Wrestling

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Minnesota lost Sunday in Iowa but beat Michigan on Friday.
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Mon, 01/30/2012
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The Gophers wrestling team found itself in an unfamiliar place twice this weekend, trailing at the break to both Michigan on Friday and Iowa on Sunday.

Minnesota (8-3, 5-1 Big Ten) came back to defeat the Wolverines 23-15 but fell short to the Hawkeyes 17-19 on Sunday.

The Gophers lost four of the first five matches against No. 6 Iowa on Sunday.

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Minnesota lost Sunday in Iowa but beat Michigan on Friday.
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Gophers will wrestle No. 11 Michigan at home, then travel to No. 6 Iowa.
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Thu, 01/26/2012
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The Gophers wrestling team surrendered only three points in its last two duals. With stiffer competition on the horizon, it’s safe to say the weekend’s matchups will be more interesting.

Minnesota (8-2, 5-0 Big Ten) will face No. 11 Michigan (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) at the Sports Pavilion and then travel south to face No. 6 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“We’ve just got to do the same things we’ve been doing the last couple duals,” sophomore captain Kevin Steinhaus said. “Everybody’s really been performing really well.”

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Minnesota won nine matches Sunday.
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Mon, 01/23/2012
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Zach Sanders picked up a technical fall at 125 pounds to start the Gophers’ 37-3 victory against Wisconsin on Sunday, and his teammates followed suit.

“I knew the kid wasn’t that highly ranked. I just wanted to go out there and set the tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the dual meet,” Sanders said. 

Minnesota (8-2 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) won the first four matches of the dual by technical fall, two major decisions and a pin by Dylan Ness (149 pounds).

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The teams had equal but opposite results last weekend.
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Thu, 01/19/2012
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The Gophers wrestling team will return to action at home Sunday to face Wisconsin in a battle between two teams that had nearly equal and opposite results last Sunday.

Isaac Newton, hold onto your hat.

Minnesota shut out Purdue 40-0 on the road last Sunday in a merciless display of dominance.

The Badgers, on the other hand, were steamrolled 43-0 by defending national champions Penn State.

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Minnesota only lost three matches on the weekend.
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Tue, 01/17/2012
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The Gopher wrestling team is still perfect in the conference after it defeated Illinois 25-9 on Friday and shut out Purdue 40-0 Sunday.

Minnesota (7-2, 4-0 Big Ten) won 17 of the 20 matches in the two road duals.

Zach Sanders (125 pounds) had a ferocious come-from-behind win Friday against fifth-ranked wrestler Jesse Delgado at 125. He won 14-13 after trailing 9-2 following the first period.

“Sanders was a really exciting match,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. “He gave up a couple takedowns early against a really good kid, but he just kind of battled back.”

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Minnesota only lost three matches on the weekend.
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The former Olympian retired after going 1-1 in dual meets this season.
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Tue, 01/17/2012
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Jake Deitchler is a former Olympian, three-time Minnesota State High School champion and now, at age 22, a former collegiate wrestler.


Deitchler chose to end his wrestling career after consulting with a sports concussion specialist and head coach J Robinson over the holiday break.


Deitchler and Robinson met with Dr. Michael Collins at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to discuss his history with concussions, which have plagued him throughout his career. Deitchler got his first concussion when he was seven after he flipped a dirt bike, he said.

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The former Olympian retired after going 1-1 in dual meets this season.
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Minnesota won eight of 10 matches during Friday’s home dual.
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Mon, 12/12/2011
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On a night in which three athletic events took place within 30 yards of each other on campus, the Gophers wrestling team took care of Iowa State 34-6 at Williams Arena.

“I think overall we’re starting to go forward and do what we want to do,” head coach J Robinson said. “But it’s the same thing — we have to be more aggressive, we have to move our hands and we have to be more dominant when we’re wrestling.

“The guys are starting to get the idea, but we’re not there yet, and we have got to keep that aggressive pressure on them all the time.”

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Minnesota won eight of 10 matches during Friday’s home dual.
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Sat, 12/10/2011
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On a night in which three athletic events took place within 30 yards of each other on the University of Minnesota campus, the Gophers wrestling team took care of Iowa State 34-6 at Williams Arena.

“I think overall we’re starting to go forward and do what we want to do,” head coach J Robinson said. “But it’s the same thing — we have to be more aggressive, we have to move our hands and we have to be more dominant when we’re wrestling.

“The guys are starting to get the idea but we’re not there yet and we have got to keep that aggressive pressure on them all the time.”

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Minnesota will move to Williams Arena to accommodate volleyball, which hosts the NCAA regional this weekend.
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Thu, 12/08/2011
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After wrestling four of their first five duals on the road, the No. 3 Gophers wrestling team will finally get some home cooking.

Minnesota will return home to face unranked Iowa State at Williams Arena on Friday.

“[ISU] has some weights that they’re competitive at,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. “I don’t think there’s anything really tricky about them — strategic-wise we’re not changing anything.”

The dual will be held at Williams Arena because the NCAA Volleyball Tournament will occupy the Sports Pavilion.

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Identical twins Nick and Chris Dardanes are one of three pairs of brothers on this year’s squad.
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Wed, 12/07/2011
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Twins Nick and Chris Dardanes wanted to wrestle together at the collegiate level for a young, talented team. It was those specifications that led them to the University of Minnesota.
“We’ve always wanted to go to the same college,” Nick Dardanes said. “We chose Minnesota because of the young team, how close the group of guys are here and the coaching staff.”
The twins are from Chicago, where they attended Oak Park and River Forest High School. Both have been wrestling since they were four years old.

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