The Gophers had their first loss of the season to Oklahoma State a week ago, but they have otherwise dominated the first month of their season. And they may be getting better. Minnesota has competed without one of its best technical wrestlers in that time — a scary thought for other teams. Dylan Ness, the NCAA runner-up at 149 pounds last year, has missed the entire season with a back injury. He began to practice again two weeks ago, and head coach J Robinson said he hopes to have Ness back by the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2.