Wrestling

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The Gophers came in second in last year’s NCAA championships.
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Thu, 11/06/2014
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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.

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Mon, 03/24/2014
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A wild weekend for the Gophers wrestling team featured upsets, disappointments and avenged losses at the NCAA tournament.

Minnesota placed second when it was all said and done, racking up 104 team points and falling shy of Penn State’s 109.5 points.

The Gophers looked poised to win the competition, holding the team-score lead heading into the final round with two wrestlers competing for individual titles.

Still, neither two-time defending heavyweight champion Tony Nelson nor 157-pounder Dylan Ness was able to come away with a title.

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Tony Nelson has now won three straight Big Ten heavyweight titles.
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Mon, 03/10/2014
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The No. 1 Gophers wrestling team looked poised to capture the Big Ten crown after the first session of the Big Ten tournament.

Minnesota was alone in first place and had nine wrestlers competing in semifinal matches.

The team slid Saturday night, though, losing eight of those nine semifinal matches.

It culminated in a somewhat disappointing third-place finish at the Big Ten tournament.

The Gophers finished with 114.5 points, behind Penn State (140.5) in first place and Iowa (134) in second place.

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The Gophers are looking to solidify their No. 1 ranking this weekend.
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Thu, 03/06/2014
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No. 1 Minnesota has done its part this season to prove it’s the best in the nation.

This weekend, the Gophers will travel to Madison, Wis., with an opportunity to solidify their spot in the rankings at the Big Ten tournament.

The tournament features the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the nation and will serve as yet another test for Minnesota.

The Gophers boast a lineup featuring eight wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes.

Minnesota has held the No. 1 ranking as a team since upsetting Penn State on Feb. 9.

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Dylan Ness is a wrestler, and Jayson Ness is an assistant coach.
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Wed, 03/05/2014
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In the basement of the Bierman Field Athletic Building, a life long rivalry between an All-American and a former NCAA champion brews at every practice.

Dylan Ness, the All-American, and his older brother, Jayson Ness, the former champion, still compete against one another.

Jayson, now an assistant with the Gophers, said there’s never been much of a rivalry, though — because his younger brother never stood a chance when they were kids.

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The Gophers rested some starters in the dual meet with No. 17 Iowa State.
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Mon, 02/24/2014
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It takes a special kind of dominance to safely rest three starters in a matchup against a top-20 team.

No. 1 Minnesota did just that against No. 17 Iowa State over the weekend.

And the Gophers still cruised to a 27-12 win over the Cyclones to move their record to 14-1 this season.

“We’re the best dual-meet team in the country,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. “There isn’t anybody out there who can match our intensity up and down the lineup.”

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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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