March 19, 2012

Gophers Come Up Short, Nelson Crowned Champion

Despite having one more wrestler competing in the quarterfinals, Minnesota came up 25 points short of winning a team NCAA National Championship. Big Ten Conference foe Penn State had five wrestlers reach the finals and that was enough to wrap up their second-straight team championship.

Final Team Scores:
1. Penn State  143
2. Minnesota  117.5
3. Iowa  107.5
4. Cornell  102.5
5. Ohio State  68.5

This was the fifth runner-up finish for Minnesota, who won the NCAA Championship in 2007, 2002, and 2001.

Tony Nelson
The highlight of the tournament for the Gophers came in the final match as sophomore Tony Nelson became the fifth heavyweight in Minnesota history to capture the NCAA title. Nelson defeated Zach Rey of Lehigh 4-1 in the final.

The individual title is the first for a Minnesota heavyweight since Cole Konrad (2007 and 2006). Other Gopher heavyweight champions include Brock Lesnar (2000), Verne Gagne (1949) and Leonard "Butch" Levy (1941).

Minnesota Gophers Individual Results:
125: Zach Saunders, 6-1; 3rd Place
133: Chris Dardanes, 5-2; 4th Place
141: Nick Dardanes, 2-2
149: Dylan Ness, 4-1; 2nd Place
157: none
165: Cody Yohn, 0-2
174: Logan Storley, 3-3; 6th Place
184: Kevin Steinhauss, 5-2; 5th Place
197: Sonny Yohn, 5-2; 5th Place
HWT: Tony Nelson, 5-0; NCAA Champion

Gophers Head Coach J Robinson was also honored at the tournament by being named NWCA National Coach of the Year.

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