Wrestling

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Scott Schiller has lost two of his last four matches after starting 24-0.
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Thu, 02/20/2014
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No. 1 Minnesota has been nothing short of dominant this year, with the exception of its one loss to Michigan in January.

Aside from that match, the Gophers have won every dual — and most of them in resounding fashion.

And for most of the season, No. 5-ranked 197-pounder Scott Schiller has proven to be no less impressive — until the last week and a half.

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Minnesota beat No. 4 Cornell 24-15 in the final to win the championship.
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Tue, 02/18/2014
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If anyone was wondering whether the Gophers wrestling team deserves its No. 1 ranking, the team put those qualms to rest Monday with a dominant 24-15 win over No. 4 Cornell to win the NWCA National Duals.

The Gophers have now won three straight National Duals titles.

No. 1 Minnesota has picked up head-to-head victories over No. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Iowa and No. 4 Cornell this season.

The Gophers’ weekend, capped by the win over Cornell in the National Duals final, also featured overwhelming wins over No. 20 North Dakota State and No. 13 Ohio State.

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Minnesota could face No. 2 Cornell in the final of the National Duals.
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Mon, 02/17/2014
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No. 1 Minnesota defeated No. 20 North Dakota State 35-3 on Sunday at the NWCA National Duals in Columbus, Ohio. The Gophers advanced to the semifinals with the win and will wrestle again Monday afternoon.

Minnesota received a first-round bye before taking on NDSU. The Bison defeated No. 19 Chattanooga in the first round to earn the right the take on the Gophers.

Minnesota wrestlers David Thorn (133 pounds) and Dylan Ness (157) both pinned their opponents to take a commanding lead for the team.

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Minnesota enters the National Duals fresh off a win over No. 1 Penn State.
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Thu, 02/13/2014
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If beating the No. 1 team in the nation wasn’t enough to show its merit, No. 2 Minnesota will be afforded an opportunity to bolster its resume this weekend.

The team will face a slew of the nation’s top teams at the NWCA National Duals in Columbus, Ohio.

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In his last home dual, Tony Nelson clinched the win and snapped his losing streak.
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Mon, 02/10/2014
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No. 2 Minnesota upset No. 1 Penn State and won a share of the Big Ten title Sunday in front of packed crowd of about 5,600 fans at the Sports Pavilion.

A thrilling dual came down to the final match of the afternoon, and two-time NCAA heavyweight champion Tony Nelson did not disappoint.

Nelson, who had lost his previous three matches, beat Penn State’s Jon Gingrich to give his team an 18-17 victory.

Nelson said he relishes the opportunity to win the dual for his team.

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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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