Wrestling

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The Gophers lost their first dual of the season on the road last weekend.
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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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Wrestlers have to watch what they eat at Thanksgiving dinner this year.
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Wed, 11/27/2013
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Gophers wrestlers won’t indulge in an extra slice of pumpkin pie or portion of mashed potatoes Thursday, even as the average American consumes 4,500 calories.

The wrestlers need to stay conscious about what they’re eating Thanksgiving Day because they have a dual meet against No. 18 Oregon State two days later.

“They can’t snack as much as some of us like to,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said, “but they should be able to eat a full meal.”

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Minnesota opened up its dual season over the weekend with two big wins.
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Mon, 11/25/2013
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David Thorn, Dylan Ness and Tony Nelson all recorded pins as the No. 2 Gophers dominated Wyoming 41-5 on Sunday at the Sports Pavilion.

The Gophers won nine of 10 matches and improved their dual-meet record to 2-0 on the season. The team hasn’t lost a dual meet since January.

“For us to win national tournaments, we’ve got to score bonus points,” assistant coach Luke Becker said. “And I thought we did a great job of that today.”

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Thu, 11/21/2013
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Seven Gophers wrestling recruits signed national letters of intent last week, including one whose brothers have already wrestled for Minnesota.

Tommy Thorn of St. Michael, Minn., will become the third member of his family to wrestle for the Gophers starting next fall.

Thorn, the youngest of four siblings, is a three-time Minnesota high school champion, a two-time member of the FILA Cadet World Team and winner of a Junior Freestyle National Championship.

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The Gophers won in every weight class except 133, 157 and 165.
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Mon, 11/18/2013
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The Gophers won seven of 10 titles at the Harold Nichols Open in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday without two of their top wrestlers in the lineup.

David Thorn and Dylan Ness, Minnesota’s 133- and 157-pound wrestlers, did not make the trip because of schoolwork and minor injuries, head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said.

Eggum said both could have wrestled Saturday and both will return Friday for Minnesota’s dual meet against Purdue.

The Gophers displayed their depth and durability without Ness and Thorn.

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