WRESTLING


11/8/2012, 12:00am

First 2 meets to help shape roster

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.”


10/31/2012, 12:00am

J Robinson’s wife shows grit through Ironman triathlons

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.


10/9/2012, 12:00am

Former wrestler Volkmann stars as UFC fighter

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.


10/4/2012, 12:00am

Wrestlers fight ‘mat herpes’ infection

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.


9/20/2012, 12:00am

M Club honors coach, mentor J Robinson

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.


7/18/2012, 12:00am

Up-and-coming grapplers brave J Robinson’s intensive camp

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.


5/2/2012, 12:00am

Clymer trades playoffs for finals

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.


4/30/2012, 12:00am

Nelson’s title season ends with honors

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.”


4/19/2012, 12:00am

Sanders in search of Olympic glory

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.


3/19/2012, 12:00am

Tony Nelson wins heavyweight NCAA title; Gophers finish second behind Penn State

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.


3/16/2012, 12:00am

Wrestling advances eight after NCAA first day

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.


3/16/2012, 12:00am

Ness, Nelson to vie for individual NCAA titles on Saturday

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.


3/8/2012, 12:00am

Yohn caps off Gophers career at NCAA championships

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.


3/5/2012, 12:00am

Gophers 2nd at Big 10 championships

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.


3/1/2012, 12:00am

Sanders, Minnesota seek glory at Big Ten championships

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.”


2/20/2012, 12:00am

Minn. avenges 2 losses, win Nat’l duals

  The No. 3 Gophers wrestling team took first place at the 2012 National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals on Sunday. Minnesota (14-3, 7-1 Big Ten) defeated No. 2 Iowa 16-15 in the semifinals and No. 1 Oklahoma State 18-13 in the finals. “I think it was a great team effort,” head coach J Robinson said. “It’s the National Dual meets, and it’s all about a team … it was a great effort at every weight.”


2/16/2012, 12:00am

Wrestlers seek redemption at national duals

The Gophers wrestling team had three losses in duals this season. On Sunday it will get a chance to avenge at least one of those. “I definitely think that’s a high motivator for us as a team,” Cody Yohn (165 pounds) said. “Having the fact that it’s more or less a shot at redemption to beat these teams that we know we can beat.” Minnesota (12-3, 7-1 Big Ten) will get a rematch with Iowa in the first round of the National Wrestlers Coaching Association National Duals final four. Iowa hosted the Gophers in late January and beat them 19-17.


2/13/2012, 12:00am

Minnesota wins region at National Duals

  The No. 4 Gophers wrestling team advanced to the final four of the National Wrestling Coaches Association/Cliff Keen National Duals. Minnesota dominated both of its opponents this weekend, beating Kent State 35-3 and Missouri 26-7. “As far as team effort, it was excellent I thought,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. “The guys wrestled very well. We ended up just losing three matches in both duals, so I’m very impressed.”


2/9/2012, 12:00am

Gophers head East for National Duals

  The Gophers wrestling team finished off its regular season and won a share of the Big Ten dual-season championship by beating Nebraska 26-7 on Sunday. âÄúIt was really exciting, just being a freshman and knowing that we have such a young team and to accomplish what we did,âÄù freshman Dylan Ness (149 pounds) said.


2/6/2012, 12:00am

Minnesota earns share of Big Ten title with win over Huskers

With former heavyweight national champion Brock Lesnar on the bench for the first half, the Gophers wrestling team defeated Nebraska 26-7 to capture a share of the Big Ten ConferenceâÄôs regular season dual meet crown. âÄú[Winning the Big Ten] is big, because everybodyâÄôs in it,âÄù head coach J Robinson said. âÄúWe wrestled everybody. We wrestled all the top teams. So itâÄôs great because they earned it, this team earned that championship.âÄù