WRESTLING


2/23/2011, 12:00am

J Robinson publicly reprimanded by Big Ten conference

The Big Ten Conference issued a public reprimand Tuesday of Gophers head wrestling coach J Robinson for âÄúviolating the Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement following MinnesotaâÄôs dual match against Penn State on Feb. 13.âÄù Assistant commissioner Scott Chipman issued a release that said some of RobinsonâÄôs post-match comments were in violation of the Agreement, presumably those from a Q&A with Robinson posted by the Daily Collegian âÄî Penn StateâÄôs student newspaper âÄî following an 18-18 tie in which Robinson said:


2/21/2011, 12:00am

Make that 77; Iowa tops Minnesota again

The Big Ten dual season championship was there for Minnesota to take Sunday, but a come-from-behind effort was quashed on a day that must have been bittersweet for J Robinson, who was honored before the meet for 25 years at the helm of the program. âÄúItâÄôs great, you donâÄôt think about it much, but I guess 25 years is a long time,âÄù Robinson joked after his teamâÄôs 19-12 loss at the hands of Iowa. âÄúWe had a chance to win it, we just didnâÄôt do what we needed to do.âÄù


2/17/2011, 12:00am

Honoring J, then wrestling for a title

In his quarter century with Gophers wrestling, J Robinson has vaulted the program to new heights. The team will return the favor Sunday, putting Robinson on a pedestal rather than the other way around. When the No. 3 Hawkeyes come to Williams Arena on Sunday, Robinson will be honored for his 25 years at the helm of Minnesota wrestling. There figures to be plenty at stake for Robinson and his Gophers this weekend. For starters, Iowa is carrying a 76-dual unbeaten streak, matching the longest since Oklahoma StateâÄôs 14-year streak that ended in 1951.


2/14/2011, 12:00am

Big 10 supremacy no clearer after tie

Filling one of the biggest holes in the GophersâÄô lineup, Sonny Yohn came back Sunday from a knee injury and a 10-week hiatus with the dual on the line. Yohn entered with No. 5 Minnesota trailing No. 3 Penn State by a point, much to the delight of the 4,020 fans gathered at the Sports Pavilion. They roared as the All-American, who has been out since the Southern Scuffle, burst from the locker room.


2/10/2011, 12:00am

Season nearing a close with top-10 opponents on tap

After dominating Ohio State last weekend, the Gophers wrestling team has a difficult weekend ahead. Minnesota (14-3 overall, 6-0 Big Ten) first heads to Ann Arbor to take on No. 10 Michigan, a good team, but not the biggest obstacle of the weekend. The biggest challenge will come Sunday at the Sports Pavilion when No. 3 Penn State comes to town. Penn State, which was recently ranked No. 1, features ranked wrestlers at eight out of 10 weight classes and will likely contend for a national title.


2/7/2011, 12:00am

Wary of an upset, Minnesota dominates

The Gophers wrestling team controlled the action from start to finish Saturday as they throttled underdog Ohio State 31-9. Though the dual didnâÄôt start at 125 pounds, where the teamâÄôs strength at lower weights often gives it an early lead, 4th-ranked Minnesota (14-3, 5-0 Big Ten) still found a way command the evening. Joe Nord (197) was the victim of a fall, and the Gophers trailed 6-3 after two matches, but then they hit the gas and never bothered to look in the rearview mirror.


2/3/2011, 12:00am

Beware the ‘Bucks; Gophers not taking Ohio State lightly

While it would be easy to overlook an Ohio State team coming off a 27-9 defeat at the hands of then-No. 13 Michigan, Minnesota wrestling assistant head coach Joe RussellâÄôs message to the team this week has been, donâÄôt sleep on the âÄôBucks. In his words: âÄúYou canâÄôt go to any Big Ten dual and not expect it to be a fight. There are always good guys and itâÄôs never easy.âÄù Though Ohio State has dropped consecutive duals âÄî before Michigan it took a 33-3 shellacking from Iowa âÄî Minnesota has a tough stretch coming up and needs Big Ten wins wherever it can get them.


2/1/2011, 12:00am

Volkmann stays firm on Prez bashing

Not many high school coaches have had the displeasure of a Secret Service visit interrupting a wrestling practice. But then again, not many high school wrestling coaches have said publicly that they would like to âÄúknock some sense into that idiotâÄù about President Barack Obama. Former Gophers All-American Jacob Volkmann, an Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor, coaches the White Bear Lake Area High School wrestling team two days a week. After winning his most recent fight with Antonio McKee on Jan. 1 at UFC 125, Volkmann was asked who heâÄôd like to fight next.


2/1/2011, 12:00am

Volkmann stays firm on Prez bashing

Not many high school coaches have had the displeasure of a Secret Service visit interrupting a wrestling practice. But then again, not many high school wrestling coaches have said publicly that they would like to âÄúknock some sense into that idiotâÄù about President Barack Obama. Former Gophers All-American Jacob Volkmann, an Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor, coaches the White Bear Lake Area High School wrestling team two days a week. After winning his most recent fight with Antonio McKee on Jan. 1 at UFC 125, Volkmann was asked who heâÄôd like to fight next.


1/27/2011, 12:00am

Plenty of confidence and a shot at revenge with Badgers in town

After dropping a close dual earlier this season to its border rival, No. 4 Minnesota will host No. 3 Wisconsin Sunday, looking for revenge. The two teams met in early January at the National Duals where Wisconsin edged the Gophers (12-3 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) by a 19-17 margin. âÄúWisconsin is a tough team, but I think the confidence that [we] have hopefully going into this weekend will show on the mat,âÄù assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. That confidence is inspired by a number of circumstances that seem to tilt the tables MinnesotaâÄôs way in this bout.


1/26/2011, 12:00am

Subbing for Sonny, senior Nord a starter at last

One might think that when fifth-year senior Joe Nord was tapped to replace injured All-American Sonny Yohn at 197-pounds, he would jump at the opportunity. Not so fast. âÄúIf I could give anything, IâÄôd have Sonny in the lineup, because itâÄôs better for the team,âÄù Nord said. âÄúBut itâÄôs not the way itâÄôs worked out.âÄù Come again? âÄúIt really seems like our team has a legit shot to win the national title, and I just want to be a part of that any way I can. If thatâÄôs keeping Sonny healthy [and] in the lineup, then thatâÄôs [what I want to do].âÄù


1/24/2011, 12:00am

Behind All-Americans, Big Ten success continues

The fifth-ranked Minnesota wrestling team (12-3, 3-0 Big Ten) continued its run of early Big Ten success, sweeping the weekend with conference wins at No. 23 Purdue, 26-15, and at No. 15 Illinois, 21-16. As is becoming routine, All-Americans Zach Sanders (125 pounds) and Mike Thorn (141) led the way. Sanders earned a major decision and a fall on the weekend, and Thorn picked up a decision and a fall to send the Gophers out of the gates quickly both nights.


1/19/2011, 12:00am

Wrestling head coach J Robinson signs contract extension through 2014

No wonder J Robinson looked so comfortable at his teamâÄôs duals over the weekend. Following a 2-0 weekend in which Robinson uncharacteristically slouched in his chair, Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi announced Wednesday that he and the two-time national coach of the year have agreed to a five-year contract, retroactive to 2010. The deal, which will keep Robinson at the University of Minnesota until at least the 2014 season, is the first multi-year contract of his 25-year career.


1/16/2011, 12:00am

Banged-up Minn. opens Big Ten duals with big win

Head coach J RobinsonâÄôs posture told you everything you needed to know during FridayâÄôs home Big Ten opener at the Sports Pavilion. Robinson, who typically leans forward and rests an elbow on his knee, chin in palm with an index finger extended up the bridge of his nose, was leaned back in his chair, looking as comfortable as ever. Rightfully so. The No. 5 Gophers (10-3 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) controlled the dual from beginning to end, finishing with a 25-14 victory over the unranked Hoosiers.


12/14/2010, 12:00am

Gophers face heavy-hitting field at Southern Scuffle

Minnesota (6-1) has been dinged up since before the season began, so the winter break comes at a great time for the team. Following practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the athletes will take a break from wrestling to take care of finals. After finals, wrestlers are free to return home and maintain their own strength programs for two weeks. The team will then rendezvous Dec. 27 and fly to Greensboro, N.C. to compete in the Southern Scuffle Dec. 29-30.


12/12/2010, 12:00am

Minn. wrestlers dominate trio of duals

That No. 3 Minnesota swept its trio of meets this weekend was no surprise, but its level of dominance may have been. Minnesota (6-1) took down No. 15 Nebraska 26-8 Thursday before handling Cal State Bakersfield 29-6 and blanking Cal State Fullerton 39-0. âÄúThe team is just wrestling well. We knew we could dominate like that but it doesnâÄôt always work out as well as you hope,âÄù assistant coach Brandon Eggum said.


12/8/2010, 12:00am

Gophers have three chances to rebound from close loss

The No. 3 Gophers have three chances to rebound from a narrow loss to No. 2 Oklahoma State this weekend, and none pose as big a problem. The Gophers (3-1) will square off at No. 15 Nebraska on Thursday, the final scheduled dual between the two before the Cornhuskers join the Big Ten next year. The team will then fly to California to face Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Fullerton, both unranked, on Saturday. Their motivation for the trip to the West Coast is twofold.


12/6/2010, 12:00am

With big upset, Steinhaus' stock stays on the rise

Even with a 136-0 record and three high school state championships, Kevin Steinhaus wasnâÄôt a prolific recruit since most Division I wrestlers dominate the preps rank. But now in his redshirt freshman season, he hasnâÄôt slowed down much. Steinhaus, a native of Pennock, Minn., picked up a key upset against No. 2 Oklahoma State on Sunday, dominating No. 8 Chris Perry 8-2. It may have shocked the home crowd at the Sports Pavilion, but there were at least 50 people who werenâÄôt surprised.


12/5/2010, 12:00am

No. 3 Gophers narrowly fall to No. 2 OSU

The Gophers (3-1) entered SundayâÄôs bout with No. 2 Oklahoma State knowing they would need to wrestle a âÄúperfect dualâÄù in order to win. They didnâÄôt get one. No. 3 Minnesota would have needed to win all the matchups in which it was favored, as well as a few in which it wasnâÄôt. Things started as planned; the Gophers notched two upsets to open the dual. But No. 4 Zach Sanders (125 pounds) was upset in extra time, Cody Yohn needed a major decision he didnâÄôt get and Minnesota lost by the narrowest of margins, 17-16.


12/1/2010, 12:00am

No. 2 Oklahoma State poses early season test

For the past 22 years, three wrestling programs have reigned king in the sport, capturing every single national title in that span. Two of those juggernauts will meet up in an early season dual this weekend, offering a barometer for where each team stands after soft early-season schedules. The No. 3 Gophers will host No. 2 Oklahoma State on Sunday at the Sports Pavilion. The two teams own seven of the past 10 national titles, with Iowa winning the other three.