Wrestling

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Mon, 02/10/2014
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Tony Nelson took his time exiting the locker room after Minnesota’s dual against No. 1 Penn State on Sunday.

Nelson exchanged pleasantries with fans, posed for pictures and signed autographs for young admirers — all of whom watched the two-time NCAA heavyweight champion wrestle at the Sports Pavilion for the last time.

He surely gave them something to remember.

An announced crowd of 5,603 packed the Pav to the rafters, with more than half of those fans showing up at least an hour early.

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While the dual is important, it’s also Senior Day for the wrestling team.
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Thu, 02/06/2014
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No. 1 versus No. 2. Check.

A sold-out arena. Check.

A rivalry matchup to close out the dual season. Check.

The matchup has been building, and now all that’s left are the actual matches.

No. 2 Minnesota will host No. 1 Penn State this weekend in a battle of Big Ten and NCAA powerhouses.

The Gophers wrestling team has lost only one dual this year — an upset loss to then-No. 19 Michigan. The Nittany Lions haven’t lost yet.

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At home meets, wrestling fans vote on the coaches’ personal style.
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Tue, 02/04/2014
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Gophers wrestling matches at the Sports Pavilion usually start off with a 125-pound bout.

If head assistant coach Brandon Eggum had his way, though, the matches would instead kick off with a fashion show.

A catwalk, flashing lights, bumping walk-out music — anything that would allow the Gophers coaching staff to “strut their stuff” down the runway in the name of winning best-dressed.

Minnesota’s coaches have been competing for the honor at every home dual meet since 2011, and they take it seriously.

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Tue, 02/04/2014
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It’s one of the oldest clichés in all of sports: It’s not about how you start; it’s about how you finish.

It became a cliché because it’s applicable to almost every situation in sports.

It’s about how you finish out halves or periods.

It’s about how you finish out games or matches.

It’s about how you finish out seasons.

And in senior star wrestler Tony Nelson’s case, it’s about how you finish out a career.

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Tony Nelson lost his third match in a row in the win against Indiana.
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Mon, 02/03/2014
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In its first dual since moving back to No. 2 in the NCAA rankings, the Gophers wrestling team pounced on Indiana from the get-go in a 35-6 rout.

It was a dominant win, but it didn’t come without a speed bump — two-time defending NCAA heavyweight champion Tony Nelson dropped another match, his third loss in a row and fourth in his last six matches.

Nelson expressed respect for his opponent after the match, but said he’s looking forward to meeting him again in the Big Ten and, potentially, the NCAA tournaments.

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Tony Nelson will face the No. 6 heavyweight in the NCAA.
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Thu, 01/30/2014
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Senior heavyweight Tony Nelson doesn’t lose often. And losing twice is almost unheard of.

In fact, the two-time defending NCAA heavyweight champion’s 2-3 record in the last three weeks matches his losses from the last two seasons combined.

So, what’s going on?

His teammate, junior Logan Storley, said he thinks Nelson has a target on his back.

“Guys wrestle him hard,” Storley said. “They are trying to slow him down.”

And so far, they have ­— to a degree.

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Minnesota got two upset wins that paced the team to a win on the road.
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Mon, 01/27/2014
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No. 4 Minnesota traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend and handed the No. 2 Hawkeyes their first conference loss of the season.

The Gophers’ (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) win came at an opportune time — the team was upset by Michigan a week ago. It also came in a tough environment — in front of more than 10,000 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Minnesota head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said he was pleased with his team’s turnaround.

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The Gophers lost their first dual of the season on the road last weekend.
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Thu, 01/23/2014
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While bouncing back from a loss isn’t always easy, doing so on the road against the No. 2 team in the nation in one of college wrestling’s oldest rivalries isn’t any easier.

That’s exactly what the No. 4 Gophers are tasked with this weekend as they travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the Hawkeyes.

After a disappointing loss to then-No. 19 Michigan on Sunday afternoon, the Gophers know the importance of this match.

“We have a lot to prove,” junior Logan Storley said after Sunday’s loss.

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An overtime win for No. 1 Adam Coon over No. 2 Tony Nelson stopped the Gophers' comeback against Michigan.
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Tue, 01/21/2014
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No. 2 Minnesota split a pair of duals on its road trip to Michigan over the weekend.

The Gophers fell to No. 19 Michigan 19-14 on Sunday afternoon, just two days after they dominated Michigan State 35-3.

The Gophers (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) fell behind early Sunday after losing five of the first six matches against Michigan (7-2, 3-0 Big Ten), but they won three straight matches down the stretch to pull within two points heading into the heavyweight bout.

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Kevin Steinhaus earned a major in his first action of the season.
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Mon, 12/09/2013
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Gophers redshirt senior Kevin Steinhaus won a major decision in his return to the lineup as No. 2 Minnesota beat No. 5 Oklahoma State 16-15 on Sunday in Stillwater, Okla.

The Gophers and Cowboys both won five matches, but Steinhaus recorded the bonus point that ultimately decided the dual.

“That was a big win for us,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said of Steinhaus’ match, “especially going out there and getting the major decision.”

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