12/3/2013, 12:00am

Rangell trades paintball for the mat

Not many athletes can say they’ve embarked on a professional athletics career before college. Gophers wrestler Conrad Rangell can. Rangell spent five years playing professional paintball and returned to school in 2010. He won California community college state wrestling championships in 2010 and 2011 before transferring to Minnesota in fall 2012. At 26, Rangell is the Gophers’ oldest wrestler, even though he’s just a redshirt junior.

12/2/2013, 12:00am

Gophers beat Oregon State

Redshirt freshman Sam Brancale won his first dual match and redshirt junior Scott Schiller defeated the nation’s top-ranked 197-pound wrestler, as the No. 2 Gophers defeated No. 18 Oregon State 28-12 on Saturday in Corvallis, Ore. The Gophers won eight of 10 matches in the dual — a year after squeaking past the Beavers with an overtime decision in the final match. “We just started out on a really good note,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. “Right now, they’re all competing very well.”

11/27/2013, 12:00am

Gophers watch weight

Gophers wrestlers won’t indulge in an extra slice of pumpkin pie or portion of mashed potatoes Thursday, even as the average American consumes 4,500 calories. The wrestlers need to stay conscious about what they’re eating Thanksgiving Day because they have a dual meet against No. 18 Oregon State two days later. “They can’t snack as much as some of us like to,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said, “but they should be able to eat a full meal.”

11/25/2013, 12:00am

Gophers wallop Wyoming 41-5

David Thorn, Dylan Ness and Tony Nelson all recorded pins as the No. 2 Gophers dominated Wyoming 41-5 on Sunday at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers won nine of 10 matches and improved their dual-meet record to 2-0 on the season. The team hasn’t lost a dual meet since January. “For us to win national tournaments, we’ve got to score bonus points,” assistant coach Luke Becker said. “And I thought we did a great job of that today.”

11/21/2013, 12:00am

Minnesota signs third Thorn, plus six others

Seven Gophers wrestling recruits signed national letters of intent last week, including one whose brothers have already wrestled for Minnesota. Tommy Thorn of St. Michael, Minn., will become the third member of his family to wrestle for the Gophers starting next fall. Thorn, the youngest of four siblings, is a three-time Minnesota high school champion, a two-time member of the FILA Cadet World Team and winner of a Junior Freestyle National Championship.

11/18/2013, 12:00am

Minnesota wins seven titles at Open tourney

The Gophers won seven of 10 titles at the Harold Nichols Open in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday without two of their top wrestlers in the lineup. David Thorn and Dylan Ness, Minnesota’s 133- and 157-pound wrestlers, did not make the trip because of schoolwork and minor injuries, head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. Eggum said both could have wrestled Saturday and both will return Friday for Minnesota’s dual meet against Purdue. The Gophers displayed their depth and durability without Ness and Thorn.

11/14/2013, 12:00am

Gophers adjust, five wrestlers move up a class

Minnesota’s top returning 125- through 157-pound wrestlers gained weight over the summer. But instead of cutting the pounds to stay in their weight classes, the wrestlers decided to roll with it. Now, they’re competing in a heavier weight class — an unusual move for five men on a team to make at once. “You’ll see a guy move up here and there, but five people is pretty unheard of,” said redshirt senior David Thorn, an All-America 125-pound wrestler who moved up to 133 pounds.

11/11/2013, 12:00am

Nelson leads his team at Bison Open

The No. 3 Gophers wrestling team opened its season Saturday with eight individual titles at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D. Minnesota redshirt freshman Brett Pfarr won the 184-pound title, redshirt senior Tony Nelson won the heavyweight title and their teammates added six more individual titles as the Gophers won more than 75 percent of their matches. “We’ve got a really well-rounded team,” Nelson said. “That’s why I think we walked away with eight titles.”

11/7/2013, 12:00am

Nelson, Gophers ready to start season

The Gophers wrestling team opens its 2013-14 season Saturday at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D. Minnesota is ranked No. 3 in InterMat’s preseason national poll. The Gophers finished third at the NCAA championships last season and will return eight All-Americans, including redshirt senior heavyweight Tony Nelson, a two-time defending Big Ten and NCAA champion.

9/10/2013, 12:00am

Wrestling returns to Olympics

Just months after being cut, Olympic wrestling is back. The International Olympic Committee voted Sunday to reinstate the sport for the 2020 and 2024 Olympics, the Associated Press reported. Wrestling beat out baseball, softball and squash. “I’m really happy that it’s there,” said Gophers redshirt senior heavyweight Tony Nelson. “In the future, it’s a chance I might try for myself.” Nelson is the two-time defending NCAA heavyweight champion.

6/12/2013, 12:00am

Bauman chooses music, preps album

Joel Bauman made national headlines earlier this year as the college wrestler who chose music and the chance to inspire others over a career on the mat. Nearly four months later, Bauman has not lost his vision. “It’s only grown from all these other things that have happened to me,” he said, with the same sense of conviction with which he always speaks. Bauman is working on his first album with For­eign Affairs Media Enter­prises, an ar tist develop­ment company that assists up-and-coming talent.

3/25/2013, 12:00am

Nelson repeats as NCAA heavyweight champion

A lot of elite wrestlers have walked the campus for the Gophers wrestling program. Tony Nelson’s name is now definitely on that list. Nelson repeated as the NCAA heavyweight champion over the weekend at the national championships in Des Moines, Iowa. “He wrestled very well,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. “He seemed composed throughout the tournament.” Minnesota finished third as a team behind Penn State and Oklahoma State. The Nittany Lions won their third straight NCAA title.

3/11/2013, 12:00am

Gophers finish 2nd to Penn State again

The top-ranked Gophers wrestling team has made a name for itself all season, dominating in the upper weights of competition. It got a taste of its own medicine over the weekend at the Big Ten championships in Champaign, Ill. Penn State won four straight individual titles from 165 to 197 pounds Sunday to run away with the Big Ten team title for the third straight season. The Gophers placed second to Penn State for the second year in a row.

3/7/2013, 12:00am

Schiller, upper weights lead Gophers into Big Ten contention

Scott Schiller will compete in his first Big Ten tournament this weekend in Champaign, Ill. Schiller, a redshirt sophomore from West Fargo, N.D., has been key to the Gophers’ success this season, his first as a starter. He has been a main cog in Minnesota’s four-person anchor to dual meets. The Gophers’ four upper weights — Logan Storley, Kevin Steinhaus, Schiller and defending NCAA champion Tony Nelson — have not lost since the Southern Scuffle in early January.

3/5/2013, 12:00am

Top-ranked Storley fills big shoes in big ways for Gophers

Logan Storley had big shoes to fill as a seventh grader wrestling at Webster High School in South Dakota. Those expectations followed him four hours east of home to the University of Minnesota last year. Storley, the top 174-pound college wrestler in the nation as a sophomore, hails from the same hometown as Brock Lesnar, a former NCAA champion with the Gophers. Lesnar was also a feared champion in the World Wrestling Entertainment and Ultimate Fighting Championship realms.

2/25/2013, 12:00am

Wrestlers avenge losses, win National Duals

The Gophers made a statement to the college wrestling world this weekend at Williams Arena as they repeated as National Duals champions. No. 4 Minnesota avenged midseason losses to No. 2 Iowa and No. 1 Oklahoma State to win its second straight title. This squad has preached that it wants to peak at the end of the season, and with the win, it appears to be on track. The Gophers (16-2) will compete in the Big Ten championships in a few weeks and the NCAA championships in late March.

2/21/2013, 12:00am

Minnesota seeks revenge at National Duals

The toughest part of the season — a month-long stretch packed with three national tournaments and everything on the line — is finally here for the Gophers wrestling squad. Minnesota will compete at the National Duals this weekend before battling for a Big Ten title in a few weeks and an NCAA championship in a month. Winning the National Duals doesn’t hold the same prestige as a Big Ten or NCAA title, but it’s the last true dual meet of the season.

2/11/2013, 12:00am

Gophers finish Big Ten season strong

Minnesota continued to prove the Gophers-Badgers rivalry doesn’t really exist in wrestling Sunday in Madison, Wis. The Gophers coasted to a 34-5 win at Wisconsin in their final Big Ten dual of the season. It was Minnesota’s third straight win against the Badgers and second blowout in as many years. Minnesota has now won two straight matches in impressive fashion after a midseason loss to Iowa two weeks ago.

2/7/2013, 12:00am

Zilverberg shows resilience, grasps spot at 157

It was never a hard choice for current Gophers 157-pound starter Danny Zilverberg. He comes from a long line of success with the Gophers. His father wrestled at Minnesota, and his two uncles were All-American wrestlers with the program. Even his older brother, David Zilverberg, was a part of the long-storied family tradition. So when it came time for him to pick a college? “There was really no other choice than Minnesota,” Danny Zilverberg said. “It’s kind of been a goal all my life.”