Wrestling

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About 300 athletes come to hone their skills on the mat.
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Wed, 07/18/2012
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Carter Page had never cried during a workout before.

“It’s so painful sometimes,” Page said. “But getting through it is the best feeling in the world.”

Page, 16, reached the Virginia state wrestling final his freshman season as a rookie to the sport. However, after a loss in the championship and a poor effort his sophomore year, Page said he needed to do something different.

“I had to make a change, so I came here,” he said.

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Ben Clymer is back at school more than 10 years after he left to play pro hockey.
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Wed, 05/02/2012
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A few years ago, Ben Clymer was in the thick of the NHL playoffs.

Currently, he is in the midst of a very different kind of stress: finals week.

Clymer returned to school full time in fall 2011 to finish his undergraduate degree after he left the University of Minnesota and the Gophers men’s hockey team early to play professional hockey.

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Ben Clymer is back at school more than 10 years after he left to play pro hockey.
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The sophomore heavyweight won 25 straight matches to end the season.
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Mon, 04/30/2012
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Sunday’s team wrestling banquet capped off a crazy weekend for Gophers heavyweight Tony Nelson.

Before the banquet held at a Minneapolis hotel, Nelson spent the weekend in Cambridge, Minn., being honored by his hometown. His former high school had a pep fest for him and Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer proclaimed April 27, 2012, “Tony Nelson Day,” which the soft-spoken Nelson described as “pretty neat.”

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The former Gophers wrestler is one of five wrestlers with Minnesota ties in this weekend’s Olympic trials.
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Thu, 04/19/2012
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Zach Sanders’ collegiate wrestling career wrapped up a little more than a month ago with what he called a disappointing third-place finish at the NCAA championships in St. Louis.

This weekend, he will hit the mat in Iowa with a trip to London on the line.

Sanders is one of six wrestlers with ties to Minnesota’s wrestling program competing this weekend in the 2012 USA Olympic Trials in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Minnesota had 7 All-Americans, and J Robinson was named Nat’l Coach of the Year.
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Mon, 03/19/2012
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ST. LOUIS — In a span of about 15 seconds, Tony Nelson went from wrestling in a tied national championship match to throwing both of his fists in the air, saluting the Minnesota fans and celebrating his first career national championship.

Nelson was the Gophers’ lone champion at the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday in St. Louis, but Minnesota crowned seven All-Americans and finished second to defending champion Penn State in the team standings.

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Minnesota had 7 All-Americans, and J Robinson was named Nat’l Coach of the Year.
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Minnesota will have seven All-Americans this year.
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Fri, 03/16/2012
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ST. LOUIS — Minnesota advanced eight wrestlers beyond day one of the NCAA championships and was sitting in second place.

That momentum seemed to halt Friday.

Dylan Ness (149 pounds) and Tony Nelson (heavyweight) are the only two Gophers still vying for a national title at their respective weight classes. Five other Minnesota wrestlers are competing in the loser’s bracket, which is more commonly referred to as the wrestleback bracket.

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Minnesota trails Penn State by five points for the team title.
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Fri, 03/16/2012
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St. Louis — Three pins propelled the Gophers wrestling team to a strong first session Thursday, and Minnesota didn’t stop there.

Minnesota advanced eight of its nine wrestlers in the championship bracket after day one of the 2012 NCAA championships at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

The Gophers sit in second place and five points behind first-place Penn State. They were also in second place after the morning session of the tournament. Minnesota trailed the Nittany Lions by only half a point, 25.5 to 25, at the session break.

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Minnesota will send nine wrestlers to the season-ending event.
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Thu, 03/08/2012
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Senior captain Sonny Yohn did not shy away from talking about his third-place performance at the Big Ten wrestling championships.

“I’m pissed off about myself obviously,” Yohn said. “It still hurts, and it’s going to for a while.”

Yohn (197 pounds) lost his first match at last weekend’s championships, but he rebounded to win his next four matches at the tournament and finished third.

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Kevin Steinhaus and Tony Nelson won individual titles for Minnesota.
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Mon, 03/05/2012
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Minnesota’s heavyweights came up big once again and won two individual Big Ten championships this weekend, but the Gophers’ feats were outdone by a strong Penn State team.

The Gophers picked up 134 team points and finished 15 points behind champion Penn State and eight points in front of third-place Iowa.

Kevin Steinhaus and Tony Nelson captured individual Big Ten championships and aided the team to its second place finish.

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The Gophers’ 125-pound senior has never won a Big Ten title.
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Thu, 03/01/2012
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Zach Sanders has two third-place finishes in his career at the Big Ten championships. This year is his last go around, and he’s looking to capture the elusive title.

“Obviously that’s the goal every time — to beat the guy in front of you and to take home the title for your team,” Sanders said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

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