Wrestling

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Wed, 11/21/2012
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Minnesota assistant coach Brandon Eggum will open his home Thursday to wrestlers on the squad who live too far to return home for the holidays.

Eggum said he expects eight or nine guys at his house for Thanksgiving dinner, which will be a good chance for members of the team to bond. He said they’ll watch football, hang out and eat.

Then it’s back to the mat Saturday in Fargo, N.D.

The Gophers will tussle with Eastern Michigan and North Dakota State this weekend.

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Minnesota dropped four matches all weekend and won both its duals.
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Mon, 11/19/2012
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LINCOLN, Neb. — Defending Big Ten champion Kevin Steinhaus was in a familiar situation Friday night in Nebraska.

Steinhaus was deadlocked with Josh Ihnen in a rematch of the Big Ten title match at 184 pounds last season. His team had the dual well in the bag at that point, but Steinhaus kept battling.

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Minnesota will wrestle at Nebraska on Friday and drive home to face Boise State on Sunday.
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Thu, 11/15/2012
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Minnesota backed up its No. 1 NCAA ranking last weekend with a dominant win over Hofstra and five titles at the Bison Open.

This weekend offers no rest for a team in pursuit of its first national title since 2007.

The Gophers will make the nearly eight-hour trek to Lincoln, Neb., on Friday and travel back to host Boise State at home on Sunday afternoon.

“It will be tough, two duals in three days,” sophomore Logan Storley said.

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Minnesota defeated Hofstra 32-6 on Friday and captured five titles Saturday.
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Mon, 11/12/2012
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Minnesota’s wrestlers were ranked No. 1 in the USA Today preseason poll, and they exerted their dominance in the first weekend of the season.

The Gophers cruised to a 32-6 win against No. 25 Hofstra on Friday and followed it up with five titles at the Bison Open on Saturday.

“We saw some great things from our guys this weekend, but this early in the season, there is still room to improve,” assistant coach Brandon Eggum said.

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Minnesota will wrestle Friday against Hofstra and Saturday at the Bison Open.
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Thu, 11/08/2012
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Minnesota has opened its season at the Bison Open for seven consecutive years.

That will change this weekend when the Gophers host Hofstra on Friday before trekking to Fargo, N.D., for the Bison Open on Saturday.

 “It’s not a perfect situation,” assistant coach Brandon Eggum said, “but it’s a good test for them early in the season.”

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Minnesota is ranked No. 1 after finishing second to Penn State at last year’s NCAA championships.
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Thu, 11/08/2012
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Tony Nelson flexed his biceps as the heavyweight champion of college wrestling last March, but he and his Gophers teammates had to watch as Penn State ran away with the team title.

Minnesota finished second to Penn State at the NCAA championships, but it carries the No. 1 ranking into this season, according to the USA Today poll. They shoulder equally lofty goals.

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Wed, 10/31/2012
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Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson can’t swim, hates to bike and hates to run. His wife, Sue Rubens, lives for all three.

Rubens is an avid competitor in Ironman triathlons — an extreme triathlon that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run, all in succession.

Rubens regularly spends 30 hours per week training for these races but said she gains her motivation from Robinson.

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Jacob Volkmann is a chiropractor by day, UFC fighter by night.
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Tue, 10/09/2012
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Former Gophers wrestler Jacob Volkmann bounced from foot to foot surrounded by a chain-link cage in the Target Center on Friday night.

A chiropractor by day, Volkmann was readying himself for an ultimate fight with former Oklahoma State wrestler Shane Roller.

“Get him to the ground and choke him,” a voice from the crowd yelled.

Two and a half minutes into the first five-minute round, that’s exactly what Volkmann did.

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Boynton physician releases new study on skin-infection treatment.
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Thu, 10/04/2012
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B.J. Anderson has spent years educating physicians, coaches, parents and athletes in the wrestling community on the importance of preventing and reducing skin infections in the sport.

His efforts have even earned him a nickname: “The Mat Doc.”

Anderson, a University of Minnesota Boynton Health Service physician, was once the physician for the Gophers wrestling team and now works with Augsburg College’s wrestling team.

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J Robinson will be inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame on Thursday.
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Thu, 09/20/2012
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J Robinson’s first wrestling team didn’t win a single dual.

Almost 27 years later, the Gophers head wrestling coach has tallied 388 wins and is still going strong.

On Thursday, he will have a chance to reflect on his own storied career, one that has been marked by innovation and controversy.

Robinson will be inducted into the University’s M Club Hall of Fame — a fitting honor for a man who has won three national championships and three Coach of the Year honors in his 26 years at the helm of Gophers wrestling.

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