Wrestling

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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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Thu, 12/06/2012
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The Gophers had their first loss of the season to Oklahoma State a week ago, but they have otherwise dominated the first month of their season.

And they may be getting better.

Minnesota has competed without one of its best technical wrestlers in that time — a scary thought for other teams.

Dylan Ness, the NCAA runner-up at 149 pounds last year, has missed the entire season with a back injury. He began to practice again two weeks ago, and head coach J Robinson said he hopes to have Ness back by the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2.

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Minnesota won half the matches, but it couldn’t overcome two pins in the middle of the dual.
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Mon, 12/03/2012
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Minnesota wrestled without three starters Sunday, and Nick Dardanes lost a match slated as an automatic win on paper.

That was a recipe for disaster against the third-ranked team in the nation.

The Gophers fell 22-15 to Oklahoma State in a dual littered with missed opportunities. Still, head coach J Robinson didn’t make any excuses.

“We had a chance … to win,” Robinson said. “We didn’t make it happen, and that’s just not acceptable.”

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OSU has lost to Minnesota only once since 2006, but the Gophers are 6-0 this season.
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Thu, 11/29/2012
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Top-ranked Minnesota has shot out to a 6-0 start this season, but when No. 3 Oklahoma State comes to town, the Cowboys will boast the long-term momentum.

Though OSU has only competed in one match all season, it has lost to Minnesota only once since 2006.

OSU defeated Minnesota in Stillwater, Okla., last season, and this weekend, the Gophers are looking for payback.

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OSU has lost to Minnesota only once since 2006, but the Gophers are 6-0 this season.
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Minnesota rallied from behind to beat North Dakota State at the Bison Quad.
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Mon, 11/26/2012
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Minnesota assistant coach Brandon Eggum described his team’s approach this weekend as relaxed.

It didn’t show on the mat.

The Gophers faced their toughest test yet at the Bison Quad in Fargo, N.D., but still dominated, sweeping their three opponents.

Minnesota head coach J Robinson became the winningest coach in program history with the sweep. Robinson passed former head coach Wally Johnson — who finished his career with 392 wins — and improved his record to 394-129-4 in 27 seasons with the team.

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