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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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Minnesota’s 125- through 157-pound wrestlers moved up a weight class.
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Thu, 11/14/2013
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Minnesota’s top returning 125- through 157-pound wrestlers gained weight over the summer. But instead of cutting the pounds to stay in their weight classes, the wrestlers decided to roll with it.

Now, they’re competing in a heavier weight class — an unusual move for five men on a team to make at once.

“You’ll see a guy move up here and there, but five people is pretty unheard of,” said redshirt senior David Thorn, an All-America 125-pound wrestler who moved up to 133 pounds.

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The Gophers took home eight titles as a team at their first meet this year.
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Mon, 11/11/2013
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The No. 3 Gophers wrestling team opened its season Saturday with eight individual titles at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D.

Minnesota redshirt freshman Brett Pfarr won the 184-pound title, redshirt senior Tony Nelson won the heavyweight title and their teammates added six more individual titles as the Gophers won more than 75 percent of their matches.

“We’ve got a really well-rounded team,” Nelson said. “That’s why I think we walked away with eight titles.”

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Minnesota starts the season on the road at the Bison Open this Saturday.
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Thu, 11/07/2013
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The Gophers wrestling team opens its 2013-14 season Saturday at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D.

Minnesota is ranked No. 3 in InterMat’s preseason national poll.

The Gophers finished third at the NCAA championships last season and will return eight All-Americans, including redshirt senior heavyweight Tony Nelson, a two-time defending Big Ten and NCAA champion.

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Tue, 09/10/2013
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Just months after being cut, Olympic wrestling is back.

The International Olympic Committee voted Sunday to reinstate the sport for the 2020 and 2024 Olympics, the Associated Press reported. Wrestling beat out baseball, softball and squash.

“I’m really happy that it’s there,” said Gophers redshirt senior heavyweight Tony Nelson. “In the future, it’s a chance I might try for myself.”

Nelson is the two-time defending NCAA heavyweight champion.

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The Gophers wrestler is risking his eligibility to pursue his passion.
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Wed, 06/12/2013
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Joel Bauman made national headlines earlier this year as the college wrestler who chose music and the chance to inspire others over a career on the mat.

Nearly four months later, Bauman has not lost his vision.

“It’s only grown from all these other things that have happened to me,” he said, with the same sense of conviction with which he always speaks.

Bauman is working on his first album with For­eign Affairs Media Enter­prises, an ar tist develop­ment company that assists up-and-coming talent.

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The Gophers wrestler is risking his eligibility to pursue his passion.
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