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Minnesota won nine of 10 matches Sunday en route to a 34-5 victory at Wisconsin.
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Mon, 02/11/2013
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Minnesota continued to prove the Gophers-Badgers rivalry doesn’t really exist in wrestling Sunday in Madison, Wis.

The Gophers coasted to a 34-5 win at Wisconsin in their final Big Ten dual of the season.

It was Minnesota’s third straight win against the Badgers and second blowout in as many years.

Minnesota has now won two straight matches in impressive fashion after a midseason loss to Iowa two weeks ago.

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Minnesota won nine of 10 matches Sunday en route to a 34-5 victory at Wisconsin.
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Danny Zilverberg’s career has been an uphill battle, but he earned a starting spot for the Gophers this season.
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Thu, 02/07/2013
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It was never a hard choice for current Gophers 157-pound starter Danny Zilverberg.

He comes from a long line of success with the Gophers. His father wrestled at Minnesota, and his two uncles were All-American wrestlers with the program. Even his older brother, David Zilverberg, was a part of the long-storied family tradition.

So when it came time for him to pick a college?

“There was really no other choice than Minnesota,” Danny Zilverberg said. “It’s kind of been a goal all my life.”

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Danny Zilverberg’s career has been an uphill battle, but he earned a starting spot for the Gophers this season.
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Cody Yohn helped the No. 4 Gophers beat Michigan State 32-6.
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Mon, 02/04/2013
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Cody Yohn took a long stare at the crowd, waved his arms and headed to the locker room at the Sports Pavilion for the final time.

He had just recorded a pin on Senior Day — the first at home in his career — and after the match, he admitted his emotions started to kick in.

“It was my last hurrah, and to have a match like I did coming off a pin was definitely something I’ll remember forever,” Yohn said after the No. 4 Gophers’ 32-6 win over unranked Michigan State on Sunday.

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Cody Yohn helped the No. 4 Gophers beat Michigan State 32-6.
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Gophers wrestling had the top-ranked recruiting class in 2008, but only three members of that class remain.
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Thu, 01/31/2013
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Minnesota boasted the No. 1 wrestling recruiting class in 2008, according to InterMat.

It featured nine wrestlers that were well-respected in their high school realms.

Five years later, three wrestlers from that class remain. Some transferred, and others quit.

Jake Deitchler, who headlined the 2008 class, was forced to retire last season because of recurring concussions.

Cody Yohn (165 pounds), Matt Mincey (149) and Thane Antczak (133) have stuck with the Gophers, but Sunday against Michigan State will mark the end of an era.

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Gophers wrestling had the top-ranked recruiting class in 2008, but only three members of that class remain.
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The Gophers wrestler makes music, and his latest video passed 15,000 YouTube views.
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Wed, 01/30/2013
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Joel Bauman is not a rapper, and he’s very clear about that.

Bauman, a competitor at 197 pounds for the Gophers wrestling team, identifies himself in various ways.

“I’m vulnerable, passionate and determined,” Bauman said. “I am an individual, and my goal is to inspire. I will inspire.”

His self-description includes nothing about being a rapper. That doesn’t mean he’s not good at it.

And he’s using that skill to his advantage.

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The Gophers wrestler makes music, and his latest video passed 15,000 YouTube views.
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Mon, 01/28/2013
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The Gophers won four straight matches to close out a dual for the second week in a row Saturday.

It wasn’t enough to pull out a win this time around, as No. 3 Minnesota lost in a tiebreaker to No. 4 Iowa at Williams Arena.

Tony Nelson found himself in a familiar position Saturday. He completed the Gophers’ comeback last week against Illinois and was in position to do so again against the Hawkeyes.

He marched out of the tunnel with his team behind 15-12 on the scoreboard. He said he knew he needed a bonus to pull out the dual win.

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The Gophers have lost six of their last seven meets with Iowa, but they won the last one.
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Thu, 01/24/2013
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In the late 1990s, the Gophers wrestling team was on the verge of a major breakthrough.

Minnesota’s hardnosed squad allowed the team to contend with nearly every program in the nation, but Iowa was a conundrum it could not solve on the big stage.

Then in 1999, wrestler Brandon Eggum and his team busted down the door and took a seat among the Big Ten’s best.

“We beat Iowa in the Big Ten finals,” said Eggum, who is now an assistant coach for the Gophers. “It was a big step for us as a program. That was the breakthrough.”

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The Gophers have lost six of their last seven meets with Iowa, but they won the last one.
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Minnesota closed out its dual with No. 5 Illinois by winning four straight matches.
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Tue, 01/22/2013
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Scott Schiller entered his bout with Illinois’ Mario Gonzalez at 197 pounds as the underdog with his Gophers squad trailing 14-12 on Monday at the Sports Pavilion.

A win would put the Gophers in front by one point with heavyweight Tony Nelson waiting to close out the team dual.

Schiller said he was aware of the circumstances, but that he tried to stick to his game plan.

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Minnesota closed out its dual with No. 5 Illinois by winning four straight matches.
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Minnesota’s win against Oregon State came down to the last match.
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Mon, 12/10/2012
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The Gophers wrestling team bounced back from its first loss a week ago with two wins at the Sports Pavilion  over the weekend.

The weekend sweep was no easy task, though. Minnesota dominated Northwestern 33-7 on Friday night but needed a dramatic win in the final match Saturday to beat Oregon State.

With the score tied 18-18, defending national heavyweight champion Tony Nelson stepped onto the mat for the Gophers. His opponent was the mammoth Chad Hanke  from the Beavers. 

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Minnesota’s win against Oregon State came down to the last match.
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Jayson Ness, who won a national title at Minnesota, now helps coach the team.
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Mon, 12/10/2012
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Jayson Ness sent a letter to J Robinson as a child that said he wanted to coach the Gophers.

It was a small gesture at the time, one that Ness wasn’t sure Minnesota’s wrestling coach would recognize.

But Robinson did.

“Yeah, I remember that letter,” Robinson said with a grin. “I sent him a shirt and some other stuff after that.”

Now, two years removed from his wrestling career at Minnesota, Ness has fulfilled his dream.

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Jayson Ness, who won a national title at Minnesota, now helps coach the team.
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