Wrestling

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The team wrapped up the regular season with victory against Maryland.
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Mon, 02/09/2015
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The last weekend of the regular season might not have finished the way that it should have for the Gophers, but they ended it on a high note with a commanding victory.

No. 5 Ohio State beat No. 2 Minnesota on the road 22-13 in an upset before the Gophers trampled on unranked Maryland
34-12.

The Gophers looked like two different teams, winning only four matches in the first meet and seven in the second.

In the Ohio State meet, the team came out with three consecutive losses and a 10-0 deficit.

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Both Brett and his brother, Chris, are wrestlers at Minnesota.
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Thu, 02/05/2015
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Tradition often starts when an individual wants to continue a passion and pass it on. In Brett Pfarr’s case, his father’s love for wrestling started a tradition for him and his brothers.

So for the redshirt sophomore, it was just natural that he wrestled.

“My dad wrestled in high school, and my older brother Matthew, who is four years older than me, wrestled at St. John’s [University],” Pfarr said. “I just went right into it, and it just took off.”

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Minnesota, the country’s top team, fell to No. 2 Iowa in a well-attended match Friday.
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Mon, 02/02/2015
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With each Minnesota takedown Friday night, fans at Williams Arena stood up and cheered, creating an electric environment.

But in front of 13,630 fans, No. 1 Minnesota was unable to extend its 17-match winning streak, losing to No. 2 Iowa 23-12.

“We came here to wrestle, and some of our guys didn’t wrestle tonight,” head coach J Robinson said. “I thought that was pretty apparent.”

Minnesota started the meet with three consecutive losses, including a pin in the very first match.

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The schools enter the weekend’s meet as the top teams in the country.
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Thu, 01/29/2015
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When a sporting event needs to relocate to a larger venue because its original facility won’t fit enough fans, the quality of competition is likely top-notch.

That’ll be the case on Friday, when No. 1 Minnesota faces No. 2 Iowa in a marquee matchup at Williams Arena instead of the usual Sports Pavilion.

The Sports Pavilion can seat only 5,840 fans, compared with 14,625 at Williams Arena.

Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said with each program’s history, fans know that it’s worth the drive to come watch.

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The team came away with a one-point victory in Sunday’s meet.
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Mon, 01/26/2015
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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.”

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Minnesota finished behind Penn State at last year’s NCAA championships.
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Thu, 01/22/2015
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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.

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The team remains undefeated on the season with Sunday’s victory.
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Tue, 01/20/2015
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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.

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The team had seven wrestlers place in the top five of their weight class.
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Mon, 12/08/2014
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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.

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Minnesota will be competing in a 39- team field at the Cliff Keen Invite.
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Thu, 12/04/2014
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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.

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Minnesota won six matches in the dual meet on Saturday.
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Mon, 12/01/2014
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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.

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