that the guys are continuing every weekend to get out there and finding ways to win.”


1/22/2015, 12:00am

Minnesota set for top-10 matchup

The Gophers had the national championship in their grasps last season, leading Penn State 104 to 101.5. But as the final session unfolded, the Nittany Lions came back and took the title from the Gophers, ending the championship performance with 109.5 points. No. 2 Minnesota will have its shot at revenge against No. 10 Penn State this Sunday in Pennsylvania. Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said he is excited to see the teams face off.


1/20/2015, 12:00am

Dardanes comeback leads Minnesota over Illinois

In the third period of his match Sunday, redshirt senior Chris Dardanes found himself down 7-1. But instead of backing down, Dardanes came back and forced overtime for a sudden victory against Illinois’ Zane Richards. With the momentum from Dardanes, No. 1 Minnesota went on to defeat No. 9 Illinois 20-19. Head coach J Robinson said Dardanes’ performance motivated the team.


12/8/2014, 12:00am

Dardanes, Ness power Gophers to first place

The Gophers bolted out to a commanding start to this season in early November, and they haven’t looked back. They continued their dominance this weekend, cruising to a first-place finish in Las Vegas at the Cliff Keen Invitational. The Gophers competed against 38 programs and had seven wrestlers place in the top five of their weight class. Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said his team wrestled strong and gave its best effort.


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.