Wrestling

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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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Scott Schiller beat the No. 1-ranked 197-pound wrestler last weekend.
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Thu, 12/05/2013
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Gophers wrestler Scott Schiller was a 4-year-old and had just lost his first match. He was sitting in his father’s lap sobbing when another dad asked if Scott would wrestle his son.

Scott said yes.

He won the match, kept wrestling and went on to become a three-time North Dakota state champion.

“He experienced the trials and tribulations of wrestling in a very quick way,” said Scott’s father, Brad Schiller. “And he was hooked.”

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Scott Schiller beat the No. 1-ranked 197-pound wrestler last weekend.
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A former paintball pro, Conrad Rangell is a redshirt junior for the Gophers.
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Tue, 12/03/2013
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Not many athletes can say they’ve embarked on a professional athletics career before college.

Gophers wrestler Conrad Rangell can.

Rangell spent five years playing professional paintball and returned to school in 2010. He won California community college state wrestling championships in 2010 and 2011 before transferring to Minnesota in fall 2012.

At 26, Rangell is the Gophers’ oldest wrestler, even though he’s just a redshirt junior.

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Scott Schiller beat the No. 1 ranked 197-pounder in the nation Saturday.
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Mon, 12/02/2013
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Redshirt freshman Sam Brancale won his first dual match and redshirt junior Scott Schiller defeated the nation’s top-ranked 197-pound wrestler, as the No. 2 Gophers defeated No. 18 Oregon State 28-12 on Saturday in Corvallis, Ore.

The Gophers won eight of 10 matches in the dual — a year after squeaking past the Beavers with an overtime decision in the final match.

“We just started out on a really good note,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. “Right now, they’re all competing very well.”

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