AKRON, Ohio — Eight members of the Minnesota wrestling team placed at the 2011 ASICS University Nationals competition this weekend in Akron, Ohio including a trio of Gophers who will advance to the World Team Trials this June in Oklahoma City.
Redshirt junior and two-time All-American Sonny Yohn picked up a runner-up finish in the 96kg/211.5 lbs. competition, finishing 4-1 at the event. Meanwhile, freshman Nick Dardanes also went 4-1 and finished second in the 63kg/138.75 lbs. bracket.
After opening with a win in the 55kg/121.25 lbs. division, redshirt junior and three-time All-American Zach Sanders dropped his second match of the tournament, but rebounded with six-straight wins to place third. Sanders would join Dardanes and Yohn at the World Team Trials after adding another win over Frank Perrelli in the true second match to bring Sanders’ record to 8-1 at the event.
Five other members of the Minnesota wrestling team placed at this weekend’s event. Tony Nelson went 5-2 in the 120kg/264.5 lbs. bracket to finish fourth in the division while Kevin Steinhaus, David Zilverbergand Danny Zilverberg each took sixth in their respective weight class. Steinhaus, who finished eighth at the NCAA championships this year to earn All-America honors, went 5-3 in the 84kg/185 lbs. bracket.Danny Zilverberg, an NCAA qualifier this year, went 6-2 at 70kg/154.25 lbs. while David Zilverberg went 6-3 at 63kg/138.75 lbs.
Also at 70kg/154.25 lbs., Pat Smith placed eighth after going 4-3 over the weekend.