Senior heavyweight Tony Nelson doesn’t lose often. And losing twice is almost unheard of. In fact, the two-time defending NCAA heavyweight champion’s 2-3 record in the last three weeks matches his losses from the last two seasons combined. So, what’s going on? His teammate, junior Logan Storley, said he thinks Nelson has a target on his back. “Guys wrestle him hard,” Storley said. “They are trying to slow him down.” And so far, they have — to a degree.
No. 4 Minnesota traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend and handed the No. 2 Hawkeyes their first conference loss of the season. The Gophers’ (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) win came at an opportune time — the team was upset by Michigan a week ago. It also came in a tough environment — in front of more than 10,000 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Minnesota head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said he was pleased with his team’s turnaround.
While bouncing back from a loss isn’t always easy, doing so on the road against the No. 2 team in the nation in one of college wrestling’s oldest rivalries isn’t any easier. That’s exactly what the No. 4 Gophers are tasked with this weekend as they travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the Hawkeyes. After a disappointing loss to then-No. 19 Michigan on Sunday afternoon, the Gophers know the importance of this match. “We have a lot to prove,” junior Logan Storley said after Sunday’s loss.
No. 2 Minnesota split a pair of duals on its road trip to Michigan over the weekend. The Gophers fell to No. 19 Michigan 19-14 on Sunday afternoon, just two days after they dominated Michigan State 35-3. The Gophers (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) fell behind early Sunday after losing five of the first six matches against Michigan (7-2, 3-0 Big Ten), but they won three straight matches down the stretch to pull within two points heading into the heavyweight bout.
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